Although many modern variations of the Gospel of Salvation are offered in the churches today, there is only one True Gospel that “saves“!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ, together with the Gospel of the Kingdom (mentioned by Jesus in Matt 4:23) are messages of HOPE provided by our Creator to His children. These are to encourage God’s people to keep and strengthen their faith (Eph 3:16), especially during times of trouble.
History of How the True Gospel Affected Faith
Throughout the past 2,000 years, Christians have been burned alive on crosses and fed to lions in a demonstration of their faith towards God (Heb 11:37). These faithful saints had the courage to face their enemies because the True Gospel they heard, believed and trusted in gave “their inner man“ (2 Cor 4:16) the strength needed to “patiently endure to the end” (Matt 10:22).
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”John 12:24-25
Modern Persecution of Christians
Today’s watered-down ‘gospels’ fail every test to provide the necessary HOPE in modern Christians that the True Gospel message did to Christians in the early church.
It is reported that in the past year, persecution of Christians is increasing throughout the world.
- Over 245 million Christians living in places where they experience high levels of persecution
- 4,305 Christians killed for their faith
- 1,847 churches and other Christian buildings attacked.
- 3,150 believers detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned
From this is can be assumed that Christians in Western countries will soon be forced to either denounce their faith or be beheaded. The Book of Revelation has prophesied this will happen:
“And …I saw the SOULS OF THEM that were BEHEADED for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”Rev 20:4
To illustrate how this situation is “at the doors” (Matt 24:33), there have been reports for several years that the American Army purchased 30,000 guillotines in which to execute American citizens under Obamacare legally. The image below illustrates this, and this 15 minute YouTube video provides a more detailed explanation.
In light of the foregoing, what follows is my understanding of the True Gospel of Jesus Christ. It not only represents the core beliefs of Paul’s Gospel explained elsewhere in my blog’s posts,but also it provides the same HOPE that the early Christians had when they were persecuted for their faith.
“Yea, and ALL [disciples of Jesus Christ] that will live godly in Christ Jesus SHALL SUFFER PERSECUTION.”2 Tim 3:12
The True Gospel of HOPE!
When a disaster occurs in our life, we need ‘HOPE’ to carry us through until our lives can (HOPEfully) resume again.
“For we are SAVED BY HOPE: but HOPE THAT IS SEEN IS NOT HOPE: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But IF WE HOPE FOR THAT WE SEE NOT, then do we with patience wait for it.”Rom 8:24-25
Now FAITH is THE SUBSTANCE of things HOPED FOR, the evidence of things not seen.Hebrews 11:1
The True Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The True Gospel of Jesus Christ contains the following points for it to become “THE Good News” that enables God’s people to “endure to the end to be saved” (Matt 10:22). Before one can hear the “good news” of the True Gospel, the “bad news” of what Christians are “saved” from must be appreciated.
First, the Bad News
We are all born into this world under the curse of Adam and Eve (1 Cor 15:47) which is first witnessed by children rebelling against parental authority and later against God when adults. This is termed being a rebel (by committing “iniquity” – Psalm 51:5) in God’s kingdom on the Earth.
The Bible says that all sinners will one day stand before the Great White Throne to be judged (Rev 20:6; 20:12; 20:11). This will happen after the Second Resurrection.
Both Christians and non-Christians who have rebelled against God (Psalm 78:8) and His words — these will be judged by Jesus Christ (Acts 10:42). Here is where Christ sentences them to spend eternity in their resurrected eternal bodies dying daily in the Lake of Fire (Rev 21:8).
This warning of eternal pain and suffering to rebels is required to be preached by Christians about the wrath of God that will come (Matt 3:7). This is not happening, because most Christians have replaced their Creator (God) and His Son Jesus Christ as Savior with false ‘gods’ that “love” sinners into Hell. The One True God only wants to spend eternity with those who love, honor, obey and willingly serve Him (1 John 5:3; John 12:26).
If an unbeliever accepts that any outcome involving Hell is “Bad News”, then the same needs the “Good News” (meaning the True Gospel) to be “saved” from this terrible fate.
The GOOD NEWS!
Jesus Christ is the ONLY Savior, because He (as being God the Son before the world began— John 1:1) came to be the ‘light of the world” (John 8:12). He freely chose to humble Himself from formerly being God (John 1:1) to become a man (Phil 2:8). Once born to Mary (Isaiah 7:14), He worked, fed and provided for His means while on the Earth as we do (Mark 6:3).
If Christ had succumbed to committing just one sinful act throughout His lifetime of 33 years—this would have nullified His mission of becoming “Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14). Had this happened, there was no Plan B for God and for Christ to “save” humanity! Praise God that Christ had the victory over SIN and over Satan’s temptations!!
Comparison of Animal Sacrifices with Christ
Under the Laws of Moses, the Jews were to atone for their sins by killing the Passover Lamb (Exod 12:21). The animal’s blood symbolically cleansed each Jewish family and their nation of their sins (Exod 12:21-24).
Jesus Christ came to the Earth to do away with the laws of killing animals for sins, as this ritual was never able to make the sinners “perfect” (Heb 10:1). Added to this, the Levitical priests of Christ’s day had corrupted the Laws of Moses (Matt 15:6) to benefit themselves. They did this by persecuting and robbing God’s people (the Jews) of their wealth (Matt 23:14). This was why the religious leaders hated Jesus, because He exposed their corrupt ways and their hypocrisy (Matt 23:13) to the ordinary people.
Christ’s Suffering and Death
Prior to His death, Jesus Christ was falsely accused by the religious Jews and judged wrongfully by Pilate (Matt 27:24).
After He had died, a soldier plunged his spear into Christ’s side to prove His death, thereby causing His blood and water to spill onto the ground (John 19:34). This “shedding of innocent blood” fulfilled the requirement for Christ to become “the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world” (John 1:29; Heb 9:22).
What has been said so far represents the FIRST part of the Good News of the True Gospel. This is because it means every person on Earth potentially has a Savior of their soul from spending eternity in Hell. Christ is that Savior whose blood can “wash away every sin” (Rev 1:5) and “cleanse any repentant sinner from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
However, as becoming God’s children by adoption (Eph 1:5) and by accepting these spiritual truths (1 Cor 2:14), we must then begin to hate sin as God hates sin (1 John 3:6; 1 John 5:18). In this we should no longer want to succumb to its temptations by repeating them (James 4:7), because:
“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, THAT HE MIGHT DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL. 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is [truly] born [again] of God.”1 John 3:8-9
The GOOD News!
Finally, after Christ had been dead in the tomb for three days and three nights — or 72 hours (Matt 12:40), He rose from the grave in His resurrected (eternal) body. This happened early on our Sunday morning (Mark 16:2), where His glorious resurrection (1 Cor 15:6) proved that Jesus had overcome Satan’s deceptions and lies (Isa 53:1-12). Jesus had also defeated the curse of Adam and Eve sent upon all people on Earth! He also defeated the power of the grave, where dead bodies return back to dust.
Christ’s Return at the Rapture
Christ’s disciples who are living in these “last days” (2 Tim 3:1-7) are awaiting the appearance of Satan’s son ‘The Antichrist’ (Rev 13:1-4). Following this, Christ’s “wise virgins” (Matt 25:1-13) will be found waiting for their Savior’s arrival to the space above the clouds. Once arrived, He will first “raise the dead in Christ” (1 Thes 4:16) into their glorified (resurrected) bodies into the same type of glorified eternal body as He has (1 Cor 15:51-53) followed by “…we who are alive and remain” (1 Thes 4:17).
This means Christ will then translate the bodies of the “Wise Virgins” on the Earth (1 Cor 15:52) into glorified bodies the same as His. Christ will then transport His ‘saints’ (Rev 14:12) beyond the clouds, so that the “sons of God” will remain in His presence forever.
Those who are “raptured into Heaven” will then participate in the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb” (Rev 19:9). Following this is their Judgment for Rewards for faithful service (1 Cor 3:11-15), where the flames will not burn their “good works” (1 Cor 3:12-14).
In this scene, Christ’s disciples are referred to as “good and faithful servants” (Matt 25:21). He then allocates them to be in authority over ten cities or over five cities (Luke 19:15-19) in accordance to how many of their “works” survived the flames.
The Millennium and Beyond
At the end of the seven-years of Tribulation on the Earth, the saints accompany Christ back to the Earth (Rev 19:11-14), where Jesus casts ‘The Antichrist’ and the ‘False Prophet’ into the ‘Lake of Fire’ (Rev 19:20), followed by the “goat nations” into Hell (Matt 25:31-46).
Christ will then establish His kingdom on Earth — with His capital city located at Jerusalem (Matt 19:28). Christ’s kingdom will last for 1,000 years (Rev 20:4). During that time, Satan will be bound in the Bottomless Pit (Rev 20:1-3) thereby allowing peace, justice and good government to be experienced throughout the entire Earth (Rev 20:1-3).
True Gospel Christians MUST be “Overcomers”!
Those who become “overcomers” over Satan’s lies and deceptions are termed “sons of God” (Rom 8:14). This is because they defeated Satan in the same manner as Jesus defeated him (Rev 3:21). This is because Christ (as the Great Shepherd of God’s Sheep — Heb 13:20) leads those who follow Him (John 10:27) through trials, tribulations, persecutions and rejection (1 Peter 1:7; Acts 14:22; 2 Cor 12:10; Luke 6:22). Those who “overcome” these trials will eventually arrive at the “strait gate” (Matt 7:14) and ultimately eternal life with Christ in the New Earth (Rev 21:1-7). .
Now, isn’t that “GOOD NEWS“!!
The ‘Everlasting Gospel’ — compatibility check with ‘My Gospel’
The Bible states that throughout the Tribulation period, an angel will fly in the midst of the sky preaching the Everlasting Gospel to the world’s inhabitants. This scene occurs AFTER the True Church of Jesus Christ has been raptured into Heaven:
“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. ”Rev 14:6-7
The term “everlasting” from Strong’s Dictionary says:
From G104; everduring (forward and backward, or forward only): – eternal, everlasting.
The scriptures state what the hearers of this Gospel message have to apply in their lives:
- The FEAR of God
- To give GLORY to God
- WORSHIP God.
The Fear of God
Paul’s statement in 2 Cor. 7:1 gives Christians a command to “…cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the FEAR OF GOD”
In addition, Paul demands in Eph 5:21 that Christians “Submit yourselves one to another in the FEAR OF GOD”
Therefore, the Fear of God should be viewed as the same an obedient child might have with a loving father. If the father knows something is dangerous for his child, he warns him and says “Don’t do..!” Similarly, if the child respects His father’s wisdom, and the care and love he has for him, he will obey his father’s words. That’s how it is with God and His “fear” if the child disobeys his father.
Glory to God
The Apostle Peter says in 1 Peter 4:16, “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.”
In other words, ALL Christian suffering should be at the hands of evil and wicked men (and women); whereby when such persecution occurs, the Christian is able to “glorify God”!
“But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. “1 Peter 4:13
The Worship of God
The Apostle Paul states there are only TWO ways in which a Christian can offer true worship to God:
- To worship God IN THE SPIRIT (Phil 3:3)
- To worship God IN SPIRIT and IN TRUTH (John 4:24)
“Worship” generally has action associated with it. In this sense, the worship of God associates with the lifting of hands that hang down (Heb 12:12-13) to praise of God for who He is and to worship Him for what He has done. However, a far more potent form of worship is when Christians prove what is true and then share, debate or “earnestly contend for the faith” using scripture verses against others (Jude 1:3) who “oppose themselves and God” (2 Tim 2:25).
Worshiping God “in the Spirit” can only happen when “born-again” (John 3:8) Christians unite together as “members of the Body of Christ” (1 Cor 12:7-27) to go forth as one united Man to spoil Satan’s kingdom, and in doing so produce spiritual “fruit” unto God (John 15:1-2).
From the foregoing, it can be concluded that the Apostle Paul’s ‘Gospel’ agrees with the requirements of the ‘Everlasting Gospel’ and that both of these align with the True Gospel presented here.