I’ve found that many people, including church goers and even some pastors and preachers, don’t understand the true Gospel. There is great confusion about this all-important subject! People are urged to believe the Gospel and enjoy its benefits, but what is this Gospel, and why do we need it?
At Calvary we are beginning a study of the book of Romans written by Paul the apostle. The overarching theme of Romans is the Gospel – understanding, believing and experiencing “the good news of Jesus Christ.”
In Romans, Paul begins his explanation of the Gospel with a rather shocking start! He writes that God’s wrath is “revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (1:18).
The point is that we must understand who we are before a holy God: we are ungodly and unrighteous. When we understand that every one of us is imperfect and sinful, we begin to understand why our salvation is not going to come from ourselves, but from God.
The Gospel is God’s provision for the universal problem of sin. As an undeserved gift, God has provided a way to bring us – guilty, sinful people – into a living relationship with Himself. We receive this eternal life when we believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, who atoned for our sins by dying on the cross.
This is the “good news” – by looking to Christ and to Christ alone, we are saved — justified through faith. This means we have peace with God; we are freed from the bondage of sin and the impossible task of having perfectly to follow commandments or rules. When we accept Christ as our personal Savior, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who empowers us to live holy lives, and become more and more like Jesus.
The supernatural and powerful truth of the Gospel will change your life! It will change your heart. It will change the way you see yourself and others, your priorities, and the way you live each day. This is the power of God for salvation.