True Gospel

What Is The True Gospel?

True Gospel

True GospelWhat is the true gospel?

"Gospel" means good news, so "true gospel" means true good news. The myriad lies and half-truths that parade as the gospel today makes knowing the true gospel imperative. And to know the good news, we need to start with the bad news. Here is the true gospel in plain language:

#1.  God is perfect and so is His law.

#2.  Because we are imperfect, we cannot keep God's perfect law.

#3.  Any gap between God's perfect law and our imperfect obedience is called "sin," and all of us have sinned: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

#4.  The Bible-mandated punishment for sin is the death penalty: "For the wages of sin is death, ..." (Romans 6:23, continued below).

You may think you are a fairly good person according to your standard of goodness. But according to God's standard of goodness (and God judges us by His standard, not ours), all of us are convicted death row inmates awaiting execution. This is the bad news.

What's the good news?

Because God loves us, He didn't want to wipe us out. But because God is just, He couldn't simply brush aside our sin either.

Why not?

Imagine something horrific. Imagine catching a man murdering someone you love very much. Instead of exacting your own justice on the murderer, you haul him before a judge and demand justice. If the murderer is found guilty but the judge declares himself a merciful person and simply lets him go free, would you consider the judge to have upheld justice?

A good judge must punish crime according to the law. Likewise, God, who is perfectly good and just, must punish sin according to His perfect law. Otherwise, He would be neither just nor perfect - i.e., "Holy."

So what did Holy God do about our sin?

He hurled the punishment required by His law - death penalty - at us, but then stepped in front of us to take upon Himself the full brunt of that punishment, on the cross of Calvary.


Because He loves us, more than we deserve and more than we can imagine. If you truly believe this, that Jesus so loved you that He died on the cross to pay the death penalty due for your sins, you will live and have eternal life in heaven: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). This is the true gospel and the reason Romans 6:23 above concludes, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

What if you don't believe that?

Then you will go to hell when you die, the Bible says, and burn forever to pay the penalty for your sins on your own: "The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 13:41-42)

What about all of the good works you've done in your life?

If an Olympic athlete wins a gold medal and then murders someone, will his gold medal performance exonerate him of his murder? The issue is sin, not works.

Then why do Christians do good works?

Not to gain salvation but to thank and honor Jesus for having saved us. Believing that good works saves us is akin to death row inmates believing that good behavior will gain their freedom.

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