The Gospel and Death

Paul’s summation of the Gospel in 1 Corinthians 15 encapsulates the Gospel in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

That’s it.

People have often wondered how OT believers were saved since they were around before Christ was killed, buried or resurrected. But we know the Gospel is everlasting and there’s only ever been one and it’s the same one Abraham heard.

The Gospel is centered on death. The Bible is one bloody book. The life is in the blood. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. The day you eat of the tree you will die.

The Gospel, whether before or after Christ, was about death. Sacrifices made this abundantly clear. Cain eventually figured it out while Abel got it right away.

Paul goes on to explain what Gospel living is like after Christ’s actual death, burial and resurrection. It’s no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me. We are buried with Him and raised up with Him. Mortify the deeds of the flesh. Our old man is crucified behold all things are new, etc.

How do you know you believe the Gospel? The same way Abel, Abraham and Paul knew–death becomes vital to you. We know we’re doomed, death is our wages for our sin. The sooner you see death, the sooner you will run to a Savior, a Savior who also died and now gives eternal life.

If you know this it will be reflected in a life that puts self to death and comes alive to the life of Christ.

4 thoughts on “The Gospel and Death”

  1. We fell, by no act of our own, in the first Adam; and we rise, without any merit of our own, in the second Adam. —C.H. Spurgeon

    God has given us a great gift in His Son, and even the means to attain that gift, that being grace. God is for us, faith is trusting in that grace, even though our sinful hearts tell us it cannot be that simple. The gospel is not complex, even a child can grasp it, that is why Christ said we must have faith like that of a child. Our proud hearts want some of the credit for our salvation, the Pharisee in us all wants to buck up and show others how we deserve our salvation.

    Faith is simple, it means to trust in Someone else’s work for our salvation, but it’s so hard for a sinful heart to do! Grace, faith, and salvation are all gifts to those who will cry out “help me Jesus.”

    And the same prayer continues for our sanctification “help me Jesus.” This is what it means to live by faith Gal.2:20.

  2. Frank,
    My comment on Cain was referring to the judgment he received, he was taught that he was wrong. Whether he responded by faith and truly understood I have no idea. But God certainly took time to teach him!

  3. Jeff,
    Okay, I understand. Yes, it is remarkable the way God dealt with Cain. It reminds me of the words of Jesus on the cross, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” God showed great patience with Cain, even though his sin was terrible. But at that time, there was no history of sin to look back on, and Cain did not know what was really driving him, nor where it would eventually lead.

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