And I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come, and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” (Revelation 14:6-7)
The word “gospel” in Greek means good news. When used in Scripture, though, it isn’t just news of any random thing. Rather, when the Bible uses the word “gospel,” it carries with it the nuance of an announcement of triumph, a declaration of victory.
Typically we see this word connected with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but here in Revelation we see something related, but different. Here we see an angel of heaven, announcing an “eternal gospel” to all the peoples of the earth. So then, what is this good news that has been true for all eternity?
That God is glorious, and worthy of worship.
Here’s why this is good news…
We were created to worship and serve God. Since this is the point of our existence, true joy and fulfillment in our lives can only come through bringing glory to God. For most of us, though, it can be difficult to worship God when we’re in the midst of painful seasons.
However, something special happens when we realize that the main point of God’s redemptive work is not our happiness, but His glory. When we embrace this reality, we are empowered to worship God fully and freely no matter what our circumstances look like, because we realize that God’s goodness is not determined by our experience, therefore our worship of Him need not be, either.
This is truly good news for you, because it means that no matter how difficult your life may seem today, you can still experience joy, meaning and fulfillment as you receive and embrace this truth.
God’s Gospel is about God’s glory.