Jesus Christ: Initiative of God

“God has spoken and acted in Jesus Christ. He has said something. He has done something. . . . It [Christianity] is a ‘gospel’ (i.e. good news) — in Paul’s words ‘the gospel of God . . . concerning his Son . . . Jesus Christ our Lord’ (Romans 1:1-4). It is not primarily an invitation to man to do anything; it is supremely a declaration of what God has done in Christ for human beings like ourselves” (John R. W. Stott, Basic Christianity, 12).