In the New Testament, the gospel is several times referred to as the gospel of God (Romans 1:1; 15:16; 2 Corinthians 11:7; 1 Thessalonians 2:2, 8, 9; 1 Peter 4:17). Such an expression should be understood int he fullest sense possible. The gospel is called the gospel of God, not simple because it is from God, but also because it ultimately leads me to God, who is Himself its greatest Prize. Indeed, what makes the gospel such great news is God, who brings me to Himself and then gives Himself so freely to me through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:5; John 14:21).
The essence of eternal life is not found in having my sins forgiven, in possessing a mansion in heave, or in having streets of gold on which to walk forever. Rather, the essence of eternal life is intimately knowing God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent (John 17:3). Everything that God gives to me in the gospel serves merely to bring me to Himself so that this great end might be achieved. Christ died for the forgiveness of my sins so that I might be brought to God (1 Peter 3:18). Christ is preparing a place for me in heaven so that He might receive me to Himself and have me forever with Him where He is (John 14:2-3). And yes, there is a street of gold in heaven, but is there any doubt where the street leads? Unquestionably, it leads straight to the throne of God Himself, as do all God’s gifts to me in the gospel.
The gospel of God is from God, comes through God, and leads me to God (Romans 11:36); and it is in Him that my soul finds its truest joy and rest.
Taken from A Gospel Primer for Christians, p. 49-50. I highly recommend this little book, especially for new believers.
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