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What is the Gospel?

What is the Gospel? Especially in Christian spaces, this word gets thrown around quite a bit. However, there are many who don’t actually know what the word Gospel means. Does it simply refer to gospel music, or is it something much bigger? In reality, the Gospel is the greatest story ever told. The best part about the Gospel is that it’s true and has massive implications for your life.

The Gospel starts where all great stories start – in the beginning. According to the Bible, God created the heavens and the earth and as He created everything on the earth, He created humans in a different way than He created everything else. He created Adam and Eve in His image and commissioned them with the job to multiply, fill the earth, and rule over it. However, He had one limitation. They were not allowed to eat from one specific tree in the garden where they lived; this was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

However, they ate from the tree, regardless of what God told them, after being tempted by a serpent. Since they had disobeyed God and rebelled against their Creator, their eyes were open to the shame and guilt that came along with that act. The Bible calls this sin. Anything that goes against God and His prescriptions for humanity is classified as sin.

The thing about sin is that it is self-destructive. Our sinful tendencies have the power to destroy us because as we rebel more and more against what God has designed for us, we become more and more messed up. All you have to do to know that this is true is look around you at the world that we’re living in today.

With sin came death and other consequences, but God gave them hope that one day, a human would save humanity from sin once and for all and would crush the head of the serpent that had tempted them to sin in the first place.

The rest of the Old Testament in the Bible tells of how despite their sin, God desires to partner with humanity to redeem and restore His creation to its perfect state. However, this never really sees its completion because of the sinful nature of the people God chooses to partner with. Despite their acts of faith, they still are riddled with sin and make mistakes, rebelling against the One who created them.

Finally, the story comes to the New Testament. God has been silent for 400 years and the people are still waiting for the One who was promised all the way back in the beginning. Someone is still supposed to come and save them from sin and death once and for all.

At this time, a baby is born named Jesus who grows up to be a great teacher and leader in His community. However, He also claims to be the Son of God and the Messiah, the One who was supposed to save humanity from sin and death. Despite the many signs and wonders that Jesus displayed that showed He was who He said He was, the Jews still didn’t believe Him and desired to kill Him for blaspheming against God.

So, they arrested Him, put Him on trial, and crucified Him, all while mocking Him, spitting on Him, and ridiculing Him for His claims. However, this was all part of God’s plan. What was special about Jesus’ life is that He never sinned. He never rebelled against His Creator and in doing so, His death provided the perfect sacrifice that was needed to atone for the sins of the world.

Through Jesus’ death on the cross, God was able to forgive the sins of all humanity once and for all. Yet the story didn’t end there. Three days after being killed and buried, Jesus was resurrected. He not only conquered sin, but He conquered death as well and paved the way for us to also have life not only now, but for eternity.

What Jesus did by dying and rising again is the true story of the Gospel. The Bible says that when we know and understand what Jesus did and have belief and faith that what He did was true, we can be saved. We can be saved from our sin and from death, and we can be granted life by the blood of Jesus for now and for eternity. No longer do we have to suffer or fear judgment by God. Instead, we can bask in the glorious life that Jesus brings and spend eternity in His presence.

That is the miraculous story of the Gospel.


Evangelist Daniel King, D.Min is on a mission to lead people to Jesus. He has visited over seventy nations preaching good news and he has led over two million people in a salvation prayer. He is often called “The Evangelism Coach.” Daniel loves helping churches grow, and inspiring believers to share their faith with the lost. To support King Ministries in our quest for souls, click here!