Friday, July 15, 2016

ANSWERING OBJECTIONS AGAINST THE GOSPEL, Part 1

The following objections were voiced to me several years ago by a pastor who I'll simply call Pastor Small-Faith, because he did not believe the truth of God's Word on the Gospel. I'll cite his objections as accurately as I can remember, and then set forth my answers from the Bible. My answers here are the same answers I gave to Pastor Small-Faith except that I have elaborated on them more in writing. 

OBJECTION #1: While discussing the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:1-5, Pastor Small-Faith said: “First Corinthians 15 is not a list of what a person has to believe for salvation.” 

ANSWER: That's not true. In 1 Corinthians 15:1 the apostle Paul is talking about “the gospel” and we know that the Corinthians were begotten or born-again (i.e. saved) through this gospel because Paul told them, “I have begotten you through the gospel” (1 Corinthians 4:15, NKJV).1 
     Looking outside the book of 1 Corinthians, the apostle Paul says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). And in 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 (NKJV) Paul writes: "in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction [away] from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power".2
     So we see that in 1 Corinthians 15:1 the apostle Paul is talking about "the gospel", and the gospel is what a person has to believe for salvation from sin, death, and Hell.

To be continued...


FOOTNOTES:

1 Concerning the word "begotten" in 1 Corinthians 4:15, Greek scholar W. E. Vine writes: "It is used metaphorically...of one who by means of preaching the Gospel becomes the human instrument in the impartation of spiritual life, 1 Cor. 4:15; Philm. 10". (Vine, The Expanded Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, pg. 101.)

2 People "obey the gospel" by believing it.

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