What is the Gospel?
You’ve probably heard people tell you “I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news.” The Gospel is no different. The Bad news is that because of the fall after creation (Genesis 3) we were born with flaws and we make mistakes every single day and we deserve to be put in hell for eternity, I sure as heck do. (Romans 3:10-12; Ephesians 2:1-3: Hebrews 9:27). BUT…The GOOD NEWS is that God doesn’t want you to (frankly, I wouldn’t either. The thought of being there would give me nightmares). Instead, he wants to give you something that you won’t find anywhere else…a personal relationship with Jesus. Another thing that might surprise you is that the word “Gospel” literally means “Good News” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
We also cannot earn favor from God because of our sinful nature (Ephesians 2:8-10). Rather than waste your time trying to earn your salvation or be accepted by people, all you have to do is remember that Yeshua, Jesus accepts you, he loves you and he can use you to use the gifts that he’s given you BECAUSE he loves you! Here’s the best part, my identity is NOT in my Autism, my identity is in Christ! Autism is just something that I struggle with. My hope and prayer are that you’ll keep that in mind for your own life too!
Now if you’re reading this and feel as if you don’t deserve to be saved by Him or feel strong enough, that’s alright. There’s no need to stress about it. It’s people like you and me that he wants to use for his Glory. (Exodus 15:2; Joshua 1:9; Matthew 5:17-20; John 3:16-17) He used so many people in the Old and New Testaments such as David, Elijah, Joshua, Moses, The Apostle Paul, Peter, the list goes on and on. None of these men were perfect, nor felt perfect. But God used them for his glory regardless. Jesus wants to give you the same spiritual heart surgery I got on February 6th, 2015, which is a new heart and a new spirit that he will put within you (Ezekiel 36:25-26).
The Gospel is “The good news of who Jesus was and what He accomplished for us in His life, death, resurrection, and ascension to the right hand of the Father. We don’t have to prove or save ourselves. He did it.” – The VCC website