What is the Gospel?
There are several definitions and assumptions about what the gospel is today.
For example, there is a prevalence of thinking that doing good works or joining causes for social justice – the “social gospel” is the definition of what the gospel is. No. If our acts of kindness or “changing the world” missions are not coupled with sharing the Gospel message, they are temporary fixes that could be done by anyone.
There are emerging ideas that fighting for rights: issues of racism, issues of sexuality, women’s rights, etc. are somehow the gospel or the way to model or live out the gospel. No. Unbelievers are among the most outspoken on human rights. As believers, we need to allow the Bible to inform and shape our worldview on these things. However, these worldviews and “rights” are not the gospel.
As Christians, our mission is the Great Commission to share the Gospel. We need to not only model a Christian life, but to share with people. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
The Gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. Here’s the good news:
Adam and Eve’s sin tainted and is passed on throughout the whole human race. It broke the intimate communion they (and the rest of us would have) had with God. But God, in His awesome love and mercy, had a plan on how to restore that relationship with humanity. At His appointed time in history, God the Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world through the virgin Mary, to live the perfect, sinless life that no human could ever live. He was crucified, died, and buried in a tomb. But His death was a sacrifice, offering Himself as the perfect sacrifice to atone for the sins of those humans who would believe. He took God’s wrath and judgement in our place. God also imputes Jesus’ righteousness, via the perfect life He lived, to those who believe. On the third day, Jesus was raised from the dead, His body gone out of the tomb, appeared to some of His disciples, and then ascended into heaven where He is currently seated at the right hand of God. Jesus is our Prophet, Priest, and King – the Mediator between God and man. Jesus will come back one day to judge the living and the dead – the living (meaning spiritually alive by the Holy Spirit’s work of regeneration) will have eternal life with Him; the dead (meaning the spiritually dead unbelievers- those who do not put their faith and trust in Him) will suffer God’s wrath in hell. But between the time of Jesus’ ascension and coming again in judgement, God has sent the Holy Spirit to regenerate people’s hearts – those who believe – and to be a Helper, Teacher, Comforter, Counselor, Advocate, and Seal for us. God gives us the faith to believe and gives us eternal life with Him on a perfected earth and heavens to come. To God be the glory! Amen!
Below are some links to follow to read about what that means.
What is the Gospel? by Matt Slick
Find Forgiveness in Christ by Slave to the King
What are the Essentials of the Gospel Message? by GotQuestions
What is the Gospel? by R.C. Sproul
It is important to note that even believers need to hear the Gospel message over and over. It isn’t just something you heard once and “got saved,” and then have no use for. As we hear it again and again, it works in our hearts, encourages our faith, and solidifies in our minds, allowing us to share the message easier and be a better witness.
If you have questions or want to chat about the Gospel, please contact me: InAweWonderPodcast@gmail.com.