Some who agree that the Gospel shows that the cause of salvation is the effectual definite death of Christ do not preach this Gospel as they do not preach Christ and His death so as to expose all that people highly esteem.
The meaning and significance of Christ and His death, revealed in the Gospel, is the only thing that will expose to our minds the sin that deceives us. God uses the gospel to show us the pride that motivates us to try to establish our self-righteousness. John 3:19-20.
Without the Gospel, no lost sinner will ever come to faith in Christ and repent of dead works and idolatry .Rom. 10:9-17.
Many people have faith in a counterfeit Christ. They have faith in their faith. How can this be exposed so that they should not remain deceived and lost? Only through the Gospel preached, heard, and understood.
WE DO NOT NEED TO HEAR ANYTHING WITHOUT THE LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL!
It is true that the Bible is a book with many topics. It contains doctrine, history, ethics, poetry, letters, etc., but the whole Bible is written in light of the great salvation God has provided for the elect by Christ. The whole Old Testament is written in light of God’s promise to send the Messiah to establish that righteousness that would entitle all who believe the Gospel to the whole inheritance of eternal life.
The whole Nnw Testament is written in light of the Christ who has come and fulfilled that righteousness by His obedience to death. If we remove this light, then the Bible is no better than any other religious history or book of ethics, poetry and letters.
Faith is believing God’s testimony in the Gospel. Ephesians. 2:8-9; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14. Apart from the Gospel, we talk more about “faith alone” than we do about the object of faith.
True Godly repentance begins when we see that all our previous efforts to attain or maintain any part of salvation was no more than dead works, fruit unto death, evil deeds. The only way we could see this is by the Gospel. Apart from the Gospel all repentance is legal repentance! We need instruction in Godly sorrow over sin. 2 Cor. 7:9-10.
Godly love causes us to speak peace to those who believe the gospel as we desire their fellowship. Godly love causes us not speak peace to those with different false gospels as we pray for their salvation.
Without the Gospel, all judgment concerning saved and
lost, concerning spiritual matters is self-righteous judgment based on
ignorance and speculation 1 Cor. 2:13ff.
All acceptable obedience and good works are motivated by the certainty of salvation and final glory, of our being
fully entitled to the whole inheritance of eternal life, of our being completely qualified and fit to Worship god, all based on the obedient death of Christ. Without the Gospel, all attempts at obedience and works are no more than dead works, fruit unto death.John 3:21; Matthew 5:13-16; Ephesians 2:10; Hebrews 10:17-24.