The gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes
~ Romans 1:16
Gospel means ‘good news’. The gospel is not a vague philosophy. It is based on three historical facts. Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the price for your sins. He was buried, and He rose from the grave three days later.
If you believe these facts, and you go on believing these facts, you will be saved from judgment. Your sins are forgiven. That is good news indeed.
When you take hold of these truths the Holy Spirit enters your life and He brings the power of God to work in you and to change you, little by little, into the image of Christ.
God is able, without compromising His righteousness, to grant you legal right-standing, because you believe in Christ. At the same time, because you are cleansed by faith, the Holy Spirit can take up residence in your spirit. He leads, corrects and empowers you to do what you are not able to do in your own strength.
Salvation is by faith – from first to last – and it is entirely focused on God in Christ.
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1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you have received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…×
You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.×
2 Corinthians 3:18
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.×