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understanding and response to the Gospel.
What is “the gospel?” Well, the word “gospel” really just means “good news.” Good news about what? The “good news” is in relation to Jesus Christ and what He has done for sinners. In other words, there is a context in which the good news comes to our ears.
Holy God & Sinful Man
The context is that of sinful man and God, who is holy. No, it may not be popular to speak this way, but whether we humans want to admit it or not, we are all of us sinful. Though God our creator made us, and therefore we are His and owe Him our allegiance and love, we have rejected His authority over us and have each of us gone our “own way” (Isaiah 53:6). It started with Adam and Eve. They were the first to rebel against God, but their sin subsequently polluted all mankind. This is why David could write in Psalm 51:5 that he was “brought forth in iniquity” (born sinful). And all of us, if we can lay down our pride, should say the same thing. All of us are born with the inclination towards selfishness, pride, rebellion. It may not always be (in fact most of the time not) in gross or exaggerated ways, but nonetheless our sin is constantly showing up in our lives.
And all of this leaves us under the just judgment of our creator. He is holy and just in all His ways and cannot and will not (nor would we want a God) ignore the sin of those whom He has made in His own image. What our sins deserve is punishment and death. The bible in many places (and Jesus the most) talks of this as hell—a place where the wrath of God justly falls on those who have sinned against Him.
The Love of God & Provision of Jesus Christ
But even though this is where sinful man’s story should have and could have ended, instead God demonstrated incredible love. 1 John 4:9-10 speaks to this wonderfully when it says, “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 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.”
Instead of receiving death (Romans 6:23), the sinner receives life eternal. Instead of receiving punishment, Jesus was the propitiation for their sins. Yes that’s an unfamiliar word to most today, but it’s an important word. It speaks to God’s wrath being absorbed by Christ. He bore the sinners wrath. And the result is that God’s wrath is satisfied. It’s like a cup that’s been emptied, with not a drop left.
There’s something more (and it’s equally amazing) that must be mentioned as well. Not only did Jesus propitiate God’s wrath, but He also provided His own righteousness (perfect obedience) for the sinner. You see, it’s not enough for sinners to just be forgiven of their sins (a negative account so-to-speak), they must also be positively righteous. They must be as holy as God is to be in His presence.
Now obviously this excludes all mankind. None of us is righteous or able to attain to a righteousness that equals that of God. But this is what brings us back to the good news of Jesus. He came to earth and lived and died perfectly obedient to the Father, pleasing Him in every way. And that same righteousness is applied to the “account” of all who rely on, believe in, treasure Jesus Christ. “For our sake He (God the Father) made Him to be sin who knew no sin (that’s Jesus), so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
The Response that Saves Sinners
Now is this for all sinners? Are all spared God’s wrath? No, only a certain kind of sinner—those who turn away from sin and look to Jesus as their saving substitute. For only Jesus lived and died and rose again in their place.
So the question now comes before you: what will you do with the gospel of Jesus? Will you trust in Him, will you rely on what He has done for sinners like you, will you love Him? If so, you will be one of those countless millions of believers throughout history who will join together in heaven giving glory to God for His saving grace through Jesus Christ. If not—and I write this with trembling sadness—you’ll rightly be eternally condemned.
But this bad news doesn’t have to end there. Read again the good news of Jesus I shared above and be reconciled to God by trusting in Jesus for your salvation. Remember, Jesus was made to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him you might become the righteousness of God. Won’t you rely on Him? He’s your only hope. We pray that you will.