What is the Gospel?
What exactly do Christians mean when they talk about the “gospel of Jesus Christ”? Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about Jesus. It’s a message of hope from God saying, “Good news! I love you and have sent my son Jesus to save you from judgement.”
The Bible tells us that we can know for sure that we have this hope of eternal life with God. In 1 John 5:13, it says, "I write these things to you...that you may know that you have eternal life.” If you don’t yet have this assurance, here’s how you can be certain today:
Heaven Is a Free Gift
No amount of personal effort, good works, or religious deeds can earn a place in heaven for you. Eternal life with God is offered as a free gift.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." —Romans 6:23
"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.” —Ephesians 2:8–9
We Are All Sinners
If you wanted to save yourself by good deeds, the Bible says you would have to be perfect. The problem? Every person who has ever lived has missed God's standard of perfection.
“[F]or all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..." —Romans 3:23
"For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.” —James 2:10
He Loves Us
God is merciful and therefore doesn’t want to punish us. However, the same Bible that tells of God’s perfect love also says that God is just and therefore must punish sin.
"Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." —1 John 4:8
“[T]he soul who sins shall die." —Ezekiel 18:4
He Made a Way
God balanced justice and love through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the infinite God-man, God in the flesh. He died on the cross and rose from the dead to pay the penalty for our sins and to purchase a place for us in heaven.
"In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…[a]nd the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” —John 1:1, 14a
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son [Jesus], that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." —John 3:16
Trust in Christ Alone
Saving faith is not merely intellectual assent; it is trusting in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. It means resting upon Jesus and what He has done rather than what we can do to get to heaven.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith.” —Ephesians 2:8a
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has eternal life." —John 6:47