2 Timothy 2:8, “Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel.”
Jesus Christ is the beginning and the end of the gospel and He fills every part of it. If I could summarize the gospel to just one word it would be, “Jesus.” There has never been any person like Jesus, nor could there ever be anyone like Him in the future. He is the only unique “one-of-a-kind” Son of God sent by the Father to take away the sins of the world, John 1:29.
He is the eternal Word made flesh (John 1:1), the Creator of all things (John 1:3), the source of life and light of the world (John 1:4), the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15), the head over every power and authority (Colossians 2:10), the Kings of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16), the Lamb of God (Revelation 7:17), and the Judge of all the earth (Matthew 25:31).
Here is the in-depth ten-step version of the work of Jesus concerning the gospel, (1) His incarnation (birth), (2) His sinless life, (3) His substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, (4) His burial, (5) His resurrection, (6) His ascension, (7) His sending of the Holy Spirit, (8) His promised second coming, (9) His judgment of all mankind, and (10) His eternal kingdom on earth.
The three-point summary of Jesus’ work is, (1) His death, (2) Burial, and (3) Resurrection. The in-depth version fully represents God’s plan of salvation from start to finish. And the summary represents the simple confession someone must make in faith to be saved.
Paul wrote in Romans 10:9-10, “9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
Therefore, when you know Jesus you will know the gospel! And when you know and believe Jesus and the gospel, you will know peace with God the Father!
Mediate on the awesomeness of Jesus Christ- who He is, what He did, and will do!
- Repent if you have ever taken the name of Jesus in vain (even in the slightest way)- for He is our great God and Savior, Titus 2:13.
- Read all the verses in this lesson and grow in your knowledge of Jesus, 2 Peter 2:8.
- Ask God the Father to use you to teach others about Jesus and the gospel!