1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Dr. Michael Heiser “What Does God Want”
“The Son of God became a man. He suffered and died on the cross so that our sins would no longer keep us out of God’s family. He rose from the dead so that we could also overcome death and be with his Father, our Father, the only true God, forever.
If this is the good news, WHY is it good?
Lots of reason. It’s good news because our salvation doesn’t depend on our own performance. You don’t see anything about your amazing track record or having a clean rap sheet in those passages. The content of the gospel is not about what you’ve done, or might do, or need to do. It’s about what someone else did for you. That’s good news for all of us, because none of us is perfect. None of us pleases God at all times. None of us is fit to live in his family and be called by his name on our own. WE HAVE TO BE MADE ACCEPTABLE TO GOD. The content of the gospel tells us how that happens.
How do you ‘obey the Gospel’? Give money? Behave well? Don’t be a jerk? Help the poor? Those are all worthwhile things, but NO. You obey the gospel BY BELIEVING IT.
All he asks is that you believe. That’s the good news of the Gospel.”