What is the Gospel?

Dear reader, you must realize that God is an infinitely holy and righteous God. He is the Most High, Lord of heaven and earth. He is subject to none and influenced by none. He does as He pleases, only as He pleases, always as He pleases – He is the Sovereign God.

This great and sovereign God, in all His holiness, hates sin. The fullness of His wrath is exercised against it. He never excuses it nor makes light of it. It is a vile, offensive thing in His sight.

Sin has been described in this way: the vomit of dogs; the venom of serpents; the stench of rotten sepulchers, dunghills, and jakes; the deadliest diseases and sores, gangrenes, leprosies, and plagues. (William Gurnall)

For one sin, Adam brought a curse on the entire human race, causing everyone to be born into sin. All men are sinners. Man is not basically good – he is totally depraved. His nature is corrupt and defiled. He is spiritually dead and under the righteous condemnation of God.

The whole world lies in sin, or rebellion against God. This defiling, degrading putrid stamp is upon the heart of every man, woman and child. There is no amount of good works we could ever do to remove it or lessen the vileness of it. The best that we have to offer is still an offense to such a righteous, holy God.

“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” (John 3:19)

All men are naturally resistant to the things of God. If given the opportunity, they will always choose what is evil, because of indwelling sin. The Bible says,

“The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Gen. 6:5)

Therefore, the scripture declares,

“The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men…” (Rom 1:18)

You may be thinking, “Hey, I’ve never killed anyone. I try to do good things to people. I’ve lived a pretty good, moral life.”

My friend, let us examine your life by the law of God. If you are found perfect then you may stand before Him justified. But if you are found wanting in only one area, you will be condemned as guilty of all.

“For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.” (James 2:10)

Have you ever stolen anything? The value of the object doesn’t matter.

Exodus 20:15 states, “You shall not steal.”

What do you call someone that steals? A thief.

Have you ever told a lie?

Exodus 20:16 says, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

That simply means, “to lie.” So, what do you call someone who lies? A liar.

Have you ever looked on a person with lust?

Exodus 20:14 warns, “You shall not commit adultery.”

However, Jesus said in

Matthew 5:28, “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

According to Jesus just looking with lust is the very same as the act of adultery! If you have done this even once, this makes you an adulterer.

Have you ever taken God’s name in vain?

Exodus 20:7 says, “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”

If you have ever taken the Lord’s name and used it as a cuss word or as slang, you have taken His holy, beautiful name and drugged it in filth. He will not hold you guiltless. This makes you a blasphemer.

Have you ever murdered someone?

Exodus 20:13 says, “You shall not murder.”

“Ah,” you say, “NOW I can definitely plea innocent on this one!” Really? Well, have you ever hated someone? The Bible makes is very clear in

I John 3:15 when it states, “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

If you, at any time, have had hate in your heart, you are a murderer.

So by God’s standard, how would you plea? Guilty or innocent? Remember God is a holy God and sin cannot be in His presence. Therefore, He will not allow liars, adulterers, blasphemers or murderers into heaven. If you plea guilty to breaking even one of these commandments, they will cry out against you GUILTY!

This is the darkness and in the darkness, you are a prisoner of sin and a captive of the devil. You have no power to change yourself. You have no power to free yourself. You are lost and your condition is hopeless. The only thing awaiting you is the wrath of almighty God. His executed judgment against you will surely find you in eternity’s hell.

You see, my friend, we need a perfect righteousness to stand before a perfect God. That righteousness can never be found in our own selves or in any good deeds that we have done.

The good news of the gospel is this, God sent His only Son into the world to pay the fine that our sins had accrued. Christ lived a perfect life for us. And if we believe in Him, His perfect life is accounted onto us. It is as if, by faith we are clothed with Christ’s very righteousness. But then, He bore our sins on the cross and suffered the condemnation of God for every law of God we have ever broken. He died in our place, separated from fellowship with God and crushed under the weight of God’s wrath. Someone had to drink the cup of God’s wrath – and for all of us who believe on Jesus Christ, the cup was drunk by Christ on the Cross, so that we do not have to drink from it! His terrible death paid our sin debt before God and allowed us to be forgiven and justified in the sight of a Holy God. After three days, God raised Him from the dead to prove to all the world, that the sacrifice was sufficient, that Christ was victorious over death, and that if we will join Him in death, we will join Him in His resurrected life!

“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1Tim. 2:5)

Therefore, the only way to stand in perfect righteousness before a perfect God is through the Son, Jesus Christ. There is no other way; there is no other truth or path of enlightenment.

You must repent and believe the Gospel. Repentance is a genuine sorrow for sin and a fear of judgment causing you to turn away from sin and turn to God. Faith is the simple confidence that God has the power and good pleasure to bring about the salvation He has promised through His only Son.

When God so works this grace in your heart that which was once undesirable now becomes highly desirable. Your heart is changed and God becomes irresistible to you. Does that mean you become a robot with no choice but to follow Him? Of course not, but I’m sure you know when you are filled with love for someone, that person becomes simply irresistible to you. You want to be around that person all the time. Everything that person loves, you love. Everything that person hates, you hate. You delight in their presence. You want to please them.

The Bible says,

“God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Rom 5:5)

When God pours His love into our hearts, He becomes irresistible to us. We love what He loves. We hate what He hates. We want to be around others who know Him. We delight in His presence. We want to please Him.

Now that you know what the gospel is and why it’s good news, let us encourage you to go and view the next video, How Can I Be Saved?.

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