The gospel leads us to repentance and those who put their faith in Christ and acknowledge him as Savior and Lord have eternal life and a new status before God. Our relationship with God is restored and reestablished through Christ's perfect work. The good news is that believers reap the undeserved and life-changing promises of a loving and merciful God: forgiven, redeemed, a new creation, child of God, adopted, justified, holy, and righteous (John 1:12 ; II Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:16 ; Colossians 1:22 ; I John 1:23 ). We also have been given a new heart (Psalm 51:10 ; Ezekiel 11:19 , 36:26; Romans 6:6-7 ) and new hope (Colossians 1:23 ), an inheritance in Christ "that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you" (I Peter 1:3-4). Only the gospel brings us faith, hope, and love (I Corinthians 13:13). One day we will finally be delivered from the temptation and power of sin and God will make all things new (Revelation 21:1-5 ), but in the meantime we are comforted, taught, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to know, love, and follow Jesus all the days of our lives (John 14:26 , 16:13; Acts 2:8 ).