The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, descended from the realm of God the Father to become the Word made flesh, was crucified, buried, resurrected, ascended and was glorified. By so doing He became the offering for sin, overcame sin, death, hell and the grave to become the indwelling Life for, to and in all those who believe in Him and thus, by grace through faith, they receive the forgiveness of sins having their debt to the law of sin and death forever cancelled.
(John 3:16; 1:14; Phil. 2:6-8; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4; Rev. 1:18; Eph. 2:8; 1:7)
It is the good news of Jesus Christ because HE became the Way, the Truth , the Life and the Light having reversed the curse of death and decay placed upon the whole creation by one man’s (Adam’s) disobedience, and has brought us out of darkness into His glorious Light!
(John 14:6; Rom. 5:17; Col. 1:13)
It is the good news of the Kingdom because the kingdoms of the world (“self” being the foundation) are becoming the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords beginning within those who have bowed their knee to His rule in their lives. We know that eventually EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue will confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ!
(Rev. 11:15; 19:16; Rom. 14:11 [Isaiah 45:23]; Phil. 2:9-11)
It is the good news of Grace because while we (all who receive the gift of His grace by faith) were yet spiritually dead in sin and alienated from God, not deserving of His gift of grace, Christ justified us, clothed us with righteousness, raised us up, and by grace we now have power to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil.
(Eph. 4:18; 2:6-8; 1 John 5:4)
It is the good news of Hope because the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead now dwells in us to give life and immortality to our mortal bodies thus giving us the hope of the resurrection also.
(Rom. 8:11; 15:13; 1 Peter 1:3)
It is the good news of Peace because He has made peace through the blood of His cross, and by this single, solitary act of supreme sacrifice fulfilled all righteousness (doing the right thing) which is the only basis of true peace between a holy God and sinful man, between man and man or even right within each of our hearts and minds individually.
(Col. 1:20; Matt. 3:15; Eph. 2:14) (Possibly 2 Thess. 3:16)
It is the good news of Mercy because we have ALL sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but He has not judged us according to our sins, but according to the supreme act of mercy by the One who became the propitiation (Mercy Seat) for us ALL.
(Rom. 3:23; 1 John 2:2; 4:10)
It is the good news of Freedom because whom the Son sets free is free INDEED! Prior to regeneration we were enslaved to the ever-present and binding law of sin and death, which is naturally at work in our members, the very power of which is God’s Law. Now that we are IN HIM we are no longer under obligation to either adhere to the Law of God (to keep His commandments in our own strength), nor to the power of guilt and condemnation when we fail to uphold it. We are free to live in the perfect law of liberty wherein the Life of Christ (the only One in the universe Who CAN and DOES uphold the Law) now fulfills the Law of God in and through us perfectly! WOW! The revelation of this point alone is forever life-changing!
(Rom. 3:19-31; 5:1-2; 5:13-18; 6:1-23; 7:1-25; 8:1-4; Gal. 2:19 – 21; Gal. 3:23-27; Gal. 5:1-18)
It is good news of Love because God so loved the whole world that He demonstrated the greatest love of all, that one lays his life down for another, and gave Himself as a ransom for ALL. Further to this, his unconditional love extends to ALL of mankind in that He is the redeemer of ALL through the power of His shed blood bringing the reality of salvation and ultimate reconciliation to the whole of creation, each in His own order. The promise of salvation is not exclusive, but all inclusive, available to ALL because as in Adam ALL die so also in Christ ALL shall be made alive!
(John 3:16,17; Rom 8:19-21; 1 Tim. 2:6; Gal. 1:4; 2 Cor. 5:19; 1 Cor. 15:22)
The full gospel, is the foundation upon which the New Covenant is established, Jesus Christ being the cornerstone. It begins with the glorious plan of redemption, then goes on to include the regeneration and transformation of the individual disciple, and ends in the outcome of infinite love, mercy and grace which is the ultimate restoration of His entire creation back unto Himself.
(Col. 1:16-20; Rom 8:19-21; Rom. 11:36; Eph. 1:10; 1 Cor. 15:19-28)
It is proven throughout the history of the church that when any of these aspects are emphasized over and above, or at the exclusion of the others, it quickly erodes into what Paul called “another” gospel. The message quickly gets contorted into a religious menagerie of methods and dead works. We begin to think that there is something we (of ourselves) can do, apart from the divine work of God, to bring about the transformation into His likeness that we desire and seek. The good news is that there is absolutely nothing we can do in and of ourselves to take away from, or add to, the work of the cross or the work of the Holy Spirit within to fulfill what was begun in Jesus Christ and will find its completion in Him. The outcome is sure! And THAT is GOOD NEWS!
It is hard not to share it with others.
“…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of (our) faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)