The Simplexity of the Gospel

Posted: November 5, 2013 in Uncategorized
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The simplexity of the gospel is a struggle.  How can a “religion” and “theology” be so simple that children can come to a knowledge and understanding of it, yet many in their old age admit to constantly maturing in their faith?

When then I guess we out to “Break it down!”

The simplicity of the gospel is so simple that we try to complicate it with add-ons, what ifs, and could bes.  At the very heart of the gospel, the very center, described numerous times in the Old and New Testament, lies one truth: The Creator Loves His Creation.  Psalm 100:5 “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” (ESV)

This truth is played out through our lives.  The first birdhouse or toolbox we make, we believe to be the work of a master craftsman.  Children come home with drawings of their life and parents dub them the next Picasso.  We even take pride in the gardens we plant and, if you are like me, celebrate when even 1 plant or vegetable blooms!

We also have examples of this truth in stories and folklore.  Take the story of Pinocchio.  Geppetto loves his creation.  So much so that he longs for Pinocchio to be a real boy.

In Frankenstein, we get a stark contrast to this story where the creator is disgusted by his creation (much like the story of Noah except this Creator still has love for this one family).

It is simple.  God loves. Check that, God is love.

1 John 4:16 “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.  God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (ESV)

Now for the complexity.  The Gospel is not complicated by the Creator, but the created.

It would stay simple if the love was reciprocated.  However, it becomes even more complex than that.  Because the created deliberately went against the Creator, the created not only does not initially love the Creator, but does not know the love the Creator has for them.  Again…complex.

In order for the created to know the love of the Creator, the created must be told about the Creator.
Romans 10:14 “But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (ESV)

Through this complexity, the Creator still shows his love in hopes of the created finding out about this love, recognizing its originator and thus completing the true Gospel experience through worship of the Creator.

This is why children can accept it.  They see the love and with simplistic faith, return the love.  A love that will never falter, fail, or flounder.  But will always flourish.

That is also why many complicate it.  They have trouble accepting the love as the answer to their “Why?” questions.

“Why grace?”

“Why mercy?”

“Why Christ?”

Romans 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (ESV)

Ah the simplexity of the Gospel.  Simple enough to accept, complex enough to keep you marveling.

In Christ’s Love,
Josh

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