Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Proof is in the Gospel

"But God gives proof of His love to us in Christ's dying for us while we were still sinners." (Romans 5:8, Weymouth New Testament)

Some Free Grace people don't think Christ's burial is part of the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15 because according to them, "it's only a proof". This is one of the favorite talking points of groundless gospel advocates. Their mantra goes something like this: "The burial of Christ is only a proof, it's not really part of the gospel." But here's something to think about: All 4 statements in 1 Corinthians 15:3b-5 are proofs! Please notice the following examples: 

1. Christ's death is proof of His love (Jn. 15:13; Romans 5:8) 
2. Christ's burial is proof of His sinlessness (Isa. 53:9; 1 Pet. 2:22-23) 
3. Christ's resurrection is proof of His deity (Acts 17:31; Rom. 1:4) 
4. Christ's manifestation is proof of His resurrection (Lk. 24:39; Acts 1:3) 

So if groundless gospel advocates were consistent with their reductionist reasoning, they would have no gospel because each element of the gospel is a proof of something else. For example, Jesus' resurrection is said to be "proof" that He is God (see Acts 17:16-31; Rom. 1:1-4). So is the resurrection of Jesus Christ not part of the gospel because the Bible says it's a "proof"? Well, of course not! Such reasoning is not true in regards to Christ's resurrection and it's not true in regards to Christ's burial either. Both elements are proofs and both elements are part of the gospel. And so we see that "the proof is in the pudding" so to speak. In other words, the proof is in the gospel!

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