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God has come to save sinners

The gospel is God's plan to save the world. And because it is God we are talking about, it’s not just a potentiality, it is actually what He is doing. God is saving this sinful, broken and dark world. To be more specific: God is saving a people for Himself out of sinful humanity, out from all the nations, by the work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, through His life, death, burial and resurrection.

In the Bible we read of “our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession” (Titus 2:13-14).

The first thing we must notice is that we are sinners. Jesus didn’t come to save “perfect” people or “good” people. He came for the lost, the broken, the lawless, the impure. Sin is part of our nature as fallen people. And in our sin we have fallen short of living for God’s glory, the way He designed us to live. We sin against God and against one another. Our sin has broken our lives, our world, and most importantly our relationship with the God who made us. And in that state of sin we are all lost and under God’s just condemnation.

This is why the gospel comes to us as such good news. God has come to save sinners. He gave Himself for us to redeem us from sin and to make us His own people. That “giving of Himself” describes Jesus coming to earth from heaven, living the perfect life that we as sinners failed to live, and giving Himself as the sacrifice for sinners on the cross.

Salvation comes through the cross of Christ

The cross of Jesus Christ is at the centre of it all. On the cross Jesus took the weight of our sin on His shoulders. And through this great work of substitution, He brings forgiveness and eternal life for all who repent and believe in Him. This is good news for sinners – and it brings great glory to God!

As you can see, God has made a way where there was no way, for us to be reconciled to Him. And it is all through Jesus Christ.

The Bible says,

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

Jesus paid for the sins of all His people, that is, for all who would trust in Him for salvation. His death accomplished their redemption and forgiveness. And because God has come to save such a great multitude of people from every tribe and nation, it is fitting for Him to be called “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

As truly one day, the earth will be filled
    with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
    as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

Salvation comes through the Resurrected Lord of Life

The world will be filled with glory because Jesus, the Son of God, didn’t stay dead and buried in the tomb, but on the third day He rose from the dead. He defeated death and all evil and is the exalted Lord of History. As the Bible says,

“God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).

Jesus is Lord – and He is our only Saviour

This is what the gospel accomplishes: the salvation of the world through the powerful work of Jesus Christ. One day He will return as the judge of all the earth. Then we will see this whole world put to right, and every enemy under His feet, including death itself. Until then, the church spreads this good news to the whole world.

We invite everyone to come to Jesus now, while salvation and peace with God is offered freely to all. There will be a day when that offer will no longer be extended, either at the day of your death, or the Day of Judgement. So, it is critical that we all believe in Jesus now, not later. Today is the day of salvation. As Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

That is the big picture of the gospel. It is the good news of what God has done and is doing to save sinners.


But in a narrower sense, the gospel can be summarized this way.

God, Man, Christ, Response.[1]


There is one God and He is the perfect, holy, creator of everything. He has no beginning and no end. And He is the source and sustainer of all things. In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28) Because you are His creature (His creation) you owe your life to Him. We were created to live for God’s glory and to follow the way that He made for us. Here’s how the Bible puts it,

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power,  for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”  (Revelation 4:11)


God created man perfect, but man has rebelled against God, rejecting His rightful rule, and effectively breaking the relationship with God. This rebellion and rejection of God is mankind's sin. Sin affects everyone and has brought about God's just wrath on us all. We were created for His glory, but we have fallen far short of it.

The Bible says,

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)”


But Christ came, God in the flesh, as the only mediator between God and man. Christ came to live the life we could not live and die the death we deserved to die. By His death on the cross and His resurrection from the grave, man can be brought back to God and not suffer His wrath. Jesus is the only Saviour and Redeemer for mankind. Christ not only offers forgiveness, but full reconciliation with God, inviting the sinful world to come to Him to become children of God.


None of this is given to you by osmosis. You need to respond to Christ. The way to receive the gift of God's forgiveness is to turn from sin (repent) and to trust in Jesus (believe). As Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)

We do not benefit from a Savior whom we reject. But Jesus has given an invitation that whoever comes to him he will never cast out (John 6:37). 

The result of this gracious gospel is absolutely glorious. The sinner who trusts in Christ finds that he has been born again, and that he is given the Holy Spirit. The one who believes in Jesus receives the priceless gift of eternal life that begins now and continues forever in heaven. He will not come into judgment, he will not suffer God’s wrath. No, he will be saved, reconciled to God with joy and peace forevermore.

[1] Gilbert, Greg., What is the Gospel. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010.


We would love nothing more than to see you come to Jesus in repentance and faith. We want all men, women and children in this world to know the love of God, and to find grace and forgiveness and eternal life in Jesus.

So, we invite you to really think through this good news message. Read it. Re-read it. Pray about it. Ask God to open your heart to the truth.

We also encourage you to read the Bible for yourself. Start with the gospel of John or the gospel of Mark. Listen to sermons on our website. There are many messages there that can teach you more about Jesus and the way of salvation. The Bible is God’s Word, and it is powerful. Read it, listen to it, believe it and obey it.

And lastly, if you have any questions or you would like to know more, come and reach out to us. Please reach out to Pastor Ross at this email right here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And we would be happy to have you join us for church anytime. For information on where we meet and when just go to the connect page.

May God be gracious to you and bless you with the greatest gift of all – to know Him.

With hope,
Pastor Ross Odnokon
Redeemer Baptist Church