"To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto
not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us
the word of reconciliation. (2 Cor 5:19)
Dr. William R. Newell, a well-known Bible expositor of a past generation,
commented on this verse in his excellent little tract entitled "Paul's
Gospel." He writes in part: "Now Paul in his wonderful revelation
declares that God HATH reconciled the world to Himself; that God was in
Christ (at the cross) reconciling the world unto Himself. Men do not
know this, so they conceive that something stands between them and God,
and that they must perform or do something before God will have them or
accept them or forgive them.
"If you tell a man that God is demanding no good works of him whatsoever,
no religion, no religious observances or church ordinances at all, that
God is not asking him to undertake a lot of church duties, or any duties
at all, but on the contrary, that God invites him to believe the glad
message that his sins have al-ready been dealt with at the cross, and
that God expects him to believe this good news and be exceedingly happy
about it--if you tell an unsaved man such a story as this, he is
astonished and overwhelmed; yet THIS IS THE Gospel."
TO WHICH WE ADD: Much preaching today purports to be the gospel but too
often it is a confusing mixture of law and grace, faith and works, and
salvation and rewards. To add any-thing to the finished work of Christ
is to proclaim "another gospel" upon which God pronounces His anathema.