The glorious gospel of God’s grace has been made fully known through Jesus Christ. Through the gospel Jesus has redeemed a people for Himself, a people that declare His greatness, and announce to a lost world that there is forgiveness for sins and a powerful new life in Christ. The gospel is the greatest news ever told. But it begins with a terrible verdict declared by God over all men, that we are all guilty of rebellion toward God and unrepairable transgression of His holy law.
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. John 3:19
“For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin…” Romans 3:9
Without Christ the Bible says that we are without hope and without God in the world (Eph. 2:12). But the good news–the gospel–is that in Christ, through faith in Him (Eph. 2:8), we receive forgiveness of sins and are restored to a state of peace with God (Romans 5:1). More than that we are brought into God’s kingdom (Col. 1:13-14), we are adopted into His family (Rom. 8:15), and we are given new life (Rom. 6:4), eternal life (John 5:24), a life empowered by the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:25).
All this is possible only because God in His mercy sent His only Son into the world–Jesus–who being God himself, took on human flesh and lived a perfect life in accordance with all of God’s commands (Phil. 2:6-7). And having lived a perfect life He went to the cross to suffer and die in our place (2 Cor. 5:21). He was a substitute for us when He satisfied the just wrath of God for our sins (Rom. 3:24-25). He bore our sins in his own body (1 Pet. 2:24).
Jesus died and three days later was raised from the dead. He was raised up with a new perfect body a resurrected body, which can never again die (1 Cor. 15:3-4).
All that Jesus did in living, dying, and in His resurrection was for us. When we hear this glorious news about what Jesus did and believe in Him, placing our faith, our full trust and all our confidence for salvation in Him alone, we receive all the benefits of his life, death and resurrection for ourselves (2 Cor. 8:9). This is the good news, the glorious gospel of the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ.
Living a Life Worthy of The Gospel
The gospel is about what Jesus has done for us. The effect of the gospel completely transforms a person’s life. It changes our identity as it unites us to Christ. The gospel delivers us into the kingdom of God which gives us a new eternity to look forward to with God. But it also effects our lives here and now. The Christian life is to be a gospel-centered life, and it is to be lived out among the community of God’s people. God has ordained the church to be the means by which we live out the gospel.