The Beauty of a Simple Gospel 

I spend a lot of time on Twitter. Way too much time, some would say. And I try to justify it by saying my time there advances the Gospel. But, truth be told, mostly I just make small talk.

Recently, though, I misread someone’s remark and went, as I’m prone to do, on a long rant with my thoughts on the subject. I’m not perfect, so I begged their forgiveness and we both moved on as friends.

But I still feel like what I wanted to say needs to be said. So, here it is.

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;

Matthew‬ ‭11:25‬ ‭ESV‬‬

There are a lot of people that spout theology as if it were Gospel. Maybe they are onto something, but I just don’t get it. What is the goal?

I was a student of the sciences. I looked for a clear definition or explanation for everything that came my way. As Albert Einstein said, “if you can’t explain it clearly, you don’t understand it.”

When I came to know Christ, however, I faced mysteries that have no explanation. The Trinity. “The last shall be first.”  “To him who has much more will be given. But to him that had nothing, everything will be taken.” It hurt my head.

But I found a few nuggets of wisdom that really helped me get through it.

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:18-20‬ ‭ESV

Now I know I’m foolish.  Every time I get things figured out in life, something throws a curve ball and I strike out again.  Every time I think I’m getting wiser, I learn I’m wrong.  So why should I think I’ve got God figured out?

Can you find out the deep things of God?
    Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?
It is higher than heaven—what can you do?
    Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?
Its measure is longer than the earth
    and broader than the sea.
If he passes through and imprisons
    and summons the court, who can turn him back?

Job 11:7-10, ESV

I have been spending a lot more time in prayer and reading His Word over the last (almost) 16 years.  At times, a lot more devoted than at others.  And I’m beginning to understand something that a lot of my peers would consider childish.

The Gospel is Simple

The Gospel is very simple.  Just like Jesus said in Matthew above, it is so simple it confuses the wise.  But the foolish can understand it.  So, what is the Gospel?  It is very simple.  Jesus died so you can live.  Accept His gift, fellowship with Him, find peace with Him in this life, and spend eternity with Him in the next life.

That’s it, pure and simple.  There’s really nothing more to it.  I don’t need to understand big words to understand God’s love.  I don’t need to research what all of the church fathers wrote.  I don’t need to figure out if I’m a Calvinist or an Arminian; Reformed or Restored.

I do need to know if I’m forgiven.  And that’s something that only I can determine through my own communion with my Lord and Savior.

If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son.  Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son.  And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1 John 5:9-12, ESV

This is where I receive my faith, my promise my hope for eternity.  It is important to me that I learn about God’s will for me.  That is not going to come from Calvin or Luther.  It is important to me that I learn about sharing this Gospel with those who are lost.  Few will respond to arguments about whether we are merely pawns in God’s massive orchestration or if our free-will impacts the world.

Most people are like me, trying to get on with measly lives – ekking out a living and hoping to sleep well at night.  Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow may not happen.  Lord, help me through today.  Those are the people I see every day.  Those are the people with whom I can relate.

I want to know God.  I knew about Him most of my life.  But He made Himself real to me <almost> 16 years ago.  That’s when it goes beyond studying a historical figure and building a relationship with a living person.  The goal is to know Him personally.

The last thing I want to do is argue with any of my brothers and sisters in Christ about history.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.  But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,  and their talk will spread like gangrene.

2 Timothy 2:15-17, ESV

Keep the peace!  And spread the Gospel!

Adios,
Clay

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