What is the Gospel Message? Finding The Truth

by Robert Driskell on March 23, 2013 · Print Print · Email Email

The word “Gospel” means ‘good news’. According to Vine’s, “…it denotes the “good tidings” of the kingdom of God and of salvation through Christ, to be received by faith, on the basis of His expiatory death, His burial, resurrection, and ascension…” (Vine’s, p. 275). When most of us think of ‘good news’ we do not think about death, or burials. Why are these things considered to be ‘good tidings’ according to the Bible?

First, some biblical background

Many people think that the Gospel message is limited to the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus did make it possible for men and women to be forgiven of their sins, and this is the center of the good news. However, God’s plan of salvation began shortly after Adam and Eve rebelled against Him, if not before.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, animals, man and woman, plants everything. Everything He created was very good. (Genesis 1:31). God created a perfect world in which humanity’s purpose was to, “…love the Lord [our] God with all [our] heart and with all [our] soul and with all [our] might” (Deuteronomy 6:5 ESV).

Man and woman had only one responsibility…to love God. Loving God included worshiping, honoring, and obeying Him. This behavior came naturally from trusting Him. Refusing to do any one of these things was, in effect, refusing to trust God.

Then, the ‘bad’ news

God had given mankind (Adam/Eve) free will, the ability to choose. Satan, in the form of a serpent, tempted the first humans to doubt God, and they chose to disbelieve, and disobey, God. This resulted in the dissolution of the intimate relationship they had with Him.

Adam and Eve’s rebellion brought sin into the world (Romans 5:12). This sin separated us from God and brought God’s judgment upon all mankind (Romans 3:23). What God created as a perfect paradise, sin had corrupted. What a tragedy. This selfish, sinful nature inhabits all who are born into this world to this day.

But God had a plan to remedy this problem.

God initiates His plan of salvation

"Jesus paid for our sins so that, if we believe in Him, we will be restored to a right relationship with God."

“Jesus paid for our sins so that, if we believe in Him, we will be restored to a right relationship with God.”

God chose a nation through which He could demonstrate His love, justice, mercy, and other attributes. God gave this nation His laws by which they were to live. These requirements revealed how a people would look if they could perfectly follow God. People soon found out that the rules were impossible to follow perfectly. Even those people who sincerely attempted to live as God wanted them to live could not do it in their own power. No matter how good we think we are, when we compare our goodness with God’s standard for good, we miss the mark miserably.

But God had a plan to remedy this problem.

Jesus, the culmination of God’s plan of redemption

Back in Genesis, when man rebelled against God, God had promised that He would not leave mankind helpless. He promised that He would send someone to save His people. That Someone came in the person of Jesus Christ.

Humanity cannot pay for our own sins; we cannot do enough good to make us holy in God’s eyes. Jesus took all of our sin on Himself, died on the cross to pay for the judgment that we rightfully were due to suffer, and rose from the dead to prove His deity (Romans 1:4).

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10 ESV). Merriam-Webster defines ‘propitiate’ as, “to gain or regain the favor or goodwill of : appease” [1]. The same site defines ‘propitiation’ as, “something that propitiates; specifically : an atoning sacrifice”. This means that Jesus paid for the forgiveness of our sins by His life, death, and resurrection. He paid the price for our sins, in order that those who love Him would not have to.

What the “Gospel” means to us

The Bible warns us clearly, and repeatedly, that God will one day judge each of us, …because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead” (Acts 17:31 ESV). We will be judged by what our response to Jesus has been. Consider this sobering passage from 2 Thessalonians concerning the coming judgment, “…when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 ESV). Read that passage again, it is a sobering reality.

Those who have turned from their sin, turned to God, and trusted Jesus’ payment on the cross will live eternally with Him in paradise, while those who have rejected His lordship will be consigned to an existence of eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46).

Jesus paid for our sins so that, if we believe in Him, we will be restored to a right relationship with God (Romans 10:8-13). We will be able to enjoy the same intimacy with God that Adam and Eve enjoyed before they chose to disobey Him. Our sins will be forgiven, we will no longer be under the judgment of God, and we will be able to live the full life that God has planned for each and every one of us.

Conclusion

God’s purpose for our lives was expressed in the words, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself(Luke 10:27 ESV). The good news of the Gospel is that, by faith in Jesus Christ, we are able to carry out this most high and holy calling in our lives.

What the first human’s sin destroyed, God’s free gift, received through faith in Jesus Christ, restores, “For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17 ESV, see also Romans 3:24, 4:4, 5:15-16, 6:23).

The Gospel is God’s gift of salvation, it is each person’s decision to accept or reject that gift. It is my prayer that you will graciously accept it…while there is still time.

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Resources – The Holy Bible, English Standard Version “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. [1] www .merriam-webster .com. Vine, W. E. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words. Thomas Nelson, 1985.



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Godlove March 23, 2013 at 5:28 am

Some people may look at the Gospel like a message.
But it is not
The Gospel is a real life person (Jesus)
Accepting it means accepting Jesus

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Robert March 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Good point Godlove,
That is a very important thing to keep in mind. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Jack Wellman March 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Well written sir. I love that you included the “bad news” for the good news doesn’t seem important unless we place it against the bad news of the wrath of God on sinners. Too often we hear only that “God is love” and “God loves you” but truly, God is angry at the sinner every day and is storing up His wrath against all ungodly men and women (Rom 1) and the attribute of God’s love is overemphasized to the exclusion of His holiness. Great work Robert.

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Robert March 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Thank you for the kind words, Jack. What an incredibly important subject…it’s the most important subject actually. Forgiveness, redemption, and the wonderful eternal life that comes with a relationship with Jesus. What could be more important?
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Mr A Cotton March 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I fully agree with what you say Robert,both you and Jack study the bible. I don`t because I can open a page at random,and then start to read it,but i don`t know what it means. I told a catholic priest this,and he said stick to the New Testament.
One thing about the catholic church they do not concentrate on the bible at all. When you first start school they teach you the Catholic Catechism the easy version until you are 12 years old then you start to learn the much harder version.
The only time you hear about what is said in the bible is when you attend mass on a Sunday for about a hour.
They are far to concerned with teaching you the catholic doctrine. Some are very frighting one says if you miss mass on a Sunday,and get knocked down by a car and die you go straight to Hell.
I must say this about people who study the bible(Excluding the people on this site) I have noticed when somebody comes onto the site who studies the bible has well,and both you Robert,and Jack have had dust up`s with them because of what they say with quotes from the bible,and treat you with contempt. They don`t want to understand what you say,and have a decent debate with you. You have both gave them about 3 times to answer what you have asked them,but they go on and on,and they still don`t answer you. I know Jack has asked a person for an answer about three times. Jack gives them a warning not to go on like this,and still they take no notice. Jesus said love one another has i have loved you. These people don`t seem to get that,and you both are not hostile at against them. I read one about you Robert,and you asked the person to put it simply so you could understand(I could not understand the person has well)and you give them a good greeting at the end. This is how i can tell that the both of you have there interest at heart,but they can`t see that. This proves to me that you are True Christians,and try to help people if you can. Keep the good work up,and God knows this.

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Robert March 24, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I sincerely thank you, Mr. Cotton.
I think Jack and I are cut from the same material, so to speak. For both of us, encouraging others or introducing them to Jesus is much more important than simply winning an argument. When all this is over and we stand before God, He won’t ask us how many arguments we won, He will ask us what we did in His service. I, and Jack I’m sure, want to be found faithful to God and do what He wants us to do.
I am encouraged by your presence here, Mr. Cotton. You show a sincere desire to know God better. That is a big part of the reason for this website’s existence. I want you to know that you can always come here and ask us any questions you have. We will do our best to give you good solid biblical answers. We care about the people to whom we minister. I think it would break our hearts if we were to lead anyone astray or teach them something unbiblical. God bless you, Mr. Cotton.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Mr A Cotton March 25, 2013 at 9:55 am

How right you are Robert. It was when somebody wrote a post to you,and evan I said I could not understand him.
You asked him to put it simple so you could understand what he was on about.
I thought that this guy was making you frustrated (Has well as me) One thing i have noticed about you Robert is that you go out of your way to try and make people understand,and to me your answers back are always well mannered.
The Holy Spirit lead me to this site about 2 yrs ago now,and it`s down to you Robert,Jack,and Derek you are true christians(I hope I have not missed anybody out) and I have learnt a lot of things about what you say about God,Jesus,and the Holy Spirit in the bible. Which i didn`t have a clue before.
Yes you are dead right about getting to know God better,and He has answered my prayer`s.
I did not last five minutes on the site i was on before God dropped me off hear,because they were trying to out do each other. That to me, wasn`t very Christian like. You are very unique Robert God knows that,just keep doing what you do.
You,Jack,and Derek just seem to fit together like a team. God knows this too Robert.

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