What is the Gospel? Knowing the answer to this question is vital if one is to receive salvation, for belief in the wrong gospel will not save, but condemn (Gal 1:6-9). In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus himself explains the Gospel in his very own way, for it is written:
Jesus...said to them..., "The Son of Man will be...crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life! ... Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant..., just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:17-19, 26-28).
To save you from eternal damnation, God sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world to become its savior. Because "God so loved the world" (John 3:16), He gave his own son to pay the penalty for our sins on the cross. This is the good news of the Gospel. By his blood, you can pray to invite Jesus into your heart. If you do this, he will become your personal Lord and Savior. The promise given to all true believers is as follows:
Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life..., the tree of life and...the holy city (Revelation 22:17-19).
Instead of hunger and thirst, you are given the promise of the water and of the tree of life. Through the blood of Christ, you will return to paradise, for from paradise man was taken and to paradise man must return. In the restoration of all things, the end is like the beginning (Acts 3:21). For this reason, theApostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans, clarified the forgiveness that is found in Jesus saying:
All have sinned and fall short of the glory ofGod..., but God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us..., for the wages of sin is death, but the gift ofGod is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ... If you confess with your mouth,"Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,you will be saved (Romans 3:23-5:8, 6:23-10:10).
The gospel is the good news of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ,of whom the Bible declares, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved"(Acts 4:12). And Jesus said of himself: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).
Why is this such wonderful news? It provides full and free deliverance from the power and penalty of sin. This is according to the grace of God alone through faith in Jesus Christ alone, for it is "by grace you have been saved,through faith" (Eph 2:8-10). However, in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus warns,"I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Lk13:3). If you simply turn from your sins by turning to the cross, you will experience the renewal that the Holy Spirit brings. Believe in your heart thatChrist died and rose again. That is faith in God.
The only way you can be saved is by accepting His free gift of eternal life. When this happens, the evidence of true belief is the presence of the Holy Spirit,for he convicts you of sin, causes spiritual birth, indwells, seals,sanctifies, guides, equips, teaches, and fills the believer, thus enabling him to walk in obedience to God and His Word.
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