Over time, our perspective of the gospel has lost some of its full meaning. Today, “we have the desire to keep the gospel purely transactional between us and God…resulting in our salvation,” according to Ken Wytsma, Founder of The Justice Conference and President of Kilns College. Because of this transactional view of the gospel, some people react strongly against any discussion of the value of justice, good works or good deeds.
In studying Isaiah, though, we see that God links justice with the Messiah and the good news. It seems that our picture of the gospel is incomplete if justice isn’t a part of it. “If God can use ‘justice’ and ‘Messiah’…in the same sentence,” we should be able to as well.