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What is the Gospel?

by Sylvia Chua

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Basically, "Gospel" means "good news".
It refers to the good news of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: 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. (NIV)

To truly appreciate how the death and resurrection of Jesus can be considered "good news", we need to have a clear understanding of the following points:

  1. God loves us.

    The entire Bible is a love story; a true love story about how God created us and showered his love upon us. Even when we failed him and turned away from him, he never gave up on us.

    1 John 4:9.10
    This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his one and only Son into the world so that we could have life through him. This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God's love for us. He sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins.
  2. God is holy.

    God is perfectly pure, totally without sin.

    Habakkuk 1:13a
    Your eyes are too good to look at evil; you cannot stand to see those who do wrong.

    1 Samuel 2:2a
    There is no one holy like the Lord.
  3. We are not holy.

    We have all done things that are wrong. We have all sinned.

    Romans 3:23
    Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God's glorious standard.
  4. Our "unholiness", our sin separates us from God.

    Isaiah 59:2
    It's your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore. (NLT)
  5. God's answer to this problem of separation was Jesus.

    John 3:16
    God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.
  6. Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and on the 3rd day, rose again.

    Jesus took the punishment for our sins so that we can be made holy.

    1 Peter 3:18
    Christ himself suffered for sins once. He was not guilty, but he suffered for those who are guilty to bring you to God. His body was killed, but he was made alive in the spirit.

    Romans 4:25
    Jesus was given to die for our sins, and he was raised from the dead to make us right with God.
  7. We don't have to remain separated from God anymore.

    John 1:12
    But to all who did accept him and believe in him he gave the right to become children of God.

    1 John 1:9
    But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done.

    Because of Jesus' death and resurrection, we can be reconciled to God if we:
    • Are truly sorry for all the wrong things we have done
    • Truly believe that Jesus took the punishment for our sins
    • Truly want to start a relationship with Jesus to help us turn from all the wrong things we have done and do what is right
  8. We can be assured of a place in heaven.

    Once we have put our faith in Jesus our sins are forgiven and our relationship with God is restored. We are assured of a place in heaven - a perfect place without sickness, pain or hunger. In heaven, everyone is perfectly happy.

    Rev 21:4a
    He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain.

    Rev 21:21
    The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate having been made from a single pearl. And the street of the city was made of pure gold as clear as glass.
  9. Jesus is the only way.

    There is no other way for us to restore our relationship with God, no other way for us to get to heaven.

    John 14:6
    Jesus answered, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me.
  10. This restoration is God's gift to us.

    God extends this gift to all even though we do not deserve it. All this is by the grace of God.

    Ephesians 2:8,9
    I mean that you have been saved by grace through believing. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. It was not the result of your own efforts, so you cannot brag about it.

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