The ‘good news’ is not, first and foremost, about something that can happen to us. What happens to us through the ‘gospel’ is indeed dramatic and exciting: God’s good news will catch us up and transform our lives and our hopes like nothing else. But the ‘good news’ which Paul announces is primarily good news about something that has happened, events through which the world is a different place. It is about what God has done in Jesus, the Messiah, Israel’s true king, the world’s true Lord.
— Tom Wright, Paul for Everyone – Romans Part 1: Chapters 1-8
Read the first line of the above quote again: the gospel is not primarily about something that can happen to us. I put that in bold because I’ve come to realise that it’s of fundamental importance. It’s so important, in fact, that if we get it wrong, we risk not only misunderstanding the entire point of the gospel but utterly misconstruing God and our relationship to Him. This is not hyperbole: I really believe it’s that serious, and I want you to see why.