“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation.” The Apostle Paul to the Romans 1:16
The word gospel means good news. It is such good news that I want to share it with everyone that I meet. The good news is that Jesus Christ is who he said he was. He is the Son of God. He is the Firstborn of all the children of God. He was chosen by God to be our Savior and Redeemer. He came to earth in the meridian of time to teach us the truth about our heritage: that we are all children of the same God, who is our Eternal Father and we are heirs to His glorious kingdom.
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God, and if children, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ…” (Romans 8:16-17)
The good news of the gospel is that Christ resurrected and because He resurrected all mankind will resurrect and live after death. Our birth was not our beginning and death is not the ending.
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home.
The good news of the gospel is that Jesus Christ is truly and literally our older brother. He has made a perfect atonement for the sins of all mankind. If we are willing to accept it and repent we can be reconciled to God and purified so that we can be prepared to return to live again with Him.
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1John3:1-2)
“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:”
“For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”
“Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” (Acts 17:24-31)