What is the gospel? Many people give many answers to that question. But let’s let the Bible answer it once and for all. If we look to God’s Word on the gospel, we will see just how glorious it truly is.
The gospel is the good news about Jesus Christ (Mark 1:1), specifically concerning His death, burial, and glorious resurrection (1 Cor. 15:1-4). It is the message of peace (Rom 10:15), the good news about the glorious grace of God (Acts 20:24). Truly, the gospel is a blessing from a glorious God (Rom. 15:29).
The glorious gospel is the means by which God calls men to Christ (2 Thess. 2:14). In fact, it is how we partake of God’s promises in Christ (Eph. 3:6). The gospel is where God channels His power to save souls (Rom. 1:16).
The gospel is truth in a world filled with deception (Col. 1:5). It is enlightenment in a world encompassed by darkness (2 Cor. 4:4). It is life giving in a world shrouded in death (2 Tim. 2:8). This world will come to an end, but the glorious gospel is everlasting (Rev.14:6).
To get these glorious benefits of the glorious gospel, we must believe it (Mark 1:15), receive it (1 Cor. 15:1), and obey it (Rom. 10:16). Then we need to stand in it (1 Cor. 15:1), live it (Phil. 1:27), serve in it (Rom. 1:9), minister it (Rom. 15:16), and fellowship in it (Phil. 1:5).
But be warned: Satan has influenced some men to hide the true message of the gospel (2 Cor. 4:3), to hinder its progress (1 Cor. 9:12), and to pervert and change its glorious truths (Gal 1:6-7). That is why we must preach it (Mark 16:15), defend it (Phil. 1:17), and never be ashamed of it (Rom. 1:16). Incidentally, the preaching of the gospel will lead to people believing it and being baptized in obedience to it for salvation (Mark 16:15-16).
Paul through inspiration called the gospel glorious (1 Tim. 1:11). It is glorious! Let us continually be reminded of just how powerful it is, how it has changed our lives for the better and forever, and that we have a responsibility to truthfully distribute it. Glory be to God for His glorious gospel!
Edd Sterchi is the minister of the Harrisburg Church of Christ, Harrisburg, Illinois.