By Ptr. Jim Ricardo

1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
1 Corinthians 15:1-7


 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16

In today’s message we shall attempt to clarify what makes the Christian Gospel in biblical perspective against what the common errors of the day. To do define ‘What is the Gospel?’ we need to know the essential elements or unique characteristics that belong to the gospel.

EXPOSITION of 1 Corinthians 15:1-7; Romans 1:16


1. The Gospel Concerns Jesus Christ or The Gospel is about Jesus Christ. The gospel is about Jesus Christ and no other Person. In a real sense it is not even about any other Person in the Godhead, and certainly not about any other human person such as the believer.

2. The Gospel Concerns a Past, Historical Event. The gospel is a past, historical event. It is past and not present or future. It is a historical event and not existential experience. Unless we are preaching a past, historical event, we are not preaching the gospel.

3. The Gospel Concerns the Perfect Work of God in Jesus Christ for us. The gospel is the perfect work of God in Jesus Christ. All that is perfect is not the gospel, and all that is imperfect is not the gospel.

The gospel is the perfect work of God in Jesus Christ.

4. The Gospel Is the Power of God for Salvation (Rom. 1:16). The gospel is the power of God for salvation – for the salvation even of the believer. Our sanctification is dependent upon the gospel as its source, protection, and final covering before the great judgment throne of God. We must always resist the isolation of sanctification from the gospel at any point in the Christian walk. Also, those who identify the gospel and sanctification and those who wish to include sanctification as a part of the gospel end up divorcing sanctification from the gospel. It is indeed tragic that so often the cry, "Sanctification! More sanctification!" means, "Away with the gospel! Away with the gospel!"


1. New Birth or Born Again experience cannot qualify as the Gospel.

2. The Baptism of the Spirit cannot qualify as the Gospel.

3. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ cannot qualify as the Gospel.

4. Anything we exhort or experience cannot qualify as the Gospel.