Bad News and Good News: An Eternity of Difference
Here’s the bad news: We are all conceived in sin (“brought forth in iniquity,” Psalm 51:5). We’re all children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). The bad news is, God doesn’t just overlook sin and clear the guilty. The bad news is, you can’t save yourself. If you could save yourself Jesus came, as the Apostle Paul said, and died a fool. You can’t save yourself. (Galatians 2:21) The bad news is, hell is real and it’s eternal. It is forever
You might be reading this and asking, “Can’t God just forgive everyone in the end?”
He can’t do that because His justice and His goodness demand that sin is judged and a payment made for offenses.
If God just overlooks every sinful atrocity that has happened against Him and mankind, He is no longer good and He is no longer just. If all of the unregenerate and merciless despots of this world stand before God and He looks at them and says, “Hey guys, all those millions of people you slaughtered? No big deal! It’s all good.” In that moment, God quits being good and just. God’s goodness and justice demands that there be payment for the offense. Somebody has to pay.
And, the simple fact it, you are either going to pay for it on your own (which will never satisfy the bill) or you can allow Jesus to satisfy the punishment for your sin and your offense. God gives you the choice!
The bad news leads us to the good news.
Romans 3:23 summarizes this bad news, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Then, Romans 6:23 points us to the good news, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The wages of that sin, what we earn for that sin, is death and separation from God—on an eternal level. But—and this is one of our gospel “buts”! But the gift of God, the free gift of God, is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If I could just plead with you right now—you can work on your own effort and earn eternal separation from God (hell). You can slave for that or you can be given the free gift of eternal life through Jesus. Why would you turn away from this? Why would you reject this?
But, the good news is—
John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
That is the good news! The good news is that though we are hopeless in and of ourselves, God has intervened in human history and said, I’ve made a way for you!
The good news is, even in your sin, right now you are loved. You don’t have to perish in hell. You can have everlasting life because God didn’t send His Son into the world to condemn the world but that through Him the world (you and me) might be saved.
This is the gospel! God has done for us what we cannot do for ourselves. It’s a decision with eternal consequences. Have you made the choice to choose God and His saving grace?