What is the Gospel?
Updated: May 4, 2020
Gospel is a word that translates to "good news". This good news is that Jesus is alive, and Jesus is Lord - but what does that mean for us today?
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
We are all born in the condition of sinfulness. All people miss the holy standard of God’s perfection.
“For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23
The just penalty due the sinner is spiritual death and eternity in hell apart from God.
“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
God provided a way that we can be made perfect in God’s sight. He sent Jesus to earth to die in our place as a sacrifice for our sins.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.” John 3:16
God loved us so much that He was willing to watch His Son die for us. God made it possible for us to know Him.
“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
Salvation and eternal life with God in heaven awaits any person who will place their trust in God to save them through Jesus.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" 1 John 1:9
We must repent of our sins, confess them to God, receive His forgiveness, and open our hearts to Jesus.
How do we accept the Gospel?
Once someone understands their condition and the need for the Gospel, there must be a response. Knowing the Gospel alone does not save us. A response to the Gospel involves the following:
Agree with God that we need His help and that we cannot save ourselves.
Recognize what Jesus Christ has done in our place and accept the gift that He offers us by trusting in Him alone for salvation.