In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:1-5).
The Gospel is about God coming to earth to give light to men living in darkness. It is about God in Christ and his promise to transform lives from the old to the new (2 Corinthians 5:17). But the Gospel also challenges those who prefer darkness to light. To those refusing the light God will one day ask: “What did you do with my Son’s offer to give you light for darkness?” (John 3:16)
To this solemn question there is only one acceptable answer. It is found in the Bible. But, where in book of books do you begin looking? One place to begin looking for the answer is in a Pauline epistle written and delivered to the Corinthian church. The apostle Paul wrote:
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:1-5 ESV)
These five verses bring forward the “divine mandate” from a loving God to redeem men from the darkness of their souls. The mandate begins in Genesis, unfurls like a rose in the gospels, and then ends on a glorious theme in the Book of Revelation.
In short, the Gospel message is about life; it is about the golden thread of light interwoven between the pages of the Bible. From beginning to end, the golden thread weaves together for the believer the only acceptable answer God will accept.
What is the Gospel? It is light! Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
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