When looking at the gospel of Jesus Christ, in its original context, we’ve got to head all the way back to the beginning of God’s story. We must be willing to jump back into the Old Testament and set the stage for the arrival of Jesus. To do this we will consider the problem of sin… and the promise, that God offered, to fix that problem.
We will look into the common role of faith in the salvation of all people. We must understand the purpose of the law in the Old Testament and how God used it with people of faith. The Old Testament law had a definite purpose and limitations.
Probably the most important idea we’ll delve into, is the concept of the “believing remnant”. This is the idea that since sin entered the world, God has always had “people of faith” on the earth. At any given time, there has always been a group who truly believed God was the only one big enough to solve the sin problem. Sometimes the “faithful remnant” was small (the six who survived on the ark)… at other times in history that group was much larger, but at any given time… there was always someone whose faith was accounted to them as righteousness.
The Bible shows us there is a never-ending, unbroken line of people throughout every generation in history who have continued the “string of faith” in God.
One of those generations was uniquely different. Only one generation, those in the first-century, got to meet God’s answer to the problem of sin. Our conversation here will be a closer examination, in context, of that group’s experience. Specifically, the generation that looked forward to the Messiah, met the Messiah, saw His death, saw him rise from the grave, and ascend to the heavens. This same generation then spread the message of Christ crucified throughout the world. It’s the same gospel you’ve always read, but in light of the correct context, it may show you brand new things.