What Is The Gospel?
The word gospel simply means good news. And like any news, the Gospel is meant to be proclaimed. We don’t “live” the Gospel we proclaim the Gospel. The Gospel is information, it is a story and it needs to be told. This good news is not like any other good news, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe - this is the greatest news that the world has ever heard or will ever hear. Paul, an apostle of Jesus, writing to the church at Corinth, stated very clearly what he understood the good news, or Gospel, of Jesus Christ to be:
"Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the Gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…" - 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Our Need for The Gospel:
The Bible begins with an All Powerful Sovereign God creating you, me, the Universe and everything else. Because God is our Creator and Lord of all things, He has all authority to tell us how we are to live. God created us so that we would glorify Him and enjoy Him forever. God is completely holy, both in essence and character, which means He is completely pure and hates all sin.
Our relationship with God was broken as a result of disobedience and the chasm that exists between God and Man is too vast for us to overcome. Because of Adam's sin, we as his children are now sinners by nature. Willfully, and in accordance with our inherited fallen natures, we have turned our back on God and we stand before God dead in our sins and transgressions. In our fallen state we are slaves to sin as we rebelliously seek our own glory and fall short of God's. We find we are indebted to God, sentenced to die, unwilling and unable to pay the wages required to save ourselves.
The good news of the Gospel is that God has sent His Son, Jesus Christ to redeem those who rebel against His cosmic rule. Jesus, the God- man, came to Earth to live a perfect life of obedience to God’s Law and thereby fulfilled all righteousness. By an act of unspeakable grace, the God-man Jesus, willingly laid down His life on the cross. On the cross Jesus took the due and just punishment for the sins of His people. Jesus died and three days later was raised to life by the spirit of God (Romans 8:11). His resurrection declares absolutely that his life was sufficient payment for our sins (1 Peter 1:3) and thus we are justified and can now be in right standing before the one true and holy God through repentance of our sins and faith in the finished work of Christ. (Mark 1:15)
In accordance with the Scriptures, we confess Christ as Lord and that he is the savior of all who will trust in his name and finished work. Jesus' life, death, burial and resurrection are the past events that is the substance of this good news. The Gospel has already happened - Jesus, the spotless lamb of God, died in our place on the cross and suffered the wrath of God so that we who believe would be forgiven and know the righteousness of God found only in Christ.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:8-10
"Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted." Isaiah 53:4
"… but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 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, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation." Romans 5:8-11
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
We lift up the name of Jesus alone as the King of kings, the Lord of lords and the Name above all names. God is setting apart a people to be his children and all who believe His Gospel will be saved to the uttermost, because Jesus lives and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
"Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand." Isaiah 53:10