What is the Gospel?
… The Gospel of God, which He had promised afore by His prophets in the holy Scriptures. Concerning His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. By whom we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name. (Romans 1:1-5).
The gospel is not a manual for behavioral modification, becoming a better person or learning to become more moral. It is not taking the life of Jesus as a model way to live. It is not a doctrine for religious living. These may all be good things but they are not to be confused with the gospel.
The Gospel only portrays what Jesus has for done for us and has nothing to do with what we do for Him. The true Gospel, rather, is news about what Christ the Saviour, has already done for us (in His life, death and resurrection) rather than instruction and advice about what you are to do for God.
Christ’s accomplishment, not ours, is the essence of the gospel. Above all, the Gospel of Christ brings good news, rather than instruction about religion. The gospel is not about what we do, but our acts inevitably spring up and overflow with joy and thanksgiving due to what Christ has done for us.
In short, the Gospel is the life-altering news that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, lived a sinless life under the Law, died for sinners and rose again to reconcile them to himself, eternally victorious over every enemy that stood between God and man. Now, because of this redemptive work, there is nothing that separates those who believe from their Creator and all the benefits that God promises in Him, for through Him we have received grace. The Gospel centers upon Jesus Christ and what God has done through him. The essential points of the Gospel are Jesus Christ’s status as the Son of God, His genuine humanity, His death for our sins, His burial, resurrection, subsequent appearances, and future coming in judgment and His calling of grace. That no one is justified but in the gracious work of Jesus Christ in His death and resurrection. It is not merely a recital of theological truths and historical events; rather, it relates these reality to situations of every individual believer.”
But in order to fully understand what the Gospel is, it is important to understand why the Gospel is needed.
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What is the Gospel?