Gospel. The word simply means ‘good news’. However, this good news can only properly be understood in light of the bad news, that we are sinners who have broken the laws of our Creator and are utterly ruined and condemned apart from the salvation that only He can provide.
God’s infallible Word, The Holy Bible, shows us God’s perfect law in the ten commandments. When we view ourselves in light of His law, we see that we have failed miserably in keeping it. None of us have loved God perfectly with all heart, soul, strength, and mind. None of us have loved others perfectly without deceit and unfaithfulness. There is none righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10). We need forgiveness!
The Bible also teaches that we are enslaved to sin and continually seek to please ourselves rather than God. We are guilty of idolatry, of worshiping the creature, rather than the Creator. In this condition, we are unable to please God and have the relationship with Him that we were created for. We need redemption! We need righteousness!
The Bible tells us that we are dead in our trespasses and sins. As a result of Adam’s fall from grace, we are under the just condemnation of God and helpless to do anything about it. All mankind is under the curse of death, both physically and spiritually. Some may protest that they are not dead! However, even though one may not be dead at the moment in a physical sense, we are all in the process of dying. And spiritually speaking, apart from God’s grace, we are walking corpses (Ephesians 2:1-2). We need to be born again!
The good news is that God provided the salvation that we so desperately need! He made a way, where there was no way, for nothing is impossible for God. How has he done this? This is the gospel, the good news: God has sent a Savior, Jesus Christ! God sent His eternal son, Jesus, to redeem His people.
Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate, was conceived of a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, the Word become flesh, lived on this earth in perfect obedience to God the Father. He lived a righteous life, pleasing to God, and offered his life as a substitute, enduring the wrath of God upon the cross in place of sinners.
God, in His infinite mercy and wisdom, made a way for mankind to be reconciled back to Him, through a substitute, His Son, Jesus Christ. And because Christ was perfect and sinless and did not enter the world under the curse of Adam, He was not under the condemnation of death. His resurrection from the dead on the third day is proof of this fact. In acceptance of this suitable sacrifice, God raised Him up.
In Christ, we have forgiveness, redemption and righteousness. (Colossians 1:13-14; Romans 3:21-22) And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
This is the good news and God commands all people everywhere to repent of their sins and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ. God’s Word says that we must trust alone in Jesus for salvation and not in our ‘good’ works. Jesus promises that He will receive all who come to Him by faith and that those who desire to be His disciples must forsake all and follow Him, treasuring Christ above all.
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