I’ve recently been having discussions with my boss about the nature of Christianity. As we’ve been discussing the Gospel, I’ve gone back to Scripture over and over again. Here’s what I’ve found…
In 1 Corinthians 15: 1-4 says, “Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures”
2 Timothy 2: 8, 9, “Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal.”
Romans 10:9, 10, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
Acts 17: Paul mentions repentance and faith on account of Jesus’ resurrection.
What am I asking? Is the Gospel far simpler that what modern evangelicalism holds to? Is the Gospel merely “Confessing and believing” that Jesus is Lord and God raised him bodily from the grave? Is the Gospel the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus? If so, why are we unable to put aside our differences concerning the ordo salutis, the substance of the lord’s supper, the timing of Jesus’ return, the gifts of the Spirit, the matters of drinking and eating, etc. aside and involve ourselves in the message of the Gospel, namely that Jesus has overcome sin, death, hell and the grave and we know this to be true because he is alive today.
Am I right, or have I open the door too widely?