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Does It Take a Complete Understanding of the Gospel to Go to Heaven? Is it enough to believe it even if we do not fully understand it?



On the one hand, the gospel message is very easy to understand: Jesus died and rose from the dead so that we could be redeemed. The basic facts of the gospel are easy to understand. But on the other hand, the gospel message is the deepest divine truth that has ever been revealed to us humans: Jesus died and rose from the dead so that we could be redeemed. The implications of these facts, and the underlying theology of God, are profound enough to keep even the most astute theologians thinking for a lifetime. How thorough must an understanding of salvation be before faith can truly be called “faith”?

It is indisputable that redeeming faith requires a certain degree of understanding. This understanding is made possible through the preaching of the gospel (Matthew 28: 18-20) together with the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts (Acts 16:14). Paul precisely describes the process that leads to a correct understanding of the gospel: preaching, what leads to hearing, what leads to faith, which leads to calling on the Lord for salvation (Romans 10:14). "Hearing" implies understanding; if the sermon is not understood, then it is not actually "heard".

The content of the sermon that needs to be understood is the gospel. From the beginning, the apostles emphasized the death and resurrection of Christ in their message (Acts 2: 23-24). “For first of all I passed on to you what I also received: That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that he was buried; and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures; and that he was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve ”(1 Corinthians 15: 3-5). This section contains the basic elements of the gospel centered around the person and work of Christ: Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead. No one can be redeemed without understanding - and relying on - this truth.

Every facet of the gospel is important. When an element of the gospel is obscure, the belief dissolves that if we do not understand that Jesus is the perfect Son of God, then his death is of no consequence to our salvation. If we don't understand that Jesus died, then logically we don't understand the resurrection either. If we do the reason Do not understand his death (for our sins), then we consider ourselves guiltless and do not need a Savior. If we do not understand that Jesus was resurrected, then we are overlooking the fact of the living Savior and our faith is dead (1 Corinthians 15:17).

The Bible gives us examples of people who had a certain amount of spiritual knowledge but were not redeemed. They did not trust in Christ until they understood the fundamentals of the gospel and were born again. The eunuch from Ethiopia (Acts 8,26-39), Cornelius (Acts 10), Apollos (Acts 18,24-28) and the twelve men in Ephesus (Acts 19,1-7) all had a religious one Background, but the moment of their salvation took place when they put their faith in Christ - and for that they first had to hear and understand the content of the gospel.

However, you don't have to everything understand what the gospel entails to be saved. In fact, it is impossible to understand the fullness of all that the gospel brings with it, this side of glory. We strive, paradoxically, to "know the love of Christ ... which surpasses all knowledge" (Ephesians 3:19). But we will never fully understand the riches of God's grace: “O what a depth of riches, both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments and how unsearchable are his ways ”(Romans 11:33).

For example, we don't need to understand hypostatic union in order to be redeemed. Nor do we need the definition of atonement can quote. Nor is a working knowledge of justification, salvation, or progressive sanctification required to enter heaven. Knowledge of these things grows over time as we study the Holy Word, but it is not necessary to be saved. It is doubtful that the thief on the cross next to Jesus knew much about soteriology when he turned to the Lord and said: "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom" (Luke 23:42).

The good news of the gospel is so simple that a child can understand it. Jesus explicitly stated that redemption is available for the little ones: “Let the children come to me and do not forbid them, for the kingdom of God belongs to them” (Mark 10:14). Praise the Lord that the gospel of Jesus Christ can be understood by children. We also believe that God will grace those who are spiritually unable to understand the gospel.

In order to get to heaven, it is necessary to: “Believe in the Lord Jesus” (Acts 16:31). That means we believe in the sacrifice of Jesus, our God, who died in our place and rose on the third day. Those who believe in Jesus have "the right to become children of God" (John 1:12). So simple - and so profound - is the gospel.

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Does It Take a Complete Understanding of the Gospel to Go to Heaven? Is it enough to believe it even if we do not fully understand it?
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