What is the Gospel?
The Gospel begins where the Bible begins; with God who has always existed. God spoke the universe into existence with humanity as the pinnacle of His creation. He created man and woman in His image with the intention that they would live in loving obedience and worship, and experience joy and harmony with God and with each other. God gave them the responsibility to rule over His creation with only one restriction; they could eat freely of every tree except one.
In the garden that God had prepared for Adam and Eve, a fallen angel disguised as a serpent approached them promising that if they would eat of the tree that they would find a better life. He deceived them telling them that God was holding out on them; that He knew that if they ate of the tree they could be their own god. Our first parents believed the lie and knowingly disobeyed God’s direct command. They used the very breath that God had used to give them life to curse Him.
The consequences were devastating as sin spread like a cancer throughout all mankind separating him from his Creator and introducing death into God’s perfect world. Because God is holy, He must punish sin. So in His wrath he condemned us to an eternity separated from Him in hell. But God, in His mercy, set in motion a plan to rescue His Creation. He promised that He would send a Redeemer, One who would restore all that sin had broken.
Over the next centuries, God began to carry out His rescue mission preparing the way for the Redeemer. All of history was moving to the day when God would send His own Son into His broken world to redeem us. The only sufficient sacrifice that would satisfy the wrath of God was a perfect one. Jesus lived a perfect life, always obeying His Father in everything. He did what we failed to do. He willingly gave up His life as our substitute, taking the punishment for our sins. The perfectly innocent died to rescue the hopelessly guilty from the grip of death and sin. He rose again from the dead, gaining victory over sin and the grave.
In Christ, God has provided the answer to our greatest problem, keeping the promise that He made to send a Redeemer. For all who trust in Christ alone for their rescue, He promises to restore us back to Himself setting us free from sin’s hold and releasing us from sin’s penalty. Forgiveness of sins is granted to those who would admit their need for God, turn away from their sin, and place their faith in the sacrifice of Christ alone.
This begins a renewal process as God begins to weave His character into our lives. He gives us a desire to bring Him glory, living in obedience and worshipping Him alone. God has promised that one day He will restore everything so that there will be no more sadness, sickness or death.
This is the greatest story ever told. You can make a decision to trust Christ today. Romans 10:13 says, “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” If you have made a decision to trust Christ today, please let us know about it by filling out the form below.
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