What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

If we ask a Christian what the gospel is, he/she will tell that it is, "Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and so, we are saved from hell." But it is not the gospel. It is part of what Jesus Christ has done. However, the author of the gospel is Jesus Christ. And whatever the author told us to do to inherit the kingdom of God, is the gospel, which is good news. If you want to study who and how is he the author of the gospel, please study the article on this link: Author of the Gospel.

1. What is the Gospel?

What is the Gospel? The gospel is the good news that tells us how we can inherit eternal life. We see eternity in three levels. Revelation 21:1&2: says "1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." The three levels are new earth, new heaven, and new Jerusalem. If we reach anyone of these three, it is eternal life. The gospel will tell us how to enter eternal life. One man asked Jesus how to have eternal life in Matthew 19:16, and how to inherit eternal life in Mark 10:17, and in Luke 18:8. Matthew 19:16 says, "And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" Jesus Christ answered that he must keep the commandments in verse 17, and then limited to him only the second portion of the Ten Commandments in the next two verses. "Verse 17 but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." So, the second portion of the Ten Commandments, may allow men to inherit New Earth, may be New Heaven also. Here, in our study portion, in the next verse, the man says that he obeys the second portion of the commandments. Jesus Christ reply to him saying that if he want to be PERFECT, that is to obey the first portion of the commandments also, to have New Heaven or to be New Jerusalem, look at this: Matthew 19:21 says "Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." Jesus Christ told him in such a way that he could know exactly what it involves in that first portion of the commandments, "thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength, (Mark 12:30)." Christians do not understand what it means or how much it involve the first commandment. Lack of understanding leads them to hell. Example: John 3:14 to 16 say, "whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." Here, verses 14&15 tell us to believe the Son of Man, Jesus of Nazareth. Verse 16 tells us to believe the Begotten Son, who is the resurrected Jesus Christ, in order to receive eternal life. Lack of understanding is to believe that Jesus was crucified, died, and was resurrected in order to have eternal life. But the truth is, that we must believe what Jesus Christ told us to do to have or to inherit eternal life and to do them, in order to have or to inherit eternal life. Most Christians believe the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and think that they are saved and will go to heaven, and actually they will end up in hell, because they will not do what God wants them to do. How about you? Do you know the truth?

2. Lord Jesus Christ  Preached His Gospel

Jesus Christ preached the Gospel when he was alive as a man and what he has preached is recorded in the Bible. Matthew 4:23 says: "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, ..." Mark 1 says: "14) Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15) And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." Jesus Christ sent his disciples to preach his gospel even before he was crucified. Luke 9:6 says: "... they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere." So, Jesus Christ has preached the gospel, taught his disciples to preach the gospel and send them also to preach the same gospel that he has preached. And, nobody else is authorized to preach something else as the gospel, other than the gospel preached by Jesus Christ for our salvation. All other gospels are counterfeits.

A. Jesus Christ Preached His Commandments as His Gospel.

The Lord Jesus Christ came to his disciples after his resurrection and told them to preach the gospel. Mark and Matthew recorded the instructions. Mark recorded as: preach the gospel. Mark 16:15 says: "... he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." And Matthew recorded the same instructions as: teach them to observe what I have commanded. Matt 28:20 says: "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." So, we see that to preach the gospel is to teach to observe the commandments of Jesus Christ. The reward for obedience is the eternal life. So we can boldly say that the gospel of Jesus Christ is to obey the commandments of Jesus Christ, by which people will inherit eternal life. When he was a man, Jesus Christ answered how to have eternal life. Here it is: Matthew 19 says: "16) ... Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17) ... he said unto him ... if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." Even though the Lord Jesus Christ has given a straight answer, our preachers twist the word of God saying that if we obey his commandments, it will be works and we will not be saved by works. These preachers are not of God and they deceive people. 2 Thessalonians 1:8 says: "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:" So, we must obey the gospel of Jesus Christ.

B. Repentance to be Believers

Luke 24:47 says: "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Matthew 4:17 says: "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Jesus Christ shows that this preaching of the gospel of the kingdom of God must start by the preaching of repentance and remission of sins, which are the basics or pre-requisites to the gospel.

C. Strive to Enter to be Saved

Luke 13 says: 23) "Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24) Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." One of the disciples asked Jesus Christ whether just a few people are going to be saved. Jesus Christ answered saying that unless they strive to enter through the strait (tight, constricted) gate they cannot enter into eternal life. He says that many people will seek easier ways to enter, but they will not be able to enter. If they don't enter into eternal salvation then it is eternal damnation. Easy salvation is not true salvation, but it is counterfeit or fake salvation, which is deception from the devil.

D. What are the Preachings of Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ tells Christians in Matthew 5:20: "... I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." Christians have to obey the commandments from the roots. That is, they have to nib sin in the bud. Example: 1) First Jesus Christ points us the Old Testament commandment. 21 says: "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:" Then he tells the spiritual application of the commandments in the next verse. 22 says: "But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire." However, if we have a godly cause, we have the right to defend the cause. Example: 2) They should not look at a woman with lust so that there will be no chance for adultery. So also they should not hate a person, so that there is no chance to kill, etc. Matthew 5 says: "27) Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28) But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." Then, Jesus Christ tells them to kill the deed of the body of sin: "29) And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 30) And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." Even though he did not mean to mutilate the body, he use such a language to emphasis his point. The commandments of the Lord appear to be very rude. But it is practical and we are given grace, power, and the holy spirit from God. They can lead us in the ways of God and to destroy the deeds of the flesh to become the sons of God. John 1 says: "12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God. 16) … of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace." Luke 11:13 says: "... how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" Romans 8 says: "13) ... but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 17) ... if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;" Christians can obey the commandments of God by his power, grace, and the Holy Spirit and destroy the sinful deeds of their flesh. Then they become the sons of God and they will inherit the kingdom of God. To receive grace, click on this link: "Grace of God."      

D. Baptism of the Holy Ghost to be Preachers

In Luke 24:49 Jesus says: "behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." In Acts 1:8 Jesus says: "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Again, Jesus Christ told his disciples to wait and to receive the Holy Spirit before preaching. So, they have received the Holy Ghost first, preached with power and were witnesses unto Jesus Christ. God has not changed his rule. But, many people preach without receiving the Holy Ghost. They fall victims to deception of Satan. They preach false gospel. God calls them workers of iniquity.

3. The Church is Lost! But God has Won!!

Pastors, Evangelists, and all preachers, either they are from the church or outside the church, preach the story of Jesus Christ as the gospel and ask people to believe it. Almost the whole world has already believed it, yet they preach it, as if, nobody has believed it. May be, they don't know what else to preach, and they do not know what the gospel is. If they knew, they would have preached the gospel. How is that the whole Christianity has fallen into such a blindness or such ignorance? Why and how is this happened?

A. God blinds the Wise and Prudent, and Satan also blinds them.

Now, let us see, what has happened to the churches in the world, which carries the name of God. Jesus Christ says in Luke 10:21: "In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight." The babes belong to the church of God and God gives understanding to them. But, God hid the understanding to the wise and prudent and so the churches on the world do not know the word of God. John 12:40 says that Jesus has: "blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them." So, God has blinded them so that they will never see. But they boast in their ignorance. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." So, not only God has blinded and rejected them and but the devil also has blinded them. They are double dead, but they think, they boast as if they have it all. They just put up a show of fake godliness.  

B. Humble People made Perfect is the Church of God.

If a country is taken by enemies, the king of the country is defeated. But, God will never be defeated. Then, what happened here in the church? To begin with, the organizational churches never did belong to God. God's church is made up of individual people, joined with God by his Spirit. They live in God, and God lives in them. They do not need church buildings. This church is not touched by deception or by the enemy. This is the church of God. Hebrews 12 says "22) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect," A few humble people has come to God, they are made perfect, and they are part of the church of God. So, God's church is well and alive.

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4. How shall We Escape Hell and Inherit Heaven?

Most of us know that it is too hard to become a joint-heir with Jesus Christ in heaven. It is difficult and it demands true dedication. Anyhow, keep trying. But now, let us see how to escape hell, and this could be the first step.

A. Born of the Flesh, and Born of the Spirit.

According to the Bible a true Christian will have two births. The first one is born of the flesh, and the next is born of the spirit. Jesus Christ says that we must be born again in order to see the kingdom of God. "John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." When a man is convicted of his sins by the Holy Ghost, if he responded with true repentance, God gives him the spirit of man, in order to pursue his spiritual life. "John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." In the same fashion a person receives a body of flesh at the physical birth, a person receives a body of spirit (the spirit man) from God as he is born of the spirit, which is his second birth. Now this person can see the kingdom of God because of the spirit of man. The spirit of man is also called the holy spirit.

B. Born of the Water is by the Word of God.

Jesus Christ also says that a person must be born of water and of the Spirit in order to enter into the kingdom of God. "John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Born of water means that a person must be washed by the water of the word and the person must become a renewed person. This means that he must obey the word of God as he continues in it. "Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word." As he is obedient to the word of God, the Holy Ghost will be with you. "John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever." As he submits himself totally to the will of God, the Holy Ghost will lead his total life, as a mighty wind carries a particle wherever the wind want to carry. "John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." This person is born of the water and of the Spirit. This believer enters the kingdom of God. If you are interested to study the details of born again, please click on this link. Link is: "Born Again."

C. Must Exceed the Righteousness of Church Leaders.

"Matt 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." Our righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees. One thing very favorable to us is the fact that they were hypocrites. But they were very religious and very zealous for God. They observed all the ceremonies and gave tithes even in negligible things. They prayed long prayers and witnessed for God. Even if some teach the right things, they did not obey their own teachings. We have to take this as a caution. So if we are zealous for the Lord, learn the truth and live according to the truth, then we have exceeded the righteousness of the Scribes and the Pharisees.

D. Sons of God Purify Themselves, even as Jesus Christ is pure.

2 Corinthians 11 says: "2) For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3) But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." In the above verse, "the simplicity that is in Christ" is taught as his simple godly love, which readily accepts unto himself any sinner, who believes that he is the Son of God and believes in his death, burial and resurrection. It appears to be simple and acceptable. But the verses says something else. Verse 2 says, that the Holy Ghost with godly jealousy want to present this bride as a chaste virgin to Jesus Christ. The simplicity in Jesus is to accept ONLY a chaste virgin and not an adulterous woman who simply believes something great about the Bride Groom. Ephesians 5 says: "26) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27) That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." Here we see that Jesus will make his bride spotless. 1 John 3:3 says: "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." She will keep herself pure for his coming. The wrong teaching will encourage the people to believe great and marvelous things about Jesus Christ, but not to obey him to keep themselves pure. So, believe what God says, but not what preachers say.          

5. Jesus Showed the Way even to Reign with Him

God, the Creator of all things that exist, became a man to bring salvation to us. He lived as a man, to show us a life of example, so that we may follow his steps to live a holy life. By his death, he became the author of salvation to forgive our past sins and by his resurrection, he is with us (if we are his people) turning every one of us from sins and iniquities and to take us to be with him.

A. God Became a Man to Make Men Holy.

John 1:14 says: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." God the Word became flesh, that is- God became a mere man--Jesus of Nazareth. 1 Peter 2 says: "21) For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22) Who did no sin,--" Jesus lived just as a man, for us to follow his steps. His life was without sin. 1 Peter 1 says: "14) As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15) But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16) Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." He lived a holy life and tells us to live a holy life. Saved from sins is to live with no sin. Hebrew 5 says: "7) Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8) Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9) And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" As a man, he submitted himself to God totally. He surrendered himself completely in obedience to God and he became the author of eternal salvation. This salvation is given only to those who obey him. "Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." We must obey him, with trembling and fear. 2 Corinthians 8:9 says: "For ye know the of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich", that is- God became poor so that the poor may become rich. Romans 8:17 says: "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together," that is- the mere men/women can become joint heir with Jesus Christ and be rich in the glory of God for ever. Jesus told his disciples in John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. If we follow him as his disciples, he will come to take us unto himself, so that we will be with him for eternity.

B. Sow to flesh, Reap Eternal Death; Sow to Spirit, Reap Life Eternal.

A reward is free, but it is not totally free. Even though you will not pay for it, you have to deserve it. Any reward will be of much greater value than the effort we have made. Matthew 16:27 says: "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." Revelation 22 says: "11) He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12) And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." Galatians 6:8 says "For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." We see that the reward is according to the work we do in the path of life that was ordained by God. The punishment for the work of the flesh is also called a reward and that is also according to our works. The rewards for the good works will range, from barely escaping the punishment of the burning in the fire, to sit in the throne of God with Jesus Christ, to rule with him, as a joint-heir with Jesus Christ, having the same glory as he has. That means, the punishment also will be more severe than expected, because it also will be in proportion to the evil work of rebellion that a person has done.

C. Satan is still a Deceiver.

Hebrews 5:14 says: "But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." Spiritually mature Christians who are deep rooted in the Word of God can discern the false doctrine of Satan. But how can an ordinary Christian detect the deception of the devil? They can discern by the following way. Look what Satan has done in the Garden of Eden to deceive Eve. Satan promised her that they will not die if they disobey God and eat the fruit. Genesis 3 says: "3) But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die." Satan is still a deceiver, and he says that God will not punish you because God is so loving. No! Obey God, do what God says so that you may with Jesus Christ.

D. God Reward those who Work Righteousness.

2 Chronicles 30:27 says: "their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven." So, God lives in the glorious place called heaven. Isaiah 64 says: "4) For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. 5) Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways:" The heaven is so glorious that even the description of heaven cannot enter in the minds of people. God purposed to give the godly glory to them that are in obedience, so that they may live with him, rule with him and be a part of him forever.

E. This is the True Gospel.

God created the whole universe and all the things in it with its microscopic details. We are his creation. God made us, our souls, in his image and put it in the body that he has made from the dust of the ground. Our body will return to the dust. But again, the soul is given a holy spirit, not only guide the soul in holiness, but also to be his glorious body at the resurrection. And the souls will receive rewards according to whatever we have done while we were living on earth. Our life on earth is considerably short when compared to eternal life. If we have perfect obedience in this short life, as Jesus has suffered in obedience until his death (i,e; if we suffer with Jesus), then we will reign with Jesus Christ throughout eternity. Won’t it be marvelous? Is it not the good news? This is the true gospel.                                                      

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Christians Say that we are Saved NOT by Works. True Or False?

The Bible tells about two kinds of works. We are saved by one kind of work, and we are not saved by other kinds. So, it is scriptural ignorance to say that we are not saved by works. But, which work God requires for salvation and which work he does not require?

Preachers take the account of Abraham to prove that salvation is not by works. Let us also see Abraham. "Genesis 17:1 ..the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly." God gave a commandment to Abraham to walk before God perfectly and then God will make the covenant to bless him, that is explained in the next few verses. Then God says in verse 11, "ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you." So, circumcision is the token or a sign for the covenant. But Jews did not do the work of walking perfect, but kept the circumcision. So, God has rejected them. Here are two kinds of works. ONE is to obey God. SECOND is to keep the outside sign, the meaning of which is that they OBEY. God requires US to 'OBEY' his command (work-1), but does not require US to put up a sign as we obey (work-2) for OUR salvation. But, preachers have twisted the scriptures and say that we must not obey God (because it will be works), but we must put up signs (church worship, etc,- since it brings revenue to them) for our salvation. This is a deception from the devil. You may read other articles below for more scriptures.

Link 1: http://abideinchrist.info/work.html (Article)

Link 2: http://abideinchrist.info/judgment.html (Article)

Link 3: http://truegospel.com/byworksvd.html (Video)

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

If we love God with reverential fear, we will obey God and We will stop sinning.