What exactly is the Gospel? It is the word of God, and it describes man’s inabilities and God’s love. However, it is more than that, it is the word that gives life, it is the verbalization of salvation. It is the call of God, the supernatural words that opens up change in man.
How powerful is the words of God? It was God’s words that was responsible for creation, He spoke everything into existence. His words gave life to all physical creation, and gives eternal life to those that hear and understand His words in the Gospel. By His word demons run, diseases are healed, the dead are raised up, stormy winds subside, trees wither, seas part, mountains fall and humans live.
Joh 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
Hearing the gospel and believing God, who sent His son, sets us free from judgment and the death penalty. All by words, the powerful words of God.
Why do we need this powerful gospel, the words of God?
Rom 10:6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down)
Rom 10:7 or “‘Who will descend into the abyss?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
Rom 10:8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);
Rom 10:9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Rom 10:11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”
Rom 10:12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.
Rom 10:13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Rom 10:14 But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
Rom 10:15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Rom 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”
Rom 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Verse 14 sums it up really well, we need the gospel so that people may hear of God, so that they may believe in Him whom they have heard of, and that is accomplished by preaching the gospel. The word of God is the word of faith, it plants and nourishes faith. In verse 17, it says that we must hear through the word of Christ, and that it gives us faith. It means trusting what we read, and obeying what it tells us.
1Th 2:13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
To summarize, the word of God in the gospel is not the words of men, but the word of God that
is the manifestation of God’s power. It is the words that work in believers, unto salvation.