Beth Jones, in this post, celebrates the power of the Gospel.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, 'The just shall live by faith,'" (Romans 1:16-17, NKJV).
Would you like some good news today? How about a “shout out” from the Lord?
Today. I want to share some of the cliff notes from a series I taught at our church titled “!”—God’s Exclamation Point. By definition, an “exclamation point” is punctuation that describes a “shout out.” In our series, we talked about the things God wants to exclaim and “shout out” to us and through us!
Let’s start with the good news! God’s exclamation point is good news and that good news is the Gospel! That’s right, by definition, the Gospel means “good news.” Good news worth shouting out!
So, what makes the “Gospel” of Jesus Christ such good news? There are many things that make the gospel good news, but today, let’s look one of those things:
The Gospel is the Power of God to Salvation—For Everyone Who Believes: The Gospel inherent power. In other words, those who believe in the good news of the finished work of Jesus on the cross have the power to experience salvation.
What is salvation? Salvation is the all-inclusive word of the Bible. Salvation—or to be saved – means so much more than most Christians realize. Salvation as defined by numerous Bible and Greek scholars includes: All the blessings bestowed by God on men in Christ; the spiritual and eternal salvation granted to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; to be rescued from penalty of sin, to make well, heal, restore to health; to keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction; to save a one suffering from disease; healing, welfare, prosperity, victory, preservation, material and temporal deliverance from danger and suffering.
The Gospel is the good news of this fact! When we believe and are fully persuaded in Jesus, we are enabled to experience salvation and everything it includes. Have you appropriated the power of salvation by believing the Gospel? It's available for everyone who believes!
Do you need to be rescued and forgiven from the temporal and eternal penalty of sin? Do you need prosperity and victory? How about preservation and safety? What about healing? (Just so you know, while I am writing this devo on a Sunday night—I am appropriating and experiencing the healing power of God to overcome symptoms of the stomach flu. The Gospel is the power of God for salvation and I might as well receive what I preach, right?)
The Gospel is the power of God to salvation for all who believe! Today, receive God’s exclamation “shout out” to you—believe the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and appropriate the power of salvation.
Say It: “Father, I believe the Gospel—the good news of Jesus and His finished work on the cross. I thank You for Your exclamation point—the power of salvation in my life. Today, because of the power of the Gospel, I believe I am saved and experiencing salvation. I am forgiven and rescued from the penalty of sin. I am healed. I am safe. I am protected. I am prosperous. I am victorious. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”