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God’s Gospel

“The gospel of God- the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God, by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith”
(Romans 1:1-5)

At the very beginning of his great letter to the Romans Paul gives a very concise, clear and complete description of the gospel. There are six key elements that he brings out,

Firstly, it is ‘the gospel of God.’ That is it had its origin in God the Father. And, as the Scriptures make very clear, this took place before the creation of the world. It was a part of God’s plan and purpose from before the beginning.

Secondly, it is totally focussed on Jesus Christ. It is ‘the gospel  … regarding His Son …Jesus Christ our Lord.’ It is centred on Him and on His life and purpose, His ministry and meaning, and His death and resurrection and coming again.

Thirdly, the gospel is the fulfilment of the prophecies in the Old Testament. Both Jesus and the apostles used these Scriptures as a a foundation for their proclamation of Jesus as Saviour and Lord.

Fourthly, the scope of the gospel is the whole world. Paul refers here to ‘all the Gentiles’ which would have included every person who was not a Jew. And in the Great Commission Jesus sends the disciples to take the gospel ‘to all nations.’

Fifthly, the immediate purpose of the gospel is to ‘call people .. to the obedience that comes from faith.’ This means to a new life and way of living centred on faith in Jesus Christ and in accordance with His teachings.

Finally, the ultimate goal of the gospel is for ‘His names sake’ – that is for the greater glory of the name of Jesus Christ. We look ahead to the day when

“at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11)

It is ‘The gospel of God – promised .. through His prophets … regarding His Son … Jesus Christ our Lord … for His Names sake .. to call people from among all the Gentiles .. to the obedience that comes from faith.’

We do this by our thoughts, words, prayers and the lives that we live.


Heavenly Father, may Your gospel of Jesus Christ be proclaimed in and through me to the greater glory of His Name. Amen.