The Gospel is God’s Gospel concerning his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 1:1-3). And so we now must now look at Jesus whom we are to proclaim so that we might help others come to know this Jesus and not some Western cultural distortion.
The summons of this Gospel is for all persons in the world of every ethnicity, race and culture to “repent and believe” that Jesus is Lord and to live their lives accordingly. This Gospel summons men and women to abandon all rival loyalties and loves, and to embrace Jesus as Lord so that they can begin to live a new life of obedience, what Paul called “the obedience of faith” (Romans 1:5, 16:26).
The LORD, the God of Israel, sent his Son to save and reign as Israel’s King. Paul’s message about Jesus was about the fulfillment of God’s promises to redeem not just Israel, but also the whole world.
This morning we want to find out what the Apostle Paul really meant by “the Gospel,” and indeed, how he presented Jesus who is the content of the Gospel. And I’ll say something too about how we might better think about evangelism.
As we near the end of this series of devotions on pilgrimage, let’s return to where we began, on that highway to Jerusalem in Psalm 84. On that highway travelers have their hearts set on arriving in Jerusalem and worshipping in God’s holy temple. With their focus set on this story, the path they walk becomes one of refreshing springs even in the desert. When we encounter Paul in Athens, he is also following a story, a story that begins on a road to Damascus.