What Is the Gospel?
What is the gospel? The gospel, in the language of the Bible, literally means “good news.” It is God’s good news to sinners like you and me. The Bible teaches that there is life beyond the grave, and that because of our sins, a holy God judges sinners and condemns them to the eternal death known as hell. The Bible teaches that hell is a real place, and much to be feared.
But there is good news – Jesus Christ died in the place of sinners, taking their judgment upon Himself on the cross, so that everyone who places their faith in the Lord Jesus need not fear judgment or hell, but can eagerly anticipate an eternity in God’s presence – a forever in heaven. the message of the gospel is simple: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” To believe means to agree that Jesus is God’s Son and the Savior of sinners and to place your full trust in Him for salvation.
The gospel is for everyone, Christian and non-Christian. It is the good news that because of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection we can have a future with God. It is the good news that our lives can be transformed from rebellion and selfishness to service to God and living for others. The gospel of Jesus is that forgiveness is available and life transformation is possible for all who believe.
The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the inspired, infallible Word of God, a divine revelation, the original writings of which were verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit. They are the supreme and final authority of faith and conduct. The Bible is the written Word of God, composed of all 66 books of the Old Testament and New Testament.
There is but one living and true God, immanent, transcendent, infinite in being and perfection, pure spirit, invisible, immutable, eternal, almighty, all wise, most holy, most free, most loving, most gracious, most merciful, longsuffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin, the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him, and withal most just and terrible in His judgments, hating all sin. He will by no means clear the guilty.
There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, the same in substance, eternally equal in power and glory.
The Human Condition
God, by a special, instantaneous act, created man in His image—holy, righteous, and possessing true knowledge—by forming him out of the dust of the earth and breathing into his nostrils the breath of life. Thus man became a living soul. Our first parents did not remain in the glorious and happy state of their original creation, but, through the subtlety and deception of the devil, they disobeyed and transgressed the command of God the creator, incurring on themselves and their posterity the sentence of spiritual and physical death. The guilt and consequences of Adam’s sin are imputed to the whole human race, so that all men are guilty, inherently corrupt, totally depraved, and subjects of the wrath of God.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the Word, the eternal and true God who is of one substance and equal with the Father. He took on Himself man’s nature, with all of its essential properties except sin: Being conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, He embodied two perfect and distinct natures in one person. He is truly God and truly man, the only mediator between God and man. In the days of His humiliation He lived a sinless life, performed miracles, taught the will of God, was crucified, and died. He was buried and arose bodily from the dead on the third day.
Salvation is the work of God in which He reconciles fallen men to Himself, ultimately removes the consequences of the curse, and bestows upon His redeemed Creation4 the riches of His grace, all to His glory. Salvation is offered in the gospel to all men and is accomplished in all the elect. It is received by grace through faith and the instrumentality of the Holy Spirit, apart from works or human merit.
The Church is the body of which Christ is the head. All those redeemed by His blood and born of His Spirit are members of that body and are in mystical union and communion with Christ and fellow believers. The Church is universal and local, visible and invisible. The visible Church consists of all those professing faith in Christ. The invisible Church is composed of all those born of the Spirit.
The purpose of the Church is to worship God, to edify the saints and to evangelize the world. The Head of the Church administers the affairs of His body through overseers chosen by Himself and selected by the people. A properly constituted local Church must include the ministry of God’s Word, the observance of the ordinances of The Lord's Supper and Baptism, the oversight by elders, and the exercise of discipline.
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