The Transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ
Taken from the archives: Seeing as how today is the North Carolina Primary and there is one major social issue at stake, I felt compelled to repost this short reminder that the Transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ should influence our social ethics but that the ballot box does not change hearts and minds. It is only through the Gospel that men’s, women’s, and children’s lives will be changed and they will enter the Kingdom of God. Moralism has not now nor has it ever made someone a citizen of the Kingdom of God. Please read and enjoy.
The Transforming Gospel: Rich in Mercy and Grace
Previously we explored how man’s efforts at moralism is a bankrupt system and the difficulties that come from trying to earn a priceless gift. Every false religion ranging from Buddhism to New Age, Jehovah’s Witness to Mormonism, or any derivative of the Social Gospel and Moralism are either man’s best effort at appeasing God or a corruption of the doctrines of grace and the Transforming Gospel. The false assumption that anything we can do apart from God’s grace is no Gospel at all, but a misplaced trust in the goodness of man.
The Social Gospel is no Transforming Gospel
Soup kitchens, food pantries, and clothing drives all have their place within the framework of the love we are to show others, but if those actions are devoid of the Power of the Transforming Gospel and rely solely on the falsity of a humanistic worldview they cannot save. Feeding the poor and caring for the downtrodden are Biblical mandates but they will not save anyone. Defending the unborn, preserving a God-given definition of marriage, or caring for the elderly are noble works but none can wash away the sin that man is born into as can the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ. The very need to pursue such endeavors is a tell- tell sign that something is very wrong with humanity and things are not as they should be. A man centered gospel is merely looking to the cause of the problem in an effort to remedy it.
But God and the Transforming Gospel
But God……those words are an amazing comfort ringing forth from the pages of Scripture revealing that God, by His grace, has performed a work through the Gospel in the life of the sinner apart from the futile efforts of man to earn it. Read Ephesians 2:1-10
- You were dead in your trespasses and sins…But God
- You walked according to the course of this world…But God
- You walked according to the prince of the power of the air….But God
- Among whom we all once conducted ourselves…But God
- While we were all fulfilling the desires of the flesh…But God
- And we who were by Nature children of wrath….But God
BUT GOD, who is rich in mercy and because of His great love, even while we were still dead, made us alive with Christ. For it is by this grace that we have been saved through faith, and not of ourselves, it is the Gift of God, and not of works lest we should boast ( Eph. 2:1-8 ). God is the one who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints and delivered us from darkness into Light ( Colossians 1:12-13 ). It is through the faith in the working of God that He is transforming dead sinners into living saints with the circumcision made without hands ( Colossians 2:11-13 ). This Gospel renews our minds and transforms us so that we may prove what the will of God is ( Romans 12:2 ).
The Will of God through the Transforming Gospel
The will of God is:
- Galatians 1:4 That He might rescue us from this present evil age
- Colossians 1:27 God willed to make known the riches of the glory of the mystery which is in Christ Jesus
- 1 Thessalonians 4:3 That we will be sanctified and abstain from sexual immorality
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18 For us to be thankful
- 1 Peter 2:15 That we do right to silence the ignorance of foolish men
- 1 Peter 4:19 Even sometimes to suffer for Him
Can you do any one of those things by your own efforts apart from the transforming Gospel in a manner worthy of Heaven? Can you be pure, loving, thankful, or do the right thing in suffering by simply willing it to be so? Or must you be born again by having been transformed into a new creature leaving the old things behind ( 2 Cor 5:17 )
If you are a child of God look to your past and praise Him for graciously saving you through the glorious power of the Transforming Gospel from the depravity that consumed your life.
If you have never been born again and are wondering what must I do to be saved remember what Paul told the jailer, ” Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household ” ( Acts 16:31 ). Then you can praise Him and say, but for the grace of God there go I.