The word “gospel” simply means “good news.”  For Christians, it is a fitting designation for the message concerning Jesus.  Because God’s Son can save people from sin and the penalty it deserves, the message of the cross is indeed good news.  Since the Christian message contains such blessed truth, it is important for believers to be well acquainted with its content.  I have found that many church-goers suffer from a sort of spiritual amnesia.  Though they have been saved, they are forgetful of the core truths of Christ.  This is unfortunate, because it keeps them from effectively living for God, and it prevents them from sharing the gospel with others. Consider three gospel realities.  By remembering these, you will be equipped to both live and share the gospel.

Sin

is anything we say, think or do which displeases God. The gospel starts with the assumption that everyone has been marred by such wrongdoing.  Both common experience and Scripture affirm this to be true.  If you don’t believe that sin exists, just watch the news.  Nearly every news report and breaking story can be traced back to sin on the part of some person!  Scripture teaches us that sin began in the Garden of Eden.  After God made the first man and woman, He gave them commands and taught them to live according to His standards.  Unfortunately, our earliest ancestors rebelled against our Creator.  Since that time, all of humanity has been under the curse of sin (Genesis 3:8-19).  The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  To effectively live for God, and to effectively share Christ with others, you need to remember that all of humanity is marred by the imperfection of sin.

Separation

from God is the natural result of sin.  Because God is holy, righteous, and just, He cannot tolerate the presence of wrongdoing.  One day, He will completely remove sin from His presence forever (Revelation 20:11-15).  For now, He spiritually distances Himself from all that defiles.  Such distance between mankind and God began after Adam and Eve committed the original sin.  The Lord sent them from His presence.  The act involved the spiritual death of a relationship (Genesis 3:20-24).  To this day, sin separates people from God.  The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).  To effectively live for God, and to effectively share Christ with others, you need to remember that all of humanity is separated from God because of sin.  We are in need of a remedy!

Salvation

Despite the separation sin produces, God made a way for people to be reconciled to Himself.  Scripture says, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us!” (Romans 5:8).  When one believes that Jesus was the Son of God who lived, died, and was raised to save people from their sins, they are forgiven of their sins and given the promise of a forever relationship with God (Ephesians 2:8-10).  To effectively live for God, and to effectively share Christ with others, you need to remember that all of humanity can be restored to God through faith in Jesus.  Don’t trust in yourself, your efforts, or your ability to impress God and man.  Trust in the crucified and risen Jesus!

Dr. Patrick Latham
Pastor

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