Devotions

1 John 4 • Devotion #4: The Gospel Revisited

I have heard the story of Jesus countless times. I have heard others lead people down the “Romans Road.” I have seen the Gospel of Christ change a person’s heart. I am a church kid. I sat in a seat for years. I was in AWANA and student leadership. I could tell you that hearing the Gospel story or evangelism, in general, is nothing new to me. Yet, when I read passages like 1 John 4:13-16, I ask, “Why again?” I would not venture to doubt that you do the same. I have come to the conclusion that salvation and the magnitude of what Jesus did for us is not something to think about once. The Gospel is what motivates us, it is what moves us to action, it is what should propel us forward, and we need to be reminded about it.

“By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John 4:13-16

This is what has happened to us. Because of God’s love, He sent His son Jesus to us to be the Savior of the world. His love reached down and rescued us from sin and from death. That love is something we can abide in if we only confess and testify that Jesus did come from His Father and died for our sins. 

As simple as we may look at the Gospel, it is the crux where everything falls. It is the most important part of our walk with the Lord. Knowing just simply that the Gospel is enough for us will aid us in moving forward. 

Personally, I find it refreshing. My wife and I are currently reading a book by J. D. Greear called Gospel. In this book, we have learned so much more about our faith, our life, and the Christian walk by just taking a look at the Good News of Jesus. I encourage you as a part of this church to do just that. Remember and revel in the Gospel. Know that what Jesus did for us is not just a story and is not just the first step, but it is the way we are to live now. 



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