If you are anything like me, I knew nothing about the Word of God, which included the Gospel, when I was Saved.
Zip, Zero, Nilch.
Growing up, no one had ever explained to me what the Gospel of Jesus Christ actually was. Or maybe it was because I wasn’t actually listening. Whichever the case, I didn’t know anything about it. And I needed to. The first time I read through the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (which is my absolute favorite), I was in awe of how self-less, sinless, and perfect Christ actually was. It brought tears to my eyes to know what he suffered and sacrificed for me… for us. For God’s Chosen People. Even though every single one of us deserves to hang on that cross instead of Jesus.
The Basics of the Gospel
Before I get ahead of myself, let’s get into the basics of what the Gospel means. First off, the word Gospel, actually translates to “good news”. So it IS the Good News of Jesus Christ and the way of our salvation. The greek word for gospel is euaggelion and it appears 93 times in the bible, exclusively in the New Testament. Have you ever had someone tell you, “I have Good News and Bad News. Which one do you want to know first?” Well, in this instance, it’s great to KNOW the Good News but if you don’t quite understand the bad news, the Good News isn’t going to be all that great. Simply put, the key to understanding the good news is to know what the bad news is FIRST.
The Bad News
Before the fall, Adam and Eve had perfect communion and fellowship with God. The Fall came with the curse of sin and death. Our communion with God was eternally broken. We were dead in our sin (Romans 6:23). Without Jesus and the work of the cross, we would be eternally separated from God and be destined to eternal life in hell (Romans 3:23; 6:23, John 3:15-20). Even our very best human efforts fall short of the glory of God (Isaiah 64:6). The Old Testament Law given to Israel during the time of Moses was a way to measure sin and rectify what had happened because of the fall (Deuteronomy 5:1). However, God knew that the Law would be impossible for any human to accomplish. He built in a sacrificial system that gave us a temporary cleansing from our sin by the blood of innocent life (Hebrews 9:22). Year after year, animal sacrifices were used as a symbol of the coming sacrifice of Christ (Hebrews 10:3-4). This system was not good enough, however, to purify us completely so we could once again be reunited with our Holy Father.
The Good News
This is where the Gospel, or the Good News, comes in! Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice for our sins that fulfilled the righteousness of the Law (Romans 8:3-4, Hebrews 10-5-10). He is the Lamb of God (John 1:29, 1 Corinthians 5:7, 1 Peter 1:19). In other words, Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross took on ALL of our sin. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” He died and then resurrected on the third day, conquering not only sin but also death. He alone removed the curse of eternal separation from God and death. “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4:25). This is the Good News, the Gospel. And the GREATEST news of all is that he offers to share that victory with us (John 14:19).
The Result of Denying the Gospel
To deny the gospel is to accept the bad news. Judgement, eternal separation from God, and death are the result of this. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (John 3:17–18).
God graciously sacrificed his one and only Son so that we may be forgiven of our sins, saved from eternal damnation, and live eternal life with Him. That’s Good News indeed!
Read more on the blog: