Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Gospel of God

Milton Vincent writes:

The gospel is called "the gospel of God," not simply because it is from God, nor merely because it is accomplished through God, but also because ultimately it leads me to God, who is Himself its greatest prize.

The essence of eternal life is not found in having my sins forgiven, in possessing a mansion in heaven, or in having streets of gold on which to walk forever.  Rather, the essence of eternal life is intimately knowing God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent.  Everything else that God gives to me in the gospel serves merely to bring me to Himself so that this great end might be achieved.

As I meditate on the gospel each day, I find my thoughts inevitably traveling from the gifts I've received to the Giver of those gifts; and the more my thoughts are directed to Him, the more I experience the essence of eternal life.  The "gospel of God" is from God, comes through God, and leads me to God; and it is in Him that my soul finds its truest joy and rest.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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