I am always on the lookout for simple, concise, one-sentence definitions of the gospel. I think it is important to be able to explain the gospel in a clear, simple way. Of course, the best are in Scripture:
“…Christ died for our sins…” (1 Corinthians 15:3)
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“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, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance, he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-26)
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this faith in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2)
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
I think my favorite definition outside Scripture is this one:
The Gospel is “the good news of salvation for hell-deserving sinners through the person and work of Jesus Christ.” Milton Vincent, The Gospel Primer.
Closer to home:
“God pardons & accepts me, a believing sinner, because Christ took my place.” Mark Mullery
Here’s a new one for my collection, that I got from pastor-blogger Thabiti Anyabwile:
“Jesus Christ, the Son of God crucified, is the Wisdom of God, by which the love of God can save sinners from the wrath of God, and all the while uphold and demonstrate the righteousness of God.” John Piper, “Conversion to Christ: The Making of a Christian Hedonist,” Matthew 13:44-46.
What about you? Got a favorite I should add to my collection?
Fri, May 16, 2008