What is the Gospel

gospelI listened to a sermon the other day and the pastor asked this question. “If you only have a few minutes, could you share the Gospel with someone?”

I imminently thought of I Cor. 15:3-4, ” that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,”

And in essence, this is the Gospel, the Good News. That Jesus died in our place, taking our sins. That He was buried, yet defeated death, and that He rose again.

But isn’t the Gospel more than this?

Some people think of the Gospel only as that which they are to share with the lost. And it is.

Some people see the Gospel as an evangelistic tool. And it is.

Yet, I’m sure, the Gospel is so much more.

For you see, the Gospel is how we live our lives, day-to-day.

Not only does the Gospel save, the Gospel sanctifies, and one day the Gospel will glorify!

For it is the same grace which saved us,that allows us to live the Christian life each day.

It is the same death at Calvary, that frees us from our sins today.

And the same resurrection that allows us to walk and talk with our risen Savior.

The Gospel that saved a sinner like me, is the same Gospel that has justified me.

So on those bad days when I fail, it is on the Gospel that I stand. For because of the Gospel, no matter how bad my day, I stand forgiven, holy and set apart.

And on the good days when I love and serve my Lord with all my heart, it is still the Gospel that ransoms me.

It seems this time of year, as Easter approaches, we hear a lot about the Gospel. We hear sermons and sing songs about the cross and the blood.

This is good, but it is a wonderful truth worth celebrating more than just one weekend. It is a truth we are to celebrate each day.

For without the cross, without the death, burial,and resurrection, we are nothing.

But because of the these things, we have been redeemed, set free, and forgiven!

So that we might live life’s pleasing to the Lord. That we might love Him with all of our hearts, soul, mind and strength. In order that we who have been rescued from sin and death, may lead the lost to Him.

This is the Gospel… let us then seek to live it out each and every day.

 

 

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