What the gospel is…and is not…

The gospel of the Lord is not something that can be proven. Nor is the gospel of the Lord something that can be sized up. The gospel of the Lord is not somEscondido | Hiddenething that one can be coaxed into believing. The gospel of the Lord is not something that you can decide to make valid in your life. The gospel of the Lord is not something that is 99% finished and you just need to add that last 1% to complete it.

The gospel of the Lord is an objective truth that must be done to you. It takes hold of you from outside of yourself. It makes it’s own way into your broken heart, mind and soul.

It is the Promise of God, spoken to you by a preacher… read in His Holy Bible… washed over you in Baptism… given to you freely in the Sacrament of the Altar. That is the gospel of the Lord.

This life giving good news is done to you, by God, through the means mentioned above.

“Well, that doesn’t sound too sexy.” “That doesn’t sound like there’s much for me to do.” “That doesn’t leave my ‘free will’ intact.” “That just puts an end to my religious efforts.” That means that just anyone can qualify.” “That just doesn’t make any sense.”

Maybe not. But that’s the truth. That’s the gospel. Have a nice day.

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5 Responses

  1. St Steve,

    That is really good news. Left to ourselves we can only make a dog’s breakfast out of it.

    God’s blessings are indeed with you. †

    David

  2. St. David,

    You said everything I did but quicker and more colorfully! Thanks my Brother!

    – Steve

  3. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Micronesian
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  4. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Oppositeness.

  5. Oppositeness,

    I guess what I was trying to say (and I think I messed it up pretty well) is that Jesus forgiveness of your sins (that is the gospel) is something that He does for you and to you.
    It’s not something that we can apply, or make valid by anything that we do, say, think, or feel.

    How does Jesus appy this forgiveness to us? In the hearing of His Word (the gospel) and in the partaking of His sacraments…baptism and holy communion.

    That was my point, if I ever really did get there. Nowe that I re-read the post I think I was a bit off.

    Thanks for stopping by, Oppositeness!

    I’ll have to check out your site tomorrow.

    – Steve Martin

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