God's Gospel

March 4, 2022
Hello Church Family: If you have ever made a wrong turn onto to the wrong road you quickly realize that you need to turn around and go back to get to the correct road so that you can get to where you are trying to go. This is also true when we consider salvation. The road to salvation must be the biblical gospel road or we will not arrive at salvation.  
How do we make sure that we are on the biblical gospel road and not a detour? Well, it is pretty easy and yet today many make it difficult. We must be a people who look back to scripture, God’s definition of the gospel, to make sure we have the gospel right. If we end up with a gospel contrary to God’s gospel from scripture, then we are accursed, doomed (Gal. 1:6-9). 
In Romans, Paul immediately starts the letter defining the foundation of the gospel. His purpose is for Jew and Gentile both to get the gospel right no matter if they are in first century Rome or 21st century America. The gospel is God’s gospel. The apostles did not invent the gospel – it was revealed and entrusted to them by God (Romans 1:1).

What is the foundation of the gospel? The gospel foundation is God. The gospel tells us who He is, what His character is, what His standards are, and what He requires of us. The gospel tells us that we owe our very existence to Him. The gospel tells us that for good or bad, we are always in God’s hands and under His eye. These truths are the foundation of the gospel; and until they are grasped, the rest of the gospel message will seem neither rational nor relevant.
Because the gospel is God’s gospel, it is something that God has accomplished. It is not a command to us. It is not something we do. Our faith is not the gospel. Our repentance is not the gospel. They both are the effects of the gospel. The gospel is God’s achievement not ours.
So, what is God’s gospel? The gospel is the good news of what God has accomplished in the person of His Son, Christ Jesus, in His life and in His death and in His resurrection, to secure the forgiveness of sins of all who will repent and believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
What must be our response to the gospel? Our response is the privilege of glorifying God through a lifelong expression of gratitude that springs up from the bottom of our hearts and flows into a love for God and His community, obeying the gospel together by living according to the truths of Scripture. The church is to embody the gospel together as we put on display the good news of Jesus Christ.

Our response is a daily event. Respond to the gospel today.

See you Sunday, loving the gospel of God, Steve

Romans 1:1-2 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures...

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