The gospel is not only good news, it’s much better news than we thought.
Psalms 67 opens with this prayer: ”May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.” God’s plan for the nation of Israel was to show His goodness, display His glory, His character, Who He is, through His blessing upon that chosen nation…SO that all the families of the earth would recognize and acknowledge God and come to know Him, and be His people too. (In Abraham all the families of the earth shall be blessed.)
Of course, this was the Old Covenant plan, which God knew all along was just a foreshadowing of His ultimate plan: To reconcile the world to Himself through Jesus Christ. The fantastic news of the Gospel is that now, through Jesus’ incarnation, life as a man dependent on His Heavenly Father, gathering disciples and being with them and demonstrating to them Who the Father is (as Jesus told Philip: “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father… the Father and I are one”) and through His obedience unto death, bodily resurrection, ascension and sending the Holy Spirit, those who believe Him receive not just a new covenant, but a new NATURE! God walked and talked with Adam; through Christ, He walks and talks IN us. He is not only Emmanuel- God with us, He is God IN us!
The same goal that God had for Israel; to show through them to the nations Who God really is and to be their God, is fulfilled in Christ and those, Jew and Gentile, who have received the new nature through Him. “If anyone is in Christ he is a NEW CREATION, old things are passed away, behold new things have come.” (2nd Cor. 5:7)
Let’s take a look at this incredible passage in John 17: (Emphasis mine)Jesus prays: “I do not ask for these only (the disciples with Him) but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father are IN me and I IN you, that they also may be one IN us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. …I IN them and you IN me that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”
Believers in Jesus are not just people who have trusted Christ for forgiveness of sins and are on their way to heaven when they die, indeed that is part of the gospel, but just a part of this wondrous plan of God. We are actually, by faith through God’s grace, made into a new species! We have received the very life of GOD! We are one with Him by His love to the purpose of showing others who don’t believe yet, how good and loving and wonderful God is. It’s a whole new world, a whole new life, so much better than the old covenant. It’s like trading an old rusty bicycle for warp speed on the Enterprise. So… let’s quit pedaling that old bike and enter in to the Life of God in the Holy Spirit!
We were born for such a time as this. Romans 8:19 “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.” We were born (again) to work the works of Jesus, to let Him live in and through us. Let God arise in His people and show forth the love of Jesus to a needy and hungry world by letting Him live, speak, give, work, heal, sing, preach, touch, smile, pray, befriend, deliver, teach through us! What a gospel!