The gospel is the power of God for salvation, and sadly many churches are ashamed of proclaiming it (Romans 1:16). As a result they may not be experiencing the fruit of transformation in our churches that is normally associated with the gospel (Colossians 1:4-6; 2 Peter 1:3-9). Gospel transformation is most often found in the company of gospel proclamation.
The gospel can be (cautiously) summarized in the following manner: God sent his Son: Jesus Christ, to live our life, die our death and rise again triumphantly to bring forgiven sinners together by the Holy Spirit to live as his Kingdom people under his gracious reign.
The focus of the gospel is not on the inadequacy of mankind, but rather on the glory of God. A person is transformed when they live in line with the gospel (Galatians 2:14)—avoiding both legalism and recklessness—and pursuing the joy found in complete and utter surrender of their unrighteous life in exchange for Jesus' righteous life expressed graciously through every aspect of their Christian walk (Galatians 2:20).
The focus of the gospel is not on the inadequacy of mankind, but rather on the glory of God.
The gospel is what makes us right with God (justification) and it is also what frees us to delight in God (sanctification). The gospel changes everything!
How does the Gospel Change Everything?
The answer is found simply in the not-so-simple phrase by J.I. Packer, "God Saves Sinners."
There is one God who eternally exist in three distinct Persons - Father, Son and Spirit. The Triune God works together in sovereign wisdom, power and love achieve the salvation of a chosen people, the Father electing, the Son fulfilling the Father's will by redeeming, the Spirit executing the purpose of Father and Son by renewing.
God does everything, first to last, that is involved in bringing a person from death in sin to life in glory. God plans, achieves and communicates redemption. He calls, keeps, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies. Sinners do not save themselves in any sense at all. Salvation, first and last, whole and entire, past, present and future, is of the Lord, to whom be glory for ever; amen.
When we are born, we are dead, condemned, depraved, corrupt, perverse, sinful and completely unable to save or even lift a finger to enable salvation (Romans 2-3; 6:23). The sinner doesn't even know he is dead. The law of God exposes the extent of our wickedness (Galatians 3:24).
FOR BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED THROUGH FAITH!
The grace of God extends down to us, not because we deserve it, but even as we do not deserve it (Romans 5:8). Our works, even attempts at good works are not adequate to contribute to our salvation or sanctification. Once the Spirit regenerates our dead souls, we by faith receive the completed work of Jesus who accomplishes our justification—a declaration of his righteousness on us. As his grace continues to work in our lives, the gospel comes to fruition (Colossians 1:6; 2 Peter 1:3-9) in every aspect of our life. This is what we call, THE GOSPEL LIFE!
During the next four weeks, we will be rediscovering the good news at Gospel Life Church - We meet at Aylen Jr. High in Puyallup at 10am. We’d love for you to join us!