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BIBLE STUDY - THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto
salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the
Greek” Romans 1:16.
word Gospel, from the Creek word
means ‘Good News’. The word
‘gospel’ does not appear in the Old Testament. The word ‘gospel’ appears
98 times in the English AV, New Testament.
Scripture the Gospel is also referred to as The Gospel of Christ, Mark
1:1; Romans 1:16; 15:19; The Gospel of God, Romans
1:1; 1Thessalonians 2:2, 9; The Gospel of the Grace of God, Acts 20:24; The
Glorious Gospel, 2 Corinthians
4:4; The Gospel of Your Salvation, Ephesians 1:13; The Gospel
of Peace, Ephesians 6:15 and Everlasting
Gospel, Revelations 14:6.
what is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
The gospel is the good news concerning Jesus Christ and the way of salvation.
The gospel is laid out in one verse; ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life’. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the best news anyone will ever hear, and what a person does with this news will determine where he or she spends eternity. God is calling you to choose life. Call on the name of the Lord and be saved;
10:13, ‘For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’.
gospel is a bold message, and we are not ashamed of proclaiming it. It is
a powerful message, because it is God’s good news. It is a saving
message, the only thing that can truly reform the human heart. It is a universal
message, for Jews and Gentiles both. And the gospel is received by faith;
salvation is the gift of God, Ephesians 2:8-9.
Part of this real history is the bad news that the rebellion of the first man, Adam, against God’s command brought death, suffering, and separation from God into this world. We see the results all around us. All of Adam’s descendants are sinful from conception and have themselves entered into this rebellion. The Bible says that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23. All are therefore subject to “everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power”.
Gospel is not that one must keep the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments
underpinned the Old Covenant which was fulfilled in Christ and completely
abolished, Matthew 5:17-18; Romans 10:4; Hebrews 7:18-28; 9:14-15.
The key to understanding the gospel is to know why it’s good news. To do that, we must start with the bad news. The Old Testament Law was given to Israel during the time of Moses, Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5:1. The Law can be thought of as a measuring stick, and sin is anything that falls short of “perfect” according to that standard. The righteous requirement of the Law is so impossible that no human being could possibly follow it perfectly, in letter or in spirit. Despite our “goodness” or “badness” relative to each other, we are all in the same spiritual boat, we have sinned, and the punishment for sin is death, i.e. separation from God. In order for us to go to heaven, God’s dwelling place and the realm of life and light, sin must be somehow removed or paid for. The Law established the fact that cleansing from sin can only happen through the bloody sacrifice of an innocent life, Hebrews 9:22.
fact that all are guilty of sin and condemned to spend eternity in a place of
torment is very bad news. But God, because of His love for the world, has made a
way for man to be forgiven for their sins. He sent His Son,
Christ, to take the sins of man on Himself through death on a cross, 1 Peter
2:24. In placing our sin on Christ, God ensured that all who will believe in the
name of Jesus will be forgiven, Acts 10:43. The
supreme expression of God’s love for the human race is the death of Christ on
their behalf. Salvation results from the fact that their sins are paid for and
God’s justice has been satisfied by Christ’s death on the Cross
This is the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news that God provided the way for man to be freed from the penalty of sin Romans 6:23; John 14:6. But not all people will be saved from hell; only those who place their faith in Jesus will go to heaven when they die, Acts 4:12. Since the beginning of time when the first man sinned, mankind has been under the condemnation of God, Romans 5:12. Because everyone breaks God’s perfect law by committing sin, Romans 3:23, everyone is guilty, Romans 5:18. The punishment for the crime of sin is physical death, Romans 6:23 and then an eternity spent in a place of eternal punishment, Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:46. This eternal separation from God is also called the “second death”, Revelation 20:14-15.
The gospel involves Jesus’ death on the cross as the sin offering to fulfil the Law’s righteous requirement Romans 8:3-4; Hebrews 10:5-10. Under the Law, animal sacrifices were offered year after year as a reminder of sin and a symbol of the coming sacrifice of Christ, Hebrews 10:3-4. When Christ offered Himself at Calvary, that symbol became a reality for all who would believe, Hebrews 10:11-18. The work of atonement is finished now, and that’s good news; that is the Gospel…The gospel also involves Jesus’ resurrection on the third day. “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification”, Romans 4:25. The fact that Jesus conquered sin and death, sin’s penalty is good news, indeed. The fact that He offers to share that victory with us is the greatest news of all, John 14:19.
The gospel is good news when we understand that we do not and cannot earn our salvation; the work of redemption and justification is complete, having been finished on the cross, John 19:30. Jesus is the propitiation for our sins, 1 John 2:2. The gospel is the good news that we, who were once enemies of God, have been reconciled by the blood of Christ and adopted into the family of God, Romans 5:10; John 1:12. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”, 1 John 3:1. The gospel is the good news that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1.
To reject the gospel is to embrace the bad news. Condemnation before God is the result of a lack of faith in the Son of God, God’s only provision for salvation. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” John 3:17-18. God has given a doomed world good news. Why would anyone reject the gospel?
It was only the sacrificial death of Christ and the shedding of His blood alone as full payment for the sins of all mankind that made it possible for God to justify sinners and vindicate His righteousness, Matthew 1:21; 26:26-28; Luke 1:68-75; John 1:29; Acts 17:30-31; Romans 3:23-25; 5:12-19; Galatians 3:22; Titus 3:3-7; Hebrews 9:11-15; 1 John 2:2. Jesus, who knew no sin, in His sacrificial death, was made the Sin-bearer for all mankind, that those who accept Him as their Saviour might be made the righteousness of God in Him. God’s righteousness in Christ is defined as the gracious gift of God to man whereby all who receive Christ as Saviour are brought into a right relationship with God.
needs to be noted here that Christ’s sacrificial death was sufficient for the
sins of all mankind, but efficient only for those who believe on Him and walk in
the way He has prescribed they should walk, Matthew 11:28-30; Mark 16:15-16;
John 3:16-18, 36; John 7:37-38; Revelation 22:17. The word believeth in
those Scriptures means “chooses to obey”. It does not mean to simply place
mere credence upon. Believeth not means “chooses not to obey”.
Thus we also learn that salvation is a free will choice of the individual.
has committed the Gospel He wants shared with sinners, Matthew 28:18-20; Mark
16:15-16; Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:6-8; 10:42-43; Romans 10:13-17; 1 Corinthians
9:16; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19. As stated at the outset of this study, Scriptures
clearly teach that it is imprinted upon every
in the professing Church to preach the Gospel and win as many souls to Christ as
they possibly can. That is the Christian calling. It is not an option for
believers, but a command that has to be obeyed, which both Peter and Paul
understood it to be as Acts 10:42, 1 Corinthians 9:16 and 2 Corinthians 5:18 all
plainly teach. Yet the majority of Christians today refer to Christ’s command
to preach the Gospel as “The Great Commission”, which is a must, and as such
do not see themselves as duty bound personally to do so. But it has been
commanded by Christ and if we love Him as we say, then we will do as He says if
we want to ensure our place in His Eternal Kingdom, John 14:15, 21, 23-24;
It must be stressed that salvation must never be represented to sinners as something that requires no commitment on their part because Jesus has done it all for them and all they have to do is merely believe in Him to be saved. That is not what Scriptures teach. Every candidate for salvation and every new convert to Christ must be made aware of what Christ expects of them regarding obedience to
word, Matthew 7:21-27; Mark 3:31-35; Luke 11:27-28; Romans 2:13; James 1:22-25;
presenting the Gospel sinners need to be shown that they are not sinners because
they sin, they sin because they are sinners. Every human being is born into sin,
with the sin nature of Adam, Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:10-12, 22-26;
5:6-12, 15-21. We are all doomed without God’s grace and damned without His
mercy, and Christians must never be afraid to confront sinners with the Gospel
for fear of driving them further away from God. We cannot drive them away any
further than they are now. They are already dead in their trespasses and sin and
sharing the Good News of the salvation that is theirs in Christ can only improve
their situation. The Gospel transforms dead sinners into living Saints,
Ephesians 2:1-8, 12-13, 19. Jesus Christ is the sinners’ only hope of
everlasting life, Romans 6:23. This brings us now to what sinners must do to be
saved, Acts 2:22-41.
The elements of the gospel are clearly stated in 1 Corinthians 15:3-6, a key passage concerning the good news of God: “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living.” Notice, first, that Paul “received” the gospel and then “passed it on”; this is a divine message, not a man-made invention. Second, the gospel is “of first importance.” Everywhere the apostles went, they preached the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Third, the message of the gospel is accompanied by proofs: Christ died for our sins, proved by His burial, and He rose again the third say, proved by the eyewitnesses. Fourth, all this was done “according to the Scriptures”; the theme of the whole Bible is the salvation of mankind through Christ.
the good news is that God has done something about it. “For God so loved the
world, that He gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should
not perish, but have everlasting life”
Christ the Creator, though totally sinless, suffered, on behalf of mankind, the
penalty of mankind’s sin, which is death and separation from God. He did this
to satisfy the righteous demands of the holiness and justice of God, His Father.
Jesus was the perfect sacrifice; He died on a cross, but on the third day, He
rose again, conquering death, so that all who truly believe in Him, repent of
their sin, and trust in Him, rather than their own merit are able to come back
to God and live for eternity with their Creator.
“He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is
condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten
Son of God”
a wonderful Saviour and what a wonderful salvation in Christ our Creator!
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