The Eternal Gospel
“Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people." Revelation 14:6
While studying Galatians last month, I came across a simple but profound question in my study guide that stopped me in my tracks. It asked how a certain passage in the Bible revealed the “nature” of Christ’s Gospel. I’ve had to consider the Gospel’s practical applications countless times ever since I was in Sunday school as a child, but I rarely stop to reflect on the actual attributes of God’s plan for redemption; and now I think this is one of the most significant concepts that believers can occupy themselves with.
I was struck again by this verse in Revelation: “Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people” (14:6). Many people don’t think of Christ’s Gospel as being an eternal Gospel. It’s often understood as though the gospel of Jesus Christ was the “Plan B” that God came up with when sin first entered the world. Scripture says otherwise. One example is in 1 Timothy 1:9, which refers to God, “Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of His own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.”
The redemption of God’s people has been secure since before the ages began. What a thought! The Gospel of grace is His perfect, everlasting, all-withstanding plan for our salvation. It isn’t threatened by our circumstances, feelings, or limitations. It stands firm when we waver. It triumphs through our failures. It binds us to the heart of Almighty God. What a Gospel!
Father, Your plan for redemption is so powerful and beautiful. Thank You for pursuing me in Christ despite my utter unworthiness. Continue to reveal the depth, breadth, and weight of Christ’s Gospel to me as I walk through this life. I need it desperately. Amen.
How does the eternality and magnitude of the gospel change your perspective on your circumstances? Sin struggles? Goals? Relationships?
Jessica is a native to the Appalachian mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, although she now resides in northern Virginia with her husband. She has been a lover of reading since elementary school and a lover of Christ since high school. She is a full time English major, in hopes that her studies will help her more effectively minister to other through written words. Her favorite things in the world are British tea, old books, autumn leaves, dry humor, and rainy weather. Her goal as a writer is to demonstrate how the Gospel, objective truth, and sound theology are not only applicable, but essential, to all aspects of life as a woman, especially in a world that celebrates sin, false doctrine, and self-sufficiency.