This easy-to-read website will help you understand God's offer of new life in Jesus Christ. When Jesus came to this earth, He defeated sin by His Cross and He defeated death by His resurrection. There are five essential elements that make the Gospel the "good news."
You Have Already Been Forgiven
 Forgiven: Your sins have already been forgiven! In fact, the sins of all people for all time were forgiven and forgotten on the Cross of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:19; Mark 3:28; Hebrews 8:12). Forgiveness was based on Christ's sacrifice, not your response to it. It is God's gift of grace to all people (Colossians 1:20; John 1:29; 1 John 2:2). Therefore, you no longer need to seek forgiveness from God. Now, only unbelief separates you from God because unbelief is rejecting the eternal life that is found only in Jesus Christ.
How You are Saved
 Saved through Faith: All are forgiven but not all are saved. Only when unbelief is turned to faith in Christ as Savior does God remove your old sinful inner nature and replace it with a new, clean heart (Ezekiel 36:26; Romans 6:6).
 Born from Above: With a new heart you become, for the first time, a "clean vessel." You are a brand new person on the inside (2 Corinthians 5:17). God, in all His holiness, now has a place within you where He can live (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). Jesus Christ, through His Spirit, comes to live in your "born again" heart. Having God's life dwelling in you is what it means to be "saved." This is the new life (1 John 5:12; 2 Peter 1:4) that comes only through faith in Christ. You possess eternal life because Eternal Life now lives in you (1 John 5:11; 1 John 1:2).
Your Life with Christ
 Union with Christ: With Jesus Christ living in you, His presence makes you literally righteous in your born again heart (Ephesians 4:24) because Jesus, the Righteous One, is now inseparably joined as one to your new spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17). Righteousness has not been imputed to you, it has been given to you. You can never sin in your new spirit because Jesus in you cannot sin (1 John 3:9). This is why you are secure forever in God's family (Colossians 1:13; 1 Peter 1:23).
 Living by Faith: But, your redeemed spirit still "lives" inside the same temporary mortal "house" that you had before you were saved. Your physical body has not yet been redeemed; it awaits a future redemption (Romans 8:23b). Unlike your new, redeemed and righteous inner spirit, your mortal body is still dead because of sin (Romans 8:10). This is why you can still sin in your mortal flesh. More importantly, it is the reason why you live by faith. In your own human strength, you do not have the capacity to live righteously; but, as you follow in faith the indwelling life of Jesus Christ, you will experience His righteous life being lived out in you as He does His good works through you (Galatians 2:20).
When Jesus was baptized at the beginning of His earthly ministry, the Holy Spirit came to dwell in Him. In this way, the Father did His works and miracles through Jesus, as Jesus followed His Father in faith (John 14:10). This is why Jesus is both your Savior and your model for the life of faith. The Good News is that the same Holy Spirit that lived in and empowered Jesus now lives in you!
Note: The "Holy Spirit living in you" and "Jesus living in you" are the same thing (see Romans 8:9, 10a, 11). Also, "heart," "spirit" and "nature" all mean the same thing. Your inner spirit is the real, "essential" you while your human body is your temporary "house" (2 Corinthians 4:16; 5:2).
Bible Verses Explaining the Gospel of Jesus Christ