“That God is love is a precious truth that is accepted by practically everyone, but the meaning we give to love is not always biblical. Modern man confuses love with sentimentality, and sees God’s love as sort of general benevolence which has no other purpose but our happiness. It follows that God will not punish sin. Consequently, every notion of hell is dismissed as incompatible with the idea of a ‘God of love.’ Such thinking is seriously flawed because, although it’s true that God is love, this is not the only thing that’s true about God. God is also holy. The of God as seen on the cross saves sinners, but what are they saved from? The Bible has only one answer to that: sinners are saved from perishing, from the consequence of their sin, from the wrath and judgment of God upon that sin. Why in John 3:16 are people perishing? Because God is holy and will not, and cannot, tolerate sin.”
– Peter Jeffery, Believers Need the Gospel, p.48
“You see, at the right time, when were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this; While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” [Romans 5:6-8] There can be no true understanding of God’s love apart from the cross.
There’s nothing vague or undermined about God’s love. The words “at just the right time” speak of the eternal nature of this love. It was planned in eternity and worked out in a divinely appointed timetable. Christ’s death on the cross was totally planned by God. Divine love didn’t originate at Bethlehem when Jesus was born, but it stretched back before the creation of the world. There had been many tokens of this love to men and women, but the cross was the most glorious demonstration possible, especially when we realize who the objects of God’s love are. In Romans five, Paul describes the recipients of this amazing love as powerless, ungodly and sinners.”
– Peter Jeffery, Believers Need the Gospel, p.38
“Every believer finds this both a humbling and thrilling statement. When we realize what we were by nature; when we think with sorrow of all our sin since we were saved, let alone the sin before, it’s astounding that God should call us His children. But there are some people who do not find this astounding at all. They think that everyone is a child of God, and that God is the father of all human beings. Therefore, there’s nothing surprising in this to them. The problem is that they chose to ignore the fact of their own sinful nature and the clear biblical teaching that sin is so horrendous that it separates us from God.”
– Peter Jeffery, Believers Need the Gospel, p.33
“Because Jesus was righteous and good, He was the only one who could bear our sin. That’s why God sent Him into the world. If God was going to save sinners, there could be no alternative. On the cross, the judgment of God falls upon the beloved Son of God. Jesus dies forsaken by the Father; bearing our sin; in our place. He pays the debt we owed for all the laws of God we had broken–and all the sin we will ever be guilty of. Thus, the holy demands of God are fully met. Our sin is punished. Wrath is turned away from us; and the love, grace and mercy of God come to us instead. This is God’s answer to human sin. This is the gospel.
“It’s the gospel that saved us, made us Christians, and, as these truths are continually turned over in our hearts and minds, refreshes us and keeps us close to the Lord.”
– Peter Jeffery, Believers Need the Gospel, p.28
“There is a need, however, that over-rides all circumstances. It supersedes the problems of all peoples wherever they are or whatever situation is confronting them. The greatest need, whatever our circumstances may be, of all people everywhere is to be made acceptable to God. All men and women are made by God, for God, and all must answer to God. If there was no more war in the world, no more hunger, full employment, and everyone’s health was perfect, people would still need the Lord Jesus Christ, because they are all sinners under the Judgment and wrath of God.”
Peter Jeffery, Believers Need the Gospel, p.18
“It’s the good news about Christ. It’s the message of what God has done in and through the Lord Jesus Christ to deal with man’s sin and to make the guilty sinner acceptable to God.
True, the gospel has many sub-messages, but, in essence, it’s not about Christ healing our bodily diseases. He may do that, but that’s not the gospel. If it were, there would be no offense in it. Neither is the gospel about Jesus solving our marriage, emotional or financial problems. The gospel is about Christ dealing with our sin. Sin involves the cross, and the cross is always an offense to sinful man because it accuses us, judges us, condemns us–and leaves us in no doubt that we are guilty before God. This is the offense of the cross, but the glory of the cross is that it’s our only hope of salvation.”
– Peter Jeffery, Believers Need the Gospel, p.15
“Christians need the gospel as well as unbelievers. Whether we have been saved for two weeks or or twenty years, we all need to regularly hear the message of the cross and the grace and love of God in and through the Lord Jesus Christ. We need it because everything else in the Christian life flows out of it and depends on it for freshness and vitality. That’s why there’s nothing more thrilling to a believer than to hear the gospel preached in the power of the Holy Spirit. It melts the heart and stirs the soul–and may even cause him or her to want, if it were possible, to be converted all over again. If we lose sight of the cross all that the New Testament teaches as to its meaning and significance, we will be floundering spiritually.”
– Peter Jeffery, Believers Need the Gospel, p.8