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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Daily Devotional
Today's Eagle's Wings: Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Gospel of Christ

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation . . . for therein is the righteousness of God revealed.
Romans 1:16-17

What is the gospel of Christ? We live in a day when the gospel is little understood, its power seldom experienced, and its message too often muddied by the notions of men. Paul, on the other hand, sounds the gospel trumpet very clearly in our text. Here you have the essential elements of the gospel of Christ.

First, at the heart of the gospel there is a Person, for it is the gospel of Christ! He is the Son of Man (v. 3) and the Son of God (v. 4), bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh, yet very God of very God. What a message is this! Oh who am I, that for my sake / My Lord should take frail flesh, and die? How tragic it is that the gospel has come today to centre on a plan or principles. Above and beyond all else, the gospel is a revelation of Jesus Christ, of His glorious person and His atoning work. The more you see of Christ in Gods Word, the more you will come to know and enjoy the liberty of the gospel.

Further, the gospel carries a divine power, as it is the power of God unto salvation. Sin left man absolutely powerless to do anything to save himself, for he is dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1). But what men cannot do, Christ does through the plain preaching of the gospel. The Spirit of Christ begets faith in the heart by the Word, and that faith brings Christ and His saving grace to the sinner. Paul would unashamedly go to Rome, home of the scholars and philosophers, and preach Christ crucified because he knew that saving power was not in his learning or finely spun arguments, but in the declaration of Christs crosswork!

Finally, the gospel tells of a divine perfection. It reveals the righteousness of God. Christ, who knew no sin, was made sin for us, who knew no righteousness, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Through faith in His blood, we are made righteous, perfect in the eyes of God. Who can condemn us? Then believe the gospel, trust it, and obey it.

The gospel is not so much a miracle as a marvel, and every line is suffused with wonder.
Martin Luther

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