What's the Gospel..........what do you mean I need to be saved?
There are many Christians in this world who are on fire for Christ. They have Zeal and they really want to make an impact for the Kingdom of Heaven. Unfortunately there are many of us believers who don't give a lot of explanation for why the Gospel is necessary. In fact there are many of us believers that make the assumption that people know or have heard about the Gospel or what it actually means to need to be saved. I believe I've been prompted by the Spirit to offer a brief and simple explanation. This article will answer those two questions mentioned above, what is the gospel and what do you mean I need to be saved.
John 3:16, " For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life".
Every human being is flawed. If you were born, you were born with a birth defect. Every one of us was born with a sin condition. Because of the sin that happened in the beginning of creation by the first Man Adam we are all born with this condition. So what is Sin? Sin is anything that you do that causes you to disobey or separates you from the Will of God. Anything that we do that is contrary or goes against the way the scriptures tell us to live is Sin. The Scriptures tell us that because of our Sin we deserve to die. Romans 6:23 tells us, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord". Because we sin and do things contrary to the way God instructs we deserve to die and spend eternity in enternal punishment and separated from God. Because human beings fornicate (premarital sex), because we commit adultery, because we steal and commit murder, because we lie, because we don't love each other like we should amongst other things we deserve to die. But because God loves us so much He gives us the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus.
In John 3:16 & 17, Jesus Himself explains the love of God. He says, " For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through HIm might be saved." God saw that we had a need, we had a debt that we could not pay, and because of His love for us God was willing to sacrifice something very precious so that we could have reconcilation with Him. So God the Father gave Jesus, His only begotten Son, the only one like Him, as a sacrifice so that we could have access to enternal life. The Bible says in Romans 5:8, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us".
Jesus paid the price for our sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, " For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him". 1 John 2:2 says, " And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world". This is the answer to the question of what is the Gospel or the good news, Jesus died on the cross for our sin and three days later God raised Him from the dead. The Apostle Paul describes it this way in I Corinthians 15: 3&4 " For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,". This is the essence of the Gospel. God loved us so much that He sent his Son to die for us so that we can be reconciled or reconnected back to Him.
The Response to the Gift
When someone gives you a gift the proper response is to simply receive it. Our response to God's gift is the same. Salvation/Reconciliation of man is available but it's not forced on us, it's simply received. How do we receive the free gift of Salvation? Romans 10:9 tells us, " that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved". If you want to accept God's gift of salvation through His Son Jesus, you must make a verbal, public confession that Jesus is Lord. That simply means that you have made Him the Master, Boss, Head, and Lord of your life. You have relinquished your rights to your life and given Him total control and submit through obedience to His Word, which is the Scriptures. You must also believe fully with all your heart, that He died for your Sin and three days later was raised from the dead. Does this sound simple? Yes, this is the only Biblical requirement to receive Salvation.
First, if you've just received the free gift of Salvation through Christ, great! Welcome to the family and Body of Christ. The first thing you want to do is tell someone, the best person you want to tell is a person that you know that is already a Christian. If possible tell a Pastor or a Minister who can help you begin your walk with Christ. You definitely will need to become apart of a local body or Church. This will be vital to your spiritual maturity. You will also want to get plugged in to serving. You will find that God has given you some gifts and He wants you to share those gifts with other people. Finally, you want to share with other people this gift that God has given you. Share the Gospel everywhere you go. God wants others to receive the same free gift that you have received. II Corinthians 5:20 says, " Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God". You are now an ambassador for the Kingdom of God and your mandate is to take the message of the Gospel to the world.