The Gospel in Four Words
The gospel begins in the heart of God. The Bible tells us that God loved the world and demonstrated His great love by addressing our need.
God is holy and we are not. That’s a problem. God in His perfect holiness must always respond to sin with judgment and removal. This means we have a predicament that we cannot solve on our own. Fortunately for us, God loves us and chose to intervene on our behalf.
God sent Jesus to be a sinless Savior who did not share our predicament. Jesus stepped in and took the judgment of sin that was due to us. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross is a substitutionary sacrifice for all sins for all time. The crucifixion of Jesus is the heart of the gospel. His resurrection is the power of the gospel. His ascension is the glory of the gospel.
God has made an offer to people. Some will accept that offer. Some will reject. God’s offer to us is free but it’s not automatic. Forgiveness, salvation and eternal life are free because they come at the expense of Jesus. They are not automatic in that we need to admit to God that we are sinners and ask Him for the gift of life through Jesus.
At the heart of all sound doctrine is the cross of Jesus Christ and the amazing privilege that redeemed sinners have in glorifying God because of what He has accomplished. Therefore, we want all that takes place in our lives and in our Church, to proceed from and be related to the gospel.
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (HCSB)
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