What is the Gospel?
“The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” – Tim Keller
The Good News: The word gospel in the Bible literally means “good news”. What is this good news? It is the good news of the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Lord: There is a creator who is Lord (ruler) over all the universe. (Gen. 1:1, Neh. 9:6; Isa. 33:22) This is the Triune (three in one) God who has revealed himself as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Mt. 28:18-20) God has chosen to reveal himself in the Bible and in the person and work of Jesus Christ. (Heb. 1:1-2)
Sin: The Problem is that we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s perfect standard. (Rom. 3:23) We are all deeply flawed and because of this, we all deserve the Justice of God’s wrath, eternal separation from God. (Rom. 1:18, 2 Thess. 1:8-9)
Jesus: But, in love, God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect life and die on the cross as the atoning sacrifice for our sin. (1 Jn. 4:9; Heb. 4:15; 1 Jn. 2:2) In other words God made a way to reconcile people to Himself and bring them back into right relationship with Him through his son, Jesus Christ. (Col. 1:20; 2 Cor. 5:18-19) Jesus could do this because
- Jesus is fully man and Fully God. (John 10:30; 10:33, 1 Tim 2:5)
- Jesus lived a perfect life. (1 Pet. 2:22)
- Jesus died as a sacrifice for sin, appeasing the wrath of God and ransoming those who believe in Him from death to life. (Heb. 10:12; Rom. 3:25; Col. 1:13-14; Col. 2:13-14)
- Jesus was raised from the dead. (1 Cor. 15:17; 1 Cor. 15:20)
- Jesus ascended to heaven and promises to return. (Acts 1:9-12; Rev. 22:7)
Faith: We can be brought into a right relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. (Eph. 2:8) We can’t earn our way into heaven, no one is good enough. (Rom. 3:10) We can’t atone for our sin or make up for it and earn God’s favor. (Eph. 2:9) So, Jesus did this work on our behalf.
By trusting in him, he takes the punishment for our sins (death on a cross) and we receive his righteousness. (2 Cor. 5:21) This all happens by grace alone (unmerited favor from God). (Eph. 2:8-9) To receive this salvation one must repent of their sins and put their trust (faith) fully in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of their sins. (Acts 2:38; Rom. 10:13)
If you have received this salvation, or if you don’t believe but would like to find out more, we invite you to join us as we gather each Sunday, and throughout the week, to work out the implications of this salvation. If you have questions and would like to speak with someone, please feel free to contact us. It would be our joy to speak to you about the gospel.