What is the Gospel?
It’s Greek to me
In the Greek New Testament, gospel is the translation of the Greek noun euangelion (occurring 76 times) “good news,” and the verb euangelizo (occurring 54 times), meaning “to bring or announce good news.” Both words are derived from the noun angelos, “messenger.” (J. Hampton Keathley, III, Th.M. “What is the Gospel” Copyright ©1996-2006 Bible.org, reprinted with permission) See source article
Biblical Truths Delineated
1. The eternal, triune God of the Holy Bible is both the supreme being and creator God of the entire Universe (Gen 1:1; Neh 9:6; Isa 66:2; Rev 4;11). He is the sovereign authority over all things (Isa 43:13; Psa 135:6; Job 42:2) and perfectly holy (set apart; perfectly sinless) (Lev 19:2; Isaiah 57:15; Rev 4:8).
2. As supreme authority, He requires sinless perfection from mankind (Lev 11:44; Matt 5:48; 1 Pet 1:15, 16).
3. The first humans were created perfect (sinless), but chose to sin by disobeying God’s one command to them (Gen 3:6). They chose not to be perfect as God is perfect and thereby brought division between themselves and God Almighty (Isa 59:2).
4. This division between God and mankind persists till this day as humans cannot be perfectly sinlessness of their own volition (Isa 64:62; Thes 1:9; Rom 8:3).
5. As a result of sin, not only is man’s fellowship with God broken, man is fated for eternal damnation unless saved from God’s righteous judgement (Eze 18:20; Matt 25:46; Rom 6:23).
6. God the Father, because of His perfect love for us, provided for our Salvation. He sacrificed His only begotten Son, the only possible perfect sacrifice, for the sins of mankind ((2 Cor 5:15; Gal 2:20; 3:13; Eph5:2; 1 Tim 2:5 6; Titus 2:14). Jesus, who was born of a virgin (Matt 1:18-25), died in our place upon the Cross of Calvary and was resurrected on the third day providing proof of who He was and what He had done for our atonement (Matt 20:17-19; Mark 8:31; Acts 1:3; 1 Peter 1:3; Rev 1:5).
7. Christ and Him crucified in our place, is our only hope of Salvation (John 14:6; John 1:29; Romans 3:25-26; Rom 4:25; Rom 8:31; Cor 5:7; ). We must have true abiding faith in Him and His perfect sacrifice to receive Him as Lord and Savior (1 Joh 5:7; 1 Peter 1:5). Jesus, the Provider of our salvation, commands “ . . . repent ye, and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15)
The Romans Road
How do we come to Christ?
First things first
It is probably more accurate to say, “Christ comes to us” Once we understand what sin is and how it separates us from God, we certainly ought to recognize that it exists in all our lives. Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” When God brings us to this place, we hopefully feel the heaviness of conviction and will seek to repent before God in prayer.
Some evangelists promote the usage of what is called the “Sinner’s Prayer”, but this can be misleading. Bear in mind that this is meaningless if it is a vain recitation. A true convert responds to God’s call with a heartfelt act of submission to Christ as Lord; one must realize their dire need for a Savior. Additionally, we must also realize that Christ Jesus is the only Savior. John 14:6 says, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (see: Exclusivity of Christianity) It is our confession of our need for Him and our faith in Him that signifies our hearts have been opened to the Gospel Message.
A truly repentant sinner doesn’t smile and offer Jesus a handshake as if to acknowledge that He is a “good ole boy”! He is God the Son! When we know the truth about our lostness and our need for Christ, we run to His feet and bow down before Him! Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Yet submitting to Christ is not fire insurance, but a heart changing life experience that makes us a New Creation! (see: The Power of The New Birth)
Again, we are all sinners and need God to be merciful and forgive us by His grace. Praying to God for His mercy with true contrition is a plea for mercy instead of the judgment and wrath we deserve (Matthew 25:46).
Next things next
So what has God the Son done to be our Savior? Do we recognize Him as our only hope of being reconciled unto God simply because of some Bible verses that tell us to? No. Jesus was God the Son from eternity past and took human form in the Personhood of Jesus Christ (John 1:1,14). (see: hypostatic union) While Jesus was with us, He was an unblemished, sinless person; He set the example of sinless perfection (John 8:46; 2 Cor 5:21). During His time with us, He performed many miracles and taught us much about God and His Kingdom. (see: Miracles of Christ) (see: Teachings of Christ)
Next, He was the ultimate Sacrifice for us. (see: Crucifixion) He paid the price so that we could be saved. Romans 5:8 says, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (see Atonement) We can rest assured that Jesus is our Lord and Savior and we can rest assured that He will not let us go. Romans 8:38-39 says, “38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (see: The Reality of Blessed Assurance)
Finally, Jesus is not a dead Savior, but is risen and at Father God’s right hand (Mark 16:19; Acts 2:33). As my friend Debbie Mullaney aptly stated, “Christ’s resurrection finalized His victory.” (Col 2:15; 1 Cor ch 15). We must believe that He paid the ultimate price and rose from the grave and confess this truth. Romans 10:9 says, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Also, Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” (see: The Bold Claims of Christianity)