The Gospel

    We all could use a fresh start.  God has given us a way to erase the past and start again through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Gospel is the teaching of Jesus in regard to salvation. God, the creator, made possible the redemption of humankind through the birth of His own son through a young woman named Mary. This was a special birth because Mary was granted this child by a special conception from the Holy Spirit of God (Luke 1:34-35). While Jesus’ birth may be miraculous, it is His life, death, and more importantly His resurrection that grants believers eternal life.

    At the age of thirty Jesus began His ministry on this earth for approximately three years until His crucifixion (Mark 14:42-15:37). After His crucifixion He laid in a tomb for three days and three nights (Matt. 12:40;27:63). After this time Jesus did in fact raise from the dead and appeared first to Mary Magdalene (Luke 24:6;Mark 16:9). He then appeared to two men along the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-31). Jesus also appeared to Peter, the eleven Apostles (Luke 24:34;Mark 16:14), and hundreds more (1 Cor. 15:6-8). It was at a visit with the Apostles when Jesus gave the command, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. {16} Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned (Mark 16:15-16 NIV).”

    The Apostles took Jesus’ command to heart and boldly preached the Gospel of Christ everywhere, as the book of Acts tells us. In addition to the eleven, along with the Apostle Matthias (who replaced Judas, the Betrayer), the Apostle Paul was converted (Acts 9;22;26) and also taught and preached about Jesus to the point of imprisonment and eventual death (Phil. 1:14-21).

    The Apostle Paul plainly stated what the Gospel was in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, {4} that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” It is because of our sin (our rebellion) against God that we need the redemption of Christ. It is only in Jesus that we have forgiveness of our sins and salvation (Acts 4:12). How we receive the salvation of Jesus is stated plainly in the Bible.

    The first Gospel sermon is recorded in Acts 2. In this passage the Apostle Peter speaks of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Convicted, “When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” {38} Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. {39} The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call the (Acts 2:37-39 NIV).””

    In short, the Gospel is the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. One becomes a Christian by obeying the Gospel (2 Thess. 1:8). This is done by believing the message about Jesus (faith); then stop sinning and turn your life around (repentance); next being immersed in the watery grave (baptism); and continue in faithfulness until death (Rev. 2:10).

    If you have any questions, or are interested in learning more about the Gospel of Christ and getting a fresh start, please feel free to contact us at the Orangevale church of Christ or a church of Christ near you.

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