Speaking the Truth in Love

The Gospel in Five Seconds

The gospel is the good news that Christ died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:1–5). It is the total message of God’s power to save all who will hear, believe, and obey it (Romans 1:16).

The gospel is contained in the second law God gave. “If the first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second” (Hebrews 8:7; cf. 8:8–13; 10:9).

The gospel commands a second birth (John 3:3–8). The new birth involves obeying the commands the Spirit has given in the word, including baptism (1 Peter 1:22–23; 1 Corinthians 4:15; James 1:18–22).

The gospel promises a second coming of Christ. He shall appear “the second time” (Hebrews 9:27–28; Mark 13:32; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:14–18).

The gospel warns of a second death (Revelation 20:12–15). The second death involves the disobedient being cast into the lake that burns with fire and brimstone (Revelation 21:8). If we overcome Satan we will not “be hurt of the second death” (Revelation 2:11).

The gospel contains a second law of pardon. God gives a second chance for those who fall (Acts 8:12–24). —Jerry Sparks

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