The Gospel is the good news of salvation! All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The wages of that sin is death. As perfectly holy and just, God must punish sin; as completely righteous, He can not be united with sin. As unsaved sinners, we are separated from God and will one day bear the full punishment of our sins when we die.
The Good News – the Gospel – is that the Son of God, Jesus, came to earth as a man. He lived a perfectly righteous life as both God and man. He died like a convicted criminal by crucifixion, and through that death paid the penalty for the just wrath of God.
God made Jesus – who knew no sin – to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God! (2 Corinthians 5:21) When we place our faith, trust, and hope in the death of Christ, God credits us with Jesus’ righteousness, and accepts the death of His Son as full payment for our sins. What wonderful news!
Three days after His death, Jesus rose from the dead – conquering sin and death forever! After appearing to his disciples and others, He gave His followers the Great Commission: to go into the world, make disciples, baptize them, and teach them all that Jesus had taught His followers. Then He ascended into Heaven where He sits at the right hand of God the Father, interceding for us, waiting for us to come home to be with Him in Heaven.
When He ascended, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit as the Helper to indwell Christians. Christians are members of the family of God – dearly loved children of God and joint-heirs with Christ, we have the hope of Heaven for eternal life, and we receive the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that enables us to change, continues to reveal God to us, strengthens and deepens our faith, and empowers us for ministry.
All of this is possible because of the atoning and completed work of substitution of Jesus: He died for our sins, and we now live as righteous, forgiven, and filled with hope! What Good News!
Not only are we united with Christ, we are united together as His body: the Church. As the bride of Christ, we have the privilege to not only declare but also to demonstrate through our life together the transforming power of the Gospel.