By Charles H. Welch
The subject before us is elemental, basic, indispensable. All controversy concerning theological matters is a waste of time, if man, after a brief and troubled existence for a few fleeting years, goes down to `dusty death'. If there be no deliverance from sin and its dread consequences, then all is vanity. To be in need of salvation implies that one is `lost'. To be in need of deliverance implies that one is in bondage or in danger. To discover that `no man can redeem' either himself or his brother, makes the question `What must I do to be saved?' the most imperative question mortal man can utter.
Before the beginning of time, before God created the starry heavens and the earth and man and the other creatures that occupied these places, God's Glory was all in all. This word glory is used in several different ways in the Bible. But, when it is associated with the nature of God, glory seems to have substance and to have the characteristics of brightness and light and power and fire (REV 15:8, 18:1, 21:23, HEB 1:3). Since the fall of Adam, in the garden of Eden, we find that God's Glory has been hidden from His creatures.
"For I am not ashamed of the GOSPEL OF CHRIST:
For IT (the gospel) is the power of God unto salvation...."
So then the gospel, or good news of Christ, is the power of God unto salvation. If we plan on obtaining a
resurrection and escaping, HELL
eternal death, it is the gospel of Christ which
holds the power to make resurrection possible. But what is this gospel?
What are we to believe is the good news of Christ? Paul tells us exactly
what the gospel is in 1 Corinthian 15:1-4.
"Moreover brethren, I declare unto you the GOSPEL
which I preached unto you, which also ye have received and wherein
ye stand. By which also YE ARE SAVED, if you keep in memory
what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,
how 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:" [More]