We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.  (Colossians 1:3-8 ESV)

The Gospel is life giving and life transforming truth. If spiritual transformation has not taken place in your life, you haven’t experienced the truth of the Gospel. The hope of believing the Gospel is a slow but fruitful journey that conforms us into the image of Jesus. The word Gospel means “Good News.” It is the proclamation of the truth of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He paid the penalty for our sins so that we could become part of God’s family. When this Gospel message is believed, it sets into motion a life that will be changed forever. Our initial response to this message is faith and repentance. This faith and repentance and trust in Jesus, changes our perspective on life and our worldview.

When we receive this Gospel message we receive Jesus as Lord (God incarnate). We are now reconciled to God through his son, Jesus and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. At this point we desire to do good works for God such as, helping to alleviate suffering in all of its forms, and to seek justice in the earth. But it’s important to know that these good works are not the Gospel, but are the fruit of the Gospel. In fact good works that are done apart from Jesus are only temporal and will ultimately have no eternal value. The world desperately needs to be reconciled to God through his son, Jesus. Society will never be effectively changed apart from receiving and believing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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