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Gospel 101 – An Apostolic Introduction, Part 4: A Gospel in Which We Stand

December 10, 2007

hc541.jpg(The following is completely and accurately excerpted from HeartCry Missionary Society’s Magazine, Issue 54 pgs. 8-13)

The Gospel that is for all, that is to be received and then preached, is the Gospel “in which we stand.” This Gospel is the firm foundation we are secure in forever. We don’t tear it down and build another after so long or rebuild its structure and improve it. This Gospel of Jesus Christ is the promise and good news that we stand firm in. And we stand in it unapologetically and confidently trusting God’s faithfulness to secure us in it. May we always stand in this Gospel by which we heard and received, never tiring of it or embracing its beauty and necessity!

——————the following is excerpted from HeartCry’s 54th Edition———-

A Gospel in Which We Stand

… in which also you stand,
I Corinthians 15:1

In our text, the Apostle Paul tells us that the Gospel is not
only to be received, but it is also the truth upon which the true
believer stands. In fact, standing firm on the truth of the Gospel is
the evidence that one has truly received the Gospel. James teaches
us that true saving faith produces works.12 Here, the Apostle Paul
teaches us that true saving faith produces conviction that governs
the will and determines behavior. The one who truly receives the
Gospel, stands upon it, and lives his life in accordance with its
truths. In the words of Jesus Christ, the one who hears and receives
the Gospel “may be compared to a wise man who built his house
on the rock, and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds
blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it
had been founded on the rock”.13

The Apostle Paul had great reason to hope that at least some of
the individuals in the Church at Corinth were true believers because
they were in fact standing firm upon the truths of the Gospel. Others
who identified themselves with the same Church brought great
concern to Paul and thus he admonished them to test or examine
themselves to see whether or not they were in the faith.14 It is one
thing to make a profession of Christianity; it is quite another to
validate that profession with one’s life. A man may say that he has
“received the Gospel”, but the question remains, “Does he stand
upon the Gospel?” The latter is the evidence of the former.

To argue that the reception of the Gospel produces real Gospel
conviction is not saying that new Christians will not be immature
or that mature Christians will never struggle. Even the most godly
among us fight against sin and are fraught with many failures.
However, in the midst of the struggle, it is evident that they possess
a deep conviction that the Gospel is true, and they demonstrate a
determination to stand upon it. Though at times off balanced and
even falling, over the general course of their life we see them
standing! They stand because God makes them stand.15 They have
been regenerated by the Spirit of God and that same Spirit dwells
within them. Though they battle with sin and their fallen flesh, a
true conviction leading to righteousness is evident.

12 James 2:14-26
13 Matthew 7:24-25
14 II Corinthians 13:5
15 Romans 14:4

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