The forgiveness of our sins is not the only benefit of Jesus Christ’s death Rm6:5 and resurrection Rm6:5 to be received by faith and enjoyed daily by the believer. The glorious good news is that we also died together with Christ Rm6:8 and were roused from among the dead Rm7:4 with our Saviour Is49:26.
Beside the judgment of death Lk24:20 visited upon our Redeemer Is49:26, Christians celebrate two more faith gifts —
(1) Our old humanity was crucified together with Him Ro6:6.
(2) Jesus is risen from the dead Mt28:7 ESV and is, in Us Jn17:21, alive forevermore Rv1:18 ESV.
Both of these events—our death together with Him Ro6:6 and His life in us Ep3:20—constitute the truth of the gospel Ga2:5 ESV and can be empirically verified in the daily life of a believer.
EMPIRICALLY EVIDENCED EVANGEL
Observable by the senses
What does it mean to believe?
In The Ultimate Context setting to believe means to empirically verify—since faith is an assumption of what is being expected Hb11:1 under test 2C13:5 conditions.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your [empirically evidenced] good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Mt5:16 ESV
If you are a Christian, properly, to believe means to accept an invitation to manifest in the court of the tabernacle Ex27:9 (the body) the reality of the holy place Ex26:33 (the soul) and the holy of holies Ex26:33 (the spirit) where Christ Jesus is in you 2C13:5 enthroned.
HUMAN BODY IS A TEMPLE
Designed for fellowship with the Father and His Son
A believer’s body is a temple 1C6:19—according as God said, that I will be making My home and will be walking in them 2C6:16.
Through the blood Co1:20 of the Lamb of God Which is taking away the sin of the world Jn1:29, believers enter the inner sanctum of the holy of holies Ex26:33 where they fall on their faces and worship God Rv11:16.
The teaching Ro16:17 is plain: recognizing yourselves 2C13:5 (your own body 1C6:19) as the temple of the living God 2C6:16 you are to dwell Ep3:17 and fellowship … with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ 1J1:3 in a temple 1C3:16-17 that goes with you wherever you go.
Do you, as a Christian, know what you believe?
Do you know what you are spiritually 1C2:14 testing Ro2:18? Do you know what you are anticipating to manifest bodily Co2:9, before others Mt5:16 ESV?
DECLARE HOW MUCH GOD HAS DONE
Through a declaration of Christ
It is crucial for us as Christians, when we herald … the evangel of God 1Th2:9, to declare how much God has done Lk8:39 ESV—through a declaration of Christ Ro10:17—before insisting on a response.
The responsibility is first on the shoulders of the one who brings good news, who proclaims peace Na1:15 to tell of the powerful deeds and miracles and signs, which God does though Him [Jesus Christ] in the midst of youAc2:22.
The reason is plain.
It is our responsibility to declare the entire counsel of God Ac20:27: the [whole] truth of the evangel Ga2:5. The full equipping of the saints Ep4:12 is the goal.
There is a journey beyond the wonderful discovery of the forgiveness of our sins, and it is a fiercely contested spiritual Ep6:12 journey.
A Christian who does not know that our old humanity was crucified together with Him Ro6:6 is all too often an easy prey for the stratagems of the Adversary Ep6:11.
For it is not ours to wrestle with blood and flesh, but with the sovereignties, with the authorities, with the world-mights of this darkness, with the spiritual forces of wickedness among the celestials Ep6:12.
So, what are the deeds which God does though Him [Jesus Christ] in the midst of youAc2:22?
THE TRUTH OF THE EVANGEL
Three essential dimensions
There are three essential components to the Christian evangel Ro1:15.
Each one of them is a statement of what God has done Ro8:3 in Christ Ep2:5-10. Each one is part of our inheritance in Christ. To each one, equally, belongs the verdict, It is done! Rv21:6
Now, there are many ways to verbally and formally state the gospel, just as there are many ways to personally and informally manifest it in the individual lives of different cultures.
Yet, irrespective of the particular verbal or personal expression, there is the [spirit] truth of the evangel Ga2:5—since the true worshipers will be worshiping the Father in spirit and truth Jn4:23 of the evangel of Jesus Christ, Son of God Mk1:1.
The apostle Peter on one of his trips to Antioch was caught violating the spirit of the Christian worship and was self-censured Ga2:11, for he was found to be not correct Ga2:14 in his attitude toward the truth of the evangel Ga2:14.
So, what is the truth of the evangel Ga2:14? What is it that we should proclaim as accomplished Jn19:30—by God, in Christ—before we can invite the hearers Ja1:22 to respond?
What are the essential components of the Christian evangel Ro1:15 that sum up how much God has done Lk8:39 ESV?
Part A: your sins have been forgiven
As we have seen on the previous page, the core gospel announces that as a result of the judging of this world Jn12:31, Satan Rv12:9, to accuse, has no longer access into God’s presence, because God has declared: For I shall be propitious to their injustices, And of their sins and their lawlessnesses should I under no circumstances still be reminded Hb8:12.
But, as many Christians discover soon enough, the forgiveness of offenses Ep1:7 is not the entire counsel of God Ac20:27. Your gospel Rm1:15 inheritance is much bigger.
Your Father in heaven deemed it too small a gift to merely clean the slate. He entrusted you with certain power.
Over Master Sin
For not ashamed am I of the evangel, for it is God’s power for [daily life] salvation to everyone who is believing — Rm1:16.
Specific powers are given to believers as part of their gospel inheritance in Christ: Sin shall not be lording it over you Rm6:14.
Sin, as a cruel master, enslaves people with repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; 20 trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; 21 the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on. Ga5:19-21 MSG.
It is not easy to break free from Master Sin. If in doubt, try to be dead, indeed, to Sin, yet living to God in Christ Jesus Ro6:11 without Part B of the gospel!
To get the size of the power of Sin, try to manifest affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity … willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people … loyal commitments … not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely … Ga5:19-22 MSG.
Part B: old has passed away, the new has come
In my own experience, after for a while greatly rejoicing in the grace of God (Part A of the gospel) through the convicting preaching of Desmond Ford, I discovered, to my own dismay, that I needed and longed for more. As grateful as I was for the rich Uncle who kept graciously paying for all my speeding fines, my earthly mother’s and my heavenly Father’s desire was that I should stop speeding.
It is only then that I discovered the good news of the Part B of the gospel.
To tell our listeners Ja1:22, when heralding the evangel, that God has forgiven 1J2:12 their sins—as blessed as it is on its own—without also telling them the glorious Ro8:21 news that our old humanity was crucified with Him Rm6:6 on the same cross and at the same time, is to be beguiling Ja1:22, for it is counterproductive to doers of the word Ja1:22 message.
The truth is that — if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2C5:17
The world is entitled to know that old humanity Rm6:6 has died together with ChristRm6:8—so that it too, like Paul, can die every day 1C15:31 ESV in an empirical exhibition of God’s power Ro1:16 in a died to sin Ro6:2 life.
But, even that is not all that God has done Ro8:3 in Christ.
Part C: you were raised together with Christ
There is also the resurrection Ac1:22 pillar.
The third pillar of our faith invites us to subject our lives to a most rigorous examination—in a bodily Co2:9 manifestation of the truth of the evangel Ga2:14—displaying in public Ac16:37 that we too have been raised with Christ Co3:1 ESV to a new life.
It is most important to understand that we are not talking here about a future hope Ac24:15 but about an event in the past that we have participated in, when we died together with Christ Ro6:8, when we have proceeded out of death into life Jn5:24.
The invitation is to present [our]selves to God as if alive from among the dead Ro6:13 in an empirically evidenced life testifying that Sin shall not be lording it over you Ro6:14.
This joy is available to and outwardly manifested by those who have died [past tense] to sin Ro6:2.
THE BLUEPRINT OF HUMAN LIFE
There is nothing more fundamental to Christianity than Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the sum total of the Christian evangel Mk1:1.
He is The Ultimate Context Phase 2 word Is55:11 proceeding out of the Phase 1 mouth Is55:11 of God that became the Phase 3 Word Jn1:14 of God. He is the Mediator of a new covenant Hb9:15, presently seated at the right of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens Hb8:1, waiting furthermore till His enemies may be placed as a footstool for His feet Hb10:13.
To present the fullness of the good news, one has to present God’s full blueprint for human life in what God has done Ro8:3 through Jesus Christ. What God will do is based on the revealed blueprint of what God has done in Jesus Christ.
The ABC Gospel, as I call the apostle Paul’s evangel Rm2:16, is built on three distinct pillars: the blood, the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the divine blueprint for humanity.
1/ The blood of Christ Ep2:13 deals with the sin Rm6:11.
2/ The cross of Christ Ga5:11 deals with the sinner Rm7:13.
3/ The resurrection of Jesus Christ 1P1:3 delivers a new creation Ga6:15.
In the gospel God states His plan, declaring the end from the beginning Is46:10 ESV.
By accepting the gospel, we publicly display our seal of approval on God’s stated plan. A personal invitation to God—to begin with our own lives, before reaching out—is implicit in the act of baptism.
THREE ARTICLES OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
Pardon, Death and Life
The evangel of Jesus Christ, Son of God Mk1:1—the evangel of Jesus and the
resurrection Ac17:18—the evangel of peace through Jesus Christ Ac10:36 to the entire
creation Mk16:15—an evangel of great joy which will be for the entire people Lk2:10—the evangel of the untraceable riches of Jesus Christ to the nations Ep3:8—the evangel of the grace of God Ac20:24—the evangel of the glory of Christ, Who is the Image of the invisible God 2C4:4—the evangel of the glory of the happy God 1T1:11—the evangel of your salvation Ep1:13—an evangel of
good Rm10:15—proclaims, not one, but three articles of the Christian faith.
In the evangel of Jesus Christ, Son of God Mk1:1, the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ Ro15:6 outlines His Phase 3 blueprint for humanity, stating: I am Jn8:58 the One Ju1:25 NIrV
leading you to experience pardon, death and life in Christ Jesus.
That is —
1/ The pardon of sins Mt26:28.
2/ The death Rm1:32 of the old humanity Ep4:22.
3/ The life 2C4:10 of Jesus Christ.
The same good news message that invites us to believe in the pardon of sins Co1:14 also invites us to believe and empirically verify that old humanity was crucified together with Him Ro6:6 and that in Christ, there is a new creation: the primitive passed by.
Lo! there has come new! 2C5:17