The true Gospel is good news and glad tidings for true sinners; not for pretend ones, not for those in the legal/judicial sense only, but for true (experimental/felt) sinners. The true Gospel is not good news to half-sinners who confesses that they are basically a “good person” despite having sinned here or there. The true Gospel does not constitute glad tidings for those religious sinners who would acknowledge their sin but maintain nonetheless that they retain some creature goodness, or some natural ability, to “accept Jesus into their heart” and to otherwise follow after Him whenever they so decide. No, the Gospel is good news specifically for those quickened souls who have been taught of God, and who can affirm the following as being true in their own case, and in their own hearts, all by God’s free and sovereign grace:
1. God sought us before we ever considered seeking Him.
2. God sought us when we hated Him, when we were in rebellion against him, when we were still (spiritually) dead in trespasses and sins, thus having no communion with Him.
3. When God found us, He found us entirely helpless in our filth and depravity; wholly lost in our sin; and without a degree of innate goodness in us by nature.
4. It was in this sin-ravaged, defiled, state that God quickened us, giving us spiritual life in Christ, without any contribution to this great work on our part (not by our will, not by our works, not by our decision-making, etc.).
5. God shined His divine light of justice upon us, caused us to see our dismal and precarious state, and convinced us that any hope of salvation must be from a source not only completely outside of ourselves, but wholly grounded in the Person and work of Christ at Calvary. This work, made effectual in our quickened hearts by the Holy Spirit, in accordance with the eternal, sovereign purpose of God the Father, is the sole basis for our salvation in Christ Jesus.
5. Completely apart from our natural desires and efforts, we were given spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear the Gospel truth; we were given knowledge and understanding concerning it; we were given repentance from sin and dead works; we were given Spirit-wrought faith; we were given a love for both the truth (the word of God in general and the Gospel in particular) and the Truth that it reveals (even the Lord Jesus Christ, God the Word made flesh); and yet we have never ceased to receive such things from God the Father, by the Holy Ghost, and through Christ, because He continues to provide such for us moment by moment, day by day (seeing that we have no natural ability to provide, or obtain, such things for ourselves).
6. We are preserved by the almighty Hand of God; thus, we cannot fall utterly, though we fall daily (experimentally) in this body of death. Though we are without sin before God, we are yet sinners by experience in this sojourn, and recognise that we must rely on His grace and mercies continuously to see us through each day, every day, unto glory. We are given grace to see our sin, loathe our sin, desire to be rid of our sin, and to confess our sin knowing that He is Faithful and Just to forgive us our sin. We are led along through the wilderness of this life, brought through many fiery trials, delivered from many temptations, and harassed by many adversaries. Though tired and weary, we rejoice in the Lord nonetheless, for He keeps us by His Spirit, and By His Father’s decree, and nothing at all, for all of eternity, can do us any lasting harm.
7. We are lights in this world; not because we have arrived, not because we are ourselves without sin daily, but because we (as ‘made righteous in Christ’ sinners) declare to other sinners, the Gospel truth. We declare that the only Remedy for our sin-sick souls is Christ Jesus the Lord and what He accomplished as the Perfect Substitute and Atonement for His people, even as the Endurer of the very judgment and wrath of God that we deserve. We are not to wallow in our sin, hide our sin, downplay our sin, or excuse our sin; instead, we are to declare that we are nothing more than sinners saved by grace and that, though God has given us many a victory over sin (seeing that we are not lawless ones), we still utterly fall short in and of ourselves. Yet, more importantly, we are also to affirm to the world that in Christ, through Christ, and by Christ, we are more than victors! Having His perfect righteousness, and being wholly sanctified in and by Him, we cannot fail, for He did not fail. Every Christian has the infallible promise of eternal life and bliss with the Lord Jesus, and with the Triune Godhead of whom He is the fulness bodily.
Finally, eternal justice and divine fury is coming for the reprobate, for those without a Blessed, Almighty Covering. Each individual who ever breathed the breath of life will find themselves either in Christ or forever outside of Him, in Hellfire, and in outer darkness. So I urge you, pray for grace, pray for mercy, pray for belief of the truth, and a love for the Truth, and abandon (as much as God enables) the distracting and enticing things of this depraved world system. Our only hope is literally in the Person of Christ, in light of His blessed work, and there is no peace, and no salvation for anyone outside of Him. Many love their lusts and sin, many love their riches and possessions, many love their status and titles – but all of this will perish, it will all burn. There is only one eternal Refuge, only one Strong Rock, only one Mighty Fortress and Tower, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ — may you indeed be found in Him.
To God be the glory,
P.S. Please consider:
Ephesians 1:1-14 “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace [be] to you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”