Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Gospel Of Jesus Christ (SD03)

Mark 11:1-3  The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You. The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight.’ ”
   
The whole Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is the complete NT including the four gospels and all the epistles. These will include the gospel of salvation or message of the cross, sanctification or purification to holiness, transformation into His image, and the glorification as His bride, etc.

Gospel of Salvation

Luke 24:46-47  Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."

Our Lord sends us to preach the gospel of salvation to all nations. The gist of the gospel of salvation (message of the cross) is as follows:-

Christ was the Word made flesh, and the Baby born from the virgin Mary was called Jesus. Jesus was betrayed to the priesthood. He was scourged and crucified under Pontius Pilate as the sacrificial Lamb of God for the propitiation of our sins.

He descended to Hades and overcame death thus setting us free from the fear of death. On the third day, He was resurrected to the Father for glorification, so that the Spirit Who resurrected Him will also help us to be glorified in Him.

The Apostle's Creed is a good example of the gospel of salvation.

Mat 16:20-21  Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ. From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying,“Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”

Though His disciples confessed Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God yet they were not saved because they rejected Him as the sacrificial Lamb, the gospel of salvation.

Similarly all those who had confessed and accepted Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God in evangelistic meetings, but had not accepted the gospel of salvation, they are not saved and without the Holy Spirit as the seal of redemption.

Mark 16:13-14  And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either. Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.

His disciples did not believe Him even after His resurrection but only after He had revealed Himself to them.

John 20:20-22  When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit."

After His disciples had accepted the gospel and were saved, He gave them the Holy Spirit of redemption.

Brethren, ensure that your sheep are saved for some may be unsaved because they may have believed a diluted or prosperity gospel. Get them to recite the Apostle's Greed often and made sure that they understand, believe and accept the gospel of salvation.