Why is the gospel so important? Why does the gospel offer Christians so much hope and comfort? In this video, Jackie Hill Perry offers three reasons why the gospel truly is everything in the life of the Christian. Recognizing the supremacy and hope of the gospel begins with a recognition of the sinfulness of human nature and mankind’s inability to save themselves from the consequences of their sin. This recognition prompts the believer to ground their hope, not in their own obedience, but in the perfect obedience of Jesus Christ on behalf of all who come to Him in faith. As a result, God receives all of the glory for salvation because mankind, dead in our sins and trespasses, could not save ourselves from sin’s consequences or obey the law perfectly. Only Jesus could – to God be the glory.
- A Reminder of Human Nature
- Hope of Christ’s Perfect Obedience
- God’s Glory in Our Salvation
The Gospel is Everything
It is really important that the gospel is the primary means of change because the gospel is everything. It’s everything. Because I think humans, we’re so prone to just this morality thing to try to fix ourselves and change ourselves and create these rules, or start going to church or stop cursing or whatever. But the gospel simply says you are a sinner by nature. You cannot change because if you could, Jesus would not have had come and died.
Clearly, we see all through the Old Testament, people trying to change all day long, trying to obey these commands that they could not obey because they were incapable, pointing to a savior that will keep the commands for you, and fulfilled the law for you. You just trust in him and you’re good.
The Gospel Brings Glory to the Lord
The gospel reveals that. It points to the Lord and it brings so much glory to him and not us. That he is the one that saves people and he is the one that changes people, and he is the one that sanctifies people, and he is the one that will glorify people, and he is the one that when we get to heaven, it’s all you. Take my crown, have it because it’s yours. Without the gospel, it’s all glory be to me, ultimately, and I think that’s not God’s goal in this world. He wants his glory, he needs his fame to draw many to himself.