The Plain Sense of Scripture

“When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other senses; therefore take every word at its primary, ordinary, usual literal meaning unless the facts of the immediate context, studied in the light of related passages and axiomatic and fundamental truths, indicate clearly otherwise.”
(David Cooper)

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The Law Commands

The Law commands and makes us know
What duties to our God we owe;
But ‘tis the Gospel must reveal
Where lies our strength to do His will.
The Law discovers guilt and sin,
And shows how vile our hearts have been;
Only the Gospel can express
Forgiving love and cleansing grace.
What curses doth the Law denounce
Against the man that fails but once!
But in the Gospel Christ appears
Pard’ning the guilt of num’rous years.
My soul, no more attempt to draw
Thy life and comfort from the Law;
Fly to the hope the Gospel gives;
The man that trusts the promise lives.

(Isaac Watts)

Why Christ Came

The fourth-century theologian Athanasius wrote: “When a portrait is spoiled, the only way to renew it is for the subject to come back to the studio and sit for the artist all over again. That is why Christ came—to make it possible for the divine image in man to be re-created.”

 

The Gospel

The word “Gospel” comes from the Greek word for “good news” and is a term that is used to refer to the message of Christianity.

The Gospel in a nutshell is that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners (a concept that comes from 1 Timothy 1:15).  An accurate presentation of the Gospel must include the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus.  In His life, Jesus taught His disciples in both word and deed (Mark 10:1; 1 Peter 2:21); in His death, He was the once-for-all sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:28); in His resurrection, He defeated the power of sin and Satan (1 Corinthians 15:17); in His ascension, He sat down at the right hand of God where He now intercedes for us (Romans 8:34).

All four of those points are essential to understanding the work that Jesus performed in making salvation available to sinners.