“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also, ye have received and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how 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” – 1Corinthians 15:1-4
LIGHT FOR NOW: The gospel is not about sin, the gospel is about what Christ has done for man.
When the gospel is preached, man’s sins are not the focus; God’s love towards the sinner is the focus. This means that the gospel is not about the sinner, the gospel is about God’s disposition towards the sinner. Let’s verify the facts of the gospel as explained by Paul. It is important for us to consider what this death is or how he (Jesus) died. Now, his death was first and primarily spiritual; it was only after this spiritual death that he died physically. For in the garden, man’s penalty was pronounced: Genesis 2:16-17, “And the Lord God commanded the man saying, of every tree of the garden of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die”. The Hebrew translation renders it this way “In dying you shall die”. In other words, man will die spiritually and then physically afterwards. Without such a separation from God, physical death would never have been created. “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, it is finished: and he bowed his head and gave up the ghost (John 19:30)”. The next question is when Jesus died, where did he depart to?
This will be unveiled in the manner which Jesus died and in what state he died? Brother Paul in 2Corinthians 5:21 gives us a lead: “For he hath made him to be sin for us who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. He was not a sinner; He was made sin just because he came to save the sinner; Jesus became our substitute. He died in the state of sin and went to hell. Peter’s account will help us in Acts 2:25-32. Let us pay attention to verse 27 which is key to this explanation: “Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither will thou suffer the holy one to see corruption”. So, where did Jesus go to? Jesus went to hell. Thus, in any work of Christ, we see a clear display of God’s love. He became sin for us, so we might be made the righteousness of God in him. He went to hell so that heaven now becomes our reality in Christ.
INSTRUCTION: Nothing in this world is worth God’s love.
PRAYER: I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE:Walk in the Love of God.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 19