A Voice from the Past: Discovering The Gospel -- By: Lance B. Latham
JOTGES 12:1 (Spring 99) p. 67
A Voice from the Past:
Discovering The Gospela
There is something within the heart of a man which constantly presses to make a perverse addition to the sole basis of our salvation, the work of Christ on the cross. Constantly pressed by the sin of pride, the mind of the natural man is ever reluctant to admit its sinful, helpless condition.
Many who understand the gospel refuse to come to Christ because they will not admit that they lack a shred of goodness, righteousness or desirability within themselves that God can accept.
Religious leaders try to add baptism, church membership, faithful living, personal sacrifice or some other human work to the work of Christ to the hope of salvation for the believer. Such philosophies may have filled the coffers of religion but have confused the issue of salvation and thus damaged countless souls.
One who discovers the gospel will instantly realize that the sole basis of his salvation is the work of Christ on Calvary’s cross. Saving faith depends alone on the value of Calvary. All other possible sources for the assurance of salvation are counterfeit.
JOTGES 12:1 (Spring 99) p. 68
II. Invitations to the Unsaved
The gospel is the good news. It is not a new set of obligations or duties to be performed—new strivings—more agonizings—but rather an announcement of what has been done for us. We do not present the claims of the gospel. We present a wonderful free offer by God Himself to the sinner who believes.
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:19).
We find the fearful need for salvation in Rom 1:18 through 3:20. The Lord came “not to call the righteous, but sinners.” For unless the person seeking salvation realizes his desperate need, he will not flee “for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us” (Heb 6:18).
Then there follows the need of a scriptural invitation. A great passage in Rom 3:18 through 4:8 has often been called the core of Romans and of the entire Bible—this is the one place in the Bible where t...
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