What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Gospel simply means “good news”. So when you hear “The Gospel” or “The Gospel of Jesus Christ” is that what you think it is?
“For dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”
Because of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden man was cursed to die. As a result, sin entered all people through Adam and Eve and death became a natural part of life. (Genesis 3)
But death was not the only thing that became normal; sin also became a part of everyday life. (Genesis 4-6) In fact, mankind’s sin was so bad, that God wiped out the earth’s population with a flood, only saving Noah and his family alive. (Genesis 7) The judgment for sin is death. (Romans 6:23)
God’s Promise to Bless Mankind
God selects Abram to become the “father of many nations” through whom all people will be blessed. (Genesis 12:1-3) You may wonder why I didn’t jump right to Jesus or the nation of Israel in mentioning God’s promise to bless mankind; and, that would be a good question.
The answer is that it all began with Abraham. God, who knows the beginning from the end, had a plan to restore all of humanity unto Himself. Because the plan was for all people, our discussion must begin with Abraham. Let’s look at what Apostle Paul says about this in Romans chapter 4.
Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.
For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.
Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”)
God chose Israel as His people for several reasons, which I will not cover in this article. However, the primary reason was that through Israel would come Jesus Christ. Israel also demonstrated man’s need for a Savior. That even as a chosen people, set apart by God to God, could not make restitution for their own sin by observing the Law and making sacrifices.
God’s Promise Fulfilled
Jesus, fully God and fully man, miraculously conceived by Mary and born to she and Joseph. His life and ministry demonstrably fulfilled all prophecy about him. Jesus’s sinless life made his death the only sacrifice capable of remitting sin. (Hebrews 9:12)
Eternal Life through Eternal Love
The resurrection of Jesus Christ provided a means for us to have eternal life. (1 Corinthians 15:20-22; 1 Peter 1:3-5) God loves us so much that He does not wish that we die in our sins. (2 Peter 3:9) He loves us so much that He, in His mercy, extended grace to us through faith to pass from death to life. He loves us so much to allow us, unrighteous people, to obtain righteousness (right standing) with Him, through Christ Jesus.
So much that He sacrificed his own son, making the perfect sacrifice for us, so that we do not have to receive the judgment that we deserve – and we all deserve it – if we believe. If we believe in Jesus, we are no longer separated from God, but we have been reconciled to Him.
Now, isn’t that good news?
If by now you ask, “What must I do to be saved?”, it is as simple as this. You must believe the Lord Jesus was born, died and was raised on the third day as the propitiation for your sin. Thus, having done for you what you could not do for yourself – make atonement for your sins. If you believe this you have received salvation and justification. (Romans 5:6-21)
Salvation is by faith alone, through grace alone, in Christ alone. It is a free gift from God; you do not earn it, but as with any gift, you simply receive it. (Ephesians 2:8, 9) Good works are a fruit of salvation, not the root of it. But through the process of sanctification, God will purify you making you fit for the master’s use. (2 Timothy 2:21)
Blessings to you. Welcome to your new life!
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