WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
The word "gospel" simply means "good news" of what God accomplished for the salvation of lost and sinful people in his only Son, Jesus Christ. Who is lost? Everyone is before they trust in Jesus.
However, God, being rich in mercy (not giving us what we deserve), grace (giving us what we don’t deserve), and love, sent his only Son, Jesus, into the world to perfectly accomplish all that’s necessary for sinners to be forgiven and be made right with him (John 3:16).
Jesus, the eternal Son of God, being fully God and fully man (John 1:1, 14; Colossians 1:19), lived a life totally free from sin (Hebrews 4:15), and fully and perfectly obeyed God’s Law at every point. Then, according to the eternal plan of God (Acts 4:27-28), died in the place of sinners, and rose from the dead so that by trusting in Him alone they may have life (Acts 4:12; John 3:17-18). That is, on the cross, Jesus willingly took our sin upon himself and died in our place; and through his sacrifice, made it possible for people to receive salvation by receiving the work he has done for us. This is a gift that cannot be earned, but rather must be freely received (Galatians 2:16). How is it received? When a person acknowledges their helpless sinful state and embraces the work of Jesus in humility of heart and complete dependence, they are “justified” in the sight of God. Justification is simply, by trusting in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, God placing us in a right relationship with himself by forgiving our sins and declaring us righteous. (Romans 3:24; Colossians 2:13-14). Simply put, those who believe are saved by what Jesus has done, not by what they do. Jesus has finished everything God the Father requires for the salvation of those who would trust in him!
God is calling people everywhere to repent of sin and believe in Jesus. Repentance means that a person acknowledges and turns from their sin, with the God-given desire to stop sinning. Faith means banking everything on the fact that one cannot work their way to God, but rather trusting what Jesus did in their place. As this gift of life is received by believing and trusting (faith) in Jesus alone for a right relationship with God, God places his Holy Spirit inside of the follower of Jesus to adopt them as a child into his family (Romans 8:15), empower them to live in obedience to Jesus (1 Peter 1:2), and to ensure that the work that he has begun in them will be completed on the day when Jesus returns (Philippians 1:6).
If a person does not choose to believe and trust in Jesus alone for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life, then the Bible says they face the just wrath and condemnation of Almighty God (Matthew 10:33; John 3:18), spending this life and the next in separation from God's presence of blessing, as they have chosen all along (Revelation 20:14).
If you have not found life in Jesus and the forgiveness of your sins before God based on what Jesus did for you, believe in him and humbly receive his finished work in your place today!
* adapted from an article written by Kevin Fiske