What Is The Gospel?
If there's anything in life that we should be passionate about, it's the gospel. And I don't mean passionate only about sharing it with others. I mean passionate about thinking about it, dwelling on it, rejoicing in it, allowing it to color the way we look at the world. Only one thing can be of first importance to each of us. And only the gospel ought to be." ~ C.J. Mahaney
God, the creator of the universe, is perfectly holy (Habakkuk 1:13; Isaiah 6:3; 1 John 1:5) and cannot cause or approve of evil (James 1:13).God is also perfectly just and must punish evil (Psalm 7:11-12; 11:7; Isaiah 5:16). One day he will judge all who stand guilty before him (Revelation 20:11-15).
God requires us to be holy as well (1 Peter 1:16).Our failure to be holy and obey God places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9).This failure to be holy is because we are actually in rebellion against God (Ephesians 2: 1-3). The acts of our rebellion are called “sin.” We are all guilty of sin (1 Kings 8:46; Romans 3:23).
God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death (Ezekiel 18:4). The punishment for sin—death—is described as eternity in hell under God’s wrath (Matthew 25:41; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Hebrews 9:22; Revelation 20:10).Our problem of sin is not just our behavior. The Bible teaches that all acts of sin are a result of sinful thinking and evil desires. We need not only to be saved but to be transformed in our hearts, as well.
Our problem therefore is this: as sinners we deserve God’s eternal punishment for sin. In our hearts we are wicked and rebellious toward God and cannot do anything to please Him (Romans 3:10-12).
Furthermore, because God is perfectly just and must deal with our sin justly, he cannot simply pardon us (Proverbs 17:15; Genesis 18:25). Someone has to pay for our sins.
Because God is love, he has responded to our plight by sending His Son, Jesus Christ—who is Himself God—to shed his blood and die on the cross at the hands of wicked men as a sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:8-10).
Jesus Christ was not only severely beaten by men, but bore on the cross the wrath of God for the sins of all who would repent and place their faith in Him alone (Isaiah 53:5, 10, 12; John 3:16).
Jesus Christ died, was buried, and resurrected on the third day, having victory over death and thus proving His deity and authority to forgive the sins of those who believe in His name (Romans 1:4; 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:4).
All men are called to repent and place their faith in Christ alone (Acts 17:30; 20:21).
For God so love the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved (Acts 16:31).
The Test of One’s Faith: 1 John 1:5-7 (Walking in the Light), 1 John 1:8-10 (Confession of Sin), 1 John 2:3-4 (Obedience), 1 John 2:9-11 (Love for the Brethren), 1 John 2:15-17 (Hatred for the World), 1 John 2:24-25 (Perseverance in Doctrine), 1 John 3:10 (Righteousness), 1 John 4:13 (Spirit’s Testimony), Hebrews 12:5-8 (Discipline).
Recommended Gospel Tract Resources:
Grace to You: http://www.gty.org/resources/articles/A335/Who-do-you-think-that-I-am
HeartCry Missionary Society: http://www.heartcrymissionary.com/resources/the-gospel-of-jesus-christ
NOTE: “The Test of One’s Faith” was taking directly from © HeartCry Missionary Society.
“He made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21).