What Is The Gospel?
The word “Gospel” simply means “Good News”. This is particularly meaningful in a world full of bad news. Christians believe the Bible to be the inspired mesage from God, bringing Good News to every man, woman and child on planet earth, irrespective of culture, race, colour or religion.
Even though it has a message of good news the Bible starts with some bad news, making it clear that the whole human race is guilty of sin, having broken God’s holy law. After identifying this sinfulness as the core problem of humanity, the Bible goes on to provide what it says is the only answer.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Saviour of the world. He was born on this earth, lived as a genuine man, then “died for our sins” on a cross outside the city of Jerusalem. Three days later he came alive again, and is still alive in heaven.
Those who confess their sinfulness, who repent and by faith trust in Jesus for forgiveness receive a new life from God. This is experienced and empowered through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, who is the “third person” of the Holy Trinity with God the Father and God the Son.
The Bible teaches that this Gospel is the only sure message of Salvation and Eternal Life, and as a consequence the “Good News” carries with it a serious warning. The apostle John, in his Gospel states:
“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” John 3:16-18 (NIV)