The Gospel

No news is good news. That is a proverb which may have comforting relevance to daily human life but when it comes to man’s spiritual condition and our relationship with God, no news would be the worst of news. Without the evangel, the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are in a desperate state, lost and without hope.

The Bible says that without Christ, mankind is without God and consequently, without hope in the world (Ephesians 2:12). The problem is our sin “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We sin because we are sinners. It is as natural to us as breathing, part of our very fabric and nature. Our conscience tells us this, the Scriptures tell us this. Sin is the transgression or the breaking of God’s law (1 John 3:4) and brings us under the just wrath of God (Romans 1:18-32). We are alienated from God (Isaiah 59:2) and we cannot do anything to remedy the situation or to save ourselves (Ephesians 2:8-9). No amount of human effort, religious works and piety, or good intentions can address our need. Salvation takes divine intervention.

That divine intervention is the gospel. What we could not do for ourselves, God, in amazing grace, did for us in Christ. God so loved the world of sinners (John 3:16) that He sent His eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to rescue us. He did so by living a sinless life in perfect obedience to the Father (John 8:29), then dying on the cross as a sacrifice for sin to satisfy the just wrath of God and to take sin away by His shed blood (Hebrews 9:26), and then rising again from the dead to prove that His death was absolutely successful (Romans 4:25). Thus the gospel is the person and work of Christ, all the merit of His life, all the merit of His death that becomes ours by faith alone in Christ alone apart from human works. “There is salvation in none other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Come to Christ now in all of your need, turn from your sin, and trust Him to save you and He will (Acts 16:31). He will give you the gift of eternal life and impart His Spirit to enable you to live in a way pleasing to Him. Now that’s good news!