For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation…
The word “gospel” means good news. In the ancient world, where there was no internet or 24-hour cable news, news spread by word of mouth. When an official “word” would come from a ruling king, heralds were sent out to announce news to the people. The heralds would travel through the city and into the surrounding country side, so people would be informed of important announcements and news.
This is the background to the word “gospel.” When good news about a victory in battle was announced by heralds, it was called “gospel.” Because of this background, Dr. Lloyd-Jones, a 20th Century British preacher, emphasized that the gospel of God is good news, not good advice. What he was getting at, is that God’s message to us is not first about what we need to do to get right with God. The message isn’t good advice. Rather, the gospel is good news. The gospel announces to us what God has done to make us right with him.
The gospel is the good news about the power of God for our salvation. The gospel is not good advice for how we can save ourselves. The gospel is not about what we need to do to clean ourselves up. Instead, the gospel is the announcement of how God has overcome every obstacle that stands in the way of us having a relationship with him. God has overcome death, sin, decay, destruction, and Satan himself.
In a world where so much of the news we receive day in and day out is sad, scary, and depressing, the gospel brilliantly shines, giving us confidence in God, calming our fears, and reclaiming for us joy. Why? Because the gospel announces all that God has done to win us back to him.
Today, believe the good news of God’s power for our salvation!
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