Devotional
THE GOSPEL AND YOU

THE GOSPEL AND YOU

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Romans 1:16

The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for our sins and rose again, eternally triumphant over his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe, but only everlasting joy. That’s the gospel.

Sometimes we might think that since we are already believers why should we still listen to the gospel. But it’s important to know that the same gospel that saved us also grows us.

You never, never, never outgrow your need for this gospel. You don’t begin the Christian life with this and then leave it behind and get stronger with something else. God strengthens us with the gospel to the day we die.

The gospel is not the ABC of Christianity, but the A to Z.’ It is the fundamental message that brings people into the kingdom, but we never ever leave it behind. We need to keep preaching it to ourselves every day and keep responding to it in repentance and faith.

We find that the gospel is for Christians as well as non-Christians throughout the New Testament. Paul In Romans 1.15, for example, is telling Christians in Rome what he hopes to do when he visits them: I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. Or, as he puts it in 1 Corinthians 15.1; Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand and by which you are being saved.

Why is it so important for Christians to keep hearing the gospel? Paul tells us in Rom 1.16: …it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes… Yes, it is the power of God to save those outside the kingdom who are perishing. But literally, Paul says it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who keeps on believing. The present tense describes the ongoing activity of believing—not just at the moment of conversion, but throughout the whole Christian life, the gospel saves us.

All we need to transform our minds, hearts, and wills is right here in this message. The gospel is the ultimate working of the power of Almighty God.

Further reading: 1peter 1:3-25

Confession: I trust the gospel for growth, I get better acquainted with it, I grow with the gospel diligent to see others come to the knowledge of the truth as well.

THERE IS LOVE IN SHARING