A Gospel Summary

The gospel is summed up in 2 Cor. 5:19

In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the ministry of reconciliation

The gospel says that human nature, along with the rest of the good world which God created, has been corrupted by sin, creating an unbridgeable rift between God and man and introducing death, decay, and destruction into the created order. God in his goodness promised to redeem mankind and reverse the fallen state of creation, and in the fullness of time did so by sending his Son to be born as a man, to live a life of perfect obedience to the Father, and to die on a cross in the place of sinners, bearing in his flesh the Father’s wrath against sin. Christ was raised from the dead on the third day, and after commissioning his disciples he ascended to heaven. Through repentance and faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins, sinners are justified (that is, Christ pays the penalty for their sin and bestows his righteousness upon them), reconciled to God, and the Spirit begins a work of sanctification (that is, a process of being morally conformed to the character of Christ) which continuously progresses in this life but is not completed until the new creation. Those who have been reconciled to God are united to Christ along with other believers (who together as a family constitute his body) and commissioned to spread the gospel and make disciples of all nations. Followers of Christ serve as his ambassadors, taking the message of reconciliation to the ends of the earth and imploring people everywhere to be reconciled to God. One day Christ will return to judge the world in righteousness, crush all enemies under his feet, and bring with him a new heavens and a new earth devoid of sin, death, destruction, and pain, where he himself will live in the midst of his redeemed and resurrected people for all eternity. (Courtesy of Renewed in Knowledge)