“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring is to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit” (1 Peter 3:18)
Imagine with me for a minute a perfect world of sports. A baseball player steps up to the plate. His batting average? 1.000. Every swing is a home run. Or, how about the golfer who, every time she hits the ball, sinks a hole-in-one. No matter what. Every round of golf she shoots 18. There’s no error.
That’s what God’s standard is like. And I’m not talking about sports anymore, I’m talking about our actions and behaviors–our character. In God’s economy, the standard is perfection, no room for error. After all, Jesus said, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).
But, the fact of the matter is we all miss the mark. What we all have in common is that we all fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). And because of that, the gospel message is relevant for everybody.
This is a compelling reason to share the gospel with everybody. You never have to worry about whether or not what you have to say is relevant to them. It is. Deep within us all, God has given us a conscience so that we know the difference between right and wrong. Sometimes it gets suppressed, but deep within the heart of every man and woman is the understanding that they don’t always do the right thing.
But even while we all have that moral compass, what do we often do? We pick someone and view them as worse than ourselves. We point to the person on death row and say, “at least I’m not as bad as that guy!” Hold on. We’re all sinners. We all fall short of the glory of God. You can’t point to that person on death row and say you’re better. Based on God’s standard, we’re not. And if you can’t fully grasp the problem, I’d argue you can’t fully grasp the solution.
1 Peter 3:18 says this: “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.” This is how the gospel message is relevant for everybody. Jesus, the righteous, died for us, the unrighteous. And not only that, but He rose again, which gives us the promise of new life in Him.