The Gospel is the good news revealed by God about the Lord Jesus Christ. Unlike his righteous law, which exposes sin, accuses and terrifies the conscience, threatens hell and brings to despair, his Gospel shows us Jesus who has become our righteousness, wisdom, sanctification, and redemption (1Cor.1:30), apart from any work of ours. God freely and graciously offers forgiveness of our sin for Christ’s sake alone, and calls upon us to believe in His Son.
This amazing gift of Jesus’ righteousness is received by faith alone, without the works of the law: ‘For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.’ (Roman 3:28) Again, the Apostle states even more clearly, ‘And to the one who does not work but trusts him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,’ (Romans 4:5). As Psalm 32:1-2 demonstrates, the assurance of this justification should be a present blessedness and drive our worship: ‘Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.’ How we can be reckoned righteous because of Christ, though still sinners, is gospel truth that only Scripture could have revealed, and remains a principal article of all Christian doctrine.
God’s grace is glorious because it is holy grace: it honours his justice and displays his goodness as unique to him alone. It communicates his unthinkable kindness to those who are infinitely offensive to him. Both hell and the cross point to the glory of the sovereign grace of God.
The effect of Jesus’ work in those effectually called by God is nothing less than life-changing, life-controlling love for God. The gospels make it clear what happens when people connect with Jesus: new life begins – they are never the same again. Knowing and trusting Jesus changes everything. (2 Cor.5:17) A new power through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit creates new loves and new hates, new thinking and new living. The Bible calls this ongoing transformation repentance, and can only be truly understood when one has met the Jesus of Scripture and joined the family.
The Father continues to offer his Son to all through his Word, heralded by the witnesses he has sent out – freely, proclaimed as a royal pardon through his name to everyone, everywhere. To YOU. Will you believe his promise? Come to Jesus Christ and in him find forgiveness, peace of conscience, perfect righteousness, family, assurance of God’s love for you, certain hope, eternal life. The gospel is truly more than good advice: it really is good news. Recommended resources.