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The Gospel

The Gospel Is - At It's Core - "Good News"

1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,

The Christian Gospel is at its very core "good news." That is what the word means, both in English and in the original Greek word euaggelion. The Gospel is good news because it brings word that there is help for the truly helpless who are in desperate straits. And not just run-of-the-mill Indiana Jones kind of peril, either. Rather the hazard of eternal condemnation to the Lake of Fire, without hope of rescue. Ever.1

The reason for the peril is that one man committed a sin thousands of years ago, bringing death into the world. As head of the human race, Adam’s sin is passed on to each and every one of his offspring, including you and me, and the consequence is death for us as well (Romans 5:15-19). Not only death in the physical sense of separation of soul from body, but also in the spiritual sense of separation from fellowship with God (Romans 3:23). The separation exists because God is perfect; He cannot have fellowship with sin. The issue is not that God is without love, as we will see. The fact is that God has perfect righteousness and justice to match. His justice demands satisfaction regarding the problem of sin before He is able to have fellowship with us.

God designed a truly remarkable plan whereby His justice could be completely satisfied regarding Adam’s sin and even personal sins, all the sins that we commit, making them a non-issue. Yet the plan involved the terrible sacrifice of His own. God gave His very own Son that the world might not perish but have eternal life (Romans 5:8; John 3:16). The absolute last thing He wants is for the world to perish into eternal residence in the Lake of Fire. The sacrifice of His unique and only precious Son is the great evidence of the love that He has for fallen humanity.

Jesus, the Son of God, by His own will became man, lived a sinlessly perfect life as a man, and then became the sacrifice for man’s sin (Philippians 2:5-8). He accomplished this work with his divine nature intact; He never stopped being God. In the world’s greatest miracle, God passed all of our sins to Jesus while He was dying the horrifying death of crucifixion. Jesus became sin on our behalf, receiving all the sins of all mankind (2 Corinthians 5:21), became separated from fellowship with God (Matthew 27:46), and then died physically as every human being does. This act satisfied the justice of God regarding sin (1 John 2:1-2).

The Gospel is the good news of the Savior and contained in it is the necessary step for obtaining the salvation that He offers. That step is faith in Him as Savior.

As a result, the issue for every person is simply faith in Christ. But we should examine that statement further. Faith is in part the state of being convinced of the truth of something. More than that it is confidence based on proof (Hebrews 11:1). Putting your faith in a doctor for eye surgery is a great example. Everyone who does so must be completely convinced of the comprehensive knowledge and steady hand of the surgeon. How much more so with the matter of eternal life after death? Initial Christian faith is belief in Jesus as Savior from the peril of sin, which brings the promise of eternal life in heaven with God.

It is important to understand that you can’t contribute anything to secure your salvation; nothing at all can be added to the faith of the one believing. Not only is the addition of works ineffective since it calls into question the effectiveness of God’s provision, works are also the essence of doubt, which is the opposite of faith (James 1:6). Adding works actually negates faith, much like attempting to assist in your own eye surgery would negate the work of the surgeon (Romans 11:6; Galatians 2:16; Galatians 2:20-21; Galatians 5:1-4; Ephesians 2:8-9). Some examples of works are good deeds, asceticism2, and even the assertion that perseverance in the faith is necessary for salvation. All of these, if done with the intention of making one acceptable for eternal life in heaven with God, achieve absolutely no effect. Only with a works-free faith in Christ alone is there saving action from God.

At the moment of faith alone in Christ alone, God forgives all sin of the new believer, and the condemnation of Adam’s sin is eliminated (Colossians 2:13-14). At that moment God freely and irrevocably gives that person eternal life (John 3:16). The resurrection to eternity in heaven instantly becomes a certainty, regardless of what happens in the believer’s life from that point on (John 11:25-26).

Are you convinced that Jesus is your Savior? If so, your sins are forgiven and you have entered into eternal life, secure forever in salvation. You may want to take this opportunity to say a prayer of thanksgiving to God for what He has done. In order to fulfill the fullness of God’s design for your new life in Christ, it is crucial that you begin living according to His Word, the Bible. There are two very important and practical actions to take: begin reading your Bible and find a church that is devoted to teaching the Word.

Afterword: The exclusion of works from the salvation equation does not mean that God does not want believers to do good works as a part of their Christian walk. Far from it. He saves those who believe in Christ so that they may in fact do good works of many kinds (Ephesians 2:10), and the person who refuses to do good works from his faith is denied reward at the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10).


¹Revelation 20:10-15
2Asceticism: the doctrine that a person can attain a high spiritual and moral state by practicing self-denial, self-mortification, and the like. (From