The Gospel of the God-shaped Vacuum
This post is a response to the most recent video published by Bibles for America, entitled The God-shaped Vacuum.
What is the Gospel?
The gospel definitely constitutes as one of the most basic elements of the Christian life. I'm a little hesitant to elaborate on what the gospel intrinsically is, not because I don't know or I don't care about it. On the contrary, I fear that I may come short in presenting the high gospel to you. But the point is you can receive the gospel even before you can fully understand everything about it!
Many people hesitate to receive the power of salvation in the gospel because they think that they need to fix up their current situation first - "Oh, the gospel is too wonderful that it wouldn't match with my poor condition," or "it wouldn't match with the condition of a despicable sinner such as I."
Yes, the salvation in the gospel is indeed wonderful! In fact, I'm daily learning, appreciating, and enjoying His salvation more and more. Nevertheless, if God gave a requirement that we had to strive to be in the "right" condition to be saved, then who could be saved?
"They who heard it said, 'Then who can be saved?' But He said, 'The things that are impossible with man are possible with God.'" - Luke 18:26-27
This is exactly why God is God! Not by my own merit, but by His far-reaching mercy that I was willing to receive the gospel and be saved. Our God specializes in the impossible cases.
He even reached Saul, who later became the Apostle Paul, and saved him, even to the point that this sinner could become an apostle, a precious channel and messenger of God. Did you know that before his conversion, Saul approved of the killing of Stephen and of so many other Christians? Actually he might have persecuted many Christians with his own hands.
The God-shaped Vacuum
The gospel is not some tertiary or luxurious item.
The gospel is also not a lowly, base item.
The gospel is a basic need in its core. It is human to need God.
Without further delay, please watch this video below to hear more: The God-shaped Vacuum.