1 Corinthians 1:30 (ESV)
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”: this is the first verse of the Bible, and the foundation for how we should understand the gospel (“good news”) of Jesus. It’s very easy to make the gospel so much about our sin, and our need for forgiveness that we miss the point of the gospel: it is the good news about a person. It’s about driving us to God, not to a state of contentment without Him.
What is the gospel? Growing up in church, I’ve heard many different answers to this question. There are the “needs-based” answers: the gospel is what you need to have a better marriage, better relationships, and a more successful life. In other words, the gospel is about how Jesus gives you the “best life now.” Some false teachers go a step further to say that the gospel is about how Jesus wants you to have a bigger house, more influence, more money, and a personal kingdom here on this earth. Some teachers paint half the picture: they say Jesus came here for us and died on the cross to free us from sin. But then they miss the Forgiver of those sins. Now that we’ve heard the incomplete gospels, what then is the true gospel?
First, the gospel is God’s gospel. So in order to know the gospel, we must get to know this God: the God of the Bible. According to Genesis 1, this God created everything: the universe and the earth. Without Him there is no light, no air, no water, and no life: and without Him we would not be here. He is your Creator, and therefore He deserves your worship. Worship means giving glory, praise, respect, and reverence to someone or something. Because no one is higher than God, He therefore deserves all worship.
In Exodus 20, God says to Israel, “you shall have no gods before me.” He deserves first place in our lives because He is Lord whether we believe in Him or not! He’s a mighty God, but he’s also a relational one.
You can know this God through Jesus Christ. As we will learn tomorrow, mankind broke their relationship with God, yet God did not leave us hopeless. There is good news, stay tuned!
‘We need to hear the gospel everyday because we forget it every
day.” – Martin Luther