The word "gospel" is frequently used today. But what exactly does it mean? Often it is taken only to mean an expertise in something, like "the gospel of cooking" or "the gospel of playing quarterback." But in reality the gospel is not about expertise - it is very simple. At its most basic, gospel simply means "good news." When we read in the Bible about the gospel that was preached, it is exactly that - two Greek words stuck together: good + news = gospel.
The gospel is the good news of God's grace to undeserving sinners. It might be summarized in one verse: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23 ESV).
Here in 21 words we have:
- The real problem of man. Our problem is sin. Sin is any and every failure to conform to God’s standard of moral perfection. It involves our outward actions and inward thoughts.
- The devastating consequence of our problem. The result of sin is death. The Bible teaches that after physical death there is judgment and there is a second death which is eternal and spiritual separation from God.
- The unexpected solution to this dilemma. Contrary to our intuition, the solution is not found in trying to be good or to offset our sin with kind actions. The solution is found in humbly recognizing our lost and hopeless state and confessing that we cannot save ourselves. The solution is found in receiving the free gift of God which is eternal life. A gift, by definition, cannot be bought or earned. It is a free gift and God gives it to those who call upon Him in faith and repentance. The gift was paid for not by our good works but by those of the Lord Jesus Christ including both His perfect life and horrific death on the cross which paid the due penalty of all the sins of all His people.
If you have not done so, we urge you to pray to the God of the Bible and seek His forgiveness to escape the wrath that will come upon all who refuse to believe Him. He declares them righteous and adopts them as His children who call upon Him.
If you have questions about this or would like further clarification please contact us at Christ Church. We are eager to talk with you. Another good resource about the gospel is "2 Ways to Live":