The Gospel

what is the gospel

 

The Gospel

We live in a world where there is a lot of “bad news.” This bad news can be the death of a loved one or maybe unexpected suffering. All you have to do is flip on the evening news and see the reports about all the injustice and violence in the world. Yet the question must be asked, “Is there any good news?” The answer to that question is varied. We as humans would like to think that there exist some sort of “good news” but what exactly is it? Did you know that your worldview will demand that answer. Some, such as an Atheist (someone who does not believe in a higher being), tend to give a skeptical answer. Others might give a more positive answer depending upon their belief system. But did you know that The Bible gives the ultimate answer to the question, “What is the good news?”

Creation

The Bible teaches “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). We are introduced to God the Creator. This God is the Sovereign and Supreme One. This Sovereign God spoke. By one Word God created the air, water, sky, and animals. The God of the Bible is the King of the World. He is also a loving King. The Bible states that after God created the world He created humanity. Out of love He made man and woman to rule over creation (Genesis 1:26-28). The apex of God’s creation was humanity in the Garden of Eden. In the beginning, humanity lived in perfect harmony with God. Adam and Eve, the first humans, had a perfect relationship with the Creator King. There existed “shalom”, which is harmony, between God, humanity, and creation. The order of creation was beautiful.

Fall

Humanity loved God and obeyed His Word. The Creator gave one command: “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17). This perfect relationship lasted until a serpent rebelled against humanity. Humanity was tempted to disobey God and His Word. And it happened that humanity listened to the rebellious serpent and disobeyed God (Genesis 3). Adam, Eve, and all of humanity, including us became sinners. The perfect Garden was lost. The order of creation was destroyed. Humanity rebelled against the Creator King. Instead of peace, chaos ensued. Instead of obedience, there was disobedience. Instead of life, death occurred. Sin and evil entered into the world. God cursed humanity and creation because of their rebellion. However, God pursued a rebellious humanity and covered their shameful and sin. It was at this time that the Creator King made a promise to humanity that one day the world would be made right through the offspring of the woman, Eve (Genesis 3:15).

Redemption

Because of Adam’s sin all humanity is under the curse of sin. The Bible states that because of sin we will die (Romans 6:23). Sin is the reason for death, suffering, evil, and injustice. As you look at the world it is apparent that something is wrong. However, the Bible declares that God is on a divine rescue mission. In order to remove sin, God became Flesh (John 1:14). Jesus Christ is God incarnate, The True King. The Bible records that Jesus announced, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is hand.” (Mark 1:15). This announcement of the Kingdom is the announcement of salvation. The Good News is that Jesus Christ, God in flesh, came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). The climax to God’s rescue mission is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross in our place and bore the wrath of God so we would not have to be judge for our sin. Jesus became sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus was judged in our place. Out of His love for us God gave us His Son to die for us (John 3:16). But Jesus didn’t stay dead. After three days God raised His Son from the dead proving that Jesus is truly the King (Romans 1:4). Right now Jesus Christ is alive and reigns as King in heaven. This is the Gospel!

Restoration

That’s not the end of the story. God is in the process of restoring all things through Jesus and He will return to complete the restoration. He will consummate His Kingdom on earth. In the end Heaven and Earth will be unified as in the beginning. God will bring about a New Creation. The Garden will be restored. Death will be no more and those who have trusted in Jesus will be resurrected from the dead. We will live with Jesus and worship Him forever.

In the world of Bad News the Bible declares there is Good News. The Good News is that by trusting in Jesus you can have life. In order to receive salvation you must turn from your sin and trust in Jesus. By trusting in Jesus you can be forgiven of your sin. You can enter into a right relationship with God. You can receive eternal life. You can have hope that Jesus will one day return and restore all things. Will you trust Him today?

For more information on the Gospel visit: “The Story” Grace Community Church