That’s the Gospel

Posted: March 30, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship, The Christian Life

“What’s the gospel? I’ll put it in a sentence.

The Gospel is the news that Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, died for our sins and rose again, eternally triumphant over all his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe, but only everlasting joy.

That’s the gospel.”

— John Piper
The Gospel in 6 Minutes
(Minneapolis, Minn.: Desiring God Ministries, September 12, 2007)


  1. nannykim says:

    Yup, but one need to know what it means to believe.

  2. doulos tou Theou says:

    I’ll bite,

    what does it mean to believe?

  3. kim/nannykim says:

    You would! I just mean that some have an idea it is just an intellectual agreement. Some will go further and say it is trust. But Paul says in Galatians 5:6 :For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything but only faith ALONE.” NOPE– that is not what he says. He says, “For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything but only faith working through love.” So I do think that the belief we are talking about is the belief described here and in Hebrews 11 and in James. A real faith, a real belief in our Lord and Savior, has to be a living active faith that works through love. As Jesus says in Matt 7:21, “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” It has to be a live faith—and a live faith is one that works.

  4. doulos tou Theou says:

    Thanks for the response.

    Yes and I think more.

    I think of elderly or handicapped believers who can perform no physical acts of love,but maybe by prayer or exhortation and being faithful to proclaim to those around them the Love of Jesus.

    John 6.28-29
    Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
    Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent

    I agree that apple trees produce apples and followers of Jesus should produce fruit.

    Jesus dying on the Cross for us is what we hold fast to, otherwise we are justifying ourselves.


  5. kim/nannykim says:

    To believe is to obey. Sometimes the word obey is used in the place of belief–ie to obey the gospel. Don’t think you can divide the 2. If true belief means living in Him, walking by His Spirit, loving him (which Jesus defines as obeying his commandments)–I just can’t see how you can cut the two apart. In Galatians 5 Paul lists a bunch of things–immorality, idolatry, jealousy, acts of selfishness etc and says, I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who DO such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Then he talks about the fruit of the spirit and that those who belong to Christ have crucified their flesh…—So it is not just that we should produce fruit but we will produce fruit. We believe in Him as LORD not just savior. Lord means we obey. The belief is one that incorporates obedience and understands that Christ is LORD—I don’t want to tangle–I have been really looking at the Bible and it never says faith alone except in James where he says (as you know) 2:24 ..a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.” –he talks about and describes the kind of faith that is the faith that saves 2.14″What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him” Scripture is clear that a saving faith –a true belief in the work of the cross, produces works otherwise it is a dead faith. Even the thief on the cross that believed showed it or demonstrated his faith by rebuking the other thief–thus this would be similar to the kind of work you were describing of the elderly.

    Just seems to me Protestants want to divide everything—faith can’t be divided from works. Faith can not be alone to be true and living faith according to James.

    Sorry–don’t really want to be debating or wrangling–but Believe and Faith are so important and I think we divide everything into neat little piles in trying to make a defense at times.

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