“For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in [Christ], and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:19-20 NIV)
The Gospel has a once-and-for-all
quality. It is unique. There is nothing like it in history or in any other
world religion… God visited the earth.
That says it all! God visited the earth
in Jesus Christ who lived and died and rose again for our salvation, who
ascended to heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts and community
of Christian believers. That is the Gospel, the Christ-event, the foundation of
our faith. It happened once and need not happen again. All that we Christians
believe is based on it.
-- Rev. Dr. A. Leonard Griffith in a sermon entitled "The
Faith Entrusted to Us"