So what’s the good news? The good news, or the gospel, is that Jesus Christ came to fix what we broke. He lived the perfect life you and I are expected to live (1 Peter 1:18-21), but obviously haven’t and can’t. And He died the punishing death that you and I should have died because of our guilt towards the Holy God (1 Peter 3:18).
And the exchange He offers is His right standing with God for our sin and guilt with God (2 Corinthians 5:21). The reason He came was to fix the relationship we broke with God and make us right again through His life, death and resurrection.
Why should we receive such grace? Why should we be the recipients of God’s love demonstrated through Jesus? Why should we be freely given a right relationship with God? One that we did not deserve nor one that we could ever earn – a true gift! Why?
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:8-10).
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-20).
We have been rescued by God, through Jesus! We have received a free gift indeed!
But it doesn’t stop there… we’ve been chosen, set apart so that we may proclaim his excellencies. We’ve been saved by God’s power, for His purpose of good works. We’ve been reconciled to God so that we can be agents of reconciliation. God has entrusted to us the message of reconciliation. The Gospel is not just about my happiness or God’s plan for mylife, but it’s about God’s glory and His plan for the world. We’ve been given life so that in turn we could turn around and show others to the Life-Giver.
As I said in my previous post, I wanted to spend these next two posts discussing the ongoing role of the gospel in the life of the believer. What we see in Scripture is that for a Christian, the gospel is to be the ongoing message from our mouths and our lives. We have been given good news so that we can then be givers of good news. It is always to be at the forefront of who we are.
The ongoing role of the Gospel in the life of a Christian:
Here are other Frequently Asked Questions and how the Bible answers them.