The Good News
The Gospel of Jesus Christ!
The word gospel means "good news." It comes from the Greek word euangelion (“eu” meaning good; and “angelion” meaning news/message). The word “evangelical” is derived from this word. In the Gospel, or good news, of Jesus Christ we see that we are saved from sin by God, for God, and to God. So what is this good news about God? A helpful way to summarize the gospel is with these points:
Creation: God created the whole world for His glory, purpose, and fame. The hallmark of His creation was mankind who, unlike the rest of creation, was created in His image and likeness. Mankind was created sinless to be in loving, intimate, and genuine relationship with God, each other, and the earth in the Garden of Eden where God dwelled.
Fall: Adam and Eve were given one law: They were not allowed to eat from one specific tree in the garden. If they ate they would suffer the penalty of separation from God and certain death. Adam and Eve disobeyed God, ate from the tree, and thus sinned. Sin is anything that is not done for God’s glory or in God’s way. The eating of the fruit of this tree is known as “the fall”. With the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, all of humanity and creation were completely infected with sin. Because of this sin, God in His righteous anger expelled mankind and their offspring out of the garden, the place of His presence. This sin separated all of humanity from fellowship with God, severely wounded their relationship with each other and the planet, and destined all of creation for certain death and Hell.
Redemption: But God, out of the great love He had for humanity, became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ to live a perfect life and to suffer the punishment of death (atonement) and separation from God for our sins in our place. He was indeed our substitute sacrifice for our sins.
Response: God saw fit that if anyone would genuinely trust in Jesus Christ as God and Savior, He would forgive their sins because he poured out the fullness of His anger at their sin on Jesus Christ on the cross as a legitimate substitute. Only through trust in Christ can we be saved from our rightful punishment of eternal separation from God in Hell. No amount of good works or intentions can make us right with God. The only work capable of saving us is the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Life: For those who have genuinely trusted in Jesus Christ, God promises the following things:
1. He will fill us with His Spirit to conform us more and more into the image of Jesus Christ (Eph 1:13)
2. He will never leave nor forsake us because we are His children and He is our Father (Rm 8:37-39)
3. We have a confident hope of eternal life and eternal peace with God (Titus 3:4-7)
Mission: God has not just redeemed us for Heaven, but given us a mission to accomplish together: we are to make disciples of all nations; We are to seek to present all people complete in Christ! We are to do this in Christ, according to the Word, by the Spirit, and with God and one another.