The Simple Gospel

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

I Peter 3:18

I wanted to do something special for today, as this is my 500th post on this blog.  It’s a bit of a milestone and I want to thank the Lord for allowing me to do this for the last year and a half.  I thought about several verses that I would like to use, but in the end, I just decided to write about the simple gospel of Jesus Christ because, in the words of Paul, “… I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

I was reading a book the other day that mentioned this verse containing a concise statement of the entire gospel.  The more I looked at it and thought about it, the more I saw the truth in that statement.  This is a great verse!

We see who He is: “the just…

We see who we are: “the unjust…”

We see what He did for us: “once suffered…”

We see what caused the suffering: “for sins…”

We see why He did it: “that he might bring us to God…”

And, as the gospel is defined I Corinthians 15:3-4, we have a perfect summary of the gospel: “Christ… being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”

It’s all there.  The wonderful, simple message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Let us thank Him every day for it!

6 responses to this post.

  1. Congrats on the 500th post. It was a great one 🙂


  2. Congratulations, Ben! I am loving what you chose and that He keeps you at this! God bless you for 500 more posts and beyond!


  3. Thank you, Ben

    Congrats!! 500? Wow… that’s simply wonderful! I have thoroughly enjoyed the visits and I look forward to much more from Him.

    Echoing Deb’s toast.



  4. Ben, Congratulations! I’ve missed coming over here to read for a while. There are just so many great Christian blogs to read, and my own to write, and so little time it seems. I’m glad I stopped by the read this simple Gospel. Peace, Linda


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