Why is not the Gospel a second chance good news? 1Corinthians 15:1-11
The word "euanghelion" translated as „gospel” comes from the Greek and it means „good news”. Does humanity need good news? Yes! Because all people die (Ecclesiastes 9:1-7) and death is an enemy that must be „destroyed” (1Corinthians 15:26). If death is our enemy that must be destroyed, then life is precious and we really need someone to save us from death and to lead us to eternal life. But is this possible? Does anyone have the power to destroy death? Yes! We have the promise from the Creator that He will destroy death „forever” (Isaiah 25:8).
The only begotten Son of God, came from the highest heavens to earth, to testify that God His beloved Father, loves us very much and wants us to have eternal life: „God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).
If God did not want people to die, some will ask “why did he make the world like this”. Why didn't he make people to not die? God himself answers through His Word: „Say unto them, As I live, says the Lord Jehovah (American Standard Version, YHWH in Hebrew), I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live” (Ezekiel 33:11).
So the Creator did not want Adam and Eve to sin and die. He said he was sorry that things have taken such an unfortunate twist and that he was forced to apply the death penalty so that people would not degenerate to chaos and anarchy (Genesis 6:5-7). Think how the world would be if wicked sinners might live forever and do all that came to their mind? That scheming angel that had fallen and became Satan the Devil, is guilty of the death of all men (Gen. 3:1-5; John 8:44).
No, God had not wanted men to die. Death had entered in the world because of disobedient and scheming creatures working against their creator. Disobedience and scheming against a law is lawlessness and in bible terms is named „sin”. Who among employers would let their employees act as heads in a firm that is not theirs?
God also could not tolerate the same attack that tramples on the feet of his sovereignty. We are cautioned that a single sin contaminated the entire human race, the same way a single virus is able to contaminate the entire human race if there are not measures taken against it. Sin multiplies lightening quick like a virus, going from degradation to degradation creating chaos and anarchy that has to be stopped: "Therefore just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Ro. 5:12)
„Really all”, some will ask? How this guilt? Are we all sinners and worthy of death? Yes, conforming to what we read above; if we would not have sin, God who is a God of righteousness could not without unrighteousness make us suffer death. Just as a defective machine cannot make a thing of quality, for example a defective Xerox; however the ink flows it cannot copy things at the quality of the original. Not even Adam was able to procreate something better than he was in his condition. We have inherited all the deteriorating genes of the first man because of his sin, so that we can see how we follow in falling from perfection. „...Are we better than they? Not at all! For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.” (Ro. 3:9)
But why has God permitted something like this? Because he couldn’t do anything else. God didn’t want cold, unfeeling robots. He wanted creatures like himself who could be the image and similitude of he himself. Nature in the same way is not able to create and bring to a stable perfection except through obedience to the authority and word of God. If sin were not introduced through Satan, the worldly creation would have arrived at a mature knowledge of God through obedience and submission.
Sin introduced by Satan is like a virus of higher technology. Whoever has an infected computer knows what it means to get this kind of virus. Once the virus of sin had been introduced into the world as it had been developed by Satan, it continued as a warning in the universe. Even if God had destroyed Satan and Adam and Eve immediately, creating another cherub Lucifer and another Adam and Eve, that microbe once started could not be so easily destroyed and whenever it was able, it would strike again. And so because Satan had launched some clever controversies against God, many of the angels of the heavenly courts had taken notice of him. We only have to read the book of Job and we will see that. With the same controversies raised and unresolved, the universe would never be stable. What then was a sure antidote? The single antidote was to let Satan’s sin developed to its peak, that is till it is fully baked and erupts. When Satan’s sin will reach its peak it will erupt in all its hideousness, and then it can be totally rooted out and eradicated from the universe. The wonderful scope and salvation of God is to reestablish harmony in the universe for ever!
With all this said, we have to consider with all men the mercy and patience of God, because we are contaminated with a virus toward death; sin, because we have a fierce enemy in the person of Satan and his demons (other angels who have fallen). And because we cannot save ourselves through our efforts, we have need of a savior who not only shows the way to salvation, but especially who makes us pleasing again in the eyes of God, healing and annulling our contaminated way with the virus of sin.
Can’t man really do a specific action, or submit an offering to God as a ransom in full for eradicating the virus action of sin in his body? The answer of sacred scripture is no: „None of them can by any means redeem his bother, nor give to God a ransom for his soul.” Psa. 49:7
So we see that mankind cannot ransom itself to absolve, to annul the ill fated consequences of the ways of their sin. Mankind cannot make themselves righteous before God, but have the need of a perfect sacrifice, which, as we have seen, was not in the hands of the dying. The solution was in the hand of God and depended totally on him.
What then was God’s solution? God’s solution was „atonement”, that is the death of a perfect man who did not have the virus of sin, to be offered voluntarily (not constrained by anyone) to be this perfect sacrifice, and through his death to „atone” (absolve) our guilt done through the nature inherited from Adam. In this way he became the new father’ to whom the believers are indebted for life, and they will accept and appreciate his sacrifice and will obey him. „Through him (that is Jesus Christ, the Son of God), God has given „atonement” (Ro. 3:25) „For as by one man’s disobedience, many were made sinners, so also by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” (Ro. 5:19)
Of what does the good news therefore consist; what is it? The good news consists in the sacrifice of atonement of the Son of God and is wonderful news, because through Him, we are able to be saved from sin and from death; through faith in Him and in the righteousness He gives, and through obedience to Him. He is the only mediator of salvation: „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." (1 Cor. 15:1, 2)
What does he ask therefore? That we believe in the gospel. First of all, what is the gospel?
1Cor. 15:3 "For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
1Cor. 15:4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,"
Do you believe this, that Christ died for our sins, and therefore for all of yours? Are you meek and sincere enough for you to consider yourself a sinner who has the mortal virus of sin? Only thus will you arrive at your proper salvation through the Son of God, if you will be crushed in recognizing that you have a sinful nature; degenerate. This means repentance. You need to disown, to drop your nature and to recognize publicly, to the glory of God the Father, through baptism in water, done in the name of Christ, the Son of God, and for Him (not for a group religion or for some men). He became a perfect man and since he has died for your sins, you accept him as Lord in your life and you will follow the way of life that he traveled. For those who believe in God, His beloved Father, as it is written „Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Mt . 4:17
There is no other solution to the crisis in which we all find ourselves. There does not exist a middle way (Mt . 7:13, 14, 19). What does this mean? We arrive there only if we think on the following phrase uttered by our Lord, the Son of God: „ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “
To leave the usual philosophy and theories to Origen, philosophy that has contaminated Christianity with universal salvation and other subjects such as purgatory, a new opportunity for repentance in the millennium or after the millennium, etc., and to believe the Word of God which warns us with all solemnity and seriousness: „He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." (John 3:36).
“unless you repent you will all likewise perish.“ Luke 13:3, 5
Be then obedient to the Word of life and fill yourself up with it, that God will bless you with eternal life that comes through faith in Him who brought us the good news. (Mt . 7:21-27).
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Kindly translated from Romanian by brother J.K, from USA
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