The Gospel is the good news of how God provided a way for us to be with Him forever in heaven. Before we get to the ‘good news’ though, we must consider the ‘bad news’ of our sinfulness.
The Bible tells us that God is a holy, perfect God. We, however, are sinners who have fallen short of God’s righteous standard to get into heaven (Romans 3:23). Not only are we not ‘good enough’ to get into heaven (Isaiah 64:6), but we are also unable to do anything to earn our way to heaven (Ephesians 2:8-9). Baptism, morality, church membership, or being a good person cannot save us from the punishment which we deserve for our sin -eternal death in hell (Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15). We needed someone else to provide salvation for us. This is the Good News of the Gospel.
“While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Because we are unable to save ourselves God sent Jesus to pay for our sin (Romans 6:23). He did this by dying on the cross in our place (2 Corinthians 5:21). The punishment we deserved was placed on Jesus -our perfect substitute (Isaiah 53:4-5). Jesus did not stay dead in the grave though. On the third day He rose again, and by doing so conquered death and offered us eternal life (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 20-22).
How then do we receive this gift of eternal life? How can we be ‘born again’ (John 3:3)?
In order to be born again you must recognize your sinfulness and cry out to God for forgiveness and eternal life (Romans 10:13). You must trust that Jesus death is everything you need to pay the penalty for your sins and that His resurrection is everything you need to provide you new life. This means you must give up any attempts to earn your own salvation (Romans 4:5). It means that you must consider faith in Jesus to be the only way to receive salvation and reject any other way as a false gospel (John 14:6).
There is no ‘special prayer’ that you must recite to be saved. All that is necessary is a heart that 1) realizes you are a sinner and cannot meet God’s holy standard, that 2) trust’s Jesus’ death to pay for all of your sins, and 3) believes that Jesus’ resurrection guarantees your eternal life.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” -John 5:24
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