For Christians, the gospel is everything. It’s the starting point of our life of faith. It’s the power we live in everyday. It is our hope forever. The gospel really is everything.
Here are three things the gospel does that nothing else can do.
#1 The Gospel Saves From The Penalty of Sin
Sin is breaking God’s law. It’s living out of sync with God’s will. It’s rebellion against Him, and rejection of His way outright. Sin is the refusal to live our lives according to His word.
And everybody sins.
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
And sin has consequences.
The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
The truth is every living, breathing person on the face of the earth is the special creation of God. We are all formed in his image for His glory. And every living, breathing person on the face of this earth has turned their back on their Creator.
It’s the fundamental problem every human faces. We are sinners rebelling against a holy God. And the punishment for our rebellion, the Bible says, is death. Everyone dies because everyone sins.
But the gospel changes that.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
Jesus lived and died and rose again to deliver us from the penalty of sin.
I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me although he die yet shall he live (John 11:25).
The gospel saves us from the penalty of sin.
#2 The Gospel Saves From The Power of Sin
Sin is powerful. It’s enslaving. In fact, Jesus said, “Whoever sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34).
Have you ever wondered why you keep doing the things you don’t want to do? Have you ever wondered why–no matter how hard you try–you keep falling back into the same destructive patterns? Why can’t we overcome certain behaviors? Why can’t we just be better?
The Bible says we can’t do it because we are enslaved by sin.
Only the gospel has the power to set us free.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1).
Jesus Christ came on a mission to set free all those who are held captive by sin. He came to proclaim liberty to the captives and the season of God’s favor.
If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36).
The good news is that you can change. You can overcome. You can experience freedom from the things that have enslaved you. But not in your own power. And not in your own way.
Only Jesus has the power to break the chains that are holding you down so that you can be truly free.
The gospel sets sets us free from the power of sin.
#3 The Gospel Saves From The Presence of Sin
The world we live in today is not the world as God created it.
The Bible says,
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…and behold it was very good (Genesis 1:1,31).
God created a good world. But sin has wrecked God’s good world. The presence of sin infects every person and everything. It’s like a cancer, and we’re all stage four.
But there is hope because Jesus defeated sin in His death on the cross. And He conquered death when He rose from the grave three days later.
One day, the Bible says, Jesus is coming back. And He’s coming back to make all things new.
He’s going to recreate the heavens and the earth. He’s going to resurrect everything sin laid to rest. And He’s going to make right all things that have gone wrong in God’s good world.
And it’s going to be a glorious day.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more…And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away’ (Revelation 21:1, 3-4).
The Gospel is Everything
The gospel is everything to the Christian. It’s the fountain of our forgiveness, the source of our strength and the hope of the future.
And it can be everything to you too.
Jesus invites everyone–including you–to turn from their sins and to trust in Him. And when you do that, the Bible says you become brand new. You get forgiven. You get set free. And you get the greatest hope anyone could ever ask for–eternal life in a world free from the penalty, power and presence of sin.
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