“These Things . . . .”
“These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.” I John 2: 26
Think on this . . . .
With so much focus on the gospel in the Christian world today, perhaps, there is a need to define “the gospel” by biblical understanding rather than the words of man. Ministers of this age have defined the gospel simply as “good news”. This definition has been widely accepted in the Christian world without any challenge. The AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE by Noah Webster in 1828 has a much thorough definition, “a revelation of the grace of God to fallen man through a mediator, including the character, actions, and doctrines of Christ, with the whole scheme of salvation, as revealed by Christ and his apostles. . . . .” Since, for most, salvation is the main point of the gospel, then there is need to study the scriptures on this very point.
The gospel of Matthew 1: 21, states “. . . for he shall save his people from their sins.” Should “for his people” be explored in Scripture for a more definitive understanding? In Acts 18:10, the apostle Paul had a vision in which the Lord told him, “For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.” Already the Lord had a people destined to believe in Him. In I Peter 2: 9 -10, Peter states, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God, which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” Christ chose, and He called His elect out of darkness!
John 3: 16, states that, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” What or who then is the “world”? Is it the planet earth, or all the people upon the earth? The word “world” can apply to many areas. In the Greek, its the order of all things or the physical world. It also can be applied to different areas of life like the world of sports, or the world education, et cetera. Truly for some, it is difficult to assess the meaning of “world” in this passage as Psalm 5: 4 – 6, says, “For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of inquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.” The world is full of such. “As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” Romans 9: 13 Perhaps, then, it is the world of God’s elect.
All Christians surely can confess that “Salvation is of the Lord’! Jonah 2:9 And that “Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people.” Psalm 3: 8