62. The true treasure of the church is the most holy gospel of the glory and grace of God.
Luther again speaks of the treasure of the church and this time reveals that the true treasure is the holy gospel.
The word Gospel is best translated “Good news”. The Good news of the Scripture is that God loves us and He has a plan for our restoration into a living relationship with Him again. That gospel plan is that He would be born a man and live a perfect life and die the death that we reserve and on the third day rise again to the glory of God.
The grace of God that Luther speaks of here is the gracious action of God that He gives us our salvation free, without any works on our part. God has worked His plan of redemption for each of us and gives us that redemption free of anything that we can do to earn it. It is not because of anything that we have done or can do. It also is not the work of the pope or the church. It is completely the work of God and the gift of God!
For this reason you can see why Luther said that this is the true treasure of the Church. The church on earth has the salvation of all people wrapped up in the good news of God forgiving love for us. The church has the responsibility to share that good news for all people.
Dear God my Father, thank You for Your plan to save me and all people through Jesus Christ. Help me to live so that I may proclaim that plan to people who do not yet know. Give me an extra measure of Your Spirit that I may make Your glory known among all people. In Jesus name. Amen.