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The Focus of the Gospel

Romans 1:2-4
...the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God, by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. (NIV)

This letter to the Romans is all about the 'gospel': the word simply means 'good news'. Paul is not describing an idea he has invented, because this good news comes from God (Romans 1:1). It was promised all through the Old Testament and is for anyone who will listen and receive it. The focus of the gospel message is not about how people can become more happy, healthy or wealthy; it is all about the power and authority of Jesus Christ.

Who is Jesus? He is God the Son. Although he became a human descendent of King David when He was born, His full identity is to be found in His pre-existing Divine nature. The Holy Spirit demonstrated that most powerfully at the resurrection, confirming that Jesus ('Saviour') is not only the Christ ('God's anointed one') but also the rightful Lord over everything (Philippians 2:9-11). The Son of God, who came to live with us and die for us, is now alive and reigning as the King of kings and Lord of lords.

The gospel is God's message inviting people to trust in Jesus; not as just a good man, or a wise teacher but as God. He lived and sacrificially died for us in His human body, and the resurrection validates His Divinity. That evidence is still being presented to truth-hungry hearts by the Holy Spirit, convincing them that Jesus really is Lord of all. So as we explain our faith to others, make sure that they understand the identity of Jesus Christ. Christianity is not primarily a culture, a way of life or a set of religious rituals: it is all about submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Dear Heavenly Father. Thank You for revealing the identity of Jesus Christ to me by the Holy Spirit. I am in awe of Him. Forgive me when I only see His humanness and forget that He is God the Son and the rightful Master of everything, including me. Help me to understand Him better as I read Your Word, so that I may delight more in Him, submit to Him more willingly, serve Him more faithfully and speak of Him more truthfully. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams