The Gospel as an Event
The latest installment of our weekly meeting teaching revolves around the concept of the gospel as an event. Specifically, what was accomplished through the historic event of Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection? Jesus’ death on the cross (part of his role in God redeeming sinful people) secured for us a number of rich theological truths. These truths are revolutionary and life changing when we begin to grasp their fullness.
We highlighted three particular works of Christ through his death and resurrection:
Salvation - Christ took upon himself the wrath of God, saving us from having to bear it ourselves. When we are in Christ, we are saved from the wrath of God that is due us according to our sin.
Atonement - Jesus atoned for or made amends for sin before God. He did this by fully satisfying what God required and being a substitute for us. As a result, our guilt is removed and we are restored to right relationship with God through Christ.
Justification- The legal declaration and gracious act of God that calls us right before him. Our sin is laid upon Christ and Christ’s righteousness is given to us. It is an exchange that we are entirely undeserving of, yet God offers it to us freely based on the merit of Christ.
The question is, of whom are these things true? Simply, these things are true of those who have confessed with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and believed with their heart that God raised him from the dead…Romans 10:9-13. Salvation, atonement, justification are for those who belong to Jesus. They are free for the taking, but also not cheap, because they came at great cost to Jesus. The crucifiction is an event in history that secures amazing things on our behalf and contributes to the gospel being so good..
”Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer