"Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” 2 Thessalonians 2:14
Pastor Ken Wimer
Shreveport Grace Church
2970 Baird Road
Shreveport, LA 71118
The apostle Paul uses the possessive pronoun ‘our’ to describe the Gospel he shared with the Thessalonians, but also to distinguish it from any other message preached in his day. What distinguishes our Gospel from other messages commonly believed, held, and taught?” The answer is, “Our gospel gives God ALL the glory in salvation.”
Ř It declares that salvation is of God the Father in electing sinners according to His sovereign, eternal will, not man’s, Ephesians 1:4.
Ř It declares that God the Son fully accomplished salvation in His death on the cross and that by it all for whom He died were immediately forgiven, justified, and reconciled to God. In one simultaneous act, God put the sins of His people to Christ’s account, and imputed the righteousness of Christ to their account, Romans 5: 9-11
Ř It declares that God the Spirit does in time call out of rebellion and darkness everyone whom God the Father chose and the Son redeemed, 2 Timothy 1:9
Ř It teaches that man’s will and rebellion is no barrier to God saving whom He will. Our Gospel saves the ‘chief of sinners,’ and not one sheep given to Christ shall be lost, John 6:39.
Ř It enables God to be just and justifier of those who believe, because faith is the gift of God to those for whom Christ died as their Substitute, Romans 3:26
What a rich and glorious Gospel this is for sinners!