Today we look at the Gospel’s truthfulness.
It may seem like an odd thing to consider. However, if we are going to place our eternal hope in the Gospel, we should consider if it conforms to what we know about the world. We can make the mistake of assuming something is truthful. But, if we consider the underlying presuppositions and discover them to be true, we can have greater confidence in what we believe.
Of the many remarkable realities of the Scripture, its historicity is one of the more phenomenal. The way God has woven his divine will and actions into the human story is itself miraculous. Time and again we see how key figures, locations, and events are confirmed through historical and archeological study.
The context of the bible’s unfolding revelation is seen in the ever-moving story of human events. The mechanics of how God has accomplished this are hidden from us. They simply escape our capabilities to understand. But what we can know is that it happened. When the seemingly impossible is confirmed through an investigative process, our doubts are minimized. As a secondary result, our capacity to believe increases.
In the same way, the Gospel’s truthfulness can be validated by the events surrounding Jesus’s crucifixion. Two classic works have made the case for the reliability of the historical record—Evidence that Demands a Verdict and The Case for Christ.
Both of these resources serve as explorations into the evidence surrounding the central claim of the Gospel, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. And in both volumes we are confronted with one unavoidable conclusion, Jesus is who the Gospel proclaims.
We all have to make up our own minds on the issue. We all have to investigate the claims of the Gospel and come to a decision. And it must be our decision.
When all is said and done, and we stand before God, we will give an account for our own lives. No excuse will be accepted or cause God to relent. We will be confronted with the question of what we did with the evidence we were given.
The Gospel is a truthful message because it declares events that happened and people who lived. What is left for us to do is decide if we will conform our lives to the implications of what the Gospel points to.