TRUSTING HIS NAME; TRUSTING HIS WORK
By Joel Finck
Scripture Reading: John 20:31, I Corinthians 15: 1-4
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31). Beautiful words, are they not, but the real question is what is it about Christ that must be believed? The answer is different under the kingdom program than it is under grace.
Under the kingdom (or prophetic) program, men are instructed, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name" (John 1:12). What does it mean to believe on His name? John explains later in the book: "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name" (John 20:31). Under the kingdom gospel, the key to life was acknowledging, by faith, that Jesus was indeed the Messiah.
Under the grace (or mystery) program, it is still important to acknowledge and exalt the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (See 1 Corinthians 1:2-10.); but for salvation, the emphasis of the gospel is on the further truth of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul informs the Corinthians that "the gospel which 1 preached unto you" (I Cor. 15:1) is the truth "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" (I Corinthians 15:3, 4). This must be the object and focus of our faith in order to be saved.
It is of utmost importance that our witnessing and gospel presentations state the truth of Christ's death, burial and resurrection on our behalf and for our sin. This is what it means to "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ" in this dispensation of Grace.
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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