The Gospel is the most basic, foundational message of the New Testament, yet it’s the most misunderstood. Many Christians are still mixing grace and law which is not the Gospel at all.
The book of Romans (perhaps the most doctrinal book of all) was written to explain the Gospel so that anybody could understand it. Paul started off with this statement in Romans 1:16:
“ For I am not ashamed of the gospel [c]of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”
That is a radical statement. The word “gospel” in the original Greek is a word that was seldom used at the time when the book of Romans was written. Nobody talked this way, because the word literally means ‘nearly-too-good-to-be-true news’. It referred to news that was so awesome, so out there that nothing really could justify using it. It was amazingly too good to be true.
But Paul said he was not ashamed of the Gospel. Why? “for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” The Gospel is the power of God, and that’s talking about grace. Acts 20:24 and Galatians 1:6 both use the term “gospel” and “grace” interchangeably. It’s saying that when you understand the Gospel, or the grace of God, it’ll release the power of God into your life. Wow!
We need a Saviour! The ONLY thing we have to offer is faith. Faith in Jesus alone! We must believe ‘the nearly-too-good-to-be-true news’ that Jesus died for us and paid a debt we couldn’t pay and gave us a righteousness we couldn’t earn. It’s faith righteousness!
“Well, I believe in Jesus, but I believe I also have to live holy to be accepted by God.”
That’s saying Jesus’ payment for sin wasn’t enough—that you have to add to what Jesus has done—and that would be the greatest sin of all! Jesus either paid for it all, or He paid for nothing at all! It’s not Jesus plus you; it’s Jesus or you! It’s not you are doing the best you can and then Jesus making up the difference with grace and mercy. If you try to mix the two, you have totally polluted what Jesus has done. It’s either faith righteousness or your righteousness, but not a combination of the two (see Rom. 11:6).
It takes a supernatural revelation by the Holy Spirit to be able to understand this. But once you do, it’ll transform the way that you view God, the way that you relate to God, and the way that you receive from God. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. I encourage you to meditate on this and ask God for a supernatural revelation of this truth. It’s tremendous. It’s powerful.
When you truly get a hold of the grace of God, I guarantee you, it sets you free from sin, Not free TO sin. You’ll wind up living holier accidentally than you ever have on purpose. You’ll serve God out of love stricter and stronger than you ever would have out of legalism. You will experience the power of God and His freedom that He’s always longed for you to know.