The Gospel Message

The Gospel message is meant to be “Good News”. What do you think is the good news? 

To the condemned, would being forgiven and acquitted be the good news? To the oppressed, would liberty be the good news? To the one destined to eternal damnation in hell due to sin, would rescue be the good news? To the addicted, would freedom be the good news? To the sick, would being healed be the good news? To the poor, would divine provision be the good news? The answer is “YES” indeed. So, is that what the gospel message in the bible means? Let us study the word of God

​Throughout the first four books of the New Testament, in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we see the “teachings” and “actions” of Jesus. The things he taught and did in preparation for the salvation of the world.

Scripture References

Matthew 1:21 – And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.

John 14:6 – “I am the way, the truth and the life”

John 14:9 – “He who has seen Me, has seen the Father.”

John 11:25 – “I am the resurrection and the life”

The Message

The word of God consistently attempts to let the world know who He was and why He had come.

​He went about healing the sick, setting people free of demonic oppression, even raising the dead, and working amazing miracles demonstrating astounding power over everything man was helpless against. Even the weather and inanimate objects such as trees obeyed Him. Remember the time he calmed the storm and destroyed a fig tree by His words?

Then towards the end of the gospel messages, we see this very Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane willingly taking upon Himself all of our sins and consequently enduring a painful torturous death on the cross on behalf of all mankind. These are all the “actions” of Jesus. But is that the gospel message? The good news? 

​Not really! The bible says that after the death of Jesus on the cross, He rose from the dead again on the third day. His resurrection from the dead paved the way for the real “gospel message”, the real good news.

​The good news for us then is “understanding the consequences” of Jesus’ actions. What did his life, death, and resurrection do for us? How did it become good news for us?  The “gospel message” or “good news”  is explained in the books of Acts and all the following epistles thereafter. 

​In simple terms, the bible says the following:​

  1. God created all that there is in this world and then He created man (Adam and Eve) in His very image. They bore His nature and behaved like Him and were like Him in every way. 
  2. ​They sinned and “sin” separated them from God and they lost all their godly nature and also lost eternal life. Mortality entered this life because of sin. 
  3. ​Mankind lost its innocence and godliness. All sources of pain such as jealousy, bitterness, greed, murder, theft, depression, anxiety, sickness, sexual immorality, and more entered man’s life. Not one was perfect. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. – Romans 3:23​
  4. God gave mankind a list of laws to remind us of how we used to be  when we were without sin and in His image. He gave us laws to remind us of how we are supposed to live. Also reminding us that we could be blessed if we adhered to His way of life.
  5. However, man could never keep the law since by our fallen sinful nature we had lost all godliness and the ability to live godly lives. Lying, jealousy, greed, lust, anger, hatred, arrogance, pride, immorality, and more came easy to us because by nature we became sinners. 
  6. ​Since the law did not work, Jesus came personally to the rescue so we could all be reconciled to God once again, as once was in the garden of Eden before Adam and Eve sinned. Jesus again reminded us of who He was and who we were through His teachings and demonstrated His power over this world through workings of miracles. 

Matthew 1:21 – And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.

  1. ​Jesus (God Himself born as a son of man) took all our sins upon Himself and paid the penalty of death on the cross on behalf of all of us. Because the wages of sin is death.
  2. ​He rose again from the dead giving us proof of two things:
    1. We (who believe in Jesus Christ) are rescued from the power of sin. We can now live godly lives free from the power of sin to condemn us. There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus… Romans 8:1
    2. There is eternal life after death. 

Contrary to the worldly belief that everything is over when you die, you will realize you are more alive than ever before. You will have just stepped into eternal life where you can never die. Question is, where will that eternal life be for you? In Heaven with God or in the other place called hell?

  1. ​He offers the same eternal life to all of us who believe this message and stop condemning ourselves for our sins. He offers the same eternal life to all of us who cease from trying to make our own gods and finding our own ways to God. He makes the gospel message or the “good news” kind of life possible for all of us who simply accept His free offer of salvation and cease from trying to earn our way into heaven.

That is the “gospel message” and that is why it is the “good news”.

​Christianity is NOT a religion. It cannot be put on the same pedestal with religions such as Hinduism or Buddhism or Islam for comparison. Christianity is a relationship with the one and only God who made us and loves us immensely. So much so that He longs to be with us forever. You cannot find God in manmade idols or following certain rituals, observing festivals, and chanting lengthy prayers. God offers Himself to us through Christ and all are welcome to accept His free offer of salvation. ​

Scripture References

Colossians 2:13-5 – You were at one time spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were Gentiles without the law. But God has now brought you to life with Christ. God forgave us all our sins; he cancelled the unfavorable record of our debts with its binding rules and did away with it completely by nailing it to the cross. And on that cross Christ freed himself from the power of the spiritual rulers and authorities; he made a public spectacle of them by leading them as captives in his victory procession. – The Good News Bible

​Hebrews 1:3 – He (Jesus) reflects the brightness of God’s glory and is the “exact” likeness of God’s own being, sustaining the universe with His powerful word. ​After achieving forgiveness for human sins, ​He sat down in heaven at the right hand of God, the Supreme Power. – The Good News Bible

Romans 6:14 – For sin will no longer be a master over you, since you are not under Law (as slaves), but under (unmerited) grace (as recipients of Gods favor and mercy). – The Amplified Bible​

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come. – The Good News Bible

The Message continued….A metaphor

​You feel guilty and afraid to drive at 70mph in a 45mph zone because you know​ there is a law against it and the police might pull you over and give you an infringement notice. You are all the more cautious when you see a police car nearby. You know he can stop you and “accuse”​ you and charge you guilty. But what if you were driving an ambulance or a fire truck? Same street, same laws, but now suddenly you are not under the law anymore. You see a police car nearby, but you couldn’t care less. Why? Because he has no authority over you. You are in a new vehicle, a different vehicle that is above the law. You don’t feel condemned or guilty when speeding in an ambulance. Of course, that doesn’t mean ambulance drivers just run over people killing them at will. Quite the contrary, by nature they are careful and always trying to save lives. They don’t need to be told to maintain a safe speed to prevent accidents. 

Romans 8:1 – Therefore there is now no condemnation (no guilty verdict, no punishment) for those who are in Christ Jesus (who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior). – The Amplified Bible

​Likewise, when you are in Christ, you are a new creation. You are not under the law of sin and death anymore. Sin cannot be a master over you, and neither can the devil accuse you of any wrong doing. Simply because you are in Christ and are not your former self. You don’t need to be told not to lie or cheat, etc. because by nature you are a new creation now and it’s your natural tendency to be like God. 

​The bible calls the devil the “accuser of the brethren”. When he cannot accuse you anymore, you can operate in faith all the time. You can walk in freedom and in the power of God. Your prayers will be powerful and full of belief. Faith can only operate when there is no doubt….not even hope. Just belief. This is why Jesus said, ” Unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven”. Matthew 18:3. Little children; when they ask their parents for something, they don’t doubt, they don’t even hope, they just believe that it will be granted to them.

​The reality is that we are FREE from EVERYTHING that holds us back from experiencing the abundant life that God has for us. But “understanding and realizing that truth” is the beginning of that life. The answer is understanding the “Gospel message” and what it did for us. 

Being SURE of your salvation is critical to experiencing VICTORY in life. Being sure and confident of the fact that God does love you and that He is not angry at you makes you walk with your head held high. Joy and Insecurity are two opposites and cannot co-exist. Without true joy, you cannot exercise faith. Gratitude for what Jesus has done for us brings joy and true joy causes you to operate in faith all the time 24/7. The Gospel message is The Good News and it sure is.

​If you can understand the good news, then you will understand why Jesus said this:

John 15:7 – If you remain in Me and My words remain in you (that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart), ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. 

Closing Prayer

Father God, we thank you for setting us free from the power of sin in our lives. We thank you for the gift of salvation. We rejoice in our freedom from sin, and we choose this day to pursue godliness and holiness. Grant us the grace and the power to do so by your Holy Spirit. We ask this in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen!

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