“Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel. ” (Mark 1:14-15 ESV)
The Gospel is not a set of rules that tells us how to work for God’s favor. The Gospel is all about what Jesus has done to bring Gods’ favor and acceptance to you. All other religions teach how to live moral lives and instruct people on how to earn acceptance with God. The gospel is not a religion – it’s a story.
It is sad to observe some well meaning but confused Christians seeking to justify themselves before God, by their good works and moral behavior. Seeking to justify yourself by your own efforts is offensive to God. You do not work your way to God – you believe your way to Him . The Holy Spirit draws people to Jesus and enables us to believe. God does the work – your job is to trust Him. Child like faith causes us to experience the Kingdom of God. Believing Jesus paid your sin debt gets you into Christ, not your moral behavior.
A vision of Jesus will begin to transform us so that our behavior lines up with the truth of the gospel. You will burn out spiritually trying in your own energy to change your desires and sinful attitudes. Jesus attacked all religious activity that wasn’t based on total dependency and child like faith in God. Religion can be cruel and hard. The gospel is liberating and brings peace. Religion tells us what we must do for God. The gospel tells us what God has done for us.