What is the Gospel? Most people whether Christian or not are at least familiar with the word. But do we have any idea what the Gospel actually even is? We hear this word used repeatedly inside and out of the church but when pressed to give an explanation of what exactly the Gospel is, so often we find ourselves grasping for air unable to clearly articulate this fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith.
The word Gospel used in the Scriptures comes from the Greek word, euaggelion, which means “a reward for good tidings” or more succinctly, “good news.” So what is the good news?
In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul gives the clearest and most simplified presentation of the Good News that we find in the Bible:
“1 Now I would remind you, brothers, 1 of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you – unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,”
And there we have it. Seems pretty simple right? Almost too simple. But Paul assures us that, “the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand and by which you are being saved,” was, “delivered to you as of first importance.”
And so it is, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is truly of first importance in the entirety of the Christian faith. In fact the whole of the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation point us to this fundamental truth; Jesus Christ crucified and risen for the remission of sin.
1 John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive us and purify us from all unrighteousness.
It’s my faithful prayer that if you are reading these words now, that you would hear the Holy Spirit proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in your heart and that you would repent and believe this good news.
Paul teaches us in Romans that the Gospel, “is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” Think about that for a moment. Simply hearing and believing the good news that Jesus Christ was crucified and risen for the remission of our sins is, in and of itself, the literal power of God. But why is this good news so powerful?
The gospel is powerful because it demonstrates God’s unique ability to create something from nothing. Only God can create and that’s exactly what He does through the gospel of his Son Jesus.
But God, in his great grace demonstrated his wonderful love for us in this, that even though we were still sinners, he sent his Son Jesus to die for us. (Romans 5:8)
Romans 10:9 is clear, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
If you would believe this good news you must do so by faith for without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) If in indeed you have believed the Gospel by faith and by that alone, you can know that you now have peace with God through your Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1) There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1) He has completely covered your sin in his shed blood and paid the “wages” of your sin, through his death.
“3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
Finally, we know what the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ truly is as we read:
“17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
Through the Gospel, God has done what only he can do; create.
What was once dead (man in his sin) is now made alive in Christ. By grace through faith in good news of Jesus, we who were dead have been “born again” in Spirit.
If this message applies to you then I want to encourage you to praise your great God and King Jesus for what he has done for you. You can know at this very moment that you are completely secure in Jesus and nothing can ever change what he has done. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
Praise God who makes all things new!