Good News Of the Gospel (evangel or
evangelium) is that Jesus saves us not in our sins, but from our sins. (see Matth.1:21) This brings us to the question; what is sin? The apostle Paul had not known sin by any other way except that the holy moral law of God had said, you must not covet (Romans 7:7) .
There are seven Gospels in the Bible. The Gospel preached to
Abraham [Gal.3:8], or the old testament people also found in Isaiah 53, the four
Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Then we have the Gospel
especially revealed to the Apostle Paul [Gal.1:11,12], this makes six Gospel's
and as number seven in the Bible is perfection, we have the 7th Gospel in
Revelation [apocalypse] 14:6-12, the eschatological- or endtime Gospel, the good
news of the judgment [vindication] for true Christians.
Paul writes of false Gospel's and perversion of the Gospel especially those of the
circumcision. Even though the Bible speaks of seven Gospel's, there is
really only one, the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and Jesus Christ [Matthew
Woe is us, said Paul, if we do not preach the Gospel and his definition is,
that it is the power or dynamite of God [Rom.1:7].
The burden of the Gospel according to Matthew is to show that Jesus is the
promised Messiah foretold by all the old testament prophets. This Gospel
does not name its author and it has been accepted as the work of Matthew which
also was called Levi and we know nothing of him.
The four Gospel's are, by all odds the Most important part of the Bible.
We could better afford to be without the knowledge of everything else than to be
without the knowledge of Christ. There were many more Gospel's than the
four to start with [Luke 1:1] But we believe that God Himself took control
over the Narratives of His Son Jesus Christ in the preparation and preservation
of the Gospel.
Mark in his Gospel account is very concerned about the forgiveness of sin and
the importance of Christ as the Lord of the Seventh_Day_Sabbath. Mark even
lists the vegetarian diet of John the Baptist-honey and locusts. The
locust tree produces a fruit of which carob is made, a substitute for unhealthy
chocolate. It is available in all health food shops.
The cover story of a recent
issue of Time magazine (September 18, 2006) raised the question: "Does
God Want you to be Rich?" The accompanying photo shows a Rolls Royce with a
Cross as a hood ornament. The article, written by David Van Bema and Jeff Chu,
offers an informative discussion of the popular Prosperity Gospel, being
preached today by leading tele-evangelists such as Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn,
Joyce Meyer, T. D. Jakes, Paul Couch, Kenneth Copeland, and Joel Osteen. These
preachers encourage their followers to "sow a seed" of faith by donating to
their ministry, in order to reap prosperity in the future.
Prosperity Gospel teaches that God wants his children to prosper and be in
good health. It calls upon Christians to step out in faith and claim prosperity
as their birthright. Joel Osteen, Pastor of the Houston's Lakewood Church-the
largest megachurch in the USA-is perhaps the most successful popularizer of the
Prosperity Gospel. In his Best-selling book Your Best Life Now,
Osteen writes: "Your lot in life is to continually increase. Your lot in life is
to be an overcomer, to live prosperously in every area. . . . The Bible says,
'God takes pleasure in prospering his children.' As his children prosper
spiritually, physically and materially, their increase brings pleasure to God."
to the Prosperity Theology, the purpose of Christ's incarnation and
atoning sacrifice was to provide reconciliation and restoration for our physical
and financial problems. The secret to receive all the physical blessings of God,
is to be found in the amount of faith of the believer. Prosperity
preachers believe that faith is a force which has the magic ability to
change and restore people's lives. This means that if some believers do not
receive the blessings asked for, it is because they lacked faith or did not tap
correctly into God's spiritual resources.
The problem with
the Prosperity Theology is that it turns "faith" into a magic power
possessed by a few privileged believers. In Scripture, however, faith is not a
magic force possessed by few, but a trustful commitment to God, manifested in
faithful, obedient living. This is a privilege granted to all believers, not to
a privileged few. Faith does not guarantee "wealth and health." Great men of
faith like Paul were not blessed with "wealth and health," but with infirmities
and poverty, in spite of their total commitment to God.
The black death plague struck Bavarian Germany in
1600 for rejecting the Protestant Gospel. The people promised God to enact the
last days of Jesus known now as the famous passion play enacted every ten years,
and the plague was stayed.
In the Philippines, every year, Christians so called, let themselves
nail to a wooden cross and feel no pain. This was not the case with Jesus who
died of a broken heart. If I be lifted up, said Jesus, I will draw all men unto
Who killed Jesus? We all
did, every human being is guilty. Here is a medical description of the
crucifixion by E. T. Davis
M.D. M.S. :
The physical trauma of Christ begins at Gethsemane with one of
the initial aspects of His sufferings-the bloody sweat. It is interesting that
the physician among the disciples, Dr. Luke, is the only one to mention this,
"And being in agony, He prayed the longer. And His sweat became as drops of
blood, trickling upon the ground".
Though very rare, the phenomenon of Hematidrosis, or bloody
sweat, is well documented. Under great emotional stress, tiny capillaries in the
sweat glands can break, thus mixing blood with sweat. This process alone could
have produced marked weakness and possible shock.
After the arrest in the middle of the night, Jesus was brought
before the Sanhedrin and Caiaphas, the High Priest. A soldier struck Jesus
across the face for remaining silent when questioned by Caiaphas. The palace
guard then blindfolded Him and mockingly taunted Him to identify them as they
each passed by, spat on Him, and struck Him in the face.
In the early morning, Jesus, battered and bruised, dehydrated,
exhausted from a sleepless night, is taken across Jerusalem to the Praetorium of
the Fortress Antonia. It was there, in response to the cries of the mob, that
Pilate ordered Bar-Abbas released and Jesus condemned to scourging and
Preparations for the scourging are carried out. The Prisoner
is stripped of His clothing and His hands tied to a post above His head. the
Roman Legionaire steppes forward with the flagrum in his hand.. this is a short
whip consisting of several heavy, leather thongs with two small balls of lead
attached near the ends of each. the heave whip is brought down with full force
again and again across Jesus' shoulders, back and legs.
At first the heavy thongs cut through the skin only. Then, as
the blows continue, they cut deeper into the subcutaneous tissues, producing
first an oozing of blood from the capillaries and veins of the skin, and finally
spurting arterial bleeding from vessels in the underlying muscles. The small
balls of lead first produce large, deep bruises which are broken open by
Finally the skin of the back is hanging in long ribbons and
the entire area is an unrecognizable mass of torn, bleeding tissue. When it is
determined by the centurion in charge that the prisoner is near death, the
beating is finally stopped.
the half-fainting Jesus is then untied and allowed to slump to
the stone pavement, wet with His own blood. The Roman soldiers see a great joke
in this provincial Jew claiming to be a king. They throw a robe across His
shoulders and place a stick in His hand for a scepter. A small bundle of
flexible branches covered with long thorns is pressed into His scalp.
Again there is copious bleeding (the scalp being one of the
most vascular areas of the body). After mocking Him and striking Him across the
face, the soldiers take the stick from His hand and strike Him across the head,
driving the thorns deeper into the scalp. Finally they tire of their sadistic
sport and the robe is torn from His back. This had already become adherent to
the clots of blood and serum in the wound, and its removal, just as in the
careless removal of a surgical bandage, causes excruciating pain-almost as
though He were again being whipped, and the wounds again begin to bleed.
The heavy beam of the cross is then tied across His shoulders,
and the procession of the condemned Christ, two thieves and the execution
detail, begins its slow journey. The weight of the heavy wooden beam, together
with the shock produced by copious blood loss, is too much. He stumbles and
falls. The rough wood of the beam gouges into the lacerated skin and muscles of
the shoulders. He tries to rise, but human muscles have been pushed beyond their
At Golgotha, the beam is placed on the ground and Jesus is
quickly thrown backwards with His shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire
feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square ,
wrought-iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood. Quickly, he moves to
the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too
tightly, but to allow some flexion and movement. The beam is then lifted in
place at the top of the posts and the titulus reading "Jesus of Nazareth,
King of the Jews" is nailed in place.
The left foot is pressed backward against the right foot, and
with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each.
As He pushes Himself upward to avoid the stretching torment, He places His full
weight on the nail through His feet. Again there is the searing agony of the
nail tearing through the nerves between the metatarsal bones of the feet.
As the arms fatigue, great waves of cramps sweep over the
muscles, knotting them deep, relentless, throbbing pain. With these cramps comes
the inability to push Himself upward. Hanging by His arms, the pectoral muscles
are paralyzed and the intercostal muscles are unable Air can be drawn into the
lungs, but cannot be exhaled. Jesus fights to raise Himself in order to get one
short breath. Finally, carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood
stream and the cramps partially subside. Spasmodically, He is able to push
Himself upward to exhale and bring in the life-giving oxygen.
Hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-rending
cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pan as tissues is torn from
His lacerated back as He moves up and down against the rough timber. then
another agony begins. A deep crushing pain deep in the chest as the pericardium
slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart.
The compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick,
sluggish blood into the tissues-the tortured lungs are making a frantic effort
tp gasp in small gulps of air. The markedly dehydrated tissues send their flood
of stimuli to the brain. Jesus gasps, "I thirst."
He can feel the chill of death creeping through His tissues.
With one last surge of strength, He once again presses His torn feet against the
nail, straightens His legs, takes a deeper breath, and utters His seventh and
last cry, "Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit."
Apparently to make doubly sure of death, the legionnaire drove
his lance through the fifth interspace between the ribs, upward through the
pericardium and into the heart. Immediately there came out blood and water. we,
therefore, have rather conclusive evidence that our Lord died, not the usual
crucifixion death by suffocation, but of heart failure due to shock and
constriction of the heart by fluid in the pericardium.
How do we know we have sin? All have sinned and come short (Rom.3:23). Our self-righteousness is as filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6) But Christs robe is spotless and as white as snow. He offers it free to you and me.
We cannot repent nor forsake sin by ourselves. Read Isaiah 53 and Matthew, Mark,
Luke and Johns account of the Gospel. A man must repent before he believes in
Jesus (Mark 1:15). Now repentance is not a saving grace, having value only as it
leads to something further on. The pain of a physical malady has no curative
virtue; but it is the pain that inclines the patient to ring the doctor's bell.
So John the Baptist goes before Jesus with his cry, "Repent
ye". since without repentance there is no adequate sense of need, nor
disposition to accept Jesus.
Let us get a
clear understanding of repentance. It suggests at the outset, an apprehension of
sin as a fact; not a figment of the imagination, not a belief of mortal mind,
but a distinct violation of holy law.
Jesus, Gods Son, took our place on the
cross. That is how guilty a sinner we are. But God Himself paid the price to buy us back. Salvation is a free gift. (Eph.2:8) We must not insult the giver, God, by trying to offer payment such as good works, as I used to do
, and received nothing.
Today, Gods love fills my whole life and His Holy spirit brings me joy, peace and self-control that I never had before. Good works are now the fruit of salvation and no longer the root.
The soul that sins, must die, God says. Whether we curse and swear take God's
name in vain, worshiped something or someone else, committed adultery, broke
the holy Sabbath, murdered, stole or coveted, sin must be recognized as a concrete or
King David in Psalms 51 is a good example. This conviction of sin must be
followed by a resolution to forsake it. The truly penitent is not saved.; he has
only discovered his need of salvation; he knows his malady; now how shall he be
cured of it?
To pause her is death. One in a sinking boat must not be satisfied with stopping
the leak; the boat must be baled out.
A man over his ears in debt can not recover his credit by resolving to pay cash
in the future; he must somehow cancel his past obligation
This brings us to the question: 'What must I do to be saved?".
How shall I become a Christian? Jesus said to Nicodemus, "God so loved
the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him,
should not perish, but have everlasting life".
When Protestantism still believed in the binding of all the Ten Commandments as Paul in Romans 7:7 quoted, the Gospel was preached with that law as the needle to wound the transgressor and then the Gospel bandages were applied. A lawless Gospel is no Gospel at all. There is no sin to point out and nothing to be forgiven nor to repent from. Jesus does not save us in, but from sin!!!
But what is it to ' believe in Jesus?' it is easy to say, 'Come to Christ' and
'Accept Jesus' and 'Believe in Him'; but just here occurs the bewilderment.
These are often-times mere shop-worn phrases to the unsaved, however simple they
may appear to those who have entered on the Christian life.
Jesus asked His disciples:' Who do men say that I am?' That you are only a
man! 'But what do you think who I am?' you are the Christ, the Son of the
living God!'. Flesh and blood does not reveal this to us, only God directly. His
disciples were beginning to know Him. He would give them his full confidence.
As they walked towards Jerusalem, He told them that how He had come to redeem
the world by bearing its penalty of death; 'He began to show them how he must
suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed.
At that point Peter could hold his peace no longer, but began to rebuke Him,
saying, 'Be it far from you Lord! To die? No, to reign in glory! And Jesus said
to him, 'Get thee behind Me, Satan!'. He did not see Peter but Satan-perceived
how the adversary had for the moment taken possession of Peter's conscience,
brain and lips. Get thee behind me Satan, I know you and recognize your crafty
From this we conclude that the vicarious death of Jesus is the vital center of
his Gospel and that any word that contravenes it is in the nature of Satan's
The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin and without the shedding of
blood there is no forgiveness. He came to take our place. He paid for our sins.
Now we come to the very heart of the matter-to believe that Christ means what He
says. He says to the Sinner, "The Son of man has power on earth to forgive
sins". He says, "Him that comes to Me, I will in no ways cast
out". "He that believes in Me has everlasting life".
"But here is where many hesitate and fail". They do not "screw
their courage to the sticking point". They come up to the line, but do not
take the step to take the outstretched hand of Christ, and so fall short of
The will must act. The prodigal in the far country will stay there forever
unless his resolution cries, "I will arise and go!". The resolution is
an appropriating act. It makes Christ mine.
The sequel to 'becoming a Christian' is following Christ. The phrase 'you are
saved' in 1.Cor.15:2 should read, "you are being saved"! Like the
on the road to pilgrims progress, Jesus said: ,narrow is the gate and narrow is
the way, and few be there that walk therein.
Luther was big on righteousness by faith (alone) Gospel! Translating the Bible from the dead language of Latin into German, and the invention of the Gutenburg press, sparked the protestant Reformation. The catch cry: by faith alone and by scriptures alone would unite Christianity today, if followed!
Jesus sets us free from sin and its law of death (Romans 8:2). ' For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteousness (right doing) of the law might be fulfilled inside us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit'-Romans 8:3,4. Earlier the apostle had asked the question, do we make void the law by faith? God forbid, yes we establish the law.-3:31
Churches contradict the New Testament by saying that Gods holy moral law of the 10 Commandments are a yoke of bondage.
But the N.T. calls it a royal law of liberty (James 2:8-12) and shows us that every one of the 10 are of equal importance with God and includes Christs seventh day Sabbath of the 4th commandment. (note: the corrupt version of catechism shows it as the third commandment).
Protestant Theologians make the Gospel more complicated and use terms such as Justification, which is our title to heaven on the basis of what Jesus did for us outside of ourselves. And Sanctification which is our fitness for heaven and is what Gods Holy Spirit does inside us. But mark this, a lack of sanctification (loving obedience to Gods law) cancels the saving effects of justification. Jesus sets me free and I can not be a slave to sin.
The Gospel of John, the beloved disciple, is bend on telling us that the Lord
Jesus Christ is our Creator God and as Mark already told us, as such, is our
Lord of the Seventh-Day-Sabbath, because He made everything that was made
[cf.John1:1-3; Mark 2:27,28]. This then also agrees with the apostle Paul
who has the sixth Gospel [Galatians 3:8,11,12].
Christ is Redeemer by virtue of His power as Creator. We read that: "We
have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins," because
that " by Him were all things created". [Col.1:14,16]. If He
were not Creator, he could not be Redeemer. This means simply put that
redemptive power and creative power are the same. To redeem is to
create. This is shown in the statement of the apostle that the Gospel is
the power of God unto salvation; which statement is immediately followed by
another to the effect that the power of God is seen by means of the things that
have been made. [Rom.1:16,20].
The Psalmist prayed: "Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right
spirit within me". [Ps.51:10]. the apostle says:' if any man
be in Christ, he is a new creation. [2.Cor.5:17]. And again: 'For
by grace are ye saved and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not by
works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in
Jesus Christ unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk
in them." [Eph.2:8-10].
Now let us look at the seventh Gospel in Revelation 14:6-12.
Here we have a Gospel that stands on its own. While it is true that we
were judged at the cross in Christ, there is definitely a day of judgment for
Christians only and for those who obeyed the Gospel and are scarcely to be saved
But what is the good news part of this everlasting Gospel? it is this,
those who follow Christ also follow His work in the heavenly Temple/Sanctuary in
the eradication of all sin even the sins of neglect and ignorance [Hebrews 9:7].
The glory of God is really the Shikinah but what surrounds Him most is His
character or holiness without no man can approach God. Christ is our great
high Priest in the heavenly temple and we should all become familiar with His
work and office. This particular Gospel also uplifts Christ as our Creator
God and if you have not yet obeyed the Gospel or Christ's Sabbath, the fourth of
the Ten Commandments [Exodus 20:8] then you are not glorifying God and Christ as
the Creator [Mark 2:27,28].
The Gospel commission in Matthew 28:16-20 is an invitation only. Some in the past have used political force-rape. God does not accept forced allegiance! In the Gospel commission we can see the proper relationship with Law & Gospel: 'teaching them to obey whatever I have commanded you.' Also the new covenant has God putting his moral law inside our hearts and minds when He forgives our sins, the righteousness of Jesus by faith alone (Heb.8,10).
The endtime Gospel
Revelation 14 contains the last invitation to this sinful dying world of
ours. It contains the announcement of God's final hour of judgment [verse 6,7]
and the Ten Commandments [v.12].
This everlasting Gospel of the last days [eschatology] was given first to all
Christianity in the midst 1800's, but this first angel's message of Revelation
14:6,7 was rejected completely and only the
Seventh-Day Adventists are the sole custodians for the past 160 years.
John saw the Temple in Heaven open since this judgment hour began in 1844 a.d.
[Apocalypse 11:18,19] when our Lord Jesus Christ began the cleansing of the Most
Holy place, known as the day of 'Atonement'. [see our 2300 days page].
Jesus urges us into true worship and warns us against false worship of the
Beast power 666, its image and mark or seal at the same time. The true
Sabbath of Christ versus the false Sunday Sabbath of the Anti- or counterfeit
-Christ! See our page on Sunday and
The Gospel is the power (dunamis, dynamite) of God. How few Christians have
true understanding of the explosive power of the Gospel they so lightly profess!
How about you dear Friend? Are you ashamed of the Gospel?