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Peacemaker Ministries Devotion: Design of the Gospel

by P. Brian Noble / January 18, 2021


Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:1–5, NIV)


Do you need to be reminded of the Gospel? Paul loves to remind his readers of the Gospel he preached—the Gospel they received, that they are standing in, and by which they have been saved. Paul consistently delivers the message he received directly from Christ. First, Jesus DIED for our sins. Second, Jesus was BURIED. Third, Jesus was RAISED on the third day. Finally, Jesus APPEARED.

One reason these four words intrigue me is that I experienced these things when I repented and was reconciled to God.

The other reason is that this sequence is throughout all of Scripture. May I go deep for a minute? Let’s go to the Old Testament, and I will show you where the Gospel is outlined in one of the sacrifices depicted in Leviticus.

. . . the priest shall command them to take for him who is to be cleansed two live clean birds and cedarwood and scarlet yarn and hyssop. And the priest shall command them to kill [death]one of the birds in an earthenware vessel [burial] over fresh water. He shall take the live bird with the cedarwood and the scarlet yarn and the hyssop, and dip them and the live bird in the blood [resurrection]of the bird that was killed over the fresh water. And he shall sprinkle it seven times on him who is to be cleansed of the leprous disease. Then he shall pronounce him clean and shall let the living bird go into the open field [appearance]. (Leviticus 14:4–7, ESV, additions mine)

The Gospel is foreshadowed in this Old Testament passage. In fact, the design of the Gospel is woven into the whole the Old Testament. Abraham and his son Isaac are a foreshadowing of the Gospel. Jonah and the whale also foreshadow the Gospel. The story of Lazarus in the New Testament is a foreshadowing of the culmin­ation of the Gospel, which was just around the corner then. In other words, the message of the Gospel is central in importance to all of Christianity.


The Gospel – what Jesus did for us – is at the center of your relationship with God. Is it at the center of your relationships with others? More specifically, do you have any relationships you need to change immediately? Here is how to do it: die!Yes, I said die– die to yourself. Bury the old self. Be raised from the dead and walk in the newness that God provides through his Son. Then when you appear, your transformation will be evident to the people with whom you need reconciliation. Live out the Gospel and see how its promise transforms.


Lord, I am grateful to be a Christ follower. Help me to follow you to the cross and die to my selfish ambition. If I do, I’m sure you will raise me to a new kind of life. . . . Continue praying.

Tags: Jesus, Gospel

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P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.

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