Gospel of Grace Alone 52

Galatians 1:6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

Romans 15:19 in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:12 If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.

2 Corinthians 2:12 Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord,

1 Thessalonians 3:2 and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith,

The Gospel is the Gospel of Christ and it is the grace of Christ. Yes, the same theme being hammered on over and over can get dreary and uninteresting for some. However, the Gospel must not and cannot be distorted to anything but the Gospel of Christ and the grace of Christ or it is no longer the true Gospel and is nothing but another gospel. The glorious Gospel of Christ is the good news of what Christ has done and accomplished for the glory of God and His people in history, but it is also what He does in the present day as a result of what He accomplished in history. Again, and to be repetitive, the good news is of Jesus Christ and it is not what man can do by his or her own so-called “free-will.” We have the power of the Gospel and it is not in the power of the human will, but it is in the power of the resurrected Savior or in the same power that resurrected Christ.

I don’t think that it can be stressed too much that the Gospel is a full Gospel of grace that is free of conditions and causes in man and of what man can accomplish in his own strength. The Gospel of Christ is all about Christ and is not about the efforts of man or the choices of man, but instead it is about the efforts of Christ and the choices of the Father of Christ. The Gospel is all of what Christ has done and continues to do and all He has done or will do is always by grace and grace alone. What man does in his own strength and power is the works of the flesh and the only thing that can come from the flesh is fleshly works, but what Christ does is from His holy love for the Father and by the power of the Spirit. Man must have faith and all things come from Christ by grace or faith will come from the fleshly nature of the natural man.

Oh how the Gospel of grace alone must be preached and declared in all the glories of Christ! If grace alone is to be preached in truth, then Christ alone must be preached alone in truth. The Gospel is all about the Person of Christ and His taking human nature to Himself and as such He was the very tabernacle of God on earth. The Gospel is about what Christ accomplished on earth in His miracles and in His teachings because He was putting the glory of God on display through Himself. Eternal life is to know God and Christ is the way to know God. This is why we have the Gospel of Mark starting off like this: “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” The Gospel is about Christ and all that He was and did.

2 Timothy 1:10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

The very idea of life and immortality are brought to life and reality through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the grace that is in Him. Knowing God is brought to light and reality through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have in the Gospel a way of knowing God (not just knowing about Him) and knowing God is eternal life, it is not just a matter of the human will. This is by grace and grace alone. We must be given knowledge of God by grace alone or we are brought to knowing God by acts of the human flesh. The glory of grace alone is beautiful as it shines out in the glory of Christ. The gospel of grace alone ravishes the soul as it beholds the sovereign God who gives grace.

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