Please tell me the gospel again. I want my heart warmed by His grace. I need to remember the awful cost of sin. Tell me that His wrath burned hot against me, but the Savior came to save a sinner like me. Tell me how He drank the cup of the wrath of God and drained it to the dregs (Psalm 75:8). Remind me that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:1). I need it. I love it.
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.
I’m gonna tell you the gospel again. I know you’ve heard it. I know you’ve heard it from me even. But I’m still gonna remind you. Why? Because you need it. You need to be reminded. I know you’re a Christian. I know that you’ve already repented and believed this gospel, but I’m gonna share it again.
You have not thought deeply enough about Christ. You have not plumbed the depths of “unsearchable riches” (Eph 3:8). You have not figured out the love of Christ “that surpasses knowledge” (Eph 3:19). So I’m gonna tell you the gospel again. I will remind you of how He died for sinners. I will remind you that He rose in victory on the third day. I will remind you that He now sits at the right hand of God, reigning as King forever, ready to receive all who trust in Him.
You are too prone to forget. The matter of first importance (1 Cor 15:3) is sometimes back of mind (or even out of mind). You can get busy. You can get distracted. You can get sleepy. But I’m here to tell you the gospel again. I want to wake you up to the reality of sins forgiven. I don’t want you to be shortsighted, forgetting that you were cleansed from your former sins (2 Peter 1:9). I don’t want you to be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. So I’m going to encourage and exhort you through the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord.
And yes. Even you, the Christian, need to hear the gospel again. This is the message that saves you, sanctifies you, strengthens you, and sustains you.