The Gospel Is…
The gospel is the good news that God loves you as you but way too much to leave you that way.
Robert Farrar Capon says—
In Jesus, God has put up a “Gone Fishing” sign on the religion shop. He has done the whole job in Jesus once and for all and simply invited us to believe it–to trust the bizarre, unprovable proposition that in him, every last person on earth is already home free without a single religious exertion: no fasting till your knees fold, no prayers you have to get right or else, no standing on your head with your right thumb in your left ear and reciting the correct creed–no nothing… The entire show has been set to rights in the Mystery of Christ–even though nobody can see a single improvement. Yes, it’s crazy. Yes, it’s wild, outrageous, and vulgar. Any God who would do such a thing is a God who has no taste. Worst of all, it doesn’t sell worth beans. But it is Good News—the only permanently good news there is—and therefore I find it absolutely captivating.
Rob Bell says—
Resurrection announces that God has not given up on the world, because this world matters. This world that we call home dirt and blood and sweat and skin and light and water, this world that God is redeeming and restoring and renewing. What we do with our lives matters in this body the one that we inhabit right now.Every act of compassion matters. Every work of art that celebrates the good and the true matters. Every fair and honest act of business and trade, every kind word.They all belong and they will all go on in God’s good world. Nothing will be forgotten. Nothing will be wasted.It all has its place. Jesus invites us to trust resurrection. That every glimmer of good, every hint of hope, every impulse that elevates the soul is a sign, a taste, a glimpse of how things actually are and how things will ultimately be.
Brennan Manning says—
“Justification by grace through faith” is the theologian’s learned phrase for what Chesterton once called “the furious longing of God.” He is not moody or capricious; He knows no seasons of change. He has a single relentless stance toward us: He loves us. He is the only God man has ever heard of who loves sinners. False gods–the gods of human manufacturing–despise sinners, but the Father of Jesus loves all, no matter what they do. But of course this is almost too incredible for us to accept. Nevertheless, the central affirmation of the Reformation stands: through no merit of ours, but by His mercy, we have been restored to a right relationship with God through the life, death, and resurrection of His beloved Son. This is the Good News, the gospel of grace.
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:17-18)
By this gospel, you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day. (1 Corinthians 15:2-4)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
The gospel is the good news and to be the really good news than it must be good news for all no matter who they what they have done. God loves us, all of us!