What is "the gospel"?
During His time on earth, Jesus told people to “repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). What did He mean?
The true gospel is a set of truths taught in the Bible (1 Cor. 15:1-4).
- We’re all sinners, wrong-doers who deserve God’s judgment--quite simply, eternal Hell (John 3:18, Rom. 5:12).
- Jesus died to be our substitute, to provide release from the penalty (judgment) of sin (1 Tim. 1:15, 2 Cor. 5:21).
- He gives new life (eternal life) to all who believe (1 John 5:11-12, John 1:12).
- Jesus rose again as Lord and Master. We should worship and obey Him as long as we live (Rom. 10:9, 2 Cor. 5:15).
When you believe the gospel, you also reject ideas that do not agree with it. You don’t believe that there are many ways to heaven or many ways to be forgiven. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
So what did Jesus mean when He said “repent”? Repenting is rejecting your life of self-rule and self-effort to win God’s approval. It is trusting completely in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. It’s a decision you make and express in prayer (Rom. 10:9-10).
Have you repented and believed the gospel? Jesus invites you do that.
If you would like help, contact us at First Baptist Church. We’d be happy to answer your questions!