“The gospel is God´s power to salvation for everyone that believes!” says the apostle Paul in Romans 1:16.
What a wonderful truth!
When we even know that the gospel, the glad tidings, is JESUS, then we also know how we should walk.
Jesus is in all the pages of the Bible. As One of the Three Persons of the Godhead who together created the earth, He is used to create fantastic things! When He says in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) than He has been given all authority, and “Go THEREFORE!”, then that inspires me.
In Jesus, love is a tremendous power. “Love” is not pathetic, nice emotions that sometimes inspire, but God´s love is a power. My spiritual dad, John P. Kelly, once delivered a mighty message called, “Love is a Force!” And that is true. God´s love forces its way forward into all facets of our being, creates selfrespect, creates caring faith in others, and works trust and faith in the possibilities of life and its future. Yes, love from Jesus is a force!
But Jesus is also Grace. Yes, the grace from Jesus is also a force! People say that they believe in “grace”, meaning God´s free gift which is God´s atoning work on the Cross. A lady said to me once that “grace” meant that she could come to heaven and “crawl” over the goal line. What a pathetic expression! Grace is strong, grace equips, grace helps, grace creates new opportunities and new faith. My friend for many years, pastor Oddvar Søvik, taught me 30 years ago about “equipping grace”. Exactly: Grace equips! By the Holy Spirit grace creates new equipping unto life, unto awe of God, and unto service!
Receive the forces of love and grace!