by Heshimu Colar
"For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified.
When I first began to preach or do what people call preaching, I did not know ALL of God's messengers are sent to constantly without wavering set forth the Lord Jesus Christ, that glorious Person who finished the Work of redemption. Foolishly, rather than turning all eye's on Him I pointed sinners to the filth of their nature, religious duties, and dead doctrines that can never save. Like the rest of this lost religious world I grabbed John 14:15 "If you love me, keep my commandments", and tried to teach people how to obey Jesus the example without setting forth Jesus the Mediator, Giver of life, and Righteousness for sinners. Rather than "He that believeth on the Son hath life", it was believe AND do certain things or die. Exhortations to purify the heart by not getting angry, lying, or lusting would come with the disclaimer of "No, we can't keep the law perfectly, but we've got to keep the law". Really, do you believe that nonsense? Since when did God start accepting anything short of perfect holiness by those joined to His law? Yet, It wasn't until I heard the Gospel preached in power and the Scriptures opened that I saw the righteousness of God and Him just and the justifier of filthy sinners, which believeth on Jesus! The more the Gospel came exalting Christ, the more faith and love, His new commandments (I John 3:23), were obeyed from my soul (I Pet 1:22). Christ Is All!
These new covenant commandments which by the Spirit free us from the law of sin and death CANNOT be obeyed apart from the preaching of the cross (not a block of wood, but blood redemption for God's elect by God Himself manifested in the flesh). If I preach "Don't be proud in the name of Jesus", that doesn't cause you to love Christ. You'll love your fair show of meekness and despise others who lack your religious exterior. Yet, the preaching of the cross is the Wisdom and Power of God whereby we LOVE His Son NOT by what we do, but by the Spirit making known what Christ has done for us. "We love him, because he first loved us." This love is the gift of God springing out of a new heart and is NOT produced or increased in any way by our keeping the law of the old covenant. "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love." It doesn't matter how religious or rebellious you appear. God is ONLY accepting faith in His Son for it is by faith alone that we love God, "and the law is not of faith" (Gal 3:12). What is of faith? The Gospel! Yes, believing God executed holy vengeance upon His only Beloved for my sake is what the Gospel demands of every sinner and gives all God's elect. It is by this faith that I serve God acceptably, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and endeavor to put on love which is the bond of maturity. This is the new covenant.
Don't let my glorying in the liberty wherewith Christ has made me free ignite false accusations of lawlessness; for though He has freed believers from the law that condemns He has bound our hearts unto Himself by chords of love. He is our Master, our All, our Life. Yet, He constrains me not by works, but by love; not by the law where I have knowledge of my sins, but by grace where I have the knowledge of His love for me which redeemed and liberated me from bondage to sin. I have a new man with a new law whereby I "serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter (Rom 7:6)." God promises in the new covenant that the power of His Grace and our knowledge of Grace shine "Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world (Titus 2:11-12)."
Reader, you too must be dead to the old covenant by the body of Christ lest God smite you with the eternal curse. You must be dead to all thoughts of seeking justification, sanctification, or glorification by your good works. If you do ANYTHING to get right with God or stay right with God, Christ shall profit you nothing (Gal 2:21/Gal 5:3-4). You have made God a liar because you believe not "that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life: and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life (I John 5:10-11)." It doesn't matter what name you call it (Calvinistic, Baptist, Sovereign Grace, or Reformed) or how many times your preacher says "Christ" in a sermon. If the message is not Christ and Him crucified it is not Gospel, and you are being led to look away from the Lamb of God unto your own misery.
We at The Only Gospel are determined to know nothing among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We believe the Gospel is the Power of God unto salvation from start to finish. The Gospel sanctifies babes in Christ as well as fathers in the faith. The Gospel convicts of sin as we see Christ the Blessed giver of life is crucified at the hands of sinners; He is crucified according to the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God because there is no other way for Him to be holy and forgive such enemies. The Gospel conforms us into the image of Christ as "we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (II Cor 3:17-18.)" The Gospel is enough; The Gospel is Christ; The Gospel, by the grace of God, will ALWAYS be our message to you. The Only Gospel.