This easy-to-understand 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. The Gospel, which means "good news," has five essential elements:
You Have Already Been Forgiven
 Forgiven: Your sins, whether you trust in Jesus Christ or not, have already been forgiven. The sins of all people were forgiven and forgotten on the Cross of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 1:20; Hebrews 8:12). Only one single sin, the eternal sin of unbelief, was not forgiven. The forgiveness of sins is no longer the issue in salvation; unbelief and a sinful inner nature are the two remaining issues.
How You are Saved
 Saved through Faith: All are forgiven but not all are saved. Only when that last sin of unbelief is turned to faith in Jesus Christ does God remove your old sinful nature and replace it with a new heart (Romans 6:6; Ezekiel 36:26).
 Born from Above: With a new heart you become, for the first time, a "clean vessel"; the Holy Spirit now has a place within you to live (1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17). It is God's indwelling life that saves you (Romans 5:10; 2 Peter 1:4).
Your Life with Christ
 Union with Christ: With the Spirit of Jesus Christ (as His Holy Spirit) living in you, His presence makes you literally righteous in your born again heart because Jesus, the Righteous One, is inseparably joined as one to you (1 Corinthians 3:16, 17b); you cannot sin in your new spirit because Jesus in you cannot sin (1 John 3:9). And, you possess eternal life because Jesus is Eternal Life (1 John 1:2). With God's life now living in you, Christ becomes your power to do the works of God and to live a righteous life. Jesus lived this very same life of faith by the power of the Holy Spirit that He received at His baptism.
 Living by Faith: Your redeemed spirit still "lives" inside the same 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 redeemed and righteous inner spirit, your mortal body is still dead because of sin (Romans 8:10). This is why believers can still sin. 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, He will live out His righteous life in you and do His good works through you.
Note: The "Holy Spirit living in you" and "Jesus living in you" are the same thing; see Romans 8:9, 10. 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