Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
The Importance of the Gospel
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I have been so busy that I am not sure what to write. So in honor of Resurrection Day soon to come, let me just go over some basics.
Grace to you.
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how 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:
- Corinthians 15:1-4
The gospel, in short, is that by which we stand, by which we are saved, and we are to keep it in memory lest our faith be in vain. Of first importance is that the Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day, all according to the Scriptures which predicted His suffering many years before.
This was to ensure that we could recognize Him for who He is. In the gospel, we are saved. In the gospel, we stand. We stand while undergoing trials, undergoing suffering, undergoing temptations.
All of us need a savior and all of us need a Lord, one who will lovingly, kindly rule over us. Only Jesus will not destroy us, if He rules. Any other ruler will destroy us.
Why do I write this? "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Romans 3:23). "For the wages of sin
death; but the gift of God
through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). " . . . [E]xcept ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3). "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved, For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Romans 10:9-10).