“The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and we are not. And at the end of our lives, we are going to stand before a just and holy God, and we’ll be judged. And we’ll be judged either on the basis of our own righteousness–or lack of it–or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well-being but for His people. He has done for us what we couldn’t possibly do for ourselves. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.
For God to forgive us is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead–so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way we can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting our trust in Him–and in Him alone. We do that, we’re declared just by God, we’re adopted into His family, we’re forgiven of all of our sins, and we have begun our pilgrimage for eternity.”
Two Ways to Live
God is the creator of all things (Gen. 1:1). He is perfectly holy, worthy of all worship, and will punish sin (1 John 1:5, Rev. 4:11, Rom. 2:5-8).
All people are sinful by nature (Gen. 1:26-28, Ps. 51:5, Rom. 3:23). By nature, all people are alienated from God, hostile to God, and subject to the wrath of God (Eph. 2:1-3).
Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man, lived a sinless life, died on the cross to bear God’s wrath in the place of all who would believe in him, and rose from the grave in order to give his people eternal life (John 1:1, 1 Tim. 2:5, Heb. 7:26, Rom. 3:21-26, 2 Cor. 5:21, 1 Cor. 15:20-22).
God calls everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and trust in Christ in order to be saved (Mark 1:15, Acts 20:21, Rom. 10:9-10).