The Essential 'Bad News' of the Gospel
'Gospel' means 'good news'. It is the message of how to be saved from God's wrath. But before the good news can make sense, people need to understand the bad news that God is intensely opposed to every manifestation of wickedness; He cannot tolerate it in His presence and those who persist in suppressing the truth will encounter the full force of God's judgement.
Without that bad news, the good news is meaningless. If God benignly smiled at godlessness, then there would be no problem. But that is not true. And, to make the bad news even worse, the creation is sufficient evidence that God has extreme power at His command. So those who refuse to live by the truth should expect His severe wrath in judgement. And deep inside everybody's conscience, we all know that is true.
God has not hidden His character. It is expressed in the created world, the inspired Scriptures, the church and most clearly in Jesus Christ Himself. There is no excuse anybody can offer on the final day for not knowing that they are accountable to God. Only those without any wickedness will enter His heaven. That is why they need to hear the gospel of God's grace. So to hear that Jesus is able to save us completely, is wonderful news indeed. Don't forget that many of our friends and colleagues cannot see a reason to believe the good news, because nobody has told them the bad news of God's wrath.
© Dr Paul Adams