Some when they say gospel they are talking about a social gospel.
Others they speak of all the teachings of Jesus with a legalism bent.
Gospel of ‘love God, love people’ is actually a summary of the law. The gospel freed us from the law.
11th Commandment “Thou shalt be nice”.
Today’s ‘Jesus’ walked around being nice with a lamb on his shoulders.
I. An Argument from Authority
1 Corinthians 15:1-3
1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,
2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,
Salvation requires the gospel.
“If you hold fast”
Simple answer – MacArthur “If you could lose your Salvation, you would.”
Ephesians 1:11- 13
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
If the Holy Spirit doesn’t show up to pay the bill then there is no God.
II. An Argument from Evidence
4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
Biblical evidence – Authority of Scripture
More than 300 were still alive at this time. Evidence from first person eye witnesses. Personal evidence. Even Paul saw the resurrected Christ.
Paul is not pointing to himself as an authority based on his experience. It is the gospel that saves not a compelling testimony. Testimonies don’t tip the scales. Your testimony is that Christ died for your sins.
1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me.
2 I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain.
God was public with the Gospel it is real. John say “we have seen him”.
1 John 1:1-
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—
2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—
3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
III. An Argument from Logic
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.
16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised.
17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
Seven problems with no resurrection
1) Then even Christ hasn’t been raised.
2) Our preaching is vain.
3) Your faith is vain.
4) We are found to be misrepresenting God. I am then a blaspheming liar.
5) You are still in your sins. No justification.
6) Those who have died then have perished.
7) We are pitiful because there is no hope.
Christ indeed has been raised.