Boil it down. Find the common denominator. Get to the heart of the matter. These are figures of speech we use in reference to reaching the marrow of a matter. What is the marrow of the gospel? What is the common denominator, when we boil it down? The deeper, richer, higher truths of the gospel are astounding. But in our astonishment, could it be that we occasionally lose site of the basic blessing? At times we need the simple comforts of simple gospel doctrine. If this makes sense to you, here’s a boiled down comfort to which we may cling and return time and again. Through the power of the gospel, the Lord provides us with every spiritual blessing and all things to enjoy. At the center of these blessings and joys is the covenant of promise. We are captured, changed, and adopted into an irrevocable covenant with Christ. The reality of this covenant membership lies at the center of the gospel. Boiled down, God works through the gospel to accomplish one primary goal — and all other blessings flow from this one glorious reality. In 11 simple words: They will be my people and I will be their God. This is the central work and comfort of the gospel. Throughout Scripture the reverberating celebration of grace is the inauguration of a forever Kingdom, ruled by a forever King who forever Shepherds His forever people. Beginning in the Old Testament, the covenant of promise finds climax in Revelation 21:1-3,
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them.’ -Revelation 21:1-3
We enjoy presently, as well as look forward to, a day when the final soul will join this covenant of grace and with finality we will hear His voice: These are my people! Are you a part of God’s covenant? This gospel comfort is for you.
Rush Witt belongs to a church planting team in Columbus, Ohio. Paramount Church is focused on making the Gospel paramount and is committed to the role of biblical counseling in the local church. He is married to Kathryn and father to four amazing children.