What is the Gospel?
The Gospel is the greatest news of all time! In Greek,
the word Gospel is the "Good News."
The good news is that God so loved the world, that He gave
His one and only Son (Jesus Christ). That whoever believes in
Him will not perish, but have eternal life John 3: 16.
Not only did Jesus Christ take the punishment for our sins, but
He died, was buried and rose again after 3 days just as the
scriptures predicted centuries before Jesus' death on a cross.
Adam and Eve disobeyed God's simple commands in the garden, which brought a curse on mankind, and continues today. Each and every one of us is born into sin, and we break God's moral laws; the 10 Commandments. To avoid judgement and God's wrath for breaking His laws, God accepted His Son Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for our sins. All God asks is that we *repent and put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone. When we surrender our lives to Jesus, we are saved by His grace through faith and He grants us eternal life, instead of eternal separation in Hell. Ephesians 2: 8-9.
True Christianity is different than all the other world religions, because we are not saved by our performance or our good works, but as a gift from God. Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 2: 4-6: But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus...
What an honor right?
The Creator of the universe came down from heaven and became a sinless man, suffered and died for us, so that we could spend eternity with Him and have a direct relationship with God. He did nothing wrong, but was mocked, tortured and died on our behalf. The ultimate sacrificial love.
Once God saves you, He will send you the Holy Spirit, your personal Helper. Jesus said in John 14: 26: "The Holy Spirit will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you." God *justifies you by your faith in Christ and your *sanctification process begins and will be lifelong until God calls you home. He'll make you a brand new creation (2 Cor 5:17) and turn your heart from stone to flesh (Ezekial 36: 26). Through prayer and study of the Word of God, He'll teach you His ways and through His power, help you be obedient to His commands. You'll no longer desire sin, but desire what is pleasing to Him alone.
If you haven't accepted God's free gift of salvation, pray and ask God to forgive, cleanse and teach you His ways. Cry out to Him with you're whole heart and ask Him to save you. If you're unsure if He's real or the Gospel is true, ask God to show you if Jesus Christ is the way and the truth and life (John 14: 6). He promises that whoever seeks Him with their whole heart will find Him (Jeremiah 29: 13).
Enjoy the relationship with the very one that created you and knit you in your mother's womb! He will provide you joy and peace that will surpass all understanding (Philippians 4: 7).
*Repent in Greek means to change one's mind or purpose.
*Justification in Greek means act of pronouncing righteous, acquittal (God acquits you of your crimes against Him).
*Sanctification is the act or process of acquiring sanctity, of being made or becoming holy. To sanctify is to literally "set apart for particular use in a special purpose or work and to make holy or sacred."