PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 11/25/2018

The gospel is the good news about the person and work of Jesus Christ. It is good news, not good advice. The gospel is not something we do but a message about something that has been done for us. The gospel is the glorious message that tells us that God has made a way for lost wicked sinners to be reconciled to Him and live forever with Him in a world free of sin and its effects through His Son, Jesus.

The gospel is incredibly important to every aspect of our lives. Most of our problems in life come from a lack of belief, a lack of understanding, or a lack of proper application of the gospel. The gospel not only saves us but it also transforms us. The gospel transforms our hearts and our thinking and changes our approach to absolutely everything. In his essay, What Is the Gospel?—Revisited, D. A. Carson says, “The gospel is regularly presented not only as truth to be received and believed, but the very power of God to transform (see 1 Cor 2; 1 Thess 2:4; [Rom 1:16-17])… One of the most urgently needed things today is a careful treatment of how the gospel, biblically and richly understood, ought to shape everything we do in the local church, all of our ethics, all of our priorities.”

In 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 Paul says, “Now I would remind you brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved” (ESV).We are not only saved by the gospel, but we are being saved by the gospel. In other words, we are not only justified (made right with God) through the gospel but we are also sanctified (made more and more like Jesus—made holy) by the gospel. So we need the gospel all day every day!  

We must share the gospel with unbelievers in hopes that God will save them but we also must preach the gospel to ourselves and other believers in hopes that God will drive the gospel down deeper into our hearts and make us more Christlike. As our understanding of the gospel grows our understanding of our sin and God’s holiness grows. As that grows then our appreciation and love for Jesus grows. His mediation, His sacrifice, His righteousness, and His gracious work on our behalf become increasingly sweet and powerful to us. The cross looms larger and more central in our life as we rejoice in the Savior who died upon it. The gospel transforms us… So, preach the gospel to yourself for your joy and God’s glory!

I am nothing; Christ is all!

Pastor Nick