God was in Christ reconciling the world

November 8, 2011

What's the gospel in seven words? We asked theologians, pastors and others both to answer this question and to
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God was in Christ reconciling the world.

By his atonement, Christ effected our reconciliation
with God and invested in us--without counting the cost--so that we may become
teeming vessels of witness and service to others. God was in Christ to show
that the only acceptable offering we can give God is ourselves. And we give God
only the life that is already God's. Christ showed that self-giving is
self-abnegation. In hymn writer Augustus Toplady's words: "Nothing in my hands
I bring/ Simply to the cross I cling."