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His Son Revealed

August 1, 2016

The gospel is not the product of human tradition. A favorite notion of those who do not believe the Bible is the supposition that stories abour Jesus were handed down for several generations. Some began to compile the stories together into different books and finally, several hundred years later, a group of church leaders decided which of the many books about Jesus would be considered Scripture. This is all very fascinating, but it has no basis in reality. The genuine history of the New Testament is that the eye witnesses of Jesus wrote down the truths of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit. The words they wrote were known to be Scripture by the men writing them, by the other apostles and were accepted by the churches as God’s Word.

The gospel is not available today because of tradition. Christian’s proclaim that which has been handed down through the centuries, it is not ours by tradition. Tradition is that which man has devised, protected and maintained from generation to generation. The gospel was given directly to the apostles by Jesus. God worked in them through His Holy Spirit so they wrote His gospel in perfect detail. Jesus’ Word, the Bible, has been preserved until today, not as tradition handed from one generation to the next, but as the Word of God protected by God. What is read today is the same truth God gave to the apostles. The Word of God is the revelation of God and it stands alone without recourse to tradition. We benefit from the traditions and teachings of Christians who have gone before but our faith is not dependent on them in the least. Our faith is the gospel, not the traditions of men.

The gospel is the revelation of God. The gospel is more than revelation of facts, it is revelation that opens the eyes and gives understanding to the spirit of man. Galatians 1:16 says God revealed his Son in Paul. That little preposition changes the entire meaning the sentence. God did not just reveal Jesus to Paul, He revealed Jesus in Paul. The soul changing work of revelation is one that takes place in the man. The work of salvation is not limited to facts imparted or to instruction given. Of course, salvation is not possible apart from the communication of essential truth, but salvation is not accomplished only by the teaching of previously unknown facts. The work of salvation is an internal work- it is a heart work. A person is saved when he apprehends Jesus with the inner man. A person is saved when he grasps the Savior with his heart and soul. Paul already knew the facts about Jesus and he had rejected their significance. When God broke through Saul’s blindness and opened the eyes of his understanding then Saul of Tarsus believed and was saved. The gospel is the work of God’s Holy Spirit revealing sin, revealing Jesus and revealing faith. The gospel is a work of Divine revelation. As a result, salvation is impossible without two essential ingredients: the Word of God and the work of the Spirit of God. No one is saved apart from both.

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