The Gospel of Christ

J. D. Conley
August 4, 2013

There is not a more fascinating study than the gospel of Jesus Christ. I affirm that the gospel can be understood and that all people must obey it. Furthermore, they must do so in order to have God's approval. Therefore, people's reaction to the gospel is the most serious of matters.

The gospel is understandable: "Moreover, brethren, I make known unto you the gospel..." (1Cor.15:l). A thing made known is understandable. We are admonished, "Be not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is" (Eph.5:17).

The gospel is something God wants preached: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature..." (Mk. 16:15). Again the Lord says, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations..." (Mt.28:19). The gospel must be preached because "it is the power of God unto salvation" (Rom. 1:16).

The gospel is something God wants believed: "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be condemned" (Mk. 16:15,16).

The gospel is something God wants obeyed: Paul wrote that when Christ returns He will "take vengeance on them that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2Thess. 1:7-9). Jesus said, "Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" (Mt.7:21).

If the gospel is something that cannot be understood, then God wasted His time writing it and we waste our time reading it. If this is true what value is it? There are some difficult passages in the Bible, (cf. 2Pet.3:16). But all that God requires of us in becoming His children and living properly, is clear and easy to understand.