Our Wondrous Creator
The final, climactic reference to the gospel is found in the Book of Revelation where we read of an “angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth--to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people--saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.’” (Revelation 14:6-7).
First, we notice that the gospel is loud and clear for every person on the earth. Second, this is the everlasting gospel so it can be no different from the gospel preached throughout the Bible. This everlasting gospel is simply that we should fear (reverence) God and worship our awesome Creator. How can this be the gospel? Scripture presents the answer: When a person responds to the light of creation – acknowledging that he is accountable to his Creator, and when a person responds to the light of conscience by fearing God and admitting he has violated God’s moral law written on every heart, then the Lord will faithfully lead him to salvation.
The foundational truths of the gospel are special creation and conscience. Repeatedly the Bible explains that all know that there is a powerful and wise Creator to whom we are accountable (Romans 1:20); and that the Creator has placed within us a conscience which reveals right and wrong (Romans 2:15) – thus showing our need for forgiveness and redemption. (See also: Genesis 1-3; Job 12:7-10; Job 38:36; Psalm 19; Psalm 40:8; Psalm 97:6; Proverbs 1:20-33; John 8:9; Romans 1-2; Romans 10:18; Colossians 1:6, 23; etc.)
Of course only Jesus Christ’s redeeming work on the cross saves. However, the psalmist explains that “The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant” (Psalm 25:14). And Scripture also explains that, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil” (Proverbs 8:13). “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10). “The fear of the Lord leads to life” (Proverbs 19:20). Consequently, when a person truly fears his Creator and turns at His rebuke, God will guide him to His everlasting covenant in Christ’s blood.
God of Wonders was produced to exalt our great Creator by declaring His power, wisdom and care shown throughout creation, His justice and holiness revealed in mankind’s inner voice of conscience, and His mercy and love demonstrated on the cross.
In these final days may we “Declare His glory…His wonders among all peoples” (Psalm 96:3), and may many souls repent and surrender to Jesus Christ unto eternal salvation!