The Gospel
(In the Words of Scripture, With Brief Comments)
(Quotations are from the English Standard Version translation)

The Gospel is the good news that God will forgive our sins through Jesus Christ if we confess them and repent.
We will have God's blessing and guidance.
We will be with him in heaven when we die.
Our bodies will be resurrected from the grave, glorified, and reunited with our souls.
We will be sinless people in a sinless and perfect world.
Only God can accomplish these things, as the Scriptures below will show.



Jesus is the World's only Savior.

     Jesus said to him, (Thomas, one of his disciples) "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

          "I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.(John 10:9)

               "The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood." (John 7:18)

                    Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,(John 11:25)

     For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
        who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. (1 Timothy 2:5-6)


We Cannot Save Ourselves Because We have Sinned.

     As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;
        no one understands; no one seeks for God.
          All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
             no one does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12)

                For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)

                   For from within, out of the heart of man,
                      come evil thoughts,
                      sexual immorality,
                   All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” (Mark 7:21-23)

     And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them,
           “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
          For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it.
          For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?
          For what can a man give in return for his soul?
          For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation,
               of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
(Mark 8:34-38)


Jesus Is the Savior Because of Who He is and What He Did

     For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily (Colossians 2:9)

     He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
        For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
           whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-
              all things were created through him and for him.
                 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:15-17)

     But of the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom." (Hebrews 1:8)

     Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,
        but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things,
           through whom also he created the world.
              He is the radiance of the glory of God
                 and the exact imprint of his nature,
                    and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
                       After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:1-3)

          In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
             All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
                In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1-5)

                    Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

                                        "I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness." (John 12:46)

                ... But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. (Hebrews 9:26-b)

                                              He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14)

                                                "And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)


Jesus Came into this World to be Our Savior

     But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,
        to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)

     Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:
        He was manifested in the flesh,
        vindicated by the Spirit,
        seen by angels,
        proclaimed among the nations,
        believed on in the world,
        taken up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:16)

     For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh.
        Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. (2 John 1:7)

     Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.
        When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:18)

        And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God."
        And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
        He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
        and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."
        And Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?"
        And the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;
        therefore the child to be born will be called holy-the Son of God." (Luke 1:26-35)

     For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)

               There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.
                  He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. (John 1:6-8)

                     The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
                        He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
                           He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. (John 1:9-11)

                              But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
                                   who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13)

     Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)


We Need Faith and Repentance

     "Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.
          Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?”
               Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” (John 6:27-29)

     In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, (Ephesians 1:7)

     For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

          And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me." (John 12:44)

               Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
               and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. (Acts 13:38-39)

     There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (Proverbs 14:12)

               The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,
               because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed;
               and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)

     So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. (Romans 14:12)

               Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out (Acts 3:19)


We Need Obedience in Thought & Deed Aided by Christ

     "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 7:21)

     Abide in me, and I in you.
          As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
     I am the vine; you are the branches.
          Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 154-5)

     "Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;
          let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
               let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him,
                    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:6-7)

     Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

     "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
          Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
               For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
 (Matthew 11:28-30)

     For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? (Matthew 16:26)


Christ Forgives Our Disobedience

     "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
          For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.(John 3:16)

               Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.(John 3:17)

                    And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
                         For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.
                              But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God." (John 3:18-21)

                                   But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

          And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. (1 John 3:23)

          Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
               For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:20-21)

          And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
               Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5:11-12)

     Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
          who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, (Galatians 1:3-4)

          He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

     But he was pierced for our transgressions;
          he was crushed for our iniquities;
               upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
                    and with his wounds we are healed.
                         All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned-every one-to his own way;
                              and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:5-6)

     You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. (1 John 3:5)

     There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

     For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

     Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ,
        so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law,
           because by works of the law no one will be justified. (Galatians 2:16)

     But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,
        he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy,
           by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
              whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
                 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7)

     And without faith it is impossible to please him,
          for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists
               and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

     For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse;
     for it is written, "Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them."
          Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for "The righteous shall live by faith."
          But the law is not of faith, rather "The one who does them shall live by them."
     Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us-for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree" (Galatians 3:10-13)

     Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life;
          whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life,
               but the wrath of God remains on him. (John 3:36)

     “And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God,
but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God." (Luke 12:8-9)

     Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

     For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. (Romans 3:28)

     For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received:
          that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,
               that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

     Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
          who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. (Titus 2:13-14)

     And he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment." (Revelation 21:6)


When we are Redeemed We Inherit Astounding Blessings

     Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
          So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)

     For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
          Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
               Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

     There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
          So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.
               it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.
                    It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. (1 Corinthians 15:41-44)

     Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,
          to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 1:24-25)

     You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. (Psalm 73:24)

     Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
          And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
               And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man.
                    He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,
                         and God himself will be with them as their God.
                    He will wipe away every tear from their eyes,
                         and death shall be no more,
                         neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore,
                              for the former things have passed away.”
               And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”
               Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 212-5)