Is the gospel no longer relevant to this modern age? Has it lost the power to change lives and transform culture? This may seem to be true, but the gospel is as powerful today as it has ever been. People are still raised to new life by it every day. Jesus was declared the Son of God with power through resurrection. The word declared here means He was “marked out with unmistakable signs”. Death was brought about by our sin, but in overcoming death, Jesus forever unmistakably declared Himself to be the Son of God, the Savior of the world. The Gospel cannot be separated from Jesus. He is the gospel message.
And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: Romans 1:4 KJV
Obedience is. important to God. Do we find it that simple to obey the Lord? When we keep our focus heavenward to Him, how can we misstep and disobey? If the Lord is our ultimate desire, obedience naturally follows. Imagine how that obedience might change not only us but the world!
And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. Genesis 22:18
In fearful situations, we can pace the floor or wring our hands, but that’s for naught. God promises to be with us, and we are to accept that promise for every moment. Our trust in Him to keep His promise can be the basis for entering any circumstance with confidence. Wouldn’t we rather step into disaster holding His hand?
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3 NKJV
We were given the grace of salvation and a holy life in Christ before the beginning of time, but it was finally shown to us through the appearance of Jesus. Every believer has been saved through the same grace, but we who are on this side of the cross get to bask in the full knowledge of Christ. It isn’t anything we have done; it is because of who He is and what He has done.
but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 2 Timothy 1:10 NASB
Jesus sad He is the only way to the home the Father has prepared for us. He explained to the disciples that they knew the way, because they knew Him. He also said they could trust Him, because He is truth. Jesus didn’t say He would tell them the way, or that He would tell them the truth; He said He is the way and truth. The Lord Jesus can be trusted , exclusively. He will never let you down.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
God gets blamed for many things in today’s world. Insurance companies often won’t pay damages from so called “acts of God.” It is not unusual to hear someone ask questions like, Why did God cause her or him to get cancer? Why would God cause innocent people to get hurt by a drunk driver? I believe God does not cause these things to happen. He knows they will take place, and He allows them to happen because He has given us the freedom to make choices and we often make the wrong ones. Sometimes we are the victims of bad choices by others. And often God takes evil acts and makes good come from them.
Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Not all things are good. But Gods Word tells us, All things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
We all need the spiritual Word of God to help us, guide our live, and give us hope. The challenge is to drink the “sincere milk” A Bible, sitting idly on a coffee table or collecting dust on a shelf, is a tragedy. A Bible open and read is a great source of hope.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 1 Peter 2:2 KJV