What is The Gospel?
The Character of God and the Nature of Man
God is holy and just. He is pure and perfect and of course hates sin. We have all sinned against God by breaking His law. As Romans 3.23 tells us – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Now because God is a good and just judge, He must punish those of us who commit sin and as we have just said, this is all of us. That punishment the bible tells us is the wrath of God and eternal damnation in hell. Hell is not like how the world so casually depicts it at times. Hell is real and our eternal destiny should never be taken lightly.
So if we have all sinned against the holiness and glory of God what chance have we got to escape eternal judgement and punishment?
God’s Response to Man’s Sin & Disobedience
However, motivated by the depth of His great love for you, 2,000 years ago, He became a man and died on a cross as a payment for your sins. He took it upon Himself to pay the price, to endure the wrath of God that we deserve and were due. Jesus Christ, the God-man, laid down His life for you. He took upon Himself your sins and the punishment that you, that we all deserved, in order that those who accept and believe in this act, might be forgiven and saved from the wrath of God, to become a child of God.
There is no greater love story than what Jesus Christ did for you. He voluntarily laid down His life for you. If you break the law of the land, you have to pay a price, maybe a fine or even imprisonment. You broke the Law of God, and He paid your fine for you, he took on the punishment we are due, if we don’t accept this wonderful gift.
Jesus came for you. He died for you. He didn’t just talk about loving you; He demonstrated it by dying and shedding His blood on your behalf. He loves you with an eternal, passionate and unconditional love that you will not find in anyone, anything or anywhere.
Man’s Response to God’s Action
As a response to what God has done, you must turn from your sins (repent) and believe (faith) in the Lord Jesus Christ as your only hope. This means that you must recognise and confess what God says about you is true; that you are a guilty sinner in need of forgiveness and mercy.
If you repent of your sins and place your trust in Christ the Saviour, God promises to forgive you of all your sins and grant you salvation through everlasting life with Him.
Now isn’t that something to embrace?