The Gospel – What Is It?

In order to understand why the Gospel truly is good news, one must understand what it actually is. Simply put, the gospel is a tale of God’s greatness, and his love and mercy toward fallen humanity, particularly me. There are many Bible verses that support the following paragraphs, but I will not toss you to and fro between them at this time. In a nutshell the Gospel goes like this:

God Is Great

God is immense beyond comprehension. He created all things; the universe fits into the palm of his hand. He is unimaginably awesome in power, righteousness, perfection, and holiness. He is the creator of all things, and sustains all things. He created all life, including me through His vast power and loving will. I owe all to Him. He is worthy off all the praise, admiration, glory, and reverence I can muster.

I Have Fallen Short

Instead of being thankful for what God has done for me and humbly submitting to His will for my live, I rebelled, and broke the letter and spirit of God’s law in countless ways. I am ensnared and bound as a slave to my sin. I am guilty before God and worthy to receive whatever righteous judgement He deems appropriate. I am lost and without hope of ever doing anything that could pay Him back or avoid His wrath.

God Stepped Into Space and Time

Sin cannot go unpunished. As a matter of fact, God says that apart from the shedding of blood there is no expunging of sin. Thankfully, God gave me a way out. In His great love for me, He sent His own son, Jesus, into the world on my behalf. Jesus took on flesh, became a man, and as a man lived a perfectly sinless, God-centered life. Ultimately, in perfect submission to the will of His Father, Jesus laid down His own life as payment for the sins that were mine.

My Salvation

Three days later, God raised His Son from the dead and exalted Him to His own right hand,  where He reigns in complete authority over all power and principality. By doing so, God declared that Jesus’ death is completely sufficient to forgive and cleanse all sin. The instant I placed my faith in Jesus and His work on the cross, God instantly granted me total forgiveness of all my sins, past, present, and future. God poured his Holy Spirit into my heart. I was spiritually reborn as a child of God, and became a joint heir with Christ in the kingdom which is to come. Sin no longer has power over me, and I do not have to obey it anymore. I have a new Master, one who literally loves me to death.

Wow! If that is not Good News Only, what is? That’s the Gospel in a nut shell. Over time I will share more about the Word and its power. Thanks for visiting and please feel free to comment or share your opinion.

2 thoughts on “The Gospel – What Is It?

  1. Excellent question, Chris. Hope I can answer it effectively.

    I believe that all men (and women) are born with the propensity to sin, that is, they have the ability to decide NOT to follow the laws of the Creator. That is certainly what Adam did. I have heard people jokingly say,

    “Thanks, Adam, good job!” or “Wait until I see that guy in heaven.”

    This indicates that if they would have been where Adam was they would not have committed the same offense. Really?

    When Adam made his decision, he broke God’s law and thus separated himself from fellowship with God. We all (everyone else), being descended from Adam, as he is the head of the human race (Romans 5:12-21), have likewise lost our connection. Adam separated not only himself, but all of mankind from God, and we are all lost in sin and slaves to it. We sin by both nature and desire (Ephesians 2:1-3).

    However, Christ’s death and resurrection provided the basis for our justification, that is, it provided a declaration that our sin – past, present, and future will not be held against us, because Christ took on the punishment that was do us (Romans 3:21-26; 1 Peter. 3:18).

    All sin is covered: past, because we sinned before we came to know Christ, present, because we sin everyday, and future for the sins we have yet to commit.

    At the moment we believe, through faith in His name, submit to His lordship over us, and trust in His death and resurrection we are immediately justified in the sight of God the Holy Judge, and have complete atonement and forgiveness. Through his Holy Spirit, which He pours into our hearts, He works His heavenly magic on an ongoing daily basis. God is molding us to become replicas of his son Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).

    We will never be totally like Christ while living on earth, but on the day that Christ returns we be transformed. Like Christ we will be given eternal bodies in which to dwell, all sickness and tears will be wiped away, and we will forever be in the presence of the Father in Heaven, just like He intended it to be with Adam (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Amen – sound like Good News Only to me!

    Hope this helps answer your question. Take care, Chris.

  2. This has always puzzled me……if Jesus died on the cross for the redemption of mans sins, which I do believe, then why are we born with original sin (because of Adam & Eve) if all sin was forgiven past & present?

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