This is my second post in a series about the true, life-changing Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to look at what it is and its effect upon our lives. In this post I want to explain how the Good News is also for believers.
For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.
According to this passage of Scripture, without faith, the Gospel is of no value or of no benefit to those who hear it. It starts there – you must believe the Gospel in order to enter into salvation. What most Christians don’t realize is that the Good News doesn’t end there. It’s not something that’s only for those in need of the saving power of God.
Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him…
In the first line of this section of the Word the phrase is able is the Greek word dunamis – power. This literally says that He has the power to establish you. How can the Lord accomplish this? It’s through the Gospel that we are established. Not only does the Good News save you, but it gives you a foundation. It sets you firmly in place by the power of the Lord.
I think one of our fundamental mistakes is to think of the word salvation as a one-time thing. It is actually an ongoing process. According to Scripture, I received salvation when I accepted Christ as my Lord. Now, for the rest of my life, I am being saved by His work in me. One day, when He returns, I will receive my final salvation – my resurrected body. The Gospel is a part of God’s continuing work in my life.
Of course, if you read the above verse carefully you’ll find that it’s not just the Good News. It’s also the proclamation of Jesus the Anointed One and His anointing that brings about this stability in your life. That’s why we can’t neglect the gathering together of the church. We need what happens when we meet together for worship if we’re going to progress in that anointing.
This is Good News, But as great as our lives being established is, the Gospel doesn’t stop there. In my next post I will talk about another aspect of the Gospel we don’t normally consider.
Question: What is a result of failing to see the Gospel as an ongoing work in your life?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013