What is the Gospel?

26 Sep

The gospel is bigger and better than you think. The goodness of the good news is directly proportional to the goodness of God and the newsiness of the good news is proportional to the level of revelation we have about him. Since God is infinitely good and infinitely big, and since there is always more for us to discover about him, there is always more to the good news than we can ever think or imagine. The gospel is simple but it gets bigger and better on closer examination until your mind is fried and you are floored with gratitude at the loving-kindness of a good God.

What is the gospel? It is the revelation of God’s love through Jesus Christ. Whatever your need, your answer is found in Christ alone. He is the Love who loves us and the Grace who helps us in our time of need. If you are a sinner in need of redemption, see Jesus. If you are a saint struggling with sin, see Jesus. If you are oppressed by poverty, you don’t need a sermon outlining seven steps to prosperity—you need a revelation of Jesus, who became poor for our sakes so that we might be rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). If you are facing a storm and don’t know the way forward, you need a revelation of the One who silenced the tempest with a word. If you are looking for a solution to one of the world’s many problems, Jesus has it. Since Jesus is the author of life, he is the first and last word on any and every subject.

Paul Ellis

The Gospel in Ten Words, KingsPress, 2012, 7-8.

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2 Responses to “What is the Gospel?”

  1. Lisa Lato September 26, 2012 at 2:05 am #

    Paul, I love your sentence “The gospel is simple but it gets bigger and better on closer examination until your mind is fried and you are floored with gratitude at the loving-kindness of a good God.” This is it in a nutshell.

  2. Carlos Huey September 26, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    I love what Lisa says; however what also really caught me in this piece was this: “What is the gospel? It is the revelation of God’s love through Jesus Christ.” Wow….nice piece!

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