6th May 2014

The Gospel is Good News 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) 

The word ‘gospel’ is found over 90 times in the Bible. In the Greek New Testament, ‘gospel’ is the translation of the Greek noun ‘euangelion’, meaning “good news,” and the verb ‘euangelizo’, meaning “to bring or announce good news.” 

For the early church, and for Christians today, the central Christian message is one of salvation through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But why is this message such good news? 

In 2 Corinthians 5:17 the Apostle Paul gives us some key things to think about: Paul says, ‘…if anyone is in Christ…’, then adds ‘that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ…’ (Verse 19).  Jesus’ death was sufficient for the whole world—everyone is included. Salvation is for anyone and everyone.  What good news it is that “anyone”, and that means you and me, is included in Christ’s reconciling work. 

Then Paul says that our salvation in Christ deals with our past: ‘…The old has gone…’ (Verse 17).  Having our sin forgiven, and the past dealt with, is such good news. 

But there’s even more: Christ’s all encompassing sacrifice deals with all our sin, past, present, and future. After all, everyone one of our sins was future when Christ died! 

There is nothing out of the reach of his sacrifice, and in place of our sin we become “the righteousness of God” (V.21).  This great exchange—our sin for Christ’s righteousness—is the best deal we will ever be offered, and paves the way to a glorious future, that we read about in the title scripture: ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ (V.17)  We have a whole new future ahead of us that begins now and will stretch out into eternity. 

When we become a Christian everything changes, as God guides and leads us through his spirit, and guarantees eternal life with him.  Good news indeed!  So much so let’s announce it to others and “implore [people] on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God” (Verse 20), so that everyone may experience the end of their old life replaced by a new life in Christ. 

Prayer
Father, help me to place my past, present and future into your hands. Please compel me by Christ’s love, to be your ambassador and share the good news of reconciliation where I can.
Amen
 

Study by Barry Robinson

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barryrobinsonAbout the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder in and pastoral worker in the Greater London area, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Camberwell
The Salvation Army Hall
105 Lomond Grove
Camberwell
LONDON
SE5 7HN

Meeting time:
Saturday 11 am

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:  barry_robinson@wcg.org.uk

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