The gospel in a nutshell

There are many ways to summarize the good news of our inclusion in God's life through our union with Jesus. Here is one from Paul:

"Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person did it right and got us out of it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he got us into life! One man said no to God and put many people in the wrong; one man said yes to God and put many in the right" (Romans 5:18-19, The Message, Eugene H. Peterson).
The good news is that all humanity has been "put right" with God. Though once condemned because of the disobedience of Adam (Romans 5:18a) "all men" now have "justification that brings life" (5:18b, NIV) through the obedience of the second Adam, Jesus.

And now the call goes out to all to repent (change their thinking about God and themselves), embrace Jesus (join their faith to the faith of Jesus) and live the life that is theirs in Jesus. This is the life of the Spirit that delivers them from life controlled by the sinful nature (8:15-16).
It is a life of glorious freedom (8:21), hope (8:24) and abiding security (8:31-35).

Comments

  1. Hi there!

    Yes freedom, hope, and security based on a face to face relationship with Jesus Christ. But as we delve into this teaching, it does open us up to the charge of being antinomian or as some would phrase it, "Well then, anything goes!" Curiously, this is the charge that Paul had to answer in 1 Corinthians in at least two places.

    However, I think it is wise to keep in mind that this face to face relationship does have a transactional aspect to it. (After all, it is a NEW COVENANT or agreement with God.) This aspect is that if we believe in the name of Jesus Christ and love those who share that belief, then Jesus actually lives, not only with us, but in us. This Jesus is our ticket to control our sinful nature, which is something the law (any law) can never do.

    So the antinomian charge is not quite correct. Yes, we walk away from the law. But we walk into the presence of Jesus, who is quite able to control our sinful nature from within. After all, He is God!

    The best to you!

    J. Richard Parker

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  2. Wow. If there is any one verse that tells us that Adam may have had a choice, but he did not stand a chance against temptation; this is it. It took God in the flesh to "do it right". Some choice; some chance.

    Yet, as C. S. Lewis wrote, “If God thinks this state of war in the universe a price worth paying for free will ... then we may take it it is worth paying.” Mere Christianity, (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1960), page 53, paperback.


    Bill Ford

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