What is the Gospel?
A lot can be said about what the gospel is and what it is not and many people have done a much better job than I defining the gospel. (See here and check out this book) and if you’re still reading this page here’s my own ultra condensed version of the gospel.
In the beginning God made all things good, he made everything good, including man and woman (see Gen. 1:1).
Adam and Eve (the first man and woman created by God; see Gen. 2:4-24) had complete free will, but they jacked it up for everyone by sinning. All men are descended from Adam and Eve and have therefore inherited a sinful nature.
The Bible says all men are sinners and no one is capable or able to drag themselves away from their sin. That we are slaves to sin. We are dead in our sin. According to the Bible, In our sinful state we (all men) are doomed to spend eternity in hell.
Hell is described in the Bible as being the eternal fire created for Satan and his demons. It is described as dark, burning with eternal fire and a unquenchable flame, smelling of rot and sulfur. A place where there will be a weeping and gnashing of teeth.
According to the Bible that’s where all men are going…
Unless somehow our status is changed from sinner to saved.
Christ did this…his death on the cross is what made our status change possible.
His death and resurrection is what makes it possible for us to turn from our sins and trust in Him alone for our salvation.
His death and resurrection is what makes it possible for us to go from being alienated orphans to being adopted sons and daughters.
According to the Bible Christ said He is The way, The truth and The life and that NO ONE can come to the father without Him.
Trust in Him for your salvation and turn from your sinful ways.
The Bible always seems to say it better than I can:
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Eph. 2:1-10