Gospel of Jesus Christ
The Gospel of Jesus Christ addresses four crucial questions.
- Who made us, and to whom are we accountable?
- What is our problem?
- What is God’s solution to that problem?
- What makes this good news for me and not just for someone else?
The gospel of Jesus Christ can be summarized in 4 words: God, Man, Christ, Response.
The Bible explains that God is eternal, and He is creator. Because he created everything including us, He has the rightful authority to tell us how to live. Sin is our rejection of God’s Creator-rights over us.
God is loving and compassionate. God is also holy and righteous, and he is determined never to overlook, ignore or tolerate sin. He will not leave the guilty unpunished.
Adam disobeyed God when he ate the fruit that God had told him not to eat. He traded his favor with God for the pursuit of his own pleasure and glory. His spiritual life ended immediately, and his fellowship with God was broken.
Like Adam, we have rejected God. We are guilty of sin. We are not just guilty of committing sins. Sin has corrupted every part of our human existence. Our understanding, personality, feelings and emotions are under sin’s power.
Sin is more than a violation of an impersonal arbitrary regulation. Sin is our rebellion against our Creator. The final destiny for unrepentant, unbelieving sinners is eternal torment called “hell.”
Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, is both completely human and completely God. Jesus’s mission was to die as a substitutionary sacrifice for His people. As He hung on the cross, Jesus bore all the weight of the sin of God’s people.
Jesus rose from the grave three days later; He is no longer dead. His resurrection assures us that everything He claimed is true. God’s wrath has been satisfied. Jesus finished the work of salvation. His people are freed from sin’s power, and they are reconciled with God.
A Christian is one who turns away from his sin and trusts in the Lord Jesus Christ and nothing else to save him from sin and the coming judgment.
Faith is reliance and trust in the risen Jesus to secure us a righteous verdict from God, rather than a guilty one.
All our sin, rebellion and wickedness is imputed (or credited) to Jesus, and he dies because of it. The perfect life Jesus lived is imputed to us, and we are declared righteous. God looks at us, and instead of seeing our sin, he sees Jesus’ righteousness.
Every other religion rejects the idea that we are declared righteous by faith alone. Instead, salvation is won through moral effort, good deeds and balancing one’s account by accruing enough merit to outweigh one’s evil. Faith is renouncing your hope in your own good works and trusting Christ alone.
Repentance is turning away from sin, hating it and resolving by God’s strength to forsake it. Repentance is absolutely crucial to the Christian life. To accept Jesus as Savior and not Lord is not a saving response.
Repentance does not mean an immediate end to our sinning, but it does mean we will no longer live at peace with our sin. We will declare mortal war against it, dedicating ourselves to resist it by God’s power on every front in our lives.
Christians are to be marked by the same kind of love, compassion and goodness that characterized Jesus. This new character and fruit is evidence of our salvation, not the cause of our salvation.