The Gospel According to God
Read: St. John 3:14-21
I declare to you the Gospel…how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. I Corinthians 15:1-4
There is always danger that a word, when used again and again, gradually loses its meaning. This can happen either unintentionally or by deliberate design. Such a word is the word “Gospel” which is so important to a Christian’s faith and life.
A professor was asked for a precise definition of the Scriptural term “Gospel” and he replied, “The Biblical word ‘Gospel’ means good news for a bad situation…” That is a totally wrong definition. As aspirin tablet may be good news for a person with a splitting headache, but it has nothing to do with the Christian Gospel.
One need not be a very learned Bible student to know what the Bible means by the word “Gospel.” The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you…how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” The Apostle Peter wrote, “You were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold…but with the precious blood of Christ…and this is the Word of God by which the Gospel is preached to you.” I Peter 1:18-19
Spelled out clearly and completely, the primary meaning of the word “Gospel” in Holy Scripture is the good news that our Heavenly Father sent His only Son to earth to live, to suffer, to die, and to rise again as our Redeemer so that, through faith in him, our sins might be forgiven and we might dwell with Him in eternal bliss and glory. That and that alone, is the “good news”, the Gospel, on which we base our hope.
The Gospel shows the Father’s grace, Who sent His Sn to save our race,
Proclaims how Jesus lived and died That man might thus be justified.
How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.