There are a lot of deep, theological thoughts and conversations happening around Christendom these days.
Surely it is beneficial to consider the deeper things of God. In fact, I am often guilty of losing myself in the maze of systematic theological thinking, and I rarely shy away from a good, friendly theological debate. However, I find my heart longing to get back to the simple gospel.
I like how the Apostle Paul managed to simplify and magnify the gospel message in his words to Timothy.
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.1 Timothy 1:15, ESV
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
That’s it. That’s the gospel.
This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.
Sure we could muse forever on the myriad intricacies and subtleties surrounding this transformational truth on a deeper-than-necessary theological level, but let us not lose the SIMPLE truth in the process!
I mentioned earlier that I find my heart longing to “get back to” the simple gospel message, but it may be more accurately stated that we should not so much “get back” to a simple gospel, but rather that we should “move forward” to the simple gospel.
This truth is more than enough for our hearts, for our souls, and for our minds. We never graduate from the gospel. It is ever before us.
The gospel reminds us that Jesus Christ SAVED US from all of our sins when we put our faith in Him alone.
The gospel reminds us that Jesus Christ IS SAVING US as we trust in Him today—no matter the circumstance we find ourselves in.
The gospel reminds us that it is Jesus Christ alone who WILL SAVE US on Judgement Day.
Our good deeds done today will not save us. Our bad deeds done today will not keep us from being saved.
We have been saved, are being saved, and will be saved by Jesus Christ and His redeeming work on the cross… alone.
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
May I never forget that Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.
I am the worst sinner, and Jesus died for me.
You are the worst sinner, and Jesus died for you!
May we never get over this fact, or move on from this fact, or grow tired of hearing about this fact.
Rather than allowing ourselves to get lost in the many meandering hallways of theological thought, let us simply rest in the peace and joy of knowing that our Savior, Jesus, came into the world to save us from our sins.