Today’s reading is Acts 20.
The gospel, at heart, is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in accordance with the prophetic Scriptures in order to save us from the wrath of God against our sins. However, did you catch the gospel parallel in Paul’s words to the Ephesian elders? In vs. 24, he said he only wanted to be able to finish the course of testifying to the gospel of the grace of God. Then in vs. 25, he said what he had been doing was proclaiming the kingdom. The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of our King, but the gospel, that is, the good news, is also the kingdom established on the rock of our resurrected Redeemer. We sometimes talk about the gospel of the kingdom; we need to be aware that this is not talking about the gospel or good news that belongs to the kingdom, but that the kingdom is itself good news. We have a King. He established a Kingdom. Let us press into it, because citizenship in that kingdom is where true blessing is found.
Tomorrow’s reading is Acts 21.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, did you catch what Paul said about God’s Word? It is able to build you up and give you the inheritance. That is why it is so important to be in God’s Word, to have a plan for reading and studying God’s Word. It is the Word of His grace, and without it, you cannot be built up or have God’s inheritance. Yes, meet with the church. Yes, put sin away. Yes, do good. But be in God’s Word. Neither Paul, nor I, can commend it to you enough. Keep reading. You’ll be glad you did.