WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
If someone offered you a medicine to cure death, would that be good news? In effect, that is what God offers to you in the Gospel, freedom from the bondage of death. It is only Jesus Christ who has by great power killed death! He has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
So what is the Gospel?
The word gospel means good news. This the one word that faithfully summarizes the message of the Bible. May I unpack what exactly is the gospel and what it is all about:
The Gospel is about the greatest opportunity you have ever heard about. It is the greatest offer because it is offered by infinitely Great God. It is the greatest offer because it bringing eternally permanent implications to those who take it. It is the greatest offer because it can never be withdrawn by anyone – whether death or life, It is neither angels nor demons, nor things present nor things to come nor powers, nor height nor depth nor anything else in all creation can take us from this blessing of love we have received from God through His Son Jesus Christ, the Saviour.
So then the Gospel is all about Infinitely holy God and what He has done to procure salvation for a sinful man.
God, through Jesus Christ, offers to you, freely, graciously, permanently, eternal life. Jesus said, I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10). But how do you enter into this life? How can you be certain that you have this life? These questions are all answered in the Bible. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life – in fact NO ONE can ever get to the Heavenly Father God without passing through Christ (John 14:6) because He is the ONE and ONLY Mediator between God and Man (1Timothy 2:5,6).
The Gospel, though simple to understand, does require a comprehension and acceptance of what the Bible teaches about God, man, and sin. Without this basic understanding, the gospel cannot be grasped, embraced or believed.
(Scripture: Genesis 1; Psalm 93, 103, 139; Isaiah 45; Jeremiah 10; 1 John 1:5)
We do not need to wonder or hypothesize about who God is or what God is like. He has revealed Himself in the Bible – His nature, character, works, and plan are all explained to us in His written Word. God is the Creator of all things. He is the true and living God, the one and only God who exists from all eternity in three Persons:
- Son and
- Holy Spirit.
He is not a true God he who is presented as not triune because this is the Way God has revealed Himself from all eternity. God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-wise, transcending time and space.
He is perfectly just, holy, and good. He is loving, merciful and gracious towards His creatures. He hates all that is evil with a perfect hatred and loves all that is good with a perfect love. He is infinitely higher than man in His nature, character, and thoughts. He does not answer to man nor does He owe man anything. He is utterly independent of His creation, yet He is intimately involved in the movement of every molecule, every atom, everything 9and controls them so that there is not a single stray molecule before His sight. In one word GOD IS SOVEREIGN! God is sovereign over His creation – all the creatures and all their actions! God brings about His purposes to pass regardless of man’s will or efforts. God accomplishes all His purposes and none can be thwarted even by the devil (Job 42:2).
All things are for His glory. For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen (Romans 11:36).
Tomorrow we consider who is man.