The word gospel means "good news." In the Gospel, or good news, of Jesus Christ we see that we are saved from sin BY God, FOR God and TO God. So what is this good news? A helpful way to summarize the gospel is with these points:
God created the whole world for His glory, purpose and fame. The hallmark of His creation was mankind who, unlike the rest of creation, was created in His image and likeness. Mankind was created sinless to be in loving, intimate, and genuine relationship with God, each other, and the earth.
Adam and Eve were given one law: They were not allowed to eat from one specific tree in the garden. If they ate they would suffer the penalty of separation from God and certain death. Adam and Eve disobeyed God, ate from the tree, and thus sinned.
Sin is anything that is not done for God’s glory or in God’s way. The eating of the fruit of this tree is known as “the fall”. With the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, all of humanity and creation were completely infected with sin just as God promised. Because of this sin, God in His righteous anger expelled mankind and their offspring out of the garden, the place of His presence. This sin separated all of humanity from fellowship with God, severely wounded their relationship with each other and the earth, and destined all of creation for certain death and Hell.
God chose the nation of Israel from the entire world to be avenue by which he would save the world. God gave them a Law, a religion, and a government to reveal His nature and character. They were to be a bright light to the entire world showing who God is and how we can be reconciled to God.
From this nation came the promised savior, Jesus. Born of a virgin. Sinless. Fully God and fully man, just as the Bible promised. God in the flesh.
God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus, to suffer the punishment of death for our sins in our place. He was indeed your substitute sacrifice for your sins.
God said that if anyone would genuinely trust in Jesus Christ as God and Savior, He would forgive their sins. He could do this because He poured out the fullness of His anger at your sin on Jesus Christ on the cross. Jesus was your substitute.
Only through trust in Christ can we be saved from our rightful punishment of eternal separation from God in Hell. No amount of good works or intentions can make us right with God. The only work capable of saving us is the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
For those who have genuinely trusted in Jesus Christ, God promises the following things:
God has not just redeemed us for Heaven, but given us a mission to accomplish together: we are to make disciples of all nations. If you come to Christ by faith, you are signing up for a lifelong mission to preach the gospel of Jesus to those who have not yet heard the Good News.
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