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Mar 24 2010

What Is The Gospel Message?

Believe and Receive

What a silly question for a Christian blog. Why do I even bring it up? I bring it up because, unfortunately, people add to the Gospel Message. People add works to the simple message of the Gospel.  It is very disheartening to hear Christians adding works to the Gospel, trying to convince someone that they must do something in order to be saved.  The literal translation of the word Greek word “euaggelion” or “gospel” in English is “good message.” Within the Word of God, the good message is that salvation is by grace through faith.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 (ESV)

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. Isaiah 61:1-3 (ESV)

Jesus quotes Isaiah 61:1-3 in reference to Himself in Luke:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:18-21 (ESV)

Salvation is the Good Message preached by our Redeemer. It is ALL about Jesus. We are included because He died for our sins. It is His work and His work alone and it’s purpose is to give glory to God.  (John 17:1)  Certainly we are beneficiaries of His work. The simple message of the Good News, the Gospel, is that Christ died for our sins so that we may be saved.

One must hear the Good News so that the hearer can repent and belief and call upon the name of the Lord. Only AFTER will a person be able to follow Him. Those that have not believed in Him will not change their minds about their dead works and certainly will not have any interest in obeying Christ.

True salvation is receiving Christ and redemption by the blood of His sacrifice. Believe and receive. The Good News is that we are saved from the punishment of our sins. I can’t think of any better news than that.

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  1. Margaret

    Tishrei,

    Pride and arrogance cause many to twist God’s word….. They don’t really believe the gospel as God’s word lays it out for us….. Paul talks of some false preachers who only wanted power over people and money….. We need to become strong in God’s word, so we won’t be so easily swayed by false preachers…..

    True salvation in the gospel is too precious to give up or take lightly.

    Margaret

    1. Tishrei

      Hi Margaret,

      Sadly, people do twist God’s Word. They can’t hear His voice because they are not His sheep.

  2. pttyann

    Amen,amen my sister!!! Jesus kept it plain and simple and yet many are stumbling right over the true message of salvation. Have a wonderful evening Tishrei :D

    1. Tishrei

      Hello Pat,

      The Gospel message is so simple, even a child can understand and yet, like you said, many stumble right over the true message of salvation. Tragic.

  3. jesushealstoday99

    Hi Sister!

    greetings from England, UK.

    I enjoyed your post on the Gospel.

    See my British website site asking “What Is The Gospel?”

    1. Tishrei

      Hi JesusHealsToday99,

      Thanks for stopping by. I will come over to your site and read your post on this topic and I don’t have to go all the way to England :)

      Thanks!

  4. Loren

    Great post, Tishrei!

    The Gospel is never about what a person does or does not do. It is about what the Lord Jesus Christ HAS done.

    “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” (Gal. 2:16)

    1. Tishrei

      Hi Loren,

      How true — the Gospel is never ever about what a person does nor doesn’t do. It’s all about Him and what He has done. As you pointed out, Galatians 2:16 is the perfect scripture that says exactly that.

      We are unable to even believe unless He gives us the necessary faith to believe.

  5. jesushealstoday99

    Hi Tishrei,

    thanks for dropping by my blog!

    My earlier link above to my “proper” website didn’t work properly so here it is, but not as a clickable link this time:

    http://www.whatisthegospel.org.uk/

  6. Repent Harlequin

    Hello Blog Lady T.,

    Adding to the gospel has become quite a cottage industry. Whether for money or simply to self-agrandise or justify oneself it makes no difference. Even for what we perceive as good motives can steer us away from the gospel; after all, we perceive as fallen creatures..

    A good way to guard against that is study in the Word, prayer so that we can discern if something really is God’s will and submit to it, and surrounding yourself with solid Christians who can help correct you. I’m reminded of Apollo taking correction from Priscilla (oh my! a woman!) and Aquila.

    1. Tishrei

      Hi Kent,

      I agree with you completely. People, for various self-motivated reasons, have added and changed the Gospel message and many times it becomes unrecognizable. The message of the Gospel is really very simple. Repent and believe is the very essence of the Good News.

      However, as you pointed out, I may be out of order just saying that since I am a female :)
      :) Yours truly, BLT :)

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