THE TRUE GOSPEL OF THE BIBLE
Note: You must read every Bible reference in this teaching from your own Bible.
Bible verse: Mathew 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Jesus Christ came into this world with the greatest blessing for mankind, which is the Gospel! it is a great good news, there had been no such news on earth before Jesus Christ was born into this world, since then no news is as good as the Gospel till He will come back in His second coming. This good news is available for all mankind irrespective of their nation, colour, background or how sinful and terrible their lives have been. This is the greatest good news any man can have in his life
From the beginning of the earthly ministry of Jesus, He presented the Gospel in a clear and simple words and way in Matthew 4:17 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus Christ said, “repent” but something has happened before He declared, “repent” He said, “for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” On the other way, we can read it as “Because the kingdom of Heaven is at hand, we must repent.” What caused Jesus to call us to repentance because the kingdom of heaven is at hand. This is the first preaching of Jesus Christ on earth.
So the Gospel contains two features: One, the kingdom of HEAVEN is at hand, and Two: Repent.
The Kingdom of God is at Hand – meaning the FREE AVAILABILITY of the kingdom of heaven to everyone who cares to enter through the only Way – Jesus Christ.
Jesus brought the Kingdom of God to all human being at their very disposal. Since the fall of Adam, there had being demarcation between God and man, that humanity lost the free access to fellowship with God. Human being trying to seek and serve God by human power will avail to nothing. There is no way any religion can gain us access to God.
But Jesus Christ came down from heaven to restore the lost access to God, He did not only bring it to the children of Israel alone, but to all mankind, that the kingdom of God is now at your disposal, God came in form of a man to restore us back to Him – that is what Gospel is all about, restoring us back to God freely. Now the kingdom of God is now available to everyone at their fingertips, it is at hand- freely available!
It does not matter where you come from, it does not matter where you were born or which religion you were born into; it does not matter rituals or things you have dedicated yourself into or the covenant you have made with the devil; it does not matter how terrible or sinful you are, the salvation of Jesus Christ is made available to you right where you are and how you are. Read Titus 2:11. You don’t need to find a temple or go to Jerusalem before you meet God, you don’t need a priest, pastor or prophet to help you pray to God, He is at hand – available where you are. All we need to do is to talk to Jesus Christ who is at hand – present everywhere – from our hearts and tell Him we want to accept the salvation He has brought to us. This is the first point of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, its availability to all, irrespective of who we are or where we are or what we have done – Gospel for all!
The second part of the Gospel is REPENTANCE.
Repent! Jesus Christ said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The kingdom of God has been made available to us freely without discrimination, by Jesus Christ, and then He is demanding us to do our part by responding through repentance. Repentance is the only acceptable way of responding to the free Gift of salvation of Jesus Christ. Without repentance, there can never be genuine salvation in Jesus Christ. To repent is to realize our sinful life, to be ready to let go of the sinful life and start a new life in Jesus Christ. It involves being sorrowful of the past and being sincere with our present condition as sinner and unworthy, and to be ready to surrender our onward living to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Now, do you know why many who claim to be Christians are not genuinely saved, the reason why people keep confessing their sins and yet keep committing the sins? You know why people keep confessing and answering several altar calls, yet they are not sure of their salvation? The reason why people pray the prayer of salvation and yet get back to old sinful life in few hours later? It is because they did not repent, they only confess and claimed. You cannot come into the kingdom of God with your old ways of living simply by confessing.
It is not just to be sorry for our sins, but we must be ready to forsake them and determined to start a new life in Jesus Christ. Confessing sins without genuine repentance of realization of our sins and readiness to forsake them will only lead to a sorry case – keep confessing and keep committing. We must first repent before we confess our sins. The first thing Jesus Christ asked us to do was to repent, thereafter confess. Confession of sins 100 times without genuine repentance will never result into salvation.
It may seem impossible to start a new life in Jesus, but it is possible by God’s grace, all we need is to repent and surrender all to Jesus. We do not live righteous life by our power, but by the empowerment of God’s grace. Please read Titus 2:11-12.
This is the complete message of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ – salvation is available to all men and women, and repentance is the means to receive the salvation. God does not condemn us with our sins, but He is calling us to Himself with all our sins and unrighteousness, and when we come, we come through the door of repentance for transformation, to realize the danger of living in sin and to forsake the sin so that we don’t continue in same sinful life. We don’t need to be righteous before we come to God, Jesus did not come to call the righteous, but the sinner, He does not condemn sinners. Salvation is a free gift of God to all. So He does not condemn us in our sin, but He does not want us to continue in sin after we come to Him. Jesus came to the world to save us from sins, which is what is called salvation, to be saved from sins and serve God in righteousness. Read Luke 1:74, 75.
The truth of the Gospel of the Bible is:
1. God has made salvation available to all men and women through Jesus Christ. – John 3:16
2. God does not condemn sinner from coming unto Him, irrespective of their past and present. Matthew 11:28.
3. God calls all men to repentance from sin so we do not continue in sinful life. Acts 3:19.
4. God does not condone sin after we have come to Him. Romans 6:1-2.
So the summary of Gospel of Jesus Christ is NO CONDEMNATION and NO CONTINUITY IN SIN. If we truly come to Jesus Christ through genuine repentance and we confess our sins, we must strive by watchfulness and prayerfulness not to continue in sin again. Genuine repentance brings about grace of God, and we cannot continue in that grace and in sin at the same time.
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