Do I Need The Gospel?

As just established, the gospel is the power of God. It is the good news that Jesus died for us, was buried, and then raised. First, the Bible convicts us of our sins. Next, the gospel informs us that Jesus has created a way to forgive us of those sins. Our sins have ultimately separated us from God. While carrying the guilt of sin, we will never to be able to have a relationship with God.

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.” (Is. 59:2)

God is holy, and sin is the very opposite of God’s character and nature. He cannot tolerate sin or make any exceptions for sinful people. However, God still wanted to reach out to you and me. As the solution, God created a plan to reconcile Himself with us. Sadly, this plan would greatly cost Him, the blood of His only begotten Son.

In the Law of Moses and in the Gospel, the shedding of blood is the only way to atone for our sins. In the Law of Moses, God required His people to continually make animal sacrifices to atone for their sin.

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” (Lev. 17:11)
When Jesus died on the cross, He sacrificed His own blood to install the Gospel plan for forgiveness of sins. Since Jesus’ blood was so much more precious than that of animals, His blood halted the need for continued animal sacrifices to atone for sins. (Heb. 10:4) Now, Christians today can appeal to the blood of Christ for a perfect plan for forgiveness of sins.

“Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.” (Heb. 13:12)

The Gospel is how we know that Jesus did die for our sins and now offers forgiveness of our sins. However, some might still not believe that they need the gospel. That might be because they do not believe that they need forgiveness of our sins. However, Paul explains that we all are guilty of sins and all need forgiveness.

“But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:21-23)

Unless you have access to the blood of Jesus, you are guilty of sin and you are separated from God.
Some of us might think that as long as we remain ignorant of God’s word, we can never be judged by God for what we do in this life. We believe that by being ignorant, we will not be convicted of our sins and God will not hold us accountable. This mindset cannot be further from the truth.

Acts 17:30 says, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

Thankfully, we do not have to be ignorant and we do not have to live in our sin. We can have a saving relationship with God and have access to the blood of Jesus. That salvation begins with believing that we need the gospel of Jesus Christ. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” (Rom. 1:16)

—Andrew Smith