The gospel is that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became flesh, and did what we did not—he lived a perfect life of obedience, and yet, he took our place on the cross, enduring the eternal wrath and curse of God which our sins deserved and rose again from the dead for our justification. The Apostle Paul puts it this way in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance to the Scriptures.” The “good news” is not about a moral worldview or a religious experience. It is about Jesus Christ. He is the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but now has been made manifest and known.
Danny Olinger is the General Secretary of the Committee on Christian Education of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He serves as editor of the monthly periodical New Horizons in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and is the author of A Geerhardus Vos Anthology and Geerhardus Vos: Reformed Biblical Theologian, Confessional Presbyterian.