WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
The gospel is from the Greek word ‘euaggelion’, which means good news. It is also from where we got the English word ‘evangelism’ The content and context of the scriptures is the gospel. A student of the bible is a student of the gospel because the bible is all about the gospel. A very common verse people know in the bible is John 3;16: “for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The next verse reads: for God did not sent his son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved. God saves men through Jesus Christ; that is the gospel. There is no condemnation for those in Christ; that is the gospel. The gospel is that which a sinner must believe to be saved. The gospel is that which a believer must know to grow.
Since we know that the gospel means good news, what exactly is the content of the news? Here are the details (see 1 Corinthians 15:3-4):
1. Christ died according to scriptures. Death is the wages of our sin, so he died for our sin so we won’t be punished again (Romans 6:23)
2. Christ was buried and raised again according to the scriptures. His resurrection makes us justified, that is, not guilty! (Romans 4:25)
3. Christ ascended into heaven and He is now in the presence of the father for us. God now sees us perfect just as He sees Christ. Which means we are now together with Him (Ephesians 2:6)
If anyone will believe these truths, the person becomes born again! It is also the understanding of these truths that makes the believer grow in the faith. Do you know the gospel? Do you believe the gospel?
FURTHER READING: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Mark 16:15-16, John 5:24
A great lecture by pastor Benjamin.