The Message of the Gospel
The Gospel is good news and bad news. The bad news says that we are in need of a Savior because we are spiritually dead in our sinful nature called the flesh. This nature shows how lost and hopeless we are with no sense of desiring to live for someone greater than ourselves since our hearts are prideful. In Romans 3, the Bible speaks about the whole world is guilty before a holy God. If we look at our hearts in the light of the Ten Commandments, we find that our condition of corruption is real. What does it mean that our bribery or depravity are real? It means, the fall brought humanity into an estate of sin and misery. It means that our moral standard is not good enough to judge ourselves before a holy God, we will be judged by our own righteousness or the righteousness of another.
The gospel also tells us that in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting our indifference against us by giving us in Christ Jesus the will to confess—Romans 10:9-10, the reconciliation through faith alone in Christ alone through the proclamation of the gospel—2 Corinthians 5:19. From here now, the gospel will continue transforming us—Romans 8:29* as disciples of Christ Jesus and be incorporating into a new community, culture and be being part of God’s family.
For that reason, Jeff Vanderstelt says, "we need to create a sense of expectancy and freedom for the beginning of new missionary ventures within our community."
The gospel means "good news". It is good news from God to us; and is about His Son Jesus Christ, for a world of perishing sinners, offering eternal life as a free gifts, to be received by faith alone—John 3:16.
If this is not the good news of the Gospel, then what is it?
- *...to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He might be the firstborn among His brothers.
- All Scriptures: English Standard Version