Understanding the Good News
Sep 30, 2021 1816
Understanding the Good News = Understanding the Gospel
Understanding the Good News isn’t difficult. To understand the good news it is helpful to know that the word “Gospel” means good news! That Jesus has come to forgive our sins and give us eternal life is the best news the world has ever heard! Are you tired of bad news? Well, the good news is you can have eternal life!
There is so much bad news in this world of mankind’s inhumanity to man. But God gives us the Good News that came himself, in the person of Jesus, to choose to suffer and be crucified to forgive the sins of all who believe and repent.
Some people ask “if God is real, why doesn’t he appear to us?” Well, the good news is, He did! God sent a part of himself to come into the world in the flesh! Jesus is the Son of God who was made flesh by the Holy Spirit. He came to us to love and forgive us by sacrificing himself.
Jesus came to us gently and humbly as a baby. Jesus is the greatest free Christmas gift the world has ever known! All we need to do is to begin by admitting that we are not perfect. Then we simply confess we need forgiveness for what we have said and done to hurt others, God, or even ourselves. If we believe Jesus is God, then he will forgive us, and give us eternal life!
What else do we need to know to Understand the Good News?
The Bible leaves us in no doubt about what the good news of the Gospel is: one of the clearest descriptions is in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4:
…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
We are also told that the Gospel
…is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16.)
Understanding the Good News is the greatest thing in the world! The Gospel is “the good, glad and merry tidings which make the heart to sing and the feet to dance”. This is how the great Christian preacher William Tyndale described it, and that’s how the ministry of Good News Unlimited sees God’s greatest revelation to the world!
When sin entered the world through disobedience, God could not change the law or its result.
Your sins have caused a separation between you and your God. (Isaiah 59:2)
But God could—and did—take the penalty Himself, so that we might not be judged guilty:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16.)
Understanding the Good News has been wrongly complicated by well-meaning people. The Gospel is not good advice from God about how we should live. The word “news” describes something that has already happened. The Good News of the Gospel tells us about what God has already done for us in Jesus Christ.
The heart of the Gospel is that only through Jesus’ suffering and death on the Cross can we escape our guilt. The Gospel is the free offer of forgiveness, acceptance and eternal life.
When we accept Jesus’ sacrifice by faith, we are perfect in God’s sight, and we have the gift of eternal life.
If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Rom. 10:9.)
The foundation of the Gospel is God’s love for a lost and broken world. When we understand and experience that love, we will love God, and others more, as we have been loved.
No wonder we want to sing and dance for joy!