Everyone has a choice whether they want to obey the Gospel and share it or refute it and ignore it. After all, our Lord and Savior is a God of freedom. That’s not to say that Jesus set us free so we could do as we please. Instead, He released us to have the spiritual freedom to create a relationship with God, and a large part of that relationship involves the Gospel. I’m grateful for His gift of spiritual freedom, and I welcome the opportunity to listen to the Gospel and preach it, too, as each scripture moves me closer to a life of obedience and stronger faith.
The Gospel serves many purposes, and yet people of faith commonly believe that the Gospel is their sure ticket into Heaven, that if they read the Gospel, they can guarantee a seat into the Pearly Gates.
While the Gospel certainly saves, it is more than acceptance into Heaven.
- The Gospel produces faith.
- The Gospel facilitates strength.
- The Gospel is light.
The Gospel produces faith, and it is through our faith that we receive the many blessings of Christ such as salvation, mercy, grace and forgiveness: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). The greatest part? God wants us to know that we do not have to do a single thing to earn faith. When Jesus died on the cross, everyone became a recipient. Through the Gospel, we can learn and meditate on this valuable lesson. The more we read the Gospel, the stronger our faith becomes. So, not only does the Gospel produce faith, but it strengthens our faith, too.
The Gospel facilitates strength. The word is food to our soul and as our knowledge of the word expands, our Christian life deepens in the process. “But He answered and said, ‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ ” (Matthew 4:4). Our spirits are fed through worship, praise, prayer and the Gospel, and as we read the Gospel, we grow in His knowledge. Think of the Gospel in a nutritional sense. The same way we need vitamins, minerals and protein to sustain a healthy body, we need the Gospel to build and maintain our spiritual strength, too.
The Gospel produces faith. The Gospel facilitates strength. The Gospel is light.
The Gospel is light, and as we read the Word, our Christian path becomes illuminated through His Scripture. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). The Gospel encourages us to remain faithful, as we are promised light and wisdom in His word. God comforts us through His word and He reveals the truth to us throughout all of scripture. As our path is lit by the Gospel, our spiritual vision becomes 20/20. It is through Christ’s redemption that we can use His light to move past the darkness and walk in His salvation.
It is no coincidence that the Gospel means “good news.” The more we rejoice in His Word, share it, recite it and apply it, the deeper our passion, discipline and focus become, thus making the Gospel our highest priority and greatest importance, not only as a hopeful ticket to Heaven but as a way of life, strength and light.