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Series: Luis Palau | What is the Gospel?

The word “Gospel” literally means “good news.”  This week on “Reaching your World” Luis Palau will open up some of the wonderful aspects of the Gospel, such as redemption and reconciliation. 

Remember, what Jesus says is Relevant Friday, August 16, 2019

When people hear news today about the latest scandal, many ask, “How could he?” “How could she?” The reality is, if you and I don’t courageously make choices based on God’s revealed truth, someday people might ask the same question about us. This tragic result is there to see repeatedly in Scripture, church history, modern biography, and contemporary experience.

When it’s all said and done, you and I need to stubbornly resist the temptation to start making our own rules...or start bending the rules of others to our own advantage. We also need to do our best to avoid twisting God’s own rules, commands, and teachings found or affirmed in the New Testament.

You may be single, married, separated, divorced, or widowed. You may be straight, gay, bisexual, or transgender. You may be in your teens, twenties, thirties, or forties. You may be in your fifties, sixties, seventies, or older. You may have had a good life so far, may have had your share of ups and downs, or may have gone through some pretty devastating experiences.  Wherever you’re at, Jesus has something to say to you. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” This is more relevant now than ever. Find out more at palau.org.

This is Andrew Palau.

What is the Gospel? Relationship! Thursday, August 15, 2019

Sometimes we treat problems and trials as if we were on a television commercial. We rush around thinking we have to solve everything in 30 seconds. When we can’t, we panic. We try every option we can think of to overcome our problems and difficulties. When none work, we reluctantly turn to God as a last resort.

How different it is when we love and trust God and live every day in relationship with Him.

The beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that we are not just saved from something. We also are saved to something, and that something is an eternity living in fellowship with God. It is what Jesus called “eternal life,” gained through the power of His resurrection from the dead.
 The Good News Gospel of Christ isn’t something we believed in the past; it is something we believe, present tense. And the Gospel isn’t about something that happened, once upon a time. Instead, the Gospel is about something forever happening in our lives.

As the “mustard seed” of our relationship with God takes root, it begins to permeate every area of our lives. Ultimately, God wants us to grow and thrive and become more Christ-like. That’s the quality of life I want every day. My friend, I hope that’s your desire too. I’m sure it is. So rejoice in your relationship with God.   

This is Luis Palau.  

What is the Gospel? Reconciliation! Wednesday, August 14, 2019

British statesman William Wilberforce once commented, "The objects of the present life fill the human eye with a false magnification because of their immediacy." Problems and concerns often cloud our present situation. They keep us from seeing things in proper perspective. When the fog lifts, we still hesitate. That’s the way our world operates. God, however, works with different eyes. Four times in the Bible God tells us, "The righteous will live by faith." [Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, and Hebrews 10:38]

In Colossians 1:21, the apostle Paul tells us that our evil behaviors alienated us from God, making us His enemies. Like a cracked mirror, we bear the remnants of God’s image, but we are far too distorted to be united with Him on our own.

Jesus came to deal with that. As a friend of sinners, He gladly reconciles us to our heavenly Father. Jesus can do so because of His perfect substitution. Second Corinthians 5:21 explains: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become right with God.”

In Jesus Christ we are reconciled with God and adopted into His family forever. What beautiful Good News, that we can share with our world today!

This is Luis Palau.

What is the Gospel? Redemption! Tuesday, August 13, 2019

On cloudy days we like to grumble. But we grumble only because we’ve forgotten the sun is still shining overhead.

If we easily forget even the simplest truths, no wonder we often forget life’s most important truths. Yet today nothing is more important than remembering Gospel truths.

I like what Lane Cohee says: “The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Good News that God made a way to redeem us—to redeem us—from death and reconcile us to Himself, so that we might have an eternal relationship with Him.” Redeem means to buy something back. It conveys the essential truth that, through Jesus Christ, God has bought us back from eternal death, which is the penalty for our sin.

In Ephesians 1:7 Paul writes, “In [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”  The essence of redemption is this: On the cross Jesus shed His blood and sacrificed His perfect heart and life as a ransom. With that ransom, Jesus delivered us fully from sin and death, and eternal condemnation.

Today, let’s intentionally remember the Good News of Jesus Christ, thank God for it, and then tell someone in our world how they, too, can be redeemed. What a privilege that is!

This is Luis Palau. 

What is the Gospel? Good News! Monday, August 12, 2019

Did you know a single cup of coffee contains enough moisture to blanket your entire neighborhood with fog 50 feet thick? That’s what a friend of mine told me. It’s amazing how such a small amount of water—spread out so thinly—can hinder our vision almost completely.

Every time you and I forget who we are and why we are alive, we end up walking around in a spiritual fog. How easily we forget even the simplest truths. Yet nothing is more important than remembering the Gospel truth.
 I like what Lane Cohee says: “The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Good News—the Good News—that God made a way to redeem us from death and reconcile us to Himself, so that we might have an eternal relationship with Him.”

In Romans 1:16, the apostle Paul writes that he is not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes. Like Paul, let’s never forget the Gospel truly is good news. It’s the way out of spiritual death and into new and everlasting life with God. It’s the best message that anyone could ever receive, so share it with people around you.

I tell you, honestly, I never get tired of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Let’s never forget its beautiful, glorious truths.

This is Luis Palau.

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This Weeks Offer



Luis has many online resources available for you which can give further teaching and inspiration.  Our website is www.palau.org.  There, go to “Resources” and then “Articles.”  You will find such titles as “God’s Promises for You," and "Why I’m Excited for Heaven."

Reaching Your World: Next Week

Go Share the Gospel

Have you ever felt nervous about sharing the Gospel? This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis discusses why and how to share the Good News in our everyday lives.