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A Brief Post About The Real Gospel

The Gospel isn't a get-out-of-hell-free card. The Gospel is about far more than just no longer feeling guilty. These are reductionist caricatures of the Gospel. The Gospel is grander, thicker than these inadaquate facsimiles. 

The Gospel is the declaration and demonstration that God's kingdom is breaking into this world through the birth, the life, the ministry, the execution, and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah—and that it continues through the Holy Spirit's work in and through the movement of Jesus's disciples we call the Church. The Gospel declares and demonstrates that the Jesus who was crucified, died, and was buried is now alive, lives forever, and rules over all the governments of the world, over all the presidents, over all the prime ministers, over every billionaire and every mogul. That Jesus the Messiah is the Lord who rules in a way unlike any earthly reign—a reign that is perfectly merciful and perfectly just.

The Gospel is the power of God to transform individual lives, entire households, and whole communities. The transformation the Gospel produces always looks like Jesus; it always looks like an innocent man receiving a God-forsaken, criminal's execution in the place of the very people who were murdering him. The transformation the Gospel produces always looks like the forces in this world that hold people down, rob them of their God-given dignity, and seek to destroy them being overpowered by Jesus's Cross-shaped love.

It always looks like New Life, New Creation, New Vision, and ultimately a New City where God will dwell with humanity once again in undisrupted love and oneness—where there will be no more war, no more violence, no more pain, no more sickness, no more disease, no more oppression, no more injustice. There will only be perfect peace, perfect wholeness, perfect shalom. That's what heaven on earth will look like.

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Theological Graffiti is a blog written by T. C. Moore @tc_moore ...a Jesus-disciple, husband, father, Associate Pastor @NewCityChurch of Los Angeles, sometimes web designer, writer, and theology geek. For more about me, visit my Personal Website or my Online Profile. Otherwise, enjoy the graffiti.

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