What is the Gospel?
The just and gracious God of the universe looked upon hopelessly sinful people and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, to bear His wrath against sin on the cross and to show His power over sin in the resurrection so that all who have faith in Him will be reconciled to God forever.
A biblical presentation and a biblical response to the Gospel includes five key elements:
I. The Character of God
- Romans 1:18-20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
- Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.
Further Study: Romans 2:1-16; 3:22- 24; Isaiah 43:6-7.
Biblical Truth: God is the just and gracious Creator of all things.
Biblical Response: Realize that we belong to Him, are accountable to Him, and are created to glorify Him.
II. The Sinfulness of Man
- Romans 1:21-25 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
- Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Further Study: Romans 3:9-20; 6:23.
Biblical Truth: We are each created by God, but we are all corrupted by sin.
Biblical Response: Admit areas of rebellion, be honest with God about sin, and turn from it.
III. The Sufficiency of Christ
- Romans 4:24-25 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
- Romans 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Further Study: Romans 3:21-26; 5:6-10; 8:1-4; I Cor. 15:3-4.
Biblical Truth: Jesus Christ alone is able to remove our sin and reconcile us to God through His death. He alone satisfies the wrath of God for our sins.
Biblical Response: Recognize that we are helpless to be reconciled with God apart from Jesus Christ.
IV. The Necessity of Faith
- Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.
- Romans 10:9-13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Further Study: Romans 3:20-31; 4:22-25; 6:11-14; 8:10-11; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7.
Biblical Truth: We are reconciled to God only through faith in Jesus. There is nothing we can do to become right with God.
Biblical Response: Faith that leads to salvation involves turning from sin and self-sufficiency. We turn to Jesus and trust in Him as Lord, confess Him as Lord and Savior.
V. The Urgency of Eternity
- John 3:15-16 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
- John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Further Study: John 3:36, 10:27-30, 17:3; 1 Timothy 1:16-17, Hebrews 9:12, 1 John 5:11-13.
Biblical Truth: Our eternal destiny is dependent on our response to Jesus.
Biblical Response: Cry out to God to save you of your sins, put your faith in Jesus Christ and confess Him as Savior and Lord.