What is the Gospel (Part 1)

We would like to introduce in this section, the very important question of "What is the gospel?"

"D.B.R." Christ died, was buried, and rose again
The Bible answers it very simply in
1Cor. 15:1-8. (Emphasis mine)
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 ye 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: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
Also in 1Cor. 1:23, Paul reduces it to 2 words, which he preached: "Christ crucified" - notice those 2 important points: "Christ" (that is, who He is), and "crucified" (that is, what He has done).

So the gospel is that message which cheers the hearer, because it's a good news message (Greek: eu=good angellion= message) about a Savior for Sinners.... reduced to the bare essentials, we could say the gospel is:

  1. Who Christ is, and
  2. What Christ has done

Of course, intrinsically in that kernel of salvific truth are many implications that any good gospel preacher should preach, namely that...

  • People are lost 
  • Christ is the promised Messiah and Savior, the Son of God
  • Salvation is not through any other method
  • Christ satisfied the wrath of the Father on our behalf by paying the full penalty and bearing the sins of the whole world
  • The benefits of salvation (forgiveness, eternal life etc) are offered freely to everyone who believes
  • People are commanded to personally believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved
  • [defined from careful Bible study in the original languages, the word faith (Grk pistis) is: "simple, effortless, non-meritorious, complete, absolute, personal, trust, reliance, and dependance, upon the character, nature, word, and Finished Work, of Another, in receptivity"]
  • The sole condition on man's part is:
    • to "believe [period.] upon the Lord Jesus Christ" in order to be saved
    • not to "believe + [...anything else...]"
By grace - Through faith - Not of works - Eph. 2:8-9