The Christian Gospel is the good news that is found in the Bible. Christians believe that the bible is the inspired word of God (1). While the bible was written by men they were led by God. So God is the source of the bible and the purpose of his word is to reveal himself to us.
Does God Exist?
Before we explore what God has revealed to man in the bible, let’s first look at this question: Is there a God? The bible starts by presuming God’s existences, “in the beginning God created the Heavens and Earth” (2). The bible tells us that God is the creator of all things (3). Creation itself demonstrates the existence of God (4).
What God has revealed about himself?
Although we can not fully comprehend and know everything about God we can know the truths that he has revealed about himself in his word the bible, in reference to his nature and character. The bible tells us that God is spirit (5) and that there is only one God (6). However this one being of God is made up of three person, the father, son and holy spirit. The father is not the son, the son not the holy spirit and the holy spirit is not the father (7) and each divine persons is equal in essence and eternal (8).
The Bad news?
The title of this pamphlet is the Christian Gospel. The word gospel simple means ‘Good News’ but before we look at the Good News we need to first understand the Bad News of man’s position. The bible tells us that mankind has violated his eternal law and that all have sinned (9), that’s what sin is. A violation of God’s commandments.
Some of the commandments are; You “shall not worship no other Gods” (10). “You shall not commit adultery” (11). Jesus expanded this commandment and said “whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (12) and “you shall not steal” (13). We have only looked at three of God’s commandments. The bible summarises God’s commandments as “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and will all your mind” (14) and “you shall love your neighbour as yourself” (15).
If anyone is honest with themselves they would admit to breaking God’s Holy law. This leaves man in rebellion to its creator. The Bible even describes our good deeds as “filthy rags” (16).
God is just and holy and because of his justice the bible tells us that all lairs, thieves, adulterers and sexual immorality will not inherit the kingdom of God (17). The “wages of sin is death” (18). Physical death as well as spiritual death. The second death in the Bible is described as a “lake of fire” (19) and “everlasting punishment” (20).
The Good News?
However the Good News is that God has not left man in his fallen state. God has shown his infinite love and mercy towards man. Man is not deserving of his love and mercy and God doesn’t owe man anything. However God brought about man’s redemption through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ the second person of the divine godhead, who had existed from all eternity before the world was (21). The creator of all things stepped into his own creation to bring about man’s redemption. Jesus was not just a prophet and or a good teacher but was the God man (22). He was the first sinless man (23). He voluntarily laid down his own life (24) and died on a cross to pay the penalty for man. However he was resurrected (25), defeating death and now offers a free gift of everlasting life (26).
Since man is in rebellion against God man can only be saved by grace through faith so that no man can boast (27).
The bible calls you to confess Jesus with your mouth and believe in your heart that he was raised from the dead then you will be saved (28). On the cross Jesus took the punishment that we deserves and if God has drawn you to himself and you turn to him in faith then the righteousness of Jesus Christ is accredited to your account (29).
However believing means not just to confess with our mouths but to turn our whole lives over to him. So pray a prayer of repentance asking God to forgive you for your sins and trust in Jesus Christ. God has promised that whoever calls upon his name will be saved (30).
May we encourage you to:
- Find a modern translation of the bible and read it everyday. The gospel of John specifically speaks on who Jesus is and his death and resurrection.
- Find yourself a good bible believing Church.
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- 2 Timothy 3 : 16 – 17 & 2 Peter 1 : 20 – 21
- Genesis 1 : 1
- John 1 : 3 & Colossians 1 : 16
- Romans 1 : 18 – 23
- John 4 : 24
- Isaiah 43 : 10, Isaiah 44 : 6 – 8,
- Christians refer to this as the trinity. The bible identifies three divine persons father, son and holy spirit, Matthew 28 : 19
- John 5 : 18 & Colossians 2 : 9
- Romans 3 : 23
- Exodus 20 : 3
- Exodus 20: 14
- Matthew 5 : 27 – 28
- Exodus 20 : 13
- Matthew 22 : 37
- Matthew 22 : 39
- Isaiah 64 : 6
- 1 corthians 6 : 9 – 11
- Romans 6 : 23
- Revelation 20 : 14
- Matthew 25 : 46
- John 1 : 1 – 3 & John 17 : 3 – 5
- John 1 : 14.
- Hebrews 4 : 15
- John 10 : 18
- Luke 24
- John 3 : 16
- Ephesians 2 : 8 – 9
- Romans 10 : 9
- Romans chapters 3 – 5
- Romans 10 : 13