What is the gospel? Paul gives us his summary statement in I Corinthians 15:3-4:
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures . . . .
But is this all that there is to the gospel? I think even Paul would agree that his summary statement just barely scratches the surface of the gracious depths the gospel.
Christians often think of the gospel as something for unbelievers—a proclamation of the truth about Jesus so that they may believe. This is true as far as it goes but it does not go nearly far enough.
The glory of the gospel is something which is just as relevant to the most mature saint as it is to the new believer. Though there is much more to the glory of the gospel than can be adequately presented in a single blog post, let me propose two things for you to consider.
The glory of the gospel is that you have uninhibited and confident access into the very presence of God.
Hebrews 4:16 calls us to draw near with confidence to the throne of grace. Why can you do this? You can do it because Jesus, your great high priest, has won you this access into the presence of God through his saving work. He is a high priest sympathetic to your weakness since he was tempted in every. When you approach the throne of grace in Jesus’ name, the King says. “Welcome.” That is the glory of the gospel!
The glory of the gospel is that you have the grace-filled and inseparable love of God toward you.
Paul tells us in Romans 8 that no created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. God set his affection upon you when he chose you before the foundation of the world and his abiding love is daily being poured out into your heart (Romans 5:5). When you listen to the Father’s voice you will hear, “I love you.” That is the glory of the gospel!
Even this short description should make one point very clear: the gospel is not just for unbelievers. Believers need to be preaching the glory of the gospel to themselves every day. Giving your mind’s attention and your heart’s affection to meditating on the glory of the gospel allows the truth of the gospel to permeate your thoughts, words, actions, attitudes and motives. And, of course, it is impossible to meditate on the glory of the gospel without also meditating on the glory of Jesus, who is the heart of that gospel.
What additional thoughts do you have on the idea of meditating on the glory of the gospel?