I suppose there is no better way to share my purpose as a missionary than sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So, I have decided to share a series of posts on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The word ‘gospel’ is derived from the Old English word ‘godspel’; ‘god’ meaning good, ‘spel’ meaning story, or message. The Gospel literally means the good message of Jesus Christ’s birth, ministry, atonement, death, and resurrection. The good message extends to our lives. The Gospel means our own death (that of the natural man, Mosiah 3:19), re-birth (Spiritual birth in Christ, John 3:5-7), physical death, and eventual resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:39-42). The Atonement (or payment) of Jesus Christ is central to the Gospel.
Each of us go through two types of death: Spiritual, and physical. Physical death is easy to identify, as it marks the end of our time on this Earth. The Spirit is separated from the body for a time. The former is more subtle and perhaps not so absolute. Spiritual death is separation of the spirit from Deity. The primary wedge that creates this gap is sin. As normal human beings, we sin often, even daily. It is a part of the ordinary, worldly life. But with every sin, that wedge grows bigger and the gap between us and God expands. Because of our own mistakes, we are made unclean and unworthy to stand in the presence of a perfect and just God. My God, however, is also a loving and merciful God. He has extended his hand of mercy through His son, Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the good story of how Christ gave himself to pay that great eternal debt. His loving sacrifice allows us to be clean of sin, removing the wedge and allowing us to stand in the presence of God without guilt or regret.
As the hymn goes, ‘God will force no man to heaven.’ In order for our sins to be forgiven, and to be able to come into complete unity with God, we must accept the Atonement. The process by which we accept this gift is the process which we, as Latter-Day Saints, often also call the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These steps are: Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End.
Christ commanded His servants to ‘go… into all the world‘ to share this message of the Gospel. He himself taught it to those who would listen. I know that, through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we can be cleansed from sin. I invite you to learn more about Jesus Christ, His Atonement, and His Gospel. Here is a link to a simple website where you can learn more, or you can ask me questions you have through comments on my blog, or on my Facebook page here.