Some make the gospel sinner-centered rather than God-centered. The sinner-centered gospel says the goal of redemption is saving sinners so sinners can be happy/saved and the method is God. The God-centered gospel says the goal of redemption is glorifying God and the method is saving sinners.
Archive for November, 2006
In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. 12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee. 13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living? Psalm 56:11-13
For most Christians, trusting God ends with salvation. We will trust God with our souls, but we won’t trust God for anything else. The Psalmist asks a great question in verse 13 – one we should all be asking. If God is able to deliver our souls from death, why can’t He keep our feet from falling? Why can’t God keep us walking in the light? Most times, we don’t trust Him with our health, our finances, our families, our jobs, or other things because we feel like we have control over those things. We know we can do nothing to save our own souls from death, but we think we can control our health, our finances, etc. But since God knows everything and He is all-powerful, why shouldn’t we trust God to take care of everything?
While we are over in the Middle East trying to Americanize Muslim nations, the Muslims are over here trying to convert America. We now have a Muslim about to be sworn in to Congress – using the Koran in place of the Bible. Read the story here.
After Adam sinned, God cursed the ground.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Genesis 3:17
When Cain and Abel offered sacrifices, Cain offered fruit of the ground – the result of his labor with that which was cursed.
And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. Genesis 4:3
God was not satisfied with Cain’s offering.
But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. Genesis 4:5
Many people believe they need to be a good person – they need to keep the law – to go to Heaven. However, just as there was a curse with the ground, there is a curse with the law.
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Galatians 3:10
You cannot keep the law to go to Heaven. You are trying to offer to God the result of your labor with that which is cursed. You need something else to offer to God. God was pleased with Abel’s offering – a blood sacrifice. You need to offer a blood sacrifice to please God. Thankfully, God has provided that blood sacrifice for you.
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: Galatians 3:13
God’s justice was satisfied when he saw the travail of the Lord Jesus Christ’s soul. He is not satisfied with your works. Trust in Christ alone.