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Question: What is the gospel? And what is so important about it?

The word “gospel” literally means “good news”, and it certainly is that. Galatians 1:3-4 summarize the gospel this way: “Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:” The gospel is, first of all, a conduit of God’s grace and peace. It is not rites and rituals that can bring God’s grace into your life, but rather the belief in the gospel. Further, we can see that this belief has to do with Jesus.
The gospel has to do with the fact of what Jesus did for us. Someone has rightly stated that Christianity is not about what we can do to reach God, but what God has done to reach us. Our salvation is made available by the Lord Jesus Christ. He died as the one supreme sacrifice for our sins. Hebrews 10:10 says that He was sacrificed “once for all”. We do not continue to make sacrifices for sins, because the sacrifice has already been made. Rather, we trust in His life, death, and resurrection as the payment for our sins. When we turn from our sins and accept His sacrifice to save us, we are “born again”.
This action does not just affect our eternal status. It also affects our status in “the present evil world”. Not only will we be delivered from the eternal presence of sin, but Jesus has paid the penalty for our sin. As a result, Jesus has broken the power of sin in our lives. God is able to deliver us from sin’s bondage and give us freedom to serve Him. All these things make up the gospel.
The rest of Galatians 1 warns of the dangers of falling for “another gospel”. What makes for a pure gospel? There are two important dangers to stay away from in believing and telling a pure gospel. One is adding works to the gospel. Paul warns the Galatians of the danger of adding circumcision in order to be saved. The gospel is accepting what God has done for us, but there is a pride element that desires to “do something” for our salvation. The second danger is leaving out the element of turning from sin. God’s salvation is free, but it cost Jesus a great deal! We must be willing to repent of our sins and believe the gospel!

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