"long my imprisoned spirit lay,
fast bound in sin and nature's night;
thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
i woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
MY CHAINS FELL OFF,
MY HEART WAS FREE;
i rose, went forth, and followed thee.
AMAZING LOVE! how can it be?
that thou my god should die for me!"
"while we were still weak, at the right time christ died for the ungodly. for one will scarcely die for a righteous person — though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die — but god shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, christ died for us."
the price of the gospel is the death of christ. verse 6: “christ died for the ungodly.” verse 8: "christ
died for us." god loved us while we were sinners and paid a price so that we might have an infinite prize. that price was the death of his son. and what was the prize that he bought for us when he paid that price? verses 9-11:
"since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of god. for if while we were enemies we were reconciled to god by the death of his son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. more than that, through our lord jesus christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation."
"the end of the gospel is “we rejoice in god.” the highest, fullest, deepest, sweetest good of the gospel is god himself, enjoyed by his redeemed people. hence the title of this message: “god in christ: the price and the prize of the gospel.” god in christ became the price (romans 5:6–8), and god in christ became the prize (romans 5:11). the gospel is the good news that god bought for us the everlasting enjoyment of god. that's what i mean when i say "god is the gospel."