Category Archives: Gospel

Reflections on the Cross

The Impact of Christ’s Substitutionary Atonement on the Cross

God could not accept us as we are, sinful, rebellious, selfish, unrighteous, unholy, unloving. He could not just ignore our condition without the cross.

God does not accept us as we are, but in spite of the way we are, He…

  • declares us righteous in Christ’s cross work of redemption
  • adopts us as son with Christ
  • transforms us into the image of Christ
  • and welcomes us into an eternal relationship with the Father

Spheres of Salvation

From the prison of sin
To the courtroom justification
To the living room of adoption
To the banquet room of glorification

Sin locks us in the prison of guilt before God
—unable to do anything to free ourselves
Justification replaces our guilt in the courtroom with righteous
—undeserved, unearned and unreimbursable
Adoption welcomes us into the living room
—unconditionally accepted in the family of God
Glorification seats us at the table with the Father
—unbroken fellowship for eternity

Basic Terms of Salvation

The atonement is the cross-work of Christ in which Christ by the grace of God has taken our place and has done what we could not do for ourselves:

Aspect

Theological Term

Anchor Passages

    1. He died once for all
Sacrifice Rom 3:25; 5:9-10;
    1. in our place

Substitution

Rom 5:6-8; 1 Pet 3:18

2 Cor 5:21

    1. paying the price for our sin
Redemption

 

Rom 3:24
    1. that satisfied God’s holiness
Propitiation/ Satisfaction Rom 3:25-26; 5:9
    1. by being declared us righteous in Christ

Justification

Rom 3:21-26; Romans 5:1-11
    1. thereby providing an eternal relationship with God

Reconciliation

2 Cor 5:19; Rom 5:1, 10-11; Jn 5:24

2 Cor 5:18-21

He is Risen! He is Returning!

Do I live like Christ died yesterday, arose this morning and is coming back tomorrow?

Do I feel the pain of His death on my behalf?
Do I rejoice at the reality of His resurrection vindicating His sacrifice, assuring me of life?
Do I anticipate seeing Him face to face with uncontainable excitement?

Do I live today in a way that if Jesus Christ returns today my attitude, actions, activities and affections would all honor Him?

Do those who encounter me receive the grace that I have received?
Do those who know me best receive both mercy and grace in the abundance I have received?

Do my daily interactions reveal a certain anticipation of resurrection or do I get distracted by the mundane?
Do I do all things, mandatory, mundane or meaningful, as practice of living for eternity glorifying Him?
Do I live with an intentional urgency that today may be THE day He returns?

Do I infect those in my sphere of influence with hope?
Do I inspire others toward certain hope?

May I not have a critical self-centered small perspective
May my thoughts be higher than conflicts around me

May I live by faith that saved and sustains
May my faith have eyes to daily see the truth of resurrection and return

May the gospel be true to me each day, He is my all, I had to surrender self-effort and I must continue to surrender self-sufficiency because I need His saving grace, empowering grace, sustaining grace, hope giving grace

His resurrection gives hope
His resurrection empowers living
His resurrection mandates declaration

I do believe, the best news, He is Risen and He is Returning!
Bless the Lord God for the Cross-work of Jesus Christ and for certain anticipation, for hope.

He is Risen and He is Returning!
Hallelujah! Maranatha!
Praise the LORD! O Lord, come!

Stephen C. Kilgore March 2015

 

3-2-1 Gospel

The Gospel
The gospel is the incredible truth that
anyone can have a relationship with God
that starts now
and goes into eternity
through faith in Jesus Christ
as there one any only Savior
the only means of salvation
apart from self-effort or before self-improvement
resulting in
the forgiveness of sin
the declaration of righteousness
not our own, but Christ’s
the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit
the adoption into God’s family, the Church
so we have others with whom to live life
access to God through prayer
hope and confidence in our eternal destiny.
a purposeful life.