Christians are always going around talking about “The Gospel”. So, what is it? Look at what Paul says in I Corinthians 15:1, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;” The gospel is so important that the Apostle Paul does not want people he knows to be ignorant of it. So he goes on to tell us what the gospel is.
First of all the gospel is the death of Jesus Christ. Look at I Corinthians 15:3, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;” Sin demands payment. Our sin demands a payment. That payment must be perfect. The only One who could die to pay that debt was Jesus Christ. I love Paul’s words at the end of this verse where he says, “according to the scriptures;”. He is telling us that we have God’s word on the truth of the gospel. The world has seen religious leaders come and go; but, none were ever like Jesus Christ. You can find the bones of those others; but, you will never find the remains of Jesus. He died; but, that is only the first part of the gospel. You must believe that Jesus died; and, that He died for you and your sin.
Secondly the gospel is the burial of Jesus Christ. Look at I Corinthians 15:4, “And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” Jesus literally died and was buried. He was buried in a borrowed tomb. All this was done according to the Word of God. We could say that he only borrowed a tomb because He would only need it for three days. Again, you must believe that Jesus was buried on your behalf. He died as the Sinless Sacrifice for your and my sin. Because He died, He was buried.
Thirdly the gospel is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Again, look at I Corinthians 15:4, “And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”. The phrase “rose again” means to awaken from death. Again, He did not stay in the grave. He got up (resurrected); thus, conquering death, hell and the grave. It is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
That is the gospel of Jesus Christ according to the Word of God. Here is the thing. You have now been shown the gospel. It is up to you what you do with it. You can either put your faith and trust in Jesus for salvation or you can once again reject Him. If you do not trust Christ as your Saviour then you sentence yourself to eternity in hell. The choice is your’s to make.
So, how are you doing?