The Gospel in Five Sentences
The phrase “the gospel” is one I use often. I have come to realize that many people, including some Christians, don’t have the same idea about that phrase. So I thought I would come up with a very short description, five sentences to be exact, to summarize what I mean when I say “the gospel.” At its foundation, the gospel is literally “good news.” As Christians, our main goal in interacting with the world should be to share that good news. The five sentences I came up with are certainly not all there is to say about the gospel, but I believe if a Christian can understand these basics, they will be able to more easily share with others.
(The references listed are not the only verses establishing these truths, but I included a few on each sentence to show I’m not making this up.)
1. Human beings were created by God, in the image of God, in order to glorify God and enjoy Him for all eternity through a perfect love relationship. (Gen 1) (Rev 4:11) (1 Cor 10:31) (Rom 11:36)
2. However, due to the sweeping effects of one man’s sin, every human being that has ever lived has fallen short of His glory and are, because of our sin and our sin nature, under His completely just condemnation. (Rom 3:23) (Rom 5:12-19) (Rom 6:23) (Eph 2:1-4) (2 Thes 1:9)
3. Instead of leaving sinners without hope and because of His great love, God sent His perfect and only Son, Jesus, to fully and effectively bear all of His wrath through death on the cross as a substitute for the penalty sinners should receive. (Eph 2:5) (John 3:16) (1 John 4:10) (2 Cor 5:21)
4. Having fully satisfied God’s requirement for perfect righteousness through His sinless life, Jesus rose from the grave defeating death and sin, thereby establishing a pathway of reconciliation to God for sinners. (Matt 3:15) (John 8:46) (Heb 7:26) (Heb 4:15) (2 Cor 5:21) (Rom 5:19)
5. Thus, whosoever will, by the grace of God, believe in Jesus Christ as their only hope for salvation and repent in complete obedient faith to Him as Lord, will be counted as righteous and forgiven, and will be saved for all eternity to enjoy a perfectly restored relationship with their Creator. (Mark 1:5) (Rom 8:1) (Eph 1:7) (Ps 16:11)