What is the Gospel?


In 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Paul describes the Gospel as being the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our sins. Paul says, one must believe it, receive it, and stand in it, to be saved by it.

In John 3:16 Jesus himself says much the same thing, but further describes being saved as “not perishing” but “having eternal life”. Thus, the Gospel is effective not only as an escape from future judgement, but the means of experiencing the abundant life here and now, and an eternity that is beyond our wildest dreams, based on an intimate and personal relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ as nurtured by the Holy Spirit Himself.

In Romans 1:16 Paul further emphasizes that the Gospel alone has the power to save sinners.

Many other Scripture passages consistently affirm these basic Gospel truths. In an article first published in the Commercial Dispatch on Sunday, Sep 12, 2021, Jabe Nicholson summarized the Gospel message as follows:

  1. AGREEMENT with God about the problem. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom 3:23) We are more sinful than we think, but more loved than we could ever imagine. A relationship with God requires honesty. We know we don’t even meet our own standards, let alone God’s.
  2. BELIEF in God’s solution. We can’t fix ourselves; we need a Savior. This is not mere mental assent; it’s a matter of transferring your trust from what you presently think to accepting God’s answer. “The Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.” (Gal 3:22)
  3. CONFIDENCE in God’s Word. Here is Christ’s promise: “Assuredly, I say to you, He who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” (Jn 5:24).

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