Good News from a Far Country

“As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country” (Prov. 25:25).

What the Gospel Is

The Gospel is good news from a far country. The Far Country is that land that is fairer than day, the Glory Land, the Heavenly Country into which our Lord went to prepare a place for His own. As cold water is divinely adapted to a thirsty throat, so the good news of the Gospel of Christ is adapted to the thirsty soul. The Gospel is good news from God concerning His only begotten Son who dwelt in the bosom of the Father, but who in the fullness of time came forth, made of a women, made under the Law, that He might redeem us from the curse. It is the good news of Christ crucified, risen, ascended, coming again, and able to save to the uttermost all who come unto God by Him.

Why the Gospel Is Good News

The Gospel is good news because it tells us of a God of love (Jn. 3:16). The Gospel is good news because it tells us of a finished redemption (Jn. 19:30). The Gospel is good news because it tells us of the forgiveness of sins (Acts 13:38). The Gospel is good news because it tells us of peace with God (Lk. 2:11-14). The Gospel is good news because it tells us of life everlasting (Rom. 6:23; Jn. 3:36). The Gospel is good news because it tells us of a great high priest (Heb. 4:14-16; 7:25). The Gospel is good news because it tells us of a home in heaven (Jn. 14:1-3). The Gospel is good news because it tells of a King and a kingdom of righteousness, peace, and glory (Isa. 9:6-7; Jer. 23:5-6).

Why the Gospel Is Needed

There are three great facts which every man and women must face, namely, sin, death, and judgment.

We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. We are all guilty and condemned before God. We have all transgressed, fallen short, failed to measure up, missed the mark, and gone astray.

The wages of sin is death. It is appointed unto men once to die. Do what we may, go where we will, we cannot escape death. He is the preacher of the old school which makes every creature his text. No sinner can escape his clutch. He is no respecter of persons. Death without Christ is separation from God, in outer darkness, in the lake of fire, where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched and there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.

But death is not all. “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27). “Every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:12). “What wilt thou say when He shall punish thee” (Jer. 13:21)? It is absolutely certain that God “will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31). Deeds shall be judged (2 Cor. 5:10); words shall be judged (Matt. 12:36); works shall be judged (Rev. 20:12); and secrets shall be judged (Rom. 2:16).

The Preciousness of the Gospel

The Gospel is good news concerning a Savior from sin, a Conqueror of death, and a Judge who bears judgment. The Gospel presents Christ who saves from the guilt, penalty, power, pollution, and presence of sin. The Gospel presents Christ who died and arose and lives forever in resurrection power. Death hath no dominion over Him. He is the resurrection and the life. And those who believe in Him shall live also. The Gospel presents Christ as the Judge who bore judgment. And there is therefore now no judgment for them who are in Christ Jesus.

As water is the gift of God for the body, the good news of the Gospel is the gift of God for the soul. Think of the preciousness of cold water to the sick child, the weary traveler, or the wounded soldier, and you will appreciate the preciousness of the Gospel to sin-sick souls.

The Gospel is good news because it answers the deepest questionings of man’s soul, presents the remedy for man’s greatest need, and holds out the realization of man’s highest hopes.

“The Gospel of Christ … is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Rom. 1:16).

— Written by Dr. Howard C. Fulton. Reproduced from the March 1938 issue of The Echo of the Bible Evangelistic Crusade. Dr. Fulton served as the pastor of the Belden Avenue Baptist Church in Chicago, IL.