I hope it is safe to assume that we would all aspire to preach like Paul. In other words, I think we would aspire to communicate the gospel with the clarity that Paul did. So how do you know if you are preaching the same gospel that Paul preached?
Here is a little test to see if you preach like Paul did:
Do you ever have people respond to your presentation of the gospel by asking you “that is it?…It’s that simple? What about my works?…Are you saying it does not matter what I do?”
I was recently sharing the gospel with a non-Christian and he said almost all those things. I apparently was making salvation sound TOO easy and grace was TOO free. It was shocking to him.
Apparently Paul got those questions and responses too. As he is writing the letter to the Romans he knows what objections they are going to bring up when he says things like “For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:19-21)
Paul’s logic here is that if we are first and foremost guilty before God because of our union with Adam how much more are we righteous and perfect in God’s eyes because of our union with Christ.
Perfectly righteous? YES!!!!
But won’t that teaching just lead to more sinning?
Paul knows that is exactly what some people will be thinking which is why Paul wrote what he did in chapter 6.
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?…What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” (Romans 6:1, 2, 15)
So is that how you preach and communicate the gospel? Are you hearing the objections Paul heard? Do you have to talk about how grace leads to more holiness in your gospel conversations?
If not, then it may be because you are not preaching with the clarity that Paul did. It may be that your not preaching the gospel at all.