The Gospel of Christ lifts Jesus up, first on the cross, then in the resurrection. It involves death, His and ours. This Gospel is the power of our Salvation and moves us out of ourselves into everlasting life. The tragedy among the believing is most do not know this Gospel. The Gospel of Christ is for all who are willing to forsake- all and believe. We are given Salvation through Christ’s suffering and sacrifice – because God so loved the (lost) world; John 3:16. This Gospel is living and something we ‘eat and drink’ so we become the Lord’s as we partake with and of Him; John 6:37-58. The Lord gives us His Holy Spirit, and we become Holy Vessels. We are set apart now for the purpose and work of God; Romans 12:1-2. His Spirit prompts us to leave what is of darkness and unclean – not at once, and is calling us out of the world:
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”
“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
18 “I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Cor 6:14-18
The soul who has committed their lives to God will be born again by His Spirit, and we will desire what God desires. We are willing to lay aside, cut off, and depart from all that God commands through His Word. If we do not have this desire, it is most probable that we do not yet have His Spirit in us because the soul who has been born again will be significantly different for one reason. We will contain a new heart that has been spiritually born and is connected to God almighty.
The Spirit in us will testify His presence in us because His heart will cry and desire Father God –
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the Spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our Spirit that we are children of God, Romans 8:11-16.
The only way we will desire God and follow Jesus through the Word is by containing His heart in us. The evidence of this new heart is we will be attracted to serving Him by denying ourselves. This is different from those who are merely religious and why we must be careful not to look only at outward works as the measure of our faith, without having any inward changes going on.
Jesus had a lot to say of the powerful and showy religious men in His day, Matt 23, to which He rebuked as being nothing more than whitewashed tombs full of dead men’s bones!
It is easy to be religious, to be loyal to our churches, and serve faithfully. On the other hand, not everybody can work for the Lord Jesus Christ in His Kingdom. Only those who have been born from above can take part in His ministry.
Christ’s Gospel is beyond something we believe and something that has been imparted to us so we may live it. This is the difference between the haves and the have nots. One will burn with the heart of God and the cross of Christ, while the other will center around the love of God and compassion for those in need and suffering and is crossless. This compassionate social Gospel is Satanically inspired, and Jesus reveals it on the day Peter rebuked Him from going to the cross:
Jesus responded by saying:
“Get behind Me,Satan!You arean offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” Matt 16:23.
The Gospel is so large, and beyond this dimension, we need the Holy Spirit to help us grasp it! It is worth us asking, seeking, and knocking – so God may give us the knowledge of the truth, which is a lifelong request.
Here listed are some aspects of the Gospel found in the Word:
Historical Account: 1 Cor 15:1-8
Paul who was who God revealed the Gospel: Ephes 3:1-21
The Gospel Explained in its depths and benefits: Col 1:9-29
Is found in the awaited Messiah: Isaiah 61
Is the Way, the Truth and the Life, comprised all in Jesus: John 14:6
Is not of this world, but the Kingdom of God: Matt 24:14
Is the power of God – to Salvation, and His righteousness is revealed as we walk in it: Romans 1:16-17
Where the secrets of men will be shown: Romans 2:16
Where we are established (rooted) in Christ: Romans 16:25-27
Those who (truly) believe are only able to see and understand it: 2 Cor 4:3-6
Those who (truly) believe in the Gospel will receive the Holy Spirit: Ephes 1:13.
The Gospel comes not only in word but displays in power by the Holy Spirit: 1 Thess 1:5.
Will face adversity: 1 Thess 2:2
Will not be pleasing to carnal men but is approved by God 1 Thess 2:4
Is something we labor in: 1 Thess 3:2
Through the Gospel death has been abolished and everlasting life is given in its place: 2 Tim 1:10