This week we are considering the theme, “Participation in the Gospel.” Therefore it is good to consider the question, “What is the Gospel?” In the web title, “allaboutGod” the following is a great help.
The word Gospel literally means “good news.” It is the plan that God has designed to save sinful humans from eternal separation from Him. In order to fully understand how good this news really is, we must first understand the bad news. We are all sinners. The Bible presents a clear and consistent message that all people have sinned. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory for God.” Sin means that we have missed the mark (the perfect standard) that God has set for us.
As a result of the fall in the Garden of Eden, every part of us has been corrupted by sin—our minds, emotions, flesh. We don’t seek after God. The penalty for sin is death. We deserve to die and live separated from God forever.
Since there is no way we can earn our way back to God, the Bible says He came to us! This is the good news—the Gospel. Christ died for you. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The Bible says that even though we deserve the death penalty for our sin, Jesus took the penalty. He died in our place. Three days later, Jesus rose from death, proving that sin had been conquered.
You can be saved through faith in Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” We can depend on Jesus to forgive us and give us eternal life, rather than eternal death.
God wants us to participate in this Gospel. Be thankful for your salvation as it is life changing and eternal. Share this good news with others.