On my last post I shared some basics on writing your personal testimony and pointed out that the key to an effective testimony is the gospel. It is a word that we Christians use a lot and with a lot of different meanings. I would like to clarify some of the confusion about what the “Gospel of Christ” really is.
There are a lot of gospel messages going around today. I even saw one that was titled the gospel of the mechanic. We need to identify what gospel we are addressing. When we address the gospel of the Bible we are talking about the good news of Jesus Christ. This is not the good news of the sports world or financial possibilities, but is specifically about what is the good news about Jesus Christ. The word Gospel means “Good News”, so it begs the question, “What is that good news?” To be the gospel about Jesus Christ it must be good, that is personally beneficial; and second it must be news, that is current. Sometimes I hear the definition of the gospel as, the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. However great and wonderful that story is, yet it is not the gospel, but history. Yet it is not to be dismissed either because it is the foundation of the Gospel of Christ. Without it the gospel would never have been possible. So we come back again, What is the gospel of Christ? It can be summed up in two words, New Life.
It is not a life patched up, it is not a life of doing better, or trying harder. It is altogether a new kind of existence. It is the life described in II Cor. 5:17 (the new creation of God). What was utterly impossible before is now possible when we live our lives by faith in Jesus as Lord of our lives. I could never live up to the demands of the law but I can follow Jesus by faith in His ability to deliver me spotless and blameless to the Father. God’s requirement is no longer for me to meet the demands of the law because Jesus has met all those requirements. God’s requirements for me now is to accept Jesus by faith. He is the provision for the laws requirement and He will then deliver us spotless and without blemish. (Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.)
Provision for a sinner like me has been established that I might be presented spotless to God is indeed, Good News!