The Greek word “euangellion” (yoo-ahn-GHEL-ee-on) literally means “good news.” In the Bible, it refers to the greatest news ever given, and it is part of the main message of the Bible. We usually use the word “Gospel” to refer to this important message, and we see the Gospel explained throughout the Bible. But in order to understand this great news, we need to understand how desperately we need this news first, and that starts at the very beginning of the Bible.
In the beginning of Genesis, God created the world, and He declared that everything was “very good” (Genesis 1-2). God created a perfect world that was problem free. But Genesis 3 teaches us that Adam and Eve sinned when Satan tempted them, and their sin brought evil and death into the world. Sin had terrible consequences: God warned that it would bring physical, spiritual, and eternal death. That is the terrible news of sin and evil in the world: we face its consequences. But even then, God promised a solution. Genesis 3:15 says, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” In speaking to Satan, God promised that the seed of Eve, one of Eve’s descendants, would defeat Satan, but at a cost to Himself. Throughout the rest of the Old Testament, God expanded more on this promise, showing more and more things that this “Messiah” would do. Isaiah 53:5-6 says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” The bad news of sin is that we face eternal separation from God in hell as punishment for our sin. But the good news is even better: God promised to send a Messiah to take this punishment for us. Instead of us facing this punishment, the Messiah could face our punishment in our place.
The New Testament teaches clearly that Jesus is the promised Messiah, the promised Christ, of the Old Testament. Jesus, the eternal God, was born on earth in order to provide salvation from sin for us. John 3:17-18 says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Before Jesus came, we already faced condemnation for our sin. But Jesus came to provide salvation from that condemnation. Jesus is the one who bore our punishment by dying on the cross. But it did not end with death; three days after He died, Jesus rose from the dead, conquering sin and death. Christ’s death and resurrection provides a way for us to receive forgiveness and eternal salvation from our sins.
But the Bible also makes clear that one must accept Christ’s gift of salvation by faith in order to receive this salvation. Romans 10:9, 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved . . . For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Christ’s death completely provided our salvation for us, and now God offers it to us as a gift. We cannot do anything to earn this gift or pay for this gift; it is only given to us by God’s free grace. We are not saved by what we do, and we are not saved by a combination of what we do and what we believe. We are not born a Christian. We are saved only by faith in God’s grace. But each of us must individually and personally accept this gift in order to receive it. We must believe in who Jesus is and what He has done for us, and we must pray and ask Him to save us. The Bible makes clear that if we do not accept Christ’s gift of salvation, then we still face eternal punishment and separation from God in hell. But when we accept God’s free gift of salvation by faith, then we receive eternal life and salvation. God adopts us as His children, and we will never again face the eternal consequences of our sin.
The Bible makes clear that each of us must individually accept this gift of salvation. 1 John 5:12 says, “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” If you have asked the Son of God, Jesus Christ, to be your Savior, trusting Him alone to provide your salvation, then you have eternal life. But if you do not have the Son of God, then you do not have eternal life. So we invite you to accept Christ as your Savior. Romans 10:9 says that we must confess our sins and believe on Christ in order to be saved. We urge you to pray and to accept Christ today and receive eternal life. This is the wonderful gift that God has given to us, and this is the good news of the Gospel, the greatest news the world has ever heard.
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