The Gospel Message

The Gospel Message

What is the gospel?
The word “gospel” means “good news.” But the good news the Bible proclaims far exceeds any other; it is indeed great news! What is this great news? The great news of the gospel is that Jesus Christ is who He is, and he does what he does.

Who is Jesus?
The Bible teaches that there is one God who is three in person: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father sent the Son to take on a human nature that he might mediate between God and sinful men, women, and children as the God-man (John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:5). This one is Jesus. Who is He? He is fully God, and fully man and the mediator of God’s elect.

What did Jesus do?
The second person of the Trinity, God the Son in human flesh, mediates between God and man as prophet, priest, and king. As a prophet, he proclaimed salvation to the world through Him alone (John 14:6), and He gave us His Spirit that we might believe His message (John 4:24). As a priest, he shed His blood on the cross as a once-for-all sacrifice to pay for the sins of His very sinful people. His resurrection validated His priestly work (Acts 17:31). As King, God gave Him authority over heaven and earth to rule every square inch of the universe for the good of God’s people and the glory of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

What does Jesus do?
He continues to act in heaven as the mediator between God and His elect. As a prophet, He teaches us by His word (the Bible) and Spirit (The Holy Spirit) that we are sinners, that we need salvation from our sinfulness, that Christ is the only Savior, that he is able and willing to save us, and how to live unto God. As a priest, He intercedes for His people as an advocate, always praying for them (1 John 2:1, Hebrews 7:25). As King, He subdues His people to himself, rules and defends them, and will finally put an end to sin and death when He, the King, returns. In other words, Jesus is Lord and the Savior of His church.

Does the gospel affect me?
Be warned, all who are outside of Christ on judgment day will receive eternal punishment for their sin! Don’t let this be you! Your sins condemn you, but there is a savior. Believe in Christ alone as Lord and Savior, and He will forgive you of your sins; this is why he died. God loves to forgive sinners because this is how He brings glory to Himself. Every man, woman, and child who hears the gospel can receive Christ for the forgiveness of sin unto eternal fellowship with God for the praising of His name. What an act of Love that the Father sent the Son to die for sinners, and the Son sent the Spirit to draw us to the Savior. Have you received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Today, you have the opportunity. Don’t delay!

Where is the gospel going?
The whole point of the gospel is to bring glory to God the Father through the Son, by the Holy Spirit. Thus, the forgiveness of sins is not the end. The horizon is yet higher. The end is our eternal fellowship with God and His eternal glory in the world without end.