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Two Aspects Of The Gospel Message

By Don Loftis | 02.06.13

Last week in some casual reading, I ran across the following quotation. “The Gospel is both the objective Truth and a personal invitation.  We shouldn’t ignore either half.  The Gospel is as true as physics or historical chronology, but it’s as inviting as a suitor outside the window of the woman he loves.”

For good news to have any real value, it must have credibility.  The promise of a million dollar inheritance brings us joy only if the deceased actually had a million dollars.  The promise of good weather needs to be verified by the meteorological facts.  The story of Jesus is rooted in facts and history that give its message credibility.

However, the good news of Scripture is also quite personal.  Jesus did die, but He died for each of us.  He has total awareness of our current spiritual needs plus a vision for what each of our lives can become through Christ.  In addition, Jesus offers a personal invitation, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:28).  To the Laodicean congregation (Rev. 3:20) Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

The message that we preach is based on the objective and permanent truths of God.  It is not defined by culture or colored by individual opinions.  Though available to everyone, the invitation comes, not by mass mail addressed to “occupant,” but in a personal invitation with our name on the outside.  Let’s trust God’s truth and accept His invitation.


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