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The Gospel of Grace
I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24)
I have had a blast preaching on the Gospel—in all of it’s power and glory and diversity—the past few weeks. Rather than preach on the Gospel of Grace, I thought I would just write about it here.
Paul was addressing the Elders of the Church of Ephesus, preparing them for his departure to Jerusalem, and perhaps preparing himself for the suffering and persecution the Holy Spirit had made clear he was about to endure. (As one who understood all of facets of the Gospel, Paul realized better than any that the suffering he was expecting was Good News, too…!)
Paul was summarizing all aspects of the God News, the Gospel, with the word “Grace.”
Grace has both a noun and a verb definition. Grace as a noun is defined as the “unmerited favor of God,” denoting the fact that God showers favor and blessing on us in terms of salvation, power, the Kingdom, and even in suffering—favor we do not earn nor deserve.
Grace is also a verb, as in “the supernatural action of God to accomplish and transform in us what is impossible apart from Him.” Grace is transformation. Grace is healing. Grace is deliverance. Grace is breakthrough.
The Gospel of Grace, therefore, is the Good News that God showers us with favor we do not deserve, AND that favor looks like miracles, signs, and wonders in and through us. It is both/and, not just one or the other.
God speaking through Paul defined the full spectrum of the Gospel as the “Gospel of Grace.” The Gospel of Grace is the Gospel of Power, and it is the Gospel of the Kingdom. It is also the Gospel of Suffering, and it is the Gospel of Salvation, and the Gospel of Glory.
The Gospel is ALWAYS good news! It is a noun, and it is a verb. It is initial, and it is ongoing. The Gospel defines believers, and at the same time, refines them. The Good News is truly amazing grace. The Good News is the best news the universe has ever known, and ALL the Good News is ours by the favor of God, even as He transforms us from Glory to Glory…!
The Gospel, the Good News of Jesus, is worth living for; it is worth dying for. Nothing else even comes close!