Prophetic Witness - February 2018
Why Does Salvation Require
by Philip Jones
At the very heart of the Gospel message lies the Cross. The Cross is not just an important part of the Gospel message, it is the essential part of it, because the message of the Cross explains the means by which God reconciles us (sinners) to Himself and saves us from the terrible judgement that would otherwise await us. Without the Cross, there is no Gospel at all (no good news), because there is no salvation. In view of its pivotal importance, you would expect that if there was one thing that the Church understood well, it would be the necessity and work of the Cross. We as Christians should know this subject intimately. But do we?
Try this test; suppose you had been persuaded to do a bit of outreach in your local town centre one Saturday afternoon and with some trepidation you approach a group of teens and ask them if they have any burning questions about God, Jesus, or salvation. After an embarrassingly long silence, one of the teens speaks up, “Yes, I do; How can God send good people, like my mother, to Hell, just because she doesn't go to church?" How readily could you provide a satisfying answer to this question? I ask this question in full confidence that very few of us actually could. The fact is that we in the Church do not, by and large, have a thorough grasp of the Cross and associated issues and this is a grave problem. The problem isn’t simply that our own faith is impoverished by our ignorance, it is also that if we can‘t explain the Cross to the unsaved, they will have no hope of ever understanding it. Because, let's be frank, the requirement for the Cross in salvation is not at all easy to understand, as the Apostle Paul acknowledged, way back in the First Century, in a letter to the church at Corinth.
'Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks (ie. Gentiles) look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified a stumbling-block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.’ 1 Corinthians 1: 22—23.
In the statement above Paul talks about the response of both Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews) to the message of the Cross.
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Also in this edition of Prophetic Witness
Powerpoint from Colin Le Noury
Why Does Salvation Require The Cross? - Philip Jones
From Our Israel Desk
Thy Kingdom Come
Signs Of The Times
Introducing Myself / My Testimony - John Williams
Revelation 4 to 8
Scotland Report - Dr Charles Sommerville
Our Statement Of Belief
What In The World Is Happening?