Romans 5:18-19 – For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ
Paul had one and one goal only: he wanted to proclaim the gospel to those who had not yet heard it. He wanted to tell people what Jesus has accomplished: how he has made a way for us all to be forgiven even though we were God’s enemies and deserved only his wrath. For us to be made children of God instead of slaves of sin.
That’s all Paul wanted to speak about. And yet we so often sacrifice this gospel for some watered-down, feel-good story that tries not to offend by avoiding the fact that we are all wretched sinners who cannot save ourselves. We lure people in with gimmicks instead of gospel, with tales instead of truth. Stop fearing man and start fearing God!
This isn’t how it should be! We should be passionate about the gospel – the FULL gospel. The gospel that tells us the truth about our sin – the gospel that shows God’s love for saving us even though we didn’t deserve it. There is no gospel without sin and our need for a saviour! It isn’t love that’s out-of-this-world if it’s just based on how good we are! It’s not truth unless it’s the whole truth.
How do you go with telling people the gospel – the whole gospel? I know I fail miserably at it. Yet there is forgiveness and grace in Jesus Christ my Lord. It’s something I need to be working on. What about you? What about our churches?
Is our goal, like Paul’s was, to share the gospel, the full gospel and only the gospel?
Soli Deo Gloria!