The Gospel of Grace
“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
The gospel that Paul preached was the gospel of the grace of God. It was not a gospel of the works of men. The achievements and contributions of men were not needed or even welcome in this gospel. It was the message of God’s free favor toward men who did not merit it. It was the proclamation of what God, in His rich grace, did for mankind.
It is God’s grace that we saw when the Son of God took the nature of man and was born into poverty; so that we through His poverty might become rich. It is God’s grace that we saw when the Lord Jesus died for the sins of the world. It is God’s grace that we saw when Christ ascended to prepare a place for us, so that where He is we can be also. It is God’s grace that we see, when simply through faith in His completed work, anyone can be eternally saved.
What He has done we did not deserve. It was His grace. What He has done we cannot improve on. It is His grace. Our sins, washed away. Our future, secured. And for today, we have someone in heaven who cares for us, advocating and interceding on our behalf. Is there anything of works here? No, it is all grace. It is the deep and unsearchable riches of the grace of God. It is the gospel of God’s grace.