What is the Gospel?
Christians use this term all the time. We speak as if everyone understands it. Ask around and see how many different views you get!
Charles Spurgeon summarized it in four words: “Christ died for me.”
My rephrase takes seven, “Christ rescued me by taking my place.”
God is holy and cannot tolerate sin. Men are sinful and without hope. No amount of work by man can ever satisfy the need. God provided the one and only perfect solution in Christ’s death & resurrection. The pure, holy, sinless, took the place of the impure, defiled, and sinful. Justice was satisfied. Mercy was presented. And even more, Grace was given and continues to be given. The Christian life centers on Christ IN me!
God did what we are not capable of doing. He rescued us and adopted us as co-heirs of the Kingdom!
The awkward part. It’s a free gift. We can’t earn it. But it’s not given to all — only those who receive it. More awkward, only those whom He chooses to receive it. Oops, just drifted into that dangerous topic of predestination.
Is this even close to what you think of when you use the word gospel?
Challenging related thought: Who did Jesus save (or rescue)? Is it all, or just some?