Paul spoke about how the gospel is about Jesus Christ and nothing else.
1 This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News. 2 God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. 3 The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, 4 and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.
What is this good news of Christ? It is the good news of his death, burial and resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
What is so good about Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection? You may ask. For most of us, they are events we remember during Easter and Christmas. So you may be wondering how it is the good news. Let’s take a look at it.
The purpose of God even before he made the world was to have many children. Children, here, means a replication of himself. He planned to do this through man receiving Jesus Christ (Life). So he created Adam so that Adam would receive Jesus Christ and guide his children to accept him too so that the replication could be realized.
Ephesians 1:4-5 (NLT)
Even before he made the word, God loved us and chose us to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.
The tree of life in the garden represented Jesus Christ. John 14:6 says Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Adam, however, disobeyed God and chose the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which represented self-efforts. When Adam rejected Jesus Christ, he became a sinner. Through Adam sin entered the world, so many others came to the knowledge of sin and also began to sin. The verdict of God against the world is that all have sinned whether Jews or Gentiles.
What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, There is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; There is none that doeth good, no, not one.
The wages of sin is death, that is separation from God and its consequences. However, that wasn’t the plan of God. He didn’t want man separated from him. He wanted to be in union with man. He wants man to be his child, that is, his replication.
The only way to make God’s purpose come to pass was to find a way to pay for the sins of man. Man, by himself could not pay for his sins. The only person who could do that was God himself and the only way he could do that was to become a man. At this point, man was in rebellion against God. Man didn’t care about God. But because God so loved man and couldn’t imagine eternity without him, he chose to become a man and die for him. The Almighty God became flesh and dwelt among us.
And the Word was made flesh, and *dwelt* among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
The Greek word translated as “dwelt” means to “Tabernacle or to dwell in tent”. There’s something interesting about the word “Tabernacle or Tent.” The Israelites have a feast called the feast of Tabernacle. During the feast, they come from their homes and dwell in tents. They do that to remember how their Forefathers walked through the deserts and dwelt in tents. Little did they know that God was telling that a time was coming where he would leave his abode and dwell in a human tent among humans.
God limited himself in a human flesh just to save us from sin and death. Jesus became a man just to taste death for you. That is how much he loves you…
TO BE CONTINUED…
BY SANDY AMPONSAH