BCL Grow: What Is the Gospel? — Romans 3:23-24
Romans 3:23-24 (Gospel)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. — Romans 3:23-24
“Despite our rebellion against God, and in the face of a hopeless situation, we can be ‘justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.’ Through Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection—because of his blood and his life—sinners may be saved from the condemnation our sins deserve. — Greg Gilbert, What Is the Gospel? (9Marks), p. 30.
Steps to Take
1. Know: The Gospel is the good news of what Jesus did to redeem his people (his birth, life, death, and resurrection) and to inaugurate the kingdom of God and the new creation (1 Cor. 15). It is good news because we are unable to save ourselves, as all our works are tainted by sin and we are all guilty in Adam (Rom. 5:12-21).
2. Consider: Without Christ being born in the flesh, keeping the law perfectly, and being the perfect once-for-all sacrifice for sin (Heb. 10:11-12), we would be without hope. Because of God’s love for the world in sending his Son, there is a way to peace with God: it is the narrow gate through faith in Christ alone:
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. (Matt. 7:13-14)
3. Receive: There is salvation in no other name, because only the God-man Jesus could save us from ourselves (Acts 4:12). It is far better for Jesus to pay for your sins on your behalf so you don’t have to spend eternity doing so. Let the perfect righteousness of Jesus be your righteousness; it is something you can never attain on your own. Don’t wait to believe in Christ as your Savior, because he is your one and only hope.
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