We who rejoice in the blessings that have come to us through the Savior need to bear in mind that the gospel is not good news only! The message of the Cross is good news indeed for the penitent, and also to those who obey not the gospel, it carries an overtone of warning. The Spirit’s ministry to the impenitent world is to tell of sin and righteousness and judgment. For sinners who want to cease being willful sinners and become obedient children of God, the gospel message is one of unqualified peace, but it is by its very nature also an arbiter of the future destinies of man. Actually, the message of the gospel may be received in either of two ways: in word only without power or in word with power. The truth received in power shifts the bases of life from Adam to Christ—a new and different Spirit enters the personality and makes the believing man new in every department of his being!
As he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled. Acts 24:25
The message of the Cross is good news indeed for the penitent, and also to those who obey not the gospel, it carries an overtone of warning.
Lord, I am reminded that to truly be Your son I had to surrender all to You. Help me daily to renew Your Lordship in my life by remembering what Your salvation requires.