An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

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 1:16-17)

Christ and His Gospel constitute the greatest message the world has ever heard. The Blessed, Eternal, Holy God of heaven was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing our trespasses to us, but has made us the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:19-21). The Gospel of Christ is soul-saving truth that sets us free and gives us hope, and this hope does not disappoint (Romans 5:5). It is centered on Christ the Lord, Who is the Truth incarnate (John 14:6) and on His redemptive work. What He accomplished alone (Hebrews 1:3) was a magnificent, maximal expression of love for His Father (John 14:31) and of God’s love for us (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). The Gospel of Christ sets our thinking aright. It puts man in His place, humbled but not humiliated, exalted in God’s love but not flattered. It reminds us not only of our former lowly, guilty position before God, but of God’s amazing goodness, grace, wisdom, justice, and mercy. The Gospel of Christ also serves as a powerful corrector to the most common of religious errors, that is, the propensity to think that our performance has something to do with earning and maintaining a right standing before God. The Bible insists that everything hinges on Christ’s flawless performance on our behalf. We are called to simply believe the Gospel, and to trust in Christ as Lord and Savior. To a world locked in darkness, this message is utter foolishness. To us who are being saved, however, it is the very power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18). Christians would do well to remind themselves of the Gospel often, refusing to allow the world, the flesh, and the devil to draw their minds away from the simplicity that is in Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3). There is only one thing needful, and His name is Jesus (Luke 10:42). Contemplating the Gospel not only reminds us of God’s love and provision, but of the seriousness of sin as well. Sin is transgression of the Law (1 John 3:4) and the Law reflects God’s morally perfect character. This is why sin is such a grave moral evil. That is why nothing less that the Ultimate Worthy Sacrifice could purge our sin debt and secure our redemption and a proper standing before God (Hebrews 8-10). The Bible assures us that considering the Lord and what He has done will serve as an antidote to weariness and discouragement (Hebrews 12:3). Paul cautions us, however, insisting that the saving benefits of what Christ has done will only be experienced by those who have not “believed in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2). Believing in vain can mean believing that the Gospel is true without actually trusting in Christ, or that the Gospel itself isn’t true. The latter is impossible. The former is up to us. Choose wisely!

God bless, dear saints,

pastor john