WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
Everyone loves a good story. Especially when the storyline is about redemption. Yet the greatest redemptive story of all time is discovered in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The word gospel is the translation of the Greek noun, euangelion (“good news”), and the verb, euaggelizō, which means, “to announce good news.” Paul puts forth the essential elements that make up the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. He lists the death, burial, resurrection, and resurrected appearances of Jesus Christ. Without each of these, there would be no gospel. Therefore, the message of the gospel is clear: that God sent His only begotten Son into the world to live a sinless life, die for our sins on the cross, and defeat sin and death at His resurrection, so that, we might have eternal life in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Heart of the Gospel
Paul articulates the heart of the gospel in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” To know that Jesus took your sins and replaced it with His righteousness should give you complete assurance and confidence that you have eternal security in Christ (Jn. 10:28; Rom. 8:28-39; Eph. 1:13)!
The Need for Faith
No one can receive the gospel without faith (Jn. 1:12; Rom. 10:17; Eph. 2:8-9). The gospel isn’t just a message, but a way of life (Eph. 4-6). We are commanded by Jesus Christ to go wherever—whenever—and to whomever to share the “good news” (Matt. 28:19-20). And as we go out proclaiming the good news of our Lord, we are not to be ashamed of the message and life of Christ, but believe in its power (Rom. 1:16-17) that comes in the Holy Spirit (1 Thess. 1:4-5).