How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
Isaiah 52:7 (ESV)
“The gospel,” says Paul, “is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16) Paul’s word for “gospel” is, of course, a word that simply means “good news.” It is the news that salvation is possible, that renewal and redemption are available, and, more accurately, that “God reigns.” It is news, though, that we often mis-define and misapply–or, fail to apply.
I will explore our problems with the gospel, and, more importantly, what the Bible says about God’s reign (kingdom) and His purposes for humanity (justification, reconciliation, mission) in future posts. I will offer my thoughts on how we (often simultaneously) limit and generalize the gospel message.
But, for now, I want to remind you that this good news is the best news ever. It is revolutionary, inspiring, and liberating. It brings hope, peace, and, as Isaiah indicates in the quote above, happiness. It is our God’s ultimate expression of self-glorification and love for us. And, it is so much more than the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
1 Peter 1:12 (ESV)