I’m glad you asked! Many of us were raised with the idea that being a Christian was all about “religion.” But when you honestly look into it, you find this could not be further from the truth. Christianity is actually the total opposite of religion!
The Bible makes it clear that God loves us and wants us to be in a living relationship with Him. There are a lot of different ideas in every religion how to make this happen. Instead of just accepting what the Bible says, people build doctrines and philosophies on top of the Bible to create a system designed to lead people into a relationship with God. Nothing could be further from the truth of what the Bible says is required. There is something called “the gospel” in Scripture that is God’s design for bringing us to Him in a real and eternal relationship.
What Is The Gospel?
Paul tells us in the Book of Romans:
(Romans 1:16) “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
The “it” in this verse is “the gospel of Christ.” “It” is designed to bring every person who believes to salvation. Salvation means we are saved from the debt and penalty of our sins.
The “gospel” is very simple. While there are many different versions and ideas of what the “gospel” is, the Bible makes it very clear in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4:
“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:”
Notice the facts laid out for us:
- Christ died for our sins.
- Christ was buried.
- Christ rose again from the dead on the third day.
Isn’t that simple?
Why Do We Need The Gospel?
Why did Christ die? The answer is clear in these verses – “…for our sins.” All of us violated God’s laws at some point in our lives. This is the definition of sin. Sin separates us from having a relationship with God. Again, we see in Romans:
(Romans 3:23) “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
We fall short of God because we sin. We sin because we are naturally born into this world with an inclination to go against God. The “all” in this verse includes you and me. Sin separates us from God because His holy nature and character will not allow sin to live in His presence.
The whole purpose and mission of Jesus Christ on the cross was to pay the required price for our sins – your sins and my sins. He willingly went to the cross to die for us.
Why did Christ rise again? The simple answer is that His victory over death provides the way for God to declare those who believe as righteous:
(Romans 4:24-25) “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”
(“Justification means to be “declared righteous”)
What Is Your Response To The Gospel?
Now that you know what the gospel is, it is up to you to decide how you will respond to it. The question you personally need to answer is do you want to be in a personal relationship with God and be declared righteous? Do you want to be free from the debt and penalty of your sins?
While religions tell us we have to do good works as part of the path towards being forgiven by God, this is completely the opposite of what the Bible says is required. Our works cannot save us:
(Ephesians 2:8-9) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
This means that prayer, baptism, church membership, communion and any other thing that may be considered a “good work” cannot save you.
The Bible makes it clear that we become children of God and are free from our sins the moment we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ and what He did for us. In other words – simply trust the good news that Christ died for your sins and rose again from the dead! Read again what the the verse says “…ye are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves…”
What is your response today? Will you trust Christ and His finished work for your salvation? It is literally the difference between eternity united with God and eternity separate from God.
If you decided to trust Christ for your salvation, congratulations! You are now in a new and living relationship with God! You are a Christian! You are now a child of God and Heaven will be your home. I would love to help you learn more about your new identity as a Christian and steps to spiritual growth. Will you email me?