In this post I am going to Biblically define the Gospel and why it is relevant to you. In some of my more recent entries I have exposed false gospels and false teachings, so today I would like to write on the truth.
Some may not understand why it is that the Gospel matters to them, this is generally due to a poor understanding of the Law. The curse of the law resides over anyone who is not in Christ (John 3:36)(Rom 7:1-3)(Gal 3:13).
Many Christians will try to water down the standard of the Law but it is Christ himself who defines that standard in his sermon on the mount.
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matt 5:48 KJV
This cannot be watered down, some try to say that the perfection in view above is the perfect state that God has you in now. The problem with such a rendering is that Christ likens the perfection he says you need to be with the perfection of the Father. The Father has always been perfect from eternity past into eternity future, in thought word and deed.
Even if you were to shape up and somehow become perfect, that would not make you perfect because sins still reside in your past. Nobody can meet the perfect standard of the law, just as is stated here in scripture.
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Rom 3:10-12 KJV
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Rom 3:23 KJV
All of us have sinned, fallen short of the standard the consequence of which is defined in scripture as being damned in the wrath of God.
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36 KJV
“For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.” Psa 5:4-6 KJV
Read the above passage in Psalms 5 once again, if you have not met the standard outlined in Matt 5:48, and are not eternally perfect as the Father in Heaven, then this passage in Psalms applies to you.
The word gospel simply means good news. The Gospel is simply the good news that Jesus paid the price for your sins. Jesus Christ has died to save you from your sins. Paul clearly lays this out here:
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” 1 Cor 15:1-4 KJV
Jesus Christ became sin, your sin, on the Cross and took your sins to the grave.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Cor 5:21 KJV
“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” Php 3:9 KJV
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 KJV
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” Gal 3:13 KJV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18 KJV
Furthermore Paul teaches us that this grace given to us is free for us. We do not earn it through works of the law but it is bestowed upon us for God’s Glory.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. ” Eph 2:8-9 KJV
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” Rom 3:28 KJV
This is very good news indeed, the standard of the Law is too high for us to meet. Since the standard is eternal perfection we cannot meet it even with help. It can only be given to us by Christ, through his propitiatory sacrifice for all of our sins. He is our true Passover lamb upon whom all our sins are placed. Know this and believe it because he did it for you (Matt 26:28)
Below you will find two excellent, and short videos on this topic that explain the above post very well.