Evangellion = Good News!
In the realm of humanity, we very often use words with such familiarity that we fail to embrace the depth of the meaning of our words. Take for example the word Gospel. I fear that it has been so often on our lips that the impact of the word has been greatly minimized. The Greek word is evangellion and it means “Good News!” Now ponder that for just a minute… Good News! What is the news? The news is the reporting of something has happened. It is definitely NOT something to do or be done! It is an announcement, a heralding or declaring of something worthy of being on the front page headlines of the newspaper!
Hear the Good News, my friend. Jesus has been crucified for your sins. He has risen from the dead to new life. He has ascended because His Work is now done – He has declared it so. From the cross, He said, “It is finished!” In the Greek, that means it is finished! He has returned to the Father and sat down at the right hand of the throne. The Holy Spirit has now been sent to complete the work in all who put their faith in Him. Faithful is He Who began the work to finish the work He has completed. This is the Good News!
Please understand, there is NOT more work to be done. All too often, this is how the “good news” is proclaimed – God has done His part, now go do your part! That is NOT good news. The good news is that God has done it all and offers to do it all in and through you. Your only responsibility is to lay hold of Him by faith. This is called abiding. Abiding means you are living in Him until you make the conscious choice to live from other than Him. In other words, abiding is just like breathing. It is NOT something you choose to do, it is something you are doing already until you choose not to.
And ponder that my friend, why would we choose to find “LIFE” in something or someone that can only provide us with “life” – and that a counterfeit and temporary satisfaction. Augustine said it so well so very long ago, “The human spirit designed by God, will only rest when it rests in God!” Jesus came to bring us that rest because He offers to dwell in that place that only God can fill.
This is Good News indeed! Enough of a man-centered Gospel that is NOT good news at all.