Doctrines

WONDERFUL WORDS

Everything we must know about the gospel is simple:

GOD – he is our Creator and we are accountable to him

MAN – we are condemned by our sin and deserve the punishment that God requires for it

CHRIST – in mercy, God sent his Son to die in our place and pay the penalty for our sin

RESPONSE – all who confess their sin and trust Christ to save them, are forgiven

Everything we can know about the gospel is vast:

Like being dropped in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, we could never dive to the bottom or swim to its end.

Here are some of the rich truths contained in the gospel that have reshaped the life of every Christian.

 Justification – in God’s courtroom, those whose sins were placed on Christ have been declared “not guilty”

Redemption – Christ paid for our release from the bondage of sin

Propitiation – Christ has satisfied God’s requirement for the “wages of sin”

Sanctification – those who have been forgiven are being transformed into the character of Christ

Regeneration – the Holy Spirit gives a new nature to all who are in Christ so that we are “born again”

Reconciliation – once the barrier of sin in removed, God welcomes us into a restored and intimate relationship with him

Adoption – our relationship with God is so close that we become children of God and co-heirs with Christ

Glorification – the work of sanctification will be complete and we will be perfected

Resurrection – God will raise our physical bodies and transform them so they are fit for our glorified inner self

Eternity – our life had a beginning, but it will not have an end; we will be everlasting

Kingdom  – we will forever enjoy the presence and rule of Christ without any interruption of sin or sorrow

Each of these words represents truths (doctrines) about God that are real for every believer. These are what Paul has in mind when he speaks in Ephesians 1:7-8, of the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us”.

Each of these truths is worthy of examination and reflection. God deserves our regular praise for each and all of them.  

Don’t be intimidated by these words, seek to grow in your knowledge of them – for they are the most precious realities we possess.