“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).
Paul was stoned, almost stoned but escaped, and chased out of towns by angry mobs. Yet he said “none of these things move me.” He wasn’t concerned about his life. He was only concerned about finishing his ministry and preaching the gospel of grace.
That’s the message Paul spoke everywhere. In fact, he told the Galatians. “If any man preach any other gospel to you than that you have received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:9).
There is only one gospel. It’s the gospel of grace—the gospel of Christ. Jesus could not preach the gospel of grace, He could only hint of it. He didn’t preach the church, He could only hint at it. Jesus specially chose Paul to explain the mystery of the church and preach the gospel of grace. Preaching grace is preaching the finished work of Jesus. Jesus is grace.