Is it One Gospel or One Way?
Justification in God’s sight has always been upon the basis of faith in God’s words. The justification of lost souls in God’s sight has always been possible because of God’s divine plan to have Jesus Christ die for sins at the appointed time. This was the “eternal purpose” that God “purposed in Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 3:11).
However, the messages that God has spoken to men at different times during the ages was not always the same as the message we are to preach during today’s Gentile dispensational age that the Apostle Paul called “the dispensation of the grace of God” (Eph. 3:1-2).
Yes, we can say that all men at all times are saved in ‘the same way’…that is by faith in what God has said…but that does not mean that God gave all men at all time the same words or gospel or good news message to place faith in. Not all of us as told to ‘build and ark’ in order to be saved from judgment.
The word “gospel” means “good news,” implying a “message” associated with it, then it is Biblically inaccurate to say there is only one gospel in the Bible.
- You can say there is one payment for sins (Christ crucified) and that there is one method for justification (by faith) and be declared right before God
- You cannot say that there is only “one gospel” that was given to men of all ages in order to believe to become justified and be right.
We should be careful to not commingle the messages of God to be believed at various times as seen in God’s word with the provision or requirements that makes it possible to be justified with God. These are not the same thing, and we should be faithful to “rightly divide” (2Tim. 2:15 KJV) these dispensational issues in order to come to a proper understanding of “the gospel of the grace of God” that is for today, as our Father desires for us.
- Portions Adapted from Joshua Edwards, Grace Fellowship Bible Church -