What Is the Gospel?

The term “gospel” may be familiar to you, but what does it mean exactly?  By definition, it’s simply the “good news.”  The ancient Greeks would use this term when pronouncing a great event, like the liberation of a city: we bring you this gospel – you are free!

And indeed, the connotation of gospel is exclamatory and joyous.  It’s the story of Christ, and more specifically, of how God reached out in love to humankind and died a sinner’s death so that we could be saved.

Understanding the gospel means comprehending the story of God’s redemption:

Creation

For by him all things were created,  in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether  thrones or  dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created  through him and for him.

– Colossians 1:16

Have you ever stopped to ponder about the world and thought about how amazing it is that all this could exist?  The Bible explains that this breathtaking, wonderful universe was created by an infinite God.  The complexity of the universe, of our planet, of our bodies isn’t by chance – it’s all by design.  And likewise, He breathed life into humankind, developed in His own image.

Sin

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

– Isaiah 64:6

The world was created to be a perfect place.  Adam and Eve had the choice to live out a perfect existence – one full of joy, laughter, kindness, wonder.  But instead, they chose to follow their own paths, their own pride.  And sin entered the world, creating a division between imperfect humans and a perfect God whose very attribute of holiness made it such that man and woman could no longer be in the physical presence of God.  And though He gave us immortal souls, that also meant this – eternally, we would need to be apart from God, and thus, from the source of creation and all that is good and kind.

Read our devotions on sin

Grace

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

– Romans 5:1-2

God’s love is unrelenting.  Though the entire breadth of the Old Testament tells of how humankind, like a rebellious teenager, turns away from a loving parent, God still desired to show us mercy, like a lovesick father.  He came to earth in a human body – Jesus Christ – and lived a sinless life.  And as the only holy one who has ever walked the earth, Christ, and only Christ, could die on the cross, with all the sins of mankind upon his shoulders, taking the penalty we deserved.  He died for a people who were, at best, ungrateful – all because he loved us more than we could ever imagine.

Read our devotions on grace

Life

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
– Ezekial 36:25

Because our sins were atoned for, with Christ taking our place, we’re now cleansed.  We can now be again in the presence of God, who made an improbable journey of love from the Heavens to the cross so that we could be with Him.  Understanding and accepting that He did this for us renews and transforms us, and from within we begin to change, becoming more and more like the loving men and women we were always meant to be.

Read our devotions on sin

If you have questions about the gospel – if you’re unsure what you believe or if you just want to find out more – email us and we’ll be glad to converse with you.

 

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