The good news of Christ, God’s kingdom, and salvation. God’s redeeming purposes as revealed from Genesis to Revelation, particularly in the person and work of Jesus Christ on behalf of sinners.
What Scripture tells us the gospel?
“...that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Why is this good news?
We are accepted by God not by what we do, but by faith in what Jesus has done for us. He received our punishment that we might receive his reward by repentance and faith.
We cannot earn our right standing and acceptance with God. We are deserving of punishment for sin. Simply put: God is holy (Isaiah 6), we are sinners (Romans 3), and we need a Savior (1 Timothy 1:15). Christ alone has earned our right standing and acceptance with God in His sinless life, substitutionary death, and victorious resurrection. He, though He himself had no sin, took our sin and punishment as a perfect Substitute. He took on the sin and punishment we earned that separates us from God, so we could receive His record of righteousness that He earned and have acceptance with God.
What do we need to be saved from?
Sin, death, and punishment/judgment. “For the wages (earnings) of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” -Romans 6:23. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him” -John 3:17.
How is the gospel applied to me? How can I be saved?
By faith alone (fully relying, personally trusting), we receive all that Jesus has won and accomplished for us (forgiveness of sins, right-standing and acceptance with God, eternal life) by His life, death, and resurrection. We are united to God by faith in what Jesus has done and won for us.
All that we deserve was placed on Him; all that He deserved is placed on us. By His grace, through faith, for His glory!
Response: “Repent (turn from your efforts and sins) and believe in the gospel” -Mark 1:15. Are you now fully relying on all that Jesus has done for you, and that this is enough for your salvation?