The Gospel In Four Words
Here is the Gospel in four words-not I, but Christ; or simply, Christ in my place. Christ in my place on the cross, Christ in my place in the presence of the Father, Christ in my place in the presence of my enemies, Christ in my place in prayer, Christ in my place in the midst of tests and trials, Christ in my place in life and ministry!
Theologians call this the doctrine of substitution. It is the bedrock of our faith. Without it Christianity ceases to be.
Galatians 2:20 declares it. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
This is Christianity. It is I dying with Christ on the cross. And it is Christ living in me by faith. Not I, but Christ! I Corinthians 5:21 describes it. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (II Corinthians 5:21 NKJV
This is Christianity. It is Christ becoming sin in my place. And it is I becoming the righteousness of God in His place.
Child of God, Jesus did not come to show us how to live and burden us with laws we can not keep. No, He came to give His life to us. He came to die for us. He came to live through us.
Not I, but Christ! How can it get any better than this! No wonder it is called The Good News!