A summary of the gospel
The Bible teaches that every human being is a sinner by nature and by choice. To be a sinner means that, in many ways, we have failed and will continue to fail to love God and others perfectly. As a result of our sinfulness, we deserve the wrath of a holy, perfect, and just God. Left to ourselves, apart from God’s grace, we are hopeless and should expect God’s just wrath against our sin. It is in light of this dark reality that the Bible talks about the “gospel,” which means “good news.”
The gospel is the good news that Jesus has done for us sinners what we could never do for ourselves. He lived a perfect life that we could never live. He died on the cross in the place of sinners like us, paying a penalty for sin that we owe but we could never pay. And he rose from the dead after three days winning a victory over death, hell, and Satan that we, left to ourselves could never win. In summary, the gospel is the good news that Jesus, who is God in the flesh, lived a perfect life, died on the cross in the place of sinners, and rose victoriously from the grave.
But how do we receive the benefits of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus? How does the work of Jesus get applied to our lives and credited to our account? The Bible tells us that we receive the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus through faith and repentance. Repentance means to turn away from sin and faith means to turn to Jesus in trust. To have faith in Jesus means to believe that your only hope of having your sins forgiven and being declared right with God is through trusting that Jesus’ sinless life, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection was for you. To believe the gospel means that you quit trusting in your own righteousness or past experiences as the measure for your relationship with God, and you start trusting in the finished work of Jesus instead.
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