Pristine Grace

The Gospel of Your Salvation
by Scott Price
The Gospel of Your Salvation

"That we should be the praise of His glory who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,..." Ephesians 1:12-13 

    Some people seem to hold to the truth from a distance. They talk about it and study it like it was something separate from Christ and the salvation He gives. Folks like this might promote the idea that truth, doctrine, and theology, are important but not important enough to be dogmatic, fervent, passionate, and too serious about. Have these kind of people received the love of the truth (II Thessalonians 2:10)?

    The gospel that concerns the message of the person and work of Christ is the most important issue a person will ever face in their short life. The problem is that in most religion people are ignorant of the truth of the gospel. The rest that have heard it will not submit and obey it. How important is this? Paul tells us in II Thessalonians 1:8 that Christ will come "In flaming fire taking vengeance on those that know not God and obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power."

    The Lord uses His gospel as a means to bring His people to salvation. The gospel is called the "gospel of your salvation" in the above text. God's people do NOT believe and trust in Him before they hear the gospel but only AFTER. He has chosen to use these blessed means and it brings glory to His name as a result. This is the gospel of Christ that must be YOUR gospel. Paul claimed the gospel as his own gospel, not as if he made it up, but in that he was a partaker of God's gospel (Rom 16:25, II Tim 2:8).

    The true gospel describes the Christ of the scriptures who we are to trust. This is not a truth that is just a conversation piece or novelty item, but the very truth that is the means whereby the Spirit uses to bring us to Christ, to spiritually experience Him through faith. If this has not happened, Christ is not glorified in the heart of the sinner and they are still in their sin. Christ is real. God demands you have to believe and trust in Him. Is the gospel the gospel of YOUR salvation or are you still looking from a distance? Have you met the Christ of the gospel who gives justification and life by His righteousness established and imputed? Have you trusted Him for His work alone? If so, you can experience the gospel you believe and it can be the gospel of YOUR salvation.