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What is the Gospel?


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Part 2: Where does the Good News come from?

(Content of this section: The role of the coming of Jesus in the Good News.)


What has God by His grace done that gives rise to this Good News?

The Good News is founded on the act of God sending His Son into the world to save us. The Son of God was born of a woman called Mary. He was named before His birth “Jesus” which has the meaning deliverer or saviour. He was so named because the angel of the Lord told Mary’s husband Joseph, “He will save His people from their sins” Mat.1:18-25.

Although Jesus was born of a woman, yet He was conceived of the Holy Spirit. Thus the Son of God became flesh and blood and lived among us. He came as the Son of God to give His life for us in order that we might be saved from our sins and be restored to a right relationship with God the Father.

(Content of this section: How John's Gospel describes the event of God's grace making the way to be saved.)


This was all about God’s grace making the way for us to be saved. The following is how we read of it in the Gospel According to John,

And the Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth...And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John 1:14,16-17 - NKJV

(Content of this section: Jesus as the Lamb of God, the sacrifice that secures our salvation.)


The fact of Jesus living among us allowed us to see His glory, the glory He had as the Son of God. We saw that glory full of grace and truth. The fact of Jesus dying for us obtained for us salvation. Jesus died for us so that we could obtain redemption, that is, forgiveness of sin and freedom from sin’s hold on us and sin’s cost to us - its horrible consequences. He did this by dying as the Lamb of God, the sacrifice necessary for our salvation.

John the Baptist on seeing Jesus approaching where he was baptising said,

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

John 1:29 - NKJV


Jesus in His death became an offering for sin, the only one capable of once and for all dealing with sin. The writer of the letter to the Hebrews puts it this way,

Now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.

Hebrews 9:26 - 28 - NKJV

(Content of this section: The role of Jesus' resurrection in the Good News.)


This is Good News but it gets better. Christ was raised from the dead by the Glory of the Father and entered into Heaven as our High Priest offering His own blood to establish the New Covenant, the eternal relationship of peace with God that we now enter into. Rom.6:4.

The apostle Peter addressing the crowd on the Day of Pentecost told them of how Jesus who had been crucified was now raised up from the grave. Jesus had ascended into Heaven as Lord. Peter said,

He (David the king and prophet), foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.

Acts 2:31 - 32 - NKJV

(Content of this section: Summing up what the Good News is that we are to believe in.)


After the resurrection Christ entered the Most Holy Place (the Sanctuary) in Heaven and with His own blood, which He shed in His sacrifice as the Lamb of God, He ratified the New Covenant and sanctified for us a way into the presence of God so that with might stand right before Him. We are told of this wonderful event in the ninth chapter of the letter to the Hebrews.

So this is the Gospel. This is the Good News that, as a matter of God’s grace, Jesus Christ became our Saviour, our Redeemer and the Mediator of the New Covenant on our behalf. This is the Gospel that we are to believe in!

Preview of content in next part:

  • Finding out what the Good News looks like in the lives of those who believe and receive it.
  • A list of what you can expect to see in the lives of those who receive the Gospel.
  • How Jesus established for us the New Covenant, the new relationship of peace with God.
  • The response that's required of you in order for you to experience the Gospel in your life.
  • Discovering the door to reach for in order to enter the kingdom of God.
  • Repent as the first response to the Gospel.
  • Believe as the response to the Gospel that follows repent.
  • What it means to believe the Gospel as the way of responding to the Gospel.
  • Responding to the call to believe the Gospel by praying a prayer of faith.

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