Word of the Month

Believe in the gospel

October 2003

When the Lord Jesus spoke about the fact that the time had been fulfilled and the kingdom of God was at hand, He exhorted: "Repent, and believe in the gospel!" (cf. Marc 1:15) showing how much importance He attached to the belief in the gospel, in His word. That which is proclaimed in our days - in the time of the Omega - in the New Apostolic Church, is also part of this gospel. It is important to grasp it in faith.

Apostle John described Jesus as the Word that had become flesh, and noted: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … All things were made through Him." (John 1:1). Quite inconceivable for the human spirit, but nonetheless true: the material and the spiritual world, the vastness of the universe, all life. All of this is God's work which has come into being by His word.

This same word is still effective today. Thus, as Apostle Peter declared, those baptized with the Spirit have been "born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever". (1 Peter 1:23). After all, the word will bring everything to its completion - even us, as we hear, accept and internalize God's word, and strive to act accordingly.

Jesus Christ, the Word incarnate, which went out from the Father, is preparing something magnificent: our heavenly home. He promised: "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:3). This assurance is a corner-stone of His gospel - its fulfilment is the goal of our faith.

The word of the Lord is still declared today in an unadulterated, powerful, and effective manner among us. First of all it effects faith, which, as Apostle Paul confirmed, comes from the word of preaching. Hence the proven advice: open your heart to the word of the Lord! The word comforts and strengthens. It shows the way into the Father's house, and it admonishes us. This does not always please us, but if we take the instruction seriously we are spared much suffering, harm, and evil.

he word accepted in faith also brings redemption when the statement: "Your sins are forgiven," is proclaimed in Jesus' name. If we accept the word of God unconditionally, give it room, and heed it we will know great joy already now. Our joy will be perfect once we have entered eternal fellowship with God and His Son, when heaven and earth are passed away, but His words remain for all eternity.

(From a service by the Chief Apostle)