What Is the Gospel?
Some have found it helpful to answer this question by using four categories: God, Man, Christ, and Response are elements of the Gospel, or the Good News, revealed in the Word of God.
God – The God who created this world for His own glory made man in His image, to reflect His glory, displaying His character to the creation.
Man – Yet man rebelled against God, disobeying His command, spurning His authority, seeking to be his own ruler. You and I are included in this rebellion (Isaiah 53:6). We are sinners by an inherited nature as well as by choice. We desire our own way as opposed to God and do not seek His glory, so that even our righteous deeds at the very best are as filthy rags to Him (Isaiah 64:6).
Christ – Although we deserve eternal punishment for our sin, God sent His Son Jesus, who came in human flesh. The Word (God Himself) became a man. Jesus of Nazareth was fully God and fully man, and was the promised Messiah, the Savior first prophesied in Genesis 3:15. He came into the world through the womb of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect and sinless life, and died on the cross to take the just punishment for the sins of everyone who would turn to Him and trust Him for their salvation from the wrath of God. He rose victoriously from the dead and ascended to the right hand of God. He is the true and eternal King and will one day physically return to this earth, the delight of His followers and the dread of His enemies.
Response – God calls all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30) and trust in Christ for salvation (Acts 20:21). All who turn from their rebellion and believe in Jesus will be saved. We can have the full assurance that our sins are forgiven and that we are justified, seen as perfectly righteous in God’s sight, and accepted by God because of what Christ has done for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). Not even our best works can save us. We can only be saved by the work of Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). Are you trusting in Him alone or in things you have done? Have you repented and believed the Gospel? God calls you to trust in Christ alone now.