The Gospel reveals the truth about Jesus Christ. It reveals God to be Creator of all, one in being and yet revealed as three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Colossians 1:16; and 2 Corinthians 13:14) While God is eternal, infinite, and sovereign, He is also omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. God is everlasting and unchanging. God is holy, just, righteous, loving and extends grace, mercy and goodness to all humanity.
God is eternal life, living in unapproachable light with unimaginable power. He is able to cast forth the universe with a single word and yet able to heal a broken heart with a single touch. He has chosen to work through chosen vessels to reach the world for Christ. As the Father sent Christ into the world, Jesus sends His disciples! (Matthew 28:19)
While God is immeasurably good and graciously forgiving, He commands His love towards us in grace and the person of Jesus Christ (John 3:16). But God is also just and will pour out His wrath on the impenitent. (Romans 1: 18-23)
The Gospel reveals Jesus as God personified in human form, the incarnation of God, who without ceasing to be God, came to save us. (Matthew 1:21; John 1:18; Colossians 1:15) Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of a virgin, then empowered to live a perfect and sinless life as the Lamb of God. (John 1:29)
Jesus came to die a death like no other, to shed His blood on the cross for us as a substitutionary sacrifice. (1 John 2:2; Isaiah 53:5-6) The Gospel reveals that His death provides salvation for all who receive Him by faith as Savior who is Lord; (John 1:12; Acts 16:31) that our justification is grounded in the shedding of His blood; (Romans 5:9; Ephesians 1:17) that God resurrected Him “physically” from the dead; (Matthew 28:6; 1 Peter 1:3) and that He ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest and Advocate. (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25)
The Gospel reveals God created man in the likeness of Himself (Genesis 1:26-27) and that our relationship with God was broken by sin. By Adam’s unfaithfulness, spiritual death came upon all humankind.
The Gospel reveals sin is exceedingly offensive to God (Romans 6:23) and that humanity is utterly unable to undo their depraved, fallen state, making them worthless and helpless to save themselves. (Ephesians 2:1-5, 12) As such, God gave His law to show you and me how sinful we are apart from Him. (Romans 5:20)
The Gospel reveals salvation is a gift from God given to those who, by faith, place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Christ died in our place (Romans 5:8-9) and bore our sins in His own body. (1 Peter 2:24) Christ’s death fully accomplished justification through faith and redemption from sin. Moreover, the Gospel reveals the importance of turning from sin to God and persisting in truth until set free from the power of sin. (John 8:31)
A genuine believer reveals Christ “inwardly” by the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23) and “outwardly” as gifts of the Spirit. (Romans 12) Good works and obedience are results of salvation and never preconditions for salvation. In view of the greatness, adequacy, and perfection of Christ’s sacrifice, all those who have truly received Christ as Lord and Savior are born again. They are eternally secure in salvation, kept by God’s power, and sealed in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24)
In closing, Jesus is my Lord and Savior. Just as salvation cannot be earned by good works, neither can good works (nor any effort on our part) maintain or sustain salvation. However, we are called to grow in knowledge and grace to walk worthy of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13; Ephesians 4:1)
The reality and power of the Gospel is evident in those who undergo a changed life, becoming living epistles to be read of all men. (2 Corinthians 3:2-3)Jim Allen