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The Gospel

March 21, 2016

What is the gospel? Many Christians define the gospel as “the good news”. Of course this definition does not actually explain the gospel. The gospel is a single set of truths that can be explained a myriad of ways. The gospel can be given quietly in the living room of a grieving spouse. The gospel can be shouted boldly from the stage of a great arena. The gospel can be taught in a coffee shop or a church building. It can be declared on the street or in a home. The gospel can be shared in a few minutes yet its depths will never be plumbed in a lifetime of study. The gospel is a plain melody that has been sung in simple song and exalted in lavish symphony. The gospel can be as effectively presented by uneducated workers as it can by degreed scholars. The gospel can be stated in one verse, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The gospel can be summarized through a series of verses like the Romans Road. The gospel can be expounded in a rich soteriological thesis like the book of Romans.

The Bible presents the gospel over and over again. The gospel is proclaimed prophetically in passages like Isaiah 53. The gospel is presented poetically in passages like Psalm 34. The gospel is foreshadowed in the sacrifices and rituals of the Old Testament. The gospel is pictured in the miracles and parables of Jesus. The gospel is taught by the prophets, declared by the apostles, preached by the people of God and entrusted to every Christian. The gospel permeates the the pages of Scriptures.

The gospel is about who Jesus is, what Jesus did and why Jesus did it. “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”. When Paul went into a community the first message he preached was the gospel. He started with those truths most necesary for the souls of mens. The gospel is the message of pardon from sin, deliverance from guilt, redemption from bondage and escape from condemntation. The gospel is the message of adoption, forgiveness, righteousness and reconcilation with God. The gospel is not a message of man’s devising. The gospel is the message taught by God through His Word. The gospel is the message taught by Jesus to His disciples. The gospel is the message given to every Christian. The gospel is the new song sung forever by the saints of God. “For thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;” (Revelation 5:9) The gospel is “the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.” What are you doing with the gospel?

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