April 15, 2001
Volume 11, Number 15

The Facts of the Gospel

The scriptures clearly teach that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and then was resurrected from the grave. These incidents in the story of Jesus are referred to as the facts of the gospel. Paul mentions each one of them in writing to the Corinthian brethren, showing the relationship of their salvation to these facts: “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) In other words, the gospel of Christ rests upon these truths. Had Christ not died, been buried, and resurrected, then there would have been no gospel, and therefore no salvation. But inasmuch as he died, was buried, and resurrected, then we do have a foundation for the gospel, and therefore it has changed the world.

Just now we want to consider the facts of the gospel, one by one, to see what they hold for you and me:

THE DEATH OF CHRIST.

The Bible says again and again that Christ died. But listen to the word of God itself: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8) “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.” (Hebrews 2:9)

For whom did Christ die? He died for every man as we have just noted in Hebrews 2:9. The scriptures also tell us that he died for sinners. Listen: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) But why did he die for sinners? To provide salvation and hope. We read, “Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4) “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

That means that someone died for you and for me. Just think about it. Although we were sinners, and enemies of God, and not deserving of such grace and mercy, nevertheless, Christ was willing to leave heaven to come to this land of sin and sorrow and to die upon the cross that we might be saved and have the hope of eternal life. (Romans 5:6-7) How wonderful! But just think, he likewise died for all of the world—yesterday, today and tomorrow. How thankful we should be, and it should result in our obedience and faithfulness to him. How could we dare do anything less?

THE BURIAL OF CHRIST.

After Christ died on the cross, the record says, “Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed. And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb.” (Matthew 27:57-61).

Now in many ways there is nothing different or unusual about the Lord’s burial, especially for that time. Men die every day and are buried. This is true around the world and has bee true since creation. But the Lord promised that if he died and was buried that he would rise again. He declared, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19) Of course they did not understand him then, but would they have believed him if they had understood? What happened after his death and burial? The disciples seemed to have entered into a state of shock, feeling that all was lost. Then what happened? Jesus came forth as he promised that he would.

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST.

Had Christ died on the cross and then remained in the grave, the world would have forgotten him unless it might be for remembering him as an imposter. Had he died and remained in the tomb then it could be said that he was no more than any other man. But Jesus was different. He was the Son of God. He said that he would rise from the grave, and he did. (Matthew 28). As a result of his resurrection then there is salvation, assurance that all will be resurrected, and hope of eternal life.

But before going further, let us notice some verses of scripture that speak of the Lord’s resurrection. Listen: “And declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” (Romans 1:4) “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,” (Philippians 3:10) “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” (1 Peter 1:3) “There is also an antitype which now saves us--baptism [not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God], through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” (1 Peter 3:21) “Knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.” (Romans 6:9) “For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.” (Romans 14:9)

Inasmuch as Christ died, as buried, and was resurrected from the grave, he is now our Lord and Savior. He reigns at the right hand of God (Acts 2), and has promised to come again one day. (John 14:1-3)

With the death of Christ, his blood was shed that men might have the remission of sins. (Matthew 26:68; Ephesians 1:7). It is through one’s obedience to the gospel of Christ that one comes in contact with that blood and thus his sins are remitted or blotted out (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16).

Be assured, one and all, that as a result of the Lord’s resurrection that he lives today. As his obedient followers, we likewise live and will reign and live with him forevermore, even throughout all eternity.

J.C. Choate

Annual Bible Reading Program

This week’s Bible readings are:

Sunday, 15th: Acts 5:1-16, Deuteronomy 23-24, Job 15
Monday, 16th: Acts 5:17-42, Deuteronomy 25-27, Job 16
Tuesday, 17th: Acts 6, Deuteronomy 28, Job 17
Wednesday, 18th: Acts 7:1-22, Deuteronomy 29-30, Job 18
Thursday, 19th: Acts 7:23-8:1, Deuteronomy 31-32, Job 19
Friday, 20th: Acts 8:1-25, Deuteronomy 33-34, Job 20
Saturday, 21st: Acts 8:26-40, James 1-2, Job 21

A little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but a lot of faith will bring heaven to your soul.
Moody

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Sunday’s Lessons:

 

God's Game Plan - The Resurrection of Christ! (Romans 1:4)

We Reap In A Different Season Than We Sow (Galatians 6:7-10)

 

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