“…since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.” – 1 Corinthians 1:21 (NIV)
“since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb – preaching, of all things! – to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.” – 1 Corinthians 1:21 (The Message)
I am a Christian, and admit that the gospel could sound out there by human standards; I believe it to be true, and at the same time realize that it could sound foolish to the world at large. God understands this (see verses above). As an exercise, I decided to write out the gospel below in the way that I would share it with others:
God created mankind for a relationship with Him, and mankind decided to go their own way instead of walking with God. This decision, deciding to go their own way, was called sin. Sin separated mankind from God. God didn’t want this separation, and at the same time knew that the sin of mankind needed to be dealt with, so in His love, He sent Jesus. Jesus took away the sin by coming to earth, being born of a virgin, leading a sinless life, dying in our place, and rising from the dead where He now sits with God in heaven. Jesus paid the price for our sin, satisfying God’s requirement that sin be dealt with, and whoever believes in Jesus and what He did for them, has the right to become a child of God. When we put our trust in Jesus having done this for us, there is no longer a separation between us and God. Jesus’ righteousness is transferred to us. We are given God’s Holy Spirit to live in us, and we inherit eternal life. So even when we die here on earth, we go on to live with God forever, in heaven.
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.’ ” – John 11:25-26
Any thoughts on the above? Do you share the gospel? If so, feel free to leave a comment regarding how you share the gospel.