Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” So then what is this gospel? The full answer to that question would literally break the internet, but I have used a simple acrostic over the past many years that I believe outlines the gospel message is a simple and easy to understand way.
God Created Us For His Glory
God is the starting point for the gospel. He created everything and He created everything to glorify Himself. (Ephesians 1:3-14, Psalm 96, 1 Corinthians 10:31)
Our Sins Separate Us From God
While God created everything for His glory, man quickly rebelled against that glory through disobedience and sin. (Psalm 51:5, Romans 3:10-12)
Sins Cannot Be Removed By Good Works
Man’s rebellion and disobedience has earned him eternal punishment from God for which man is completely incapable of overcoming his sin on his own. (Romans 6:23a, Ephesians 2:8-9)
Paying the Price for Sin, Jesus Died and Rose Again
But, while man was helpless in his sin, Jesus Christ stepped out of heaven, came to earth living a sinless life, and took the punishment of death that belonged to man. (Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:4, 1 Peter 3:18)
Everyone Who Repents and Believes Will Be Saved
We receive Christ’s grace through repenting of our sins and believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone for our salvation. (Mark 1:15, Romans 10:9-10)
Life with Jesus Starts Now and Lasts Forever
When a person repents and believes they start a life of following Jesus and carries them into eternity. (Romans 6:23b, John 10:10b)
Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repent and believe in him.