What is the Gospel?
In this post I will aim to explain the Gospel in a structured, biblical manner. First and foremost, it must be understood that the Gospel is the “good news” about Jesus Christ and what He did through His life. However, if we simply tell someone to believe in Jesus Christ, that will not be very informative to the modern-day Gentile who knows nothing of scripture.
We must inform them of, the character of God (His holiness and His justice), the depravity of man (man’s sinful nature and lack of ability to keep the law of God), the great dilemma (God cannot forgive man without the penalty of sin being paid in full). Without this knowledge we do not understand why Jesus did what He did. Believe in Jesus, and you shall be saved. Saved from what exactly? To understand the good news of Jesus Christ, there must be a knowledge of the bad news.
The Character of God
God is holy.
(Psalm 99:5, “He is holy”;
Habakkuk 1:13, “You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness.”)
God commands all men to be holy.
(1 Peter 1:16, “Be holy, for I am holy.”)
All men will one day be judged by God.
(Revelation 20:12, “And the dead were judged according to their works”)
The Depravity of Man
Anything done by man that is not holy unto God is sin.
Those who are perfect and without sin will experience eternal life.
(Matthew 19:17, “If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”)
Those who are not perfect are cursed and are cast into everlasting fire.
(Matthew 25:41, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire”;
Galatians 3:10, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”)
No man is good, not even one.
(Romans 3:12, “There is none who does good, no, not one.”)
The Great Dilemma
God is just, and therefore He cannot simply forgive men for their sins.
(Psalm 7:11-12, “God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he does not turn back, He shall sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready.”)
Therefore, all men stand condemned before God.
The Grace of God; the Propitiation for Our Sin
Through God’s love, he showed grace by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to live a life of perfect holiness and obedience to God.
(1 John 4:10, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”)
Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice for sin. He endured the full wrath and justice of God.
(1 John 2:2, “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins”)
God punished the sinless One and declared the sinful ones righteous.
(2 Corinthians 5:21, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”)
Those who put their faith in the Son will be justified in God’s sight.
(Romans 5:1, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”)
True faith in Christ is believing that Jesus really was who He said He was and believing what He did actually took place.
True faith in Christ will also coincide with repentance which is a changing of one’s life. This means that the sin you once loved, you now hate, and you will desire to be holy before God. There will be a sorrow over the sin you have committed against God and His holy nature.
(Romans 7:15, “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.”)
Evidence of genuine faith in Christ will be that you obey the teachings in scripture. However, your actions or “works” are not what saves you. Only faith in Christ saves you, but if your faith is genuine, then you will see a change in your life. You will desire to be godly rather than godless.
(James 2:17, “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”)
Though a true believer in Christ desires to be like Christ, they are not without sin.
(1 John 1:8, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”)