…Don’t get me wrong. Sin is always bad. Sin always has awful consequences. I am, therefore, against sin as God is against sin because sin destroys humanity. However, to point out people’s sins and call it the gospel is wrong. You see, many people know it when they do wrong. They don’t necessarily need a preacher to tell them that. So if God sent out people to preach the gospel, then he sent them to preach something that is not known, the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
- The gospel is not about encouraging people to strive for heaven or telling them they will go to hell if they don’t stop sinning.
Heaven and hell are real. However, the gospel of Christ is not about telling people to do good to make it to heaven. It is also not about telling people that if they continue in sin, they would go to hell.
Indeed, people have to do good and people have to stop doing certain bad things. However, that is not the criteria for going to heaven or hell. Whiles doing good is good, it can’t take anyone to heaven. Also, whiles doing bad is bad, it doesn’t take people to hell. People go to heaven because of their faith in the way, Jesus Christ. People go to hell because of unbelief in the way to heaven, Jesus Christ.
What is the gospel? The Greek word for “Gospel” means “Glad tidings or good news or news too good to be true.” It is said that before word “Gospel” was used in the bible, it was hardly used in secular writings. This is because there was nothing too good to be true that needed the use of this word. However, in describing what Christ has done, the word, “Gospel” was used to show that it is too good to be true.
The gospel of Christ means the good news of Christ or the good news of what Christ has done. This means that any message that doesn’t sound good or too good to be true and doesn’t center on Christ does not qualify to be called the gospel.
The gospel centers around a person called Jesus Christ. That is why it is called the gospel of Christ. It is the good news of Christ. It is not the bad news of how your sins will take you to hell. It is the good news of what Christ has done to free us from sin and its penalty.
Paul spoke about how the gospel is about Jesus Christ and nothing else.
Romans 1:1-4 (NLT)
1 This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News. 2 God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. 3 The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, 4 and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord (Emphasis mine)…
To be continued…
BY: SANDY AMPONSAH