What Is The GOSPEL?

In simple terms, the word gospel means “good news.”

Biblically, it is the good news from God to man that He has provided salvation to people for their sin. The gospel is the good news of God’s immense grace toward sinners.

The Apostle Paul explains the gospel as what is of first importance:

1 Corinithians 15:1-4

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you - unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection is the good news.

First and foremost, the gospel is that Christ died for our sins.

God created Adam without sin to rule over a good creation. But Adam decided to break from God’s rule and brought sin down upon the entire race of mankind. Sin creates guilt, misery and eternal damnation.

But in His infinite love and mercy for rebellious mankind, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect, sinless life and to die as a substitute for guilty sinners.

So Christ died for our sins on the cross to pay for our crimes committed against the Holy and Just God. As our substitute, Jesus absorbed the entire wrath of God into Himself to pay entirely for the moral guilt of His people. When Jesus exclaimed His final words “It is finished,” He paid in full the debt of all sin for all time for all those who will believe.

The second part of the gospel states that Jesus was buried. His death was utterly real and final. The penalty for sin is death (Romains 6:23). Isaiah 53:9 states: “And they made his grave with the wicked.” Through His amazing love, Jesus completely identified with us sinners and sufferers and left nothing undone to obtain eternal salvation for us.

The third aspect of the gospel is that “He was raised on the third day.” Romans 4:25 states that Jesus was raised for our justification. This means that God was satisfied with Christ’s death as payment for our sins and we are now declared righteous. Through His resurrection, Christ was declared to be the Son of God in power, our triumphant Messiah who will rule forever (Romans 1:4). Jesus Christ is the living One who conquered death and sin, and is now preparing a place for us, where all who trust in His gospel of saving grace will live joyously with Him forever.

This is the gospel of God’s massive grace to those who will accept it. If we believe this gospel in faith, we do not believe in vain. Our salvation is secure for all eternity.

What the Gospel is "NOT"

The gospel is NOT:

  • Pursuing Holiness
  • Following Christ
  • Saying A Prayer
  • Promise Of Prosperity
  • Removal Of All Your Problems
  • Claiming Scripture
  • Alter Call
  • Baptism
  • Going Forward
  • Asking Jesus Into Your Heart
  • Binding Satan
  • Bringing In The Kingdom

The gospel is for individuals who believe they are a sinner unable to save their self or do anything good to earn God’s favor. It is acknowledging that salvation is entirely of God, from God, and by God.

God knows that all of us are absolutely incapable of redeeming ourselves, so He provided the means of salvation through Jesus Christ taking on flesh, living a perfectly sinless life, bearing the entire wrath of God to pay for all sin by dying on the cross, being buried, and then raised to life in victory. This is the gospel to believe

God works through the Holy Spirit to convict individuals of their need for salvation because of their rebellion of independence from God and reliance on self. This conviction will cause them to trust in Jesus Christ’s completed all-sufficient sacrifice on the cross, confess their sins, repent and turn to God and submit to His rule and authority.

Will you pray for that conviction?