TWO MAIN TEACHINGS
- The Law the Gospel are two distinct teachings of the Bible
- The Law tells us what we have not done and condemns us
- The Gospel tells us what God has done to save and bless us
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Throughout the portions of history, poetry and prophesy found in the Bible, two main teachings (doctrines) become evident: the Law and the Gospel. They reveal to us sin which condemns us, and grace though which God forgives and accepts us.
- The Law tells us what to do and what not to do. It reveals our sinfulness. It exposes even our thoughts and intentions as sinful. It reminds us we are worthy of eternal punishment and separation from the blessings of God. At times it curbs us from doing bad things, but intends to show how distant we are from God and lead us to long for God’s help.
- The Gospel, which means “good news” are those parts that show us what God in his love is doing for us by planning, promising, and eventually providing a Savior from our sin. All the blessings that flow from that are part of the gospel message. It leads us to faith and closeness to God and a confidence in the future…even after death.
- The Bible is more than just history. It is much more than principles of living. It is more than many separate stories. It is essentially just one story – the story of Jesus and the importance of a saving relationship with him through faith. The focus is the forgiveness of sins and faith which restores us to an eternal relationship with God filled with his strength and blessings.