The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ forgives the sins of those who believe in Him. However, to fully understand and appreciate this, we must start from the beginning.
In Genesis 1 Adam and Eve, the first humans, were created in God’s image and according to His likeness.
He placed them in the Garden of Eden and told them not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He told them that the day in which they ate of it, they would die.
In Genesis 3 Satan, the devil, deceived Eve into eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Once she ate of it, she gave some to Adam and he ate of it as well.
As God warned, Adam and Eve died spiritually. Because they had sinned against God by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God removed them from His presence and the Garden of Eden.
As a result of their disobedience, sin and death entered into the world and was passed on (inherited) to everyone born after Adam and Eve–you and me (See Romans 5:12).
Romans 6:23 states that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Sin is rebellion against God, and it has to be paid for. The price of sin is death. Because we all have sinned against God, we were all destined to pay the price: eternal death and condemnation.
However, because God loved the world, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place. Jesus tasted death for everyone. Instead of us paying for our sins with our lives, Jesus paid for our sins, once and for all, with His. He died so we could live forever through Him.
Therefore, those who believe in Jesus Christ receive the gift of salvation which Jesus purchased with His blood. Those who believe in Jesus have their sins forgiven. They have passed from death to life. And although their earthly body will perish, they will live with Jesus forever in heaven.
Consequently, those who choose not to believe in Jesus will have to pay the price for their sins: eternal death and condemnation. They will be eternally separated from God in hell–receiving the just punishment that they deserve.
If you want to learn more about Jesus and the gift of salvation, start by reading the Gospels of Jesus Christ (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Find a mature Christian who can walk you through the Scriptures and join a Bible-based church.
Be encouraged! You are loved! ❤