The gospel of Jesus Christ has been portrayed in so many ways that if asked, many people wouldn’t know how to explain it. For those who could put words to the Gospel, they would most likely call it “the good news”, or the books of “Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John”.
While both of these answers are generically true, they fail to explain what the gospel actually is, and more importantly how we are to obey it. For
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Thess. 1:7-8).
This verse clearly shows that good things are to be reaped for those who have followed the gospel and that a different judgment awaits those who haven’t. Clearly, it is important that we not only understand, but we obey this “good news”.
But how do we obey “the good news”? How do we apply Matthew, Mark, Luke or John to our lives? Obscured by the murk of religion, many people never pursue the gospel further than this. However, there is a very specific and clearly outlined explanation in the Word of God, found in I Corinthians 15:1-4 when Paul is speaking of the resurrection:
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (I Cor. 15:1-4).
Did you see it? Look closely and you will notice that according to Paul,
1. they received the gospel
2. they stood in the gospel
3. they were saved by the gospel
Do you also see how that the gospel is the distinct pattern of
3. resurrection of Jesus Christ
It is more than a generic explanation of “good news” or simply the story of Jesus Christ. It is Him dying on the cross, being buried in a tomb, and rising again on the third day! This is the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Paul declared the gospel, the Corinthian church received the gospel, they stood in the gospel and they were saved by the gospel. Furthermore, the gospel is meant to be obeyed!
Ladies and gentleman, I say to you today that the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the everlasting, unchangeable gospel that saves the hearts of men and women.
“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” (Rev. 14:6)