“Gospel” means good news. In the last post, we covered the bad news. You need to know there is bad news so that you can grasp how very good the good news is! You and I are fundamentally flawed with a thing called sin; sin must be punished by a just and holy God; but because of His amazing love, Jesus bore the just penalty for our sin.
Read Romans 5:6-11, then we’ll draw out some points that show us just how very good the good news is:
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”
Romans 5:6-11 NKJV
1. Christ died for sinners, including you and me, while we were still sinning. Before we knew to ask for help, God intervened. (Verse 5, 8)
2. Because of that sacrificial death we are NOW justified. (Verse 9). Now, before you do anything else good or bad, you have been justified, or declared innocent. This is not because God is an unjust judge, but because you were guilty and condemned and Jesus volunteered to serve your sentence for you. What sensible person would refuse such an offer?
3. Much more we shall be saved from wrath through Him. (Verse 9). This refers to the theological term “propitiation”, which means a turning aside of wrath by payment. Jesus, by His death on your behalf, has ensured that God is not angry at you. There is no wrath in your future if you are in Christ. None. You might think you’ve done something that will make God want to cut you off. But the clear message of the Gospel is that He is not looking for a way to toss you out; He is looking for a way to lift you up.
4. We were reconciled to God through the death of His Son. (Verse 10). The death of Jesus on our behalf reveals to us that God does not consider Himself to be our enemy. Think of when you were a child; were there times when you did something you shouldn’t have, and you would say, “My parents are going to kill me!” This is how we viewed God before we heard the gospel. We thought He was a parent who was going to kill us, or send us to hell, and He was our enemy. Perhaps you are a parent now. You have no intention of “killing” your child when they misbehave. You want to correct them for their protection and benefit. So it is with God. Somewhere it is written, “I held My hands out all day to a stubborn and rebellious people.” You might have considered Him o be an enemy, but He considers you to be a friend.
5. Much more, we shall be saved by His life. (Verse 10). The word saved is translated from the Greek word “sozo”. It includes in its meaning rescue, provision, healing, and wholeness. Jesus did not only die on our behalf, He rose from the dead on our behalf. He took the death we deserved so we could receive a life we didn’t deserve. In reality, we have been saved, we are saved, and we shall be saved. It is already accomplished by the work of Jesus at the cross, but it is not yet fully manifested in our lives.
6. We are empowered to rejoice when we receive the reconciliation. (Verse 11). Once you realize that Jesus is not a dead and distant God, but a very present living person who wants the absolute best for you, in every sense of what the “BEST” is, you can start rejoicing as you go through life.
The gospel is free for all; Jesus has already done so very much. All that remains is for you to respond to it.