The Gospel Is…

12 May

Powerful.

Paul states in Romans 1:16, “[The Gospel] is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”  No other message, based on any other accomplishment by any other person, has the power to save and transform people.  The Gospel kills and brings back to life.  It creates new life.  As Douglas Wilson once said, “You must do  You can’t do.  Christ did.  When we come to the end of ourselves, we die, and this is the place at which God will make us alive.”

Unlike the self-help books at the local bookstore, or the words of a motivational speaker or politician, God’s Word is “sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” The Gospel is power and full of power, capable of doing what no other message can do. It frees people from the bondage of sin, and slavery to evil.  It opens the eyes of the blind, the ears of the deaf, and the mouths of the mute.   This is the power of the Gospel.

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So, over the last few days, we have seen that the Gospel is truehopefulrelevant, and powerful.  Beyond a mere canned presentation of four points or a napkin drawing, or an emotional appeal meant to manipulate people into getting “fire insurance”, the Gospel is a jewel with many facets.  We’ve looked at four, but I’m convinced that we’ve barely touched the surface.

My hope is that if you have received this message in faith, you have been strengthened and encouraged by these posts. I hope they have served as reminders of the awesome God we serve and the grace He has shown to us in His Son.

Yet, if you have read this post, or any of the posts in this series, and have not received the Gospel in faith, but rather, have rejected it or remain skeptical, I hope you consider the weightiness of these four points and their implications.  Consider the implications of the Gospel being true.  Consider the implications that flow from its hope and power.  And remember that the content (as well as its implications) make this message relevant to you, and therefore, necessary for you to contend with.

 

 

Photo Credit: Unknown, from http://www.photosofchurches.com/anglesey-menai-bridge.htm.

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