Hey, I’m glad you clicked on the Gospel.
Why am I glad? Because you showed an interest in it. More importantly, you showed an interest in the One behind the Gospel. I have something amazing to share with you. Perhaps you have ‘heard it all before’ or ‘been preached to enough.’ If this is the case, I would encourage you to read this with a fresh perspective. I’m not begging you to stay, because God Himself doesn’t beg anyone to do anything. He didn’t beg you to come here; I won’t beg you to stay. But I will suggest it may be in your best interest.
For starters, what is the Gospel? Seriously, it’s a term thrown around in both Christian and non-Christian circles in a cavalier or (in some cases) inaccurate way. Do you know what “the Gospel” is?
Our English word “Gospel” originates from the Greek word euangélion; which translated means “good news.” So the Gospel is literally the good news.
What’s so “good” about the good news?
The Good News is quite simply, God’s solution to man’s problem. It doesn’t take but a quick glance at the news, a check on your social media page, or a flip through a stack of mail to realize the state of society. The world we live in is decrepit. Headline after headline of missing children, victims of abuse, murder, thievery, misconduct, and fornication. Even the headlines themselves are often filled with slanderous gossip and disgusting hidden agendas. Advertisements cater to greed and selfish attitudes, and the media is nothing but fuel for their fire.
Often, when faced with a good dose of reality, people will wonder what is going on with the world. Every single one of us recognizes the problem with society, but why is society still stuck in this downward spiral? The answer is found in God’s word and summarized in two simple words; human nature.
The Bible tells us first off, that mankind is inherently evil (Romans 3:23). As the Bible phrases it often, man is sinful. The word sinful simply means wicked, or full of sin. Sin, in turn, is defined as “any regrettable or reprehensible action” or “to offend against a principle or standard.” When we sin, we commit a “regrettable or reprehensible action” against God’s principles. God Himself is righteous, inerrant, and entirely just. Sin is an abomination in His sight and it must be punished; justice must be served. And when you think about it, it makes sense.
Picture a court of law with God as the Judge. Standing before Him is a criminal; guilty as charged with countless offences. Confession has been made, endless evidence provided, and his attorney is out of a job. At this point it is only right, only just, to persecute this criminal to the fullest extent of the law. In this court, every one of us is that guilty criminal.
We have all broken God’s law, and we all deserve God’s penalty for sin; which is hell.
At this point, maybe you’re thinking, “well, I’m not that bad. I mean yeah, I’ve lied here and there, maybe cheated on a few tests. But I’ve done a lot of good in my life too. Doesn’t that count?” No my friend; I’m afraid it doesn’t. If you are seeking to achieve heaven on your own merit (i.e. what you have done) you will not end up there.
God does not get out an elaborate, holy scale and weigh your good works against your sins. He doesn’t wink at you and say, “you did the best you could, come on in.” God looks at you and sees something He, as the Almighty Righteous One, cannot stand – sin. (Habakkuk 1:13)
Is there Hope then?
Yes! Remember the good news? This is where it comes in. When God made mankind, He intended there to be a relationship between God and man. This is the reason mankind is capable of logic, has complex emotions, and can reason; God wanted a relationship with us. However, when sin entered the world, this relationship was broken (Genesis 3:24). Sin built a wall between God and man; a barrier man alone could never topple. Only God Himself could fix our relationship.
At this point, God could have thrown His hands up and abandoned mankind. After all, we chose to abandon Him. He would be fully justified if He gave up on us. But no; He didn’t give up on us.
Here is where the two most precious words of the Bible come into play; “But God.” It comes from Ephesians chapter 2, where the Bible says;
“4 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved;” ~Ephesians 2:4-5 KJV
This is the Gospel in a nutshell. Verse four describes the fallen, sinful state of mankind. “fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind” “children of wrath”, that’s us – before Christ. Verse five starts with these wonderful words: “But God.” These words communicate the most incredible part of the Gospel; God intervened.
We were “dead in sins” the Bible tells us; eternally separated from God and unable to move the barrier between us. God knew we were helpless, but He wanted us still. He saw our sinful state, our immorality, our lawlessness, and our insufficiency. Yet He loved us so much He still wanted us. So God did something amazing.
“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” ~Philippians 2:7-8 KJV
God came to earth. He put on flesh and dwelt among men as an equal for some thirty-three years. He was born in a small town to a poor couple, and lived out His life with no great earthly possessions. He came to earth to “seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10) and to die a brutal death in our place. The death we deserved for our sins; God took upon Himself.
Because Jesus Christ was perfect and lived a sinless life on earth, His death paid the penalty for everyone’s sin. (1 Peter 3:18) He lived a humble life and died a brutal death in the flesh, then three days later He rose again, victorious over both sin and death. Christ’s crucifixion paid our debt, and His resurrection conquered death’s power. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)
But there is a catch
God made mankind for a relationship, mankind broke the relationship, God fixed it, now what? Now you must accept Christ’s gift of Salvation. Everything has been done for you in terms of eternity. Your responsibility is twofold.
- Confess your sin. All have sinned, not a single human being is righteous. Recognize your sin, confess it to God, and humbly ask for forgiveness. “He is faithful and just to forgive”
- Believe in Your Heart. Do you believe God put on flesh some 2000 years ago for the express purpose of seeking His lost children? Do you believe He physically died, was buried, and rose again the third day victorious over death and sin?
The Bible says in Romans 10:9:
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” ~Romans 10:9 KJV
Once you have accepted Christ as your Savior, the next step is to allow Him to work in your life.
“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” Ephesians 4:17-19 KJV
Living your life for Christ is what this blog is all about, and it is a progressive step. As you grow in your relationship with Christ, the Holy Spirit will work in your life and in your heart.
If you stuck with the article this long, thank you! I just couldn’t condense it; there’s too much to share! I hope this post had a positive impact on you.
In Christ Alone,