Monday, January 15, 2007

Gospel (Colossians 1:5)

The Colossians had placed their faith "in the word of the truth of the gospel." What truth or facts did they put their trust in? Paul, reminding the Corinthians of the truth they trusted, explains "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. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures" (1 Cor. 15:1-4) These facts are the basis of the gospel. Gospel means "good news" or "good message".

How sure are the facts of the gospel? There were literally hundreds of eye witnesses to these facts (1 Cor. 15:5-8).

Why is this such good news? It is good news because Christ's death for our sins, which make us enemies of God, made it possible for us to be reconciled with Him. His rising from the dead shows that he conquered death and we can have eternal life through Him.

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