The gospel is the most important message we can hear or share. The gospel has inherent power. The gospel is entrusted to weak people like us (jars of clay) so that in the end God gets all the glory.
But there is another aspect of the gospel. The gospel is the word of truth. We live it, share it, embrace it, and are transformed by it because not only does it have power but it is the truth.
Read Ephesians 1:13-14
Read Colossians 1:5-6
The gospel is the word of truth. It is absolutely true. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus are undisputed historical facts that God has come down from heaven in Jesus and bought us in His blood. This action is powerful and the message is truth.
Notice that Paul doesn’t say the gospel is true. There would be nothing wrong with that, but there are many things that are true.
I was born in Kansas City, MO. That is true. I am 6’2”. That is true. Donald Trump won the election. That is true.
There are many things in this world that are true, but have no inherent power or the sovereignty of God behind them.
Paul says that the gospel is the word of truth. It is truth with a capital “T”.
So, not only is the gospel the most important message of all time. It is the greatest news anyone of could hear and receive. Not only is it powerful. Not only does God use it to open our eyes to the glory of Christ. Not only is it truth.
But, the gospel is also life.
Read 2 Timothy 1:8-10
This is an amazing passage that blows my mind. According to the Scriptures, when did you and I receive grace in Jesus?
In eternity past—before the ages began–before the foundation of the world, God set His electing love upon us and chose us for salvation to receive grace.
The gospel of Jesus Christ abolishes death and brings eternal life. We receive ultimate life through the gospel.
Not only eternal life forever with Jesus in heaven, but life right now here on earth in the power and presence of God Himself.
The gospel is life-giving. It destroys death. It defeats sin. It crushes Satan, and the gospel gives life.
That’s what the gospel is. First and foremost, the gospel is the message of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus to save us from our sins and conquer death. The gospel has power. The gospel is truth. The gospel gives life. That’s what the gospel is.
Would you never get over the gospel!
Would you daily mine the treasures of the gospel as food for your soul?
There is a great book of prayers by the Puritans called “Valley of Vision”—they are powerful, deep, and very moving. I encourage you to find this book and meditate on the prayers.
Listen to one of the prayers: “Holy Trinity, continue to teach me that Christ’s righteousness satisfies justice and evidences your love; help me to make use of it by faith as the ground of my peace and of your favor and acceptance of me, so that I may live always near the cross.”
Spend some time in prayer asking the Lord to always keep you near the cross.