The power of the Gospel is found, not only in Jesus’ words, but in Jesus’ life. The Gospel is revealed both in what He said and what He did. In the Gospel we see that Jesus not only came to give us His teaching, He came to give us Himself; He not only came to give us the kingdom, He came to give us the King; He not only came to give us salvation, He came to give us the Savior.
If we, as believers in the Gospel, tried to follow Jesus’ teaching without Jesus’ life we would be attempting the impossible. If we tried to live in the kingdom without the King we would be powerless. If we sought salvation without the Savior we would still be in our sins.
Jesus told us to obey His word, but He also said, “Follow Me.” We cannot follow His word without following Him. The Gospel means that Jesus is everything to us.
Where would we be without Him? We would be…
Without every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
Without salvation (Ephesians 2:5-8)
Without His working in us (Ephesians 2:10)
Without intimacy with God (Ephesians 2:13)
Without peace (Ephesians 2:14)
Without encouragement (Philippians 2:1)
Without consolation (Philippians 2:1)
Without light (Colossians 1:13)
Without His kingdom (Colossians 1:3)
Without redemption (Colossians 1:14)
Without forgiveness (Colossians 1:14)
Without fullness (Colossians 1:19)
Without reconciliation (Colossians 1:20)
Without holiness (Colossians 1:22)
Without hope (Colossians 1:27)
Without all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3)
Without a spiritual walk (Colossians 2:6)
Without edification (Colossians 2:7)
Without completion (Colossians 2:10)
Without spiritual life (Colossians 2:13)
Without purpose (Ephesians 1:11)
Without love (Ephesians 3:19)
Thankfully, He lives and all things are yours when you are in Him! There is nothing you lack when He is your all.