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Many people believe they can be saved by keeping all of Gods laws. That only leads to self righteousness and pride. The law was given to show us we are sinners and can only be saved by the righteousness of Christ. When we come to Christ for salvation we give up our obedience to the law and live by faith in Christ as our only salvation. Our hope is in His righteousness and not in our own self righteousness. If we could be saved by keeping the law, then Jesus died in vain. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness. If your hope is in yourself and your righteousness then you are still in your sins. Faith in Christ and His righteousness is our hope of salvation, and hope maketh not ashamed. Once we are saved we are still sinners but walk by faith. If you say you have no sin you are a liar and do not the truth. But we are clothed in His righteousness. We will do good works but only those He has declared that we should walk in them. But even when we do good there is evil present with us. God will not share His Glory with another. So faith in Christ alone plus nothing else is salvation. His finished work on the cross covers us from all sin. All who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved, even to those who just believe on His name. That is the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Anyone who preaches another Gospel will be accursed.
This is the Gospel according to Jesus: Luke 24:46-48 He said to them, “This is what is written: the Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and a change of heart and life for the forgiveness of sins must be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
The answers so far proffered are correct and admissible to a very large extent. But in my opinion they are not that complete. Let us refer to the following scriptures to see what will make the answers above more complete and in line with the scriptures. 1. From that time began Jesus to preach, and to say, Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4:17 ASV). 2. But he said unto them, I must preach the good tidings of the kingdom of God to the other cities also: for therefore was I sent. And he was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee (Luke 4:43 - 4:44 ASV). 3. And it came to pass soon afterwards, that he went about through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good tidings of the kingdom of God, and with him the twelve (Luke 8:1 ASV). 4. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a testimony unto all the nations; and then shall the end come (Matthew 24:14 ASV). 5. And the gospel must first be preached unto (Mark 13:10 ASV). 6. So he remained for an entire two years in his own hired house, and he would kindly receive all those who came in to him, 31 preaching the kingdom of God to them and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with the greatest freeness of speech, without hindrance (Acts 28:30-31 NWT). 7. Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever (Revelation 11:15 NKJV). 8. And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. (Daniel 2:44 NKJV). 9. Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:9 - 6:11 NKJV). 10. For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end. (Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this (Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV). The above scriptures and scores more, clearly expanded the gospel (good news, glad tidings) to include the good news about the kingdom of God. The reason why the news about the kingdom is good is spelled out in Isaiah 9:6-7. Finally, comparing Genesis 3:17-19, 22-24 with Revelation 21:2-4 seals up the matter: Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife...Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life... In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground...For dust you are, And to dust you shall return...therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life (Genesis 3:23 - 3:24 NKJV)Genesis 3:18 - 3:19 NKJV). And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “..the tabernacle of God is with men..He will dwell with them..they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them..be their God. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death,... There shall be no more pain, the former things have passed away.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is this: The Law of Moses pointed sinful man toward the cross, revealing to them their sin and their inability to save themselves through works. The cross, which Jesus died on, bridged the gap between man and God, making way for the saving power of Christ`s death to reconcile us to the Father. God looked at us in our sin and saved some from His wrath. He bought us from our evil slavemaster and made us His own. The blood shed on the cross by Christ Jesus washed us clean from our sin. The cross was used by God as an altar to satisfy His need for justice. In being saved from His wrath by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we are accepted as justified, sanctified and holy in His eyes. His demand for justice is satisfied, and we are embraced as His own.
All the answers are very well presented, I believe we can see The Gospel like this: G- God's Kingdom Came to Man, O-Open to All Believers, S-SPIRIT of God indwelling all Believers, P-Provided by The Incarnate Word's Death, Burial, and Resurrection, E-Everything God Demanded Accomplished by Jesus, L- Love, Light, and Life came seeking Mankind while we were still Sinners.[1Corinthians 15:1-4] and [Romans 5:5-11]. Now, that is truly GOOD NEWS.
The true gospel is beautifully stated in Titus 3:3-8: "At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone." Jesus Christ our Saviour is defined by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4: 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
God the Father had promised to send a messenger into this world from heaven, bearing a message from Him. God had promised that in Mal 3:1, "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me [and that messenger, as explained in Mark 1:2, was John the Baptist, preparing the way before Jesus Christ]: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in." The very first sermon by which God had the Gospel preached to Gentiles, when Peter was sent to the house of the Gentile Cornelius, recorded in Acts 10, gives us very explicit direction for locating the one and only true Gospel. This is what the inspired Peter said, as recorded in Acts 10:36-37: "The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached." Notice carefully these points: 1. With whom did this message - this Gospel originate? Peter said: "The word which God sent." 2. To whom did God send it? Peter said: "unto the children of Israel." Although now, this same Gospel was being opened up to Gentiles of all nations, originally it was sent to the children of Israel, and it was sent by God the Father. 3. By whom was it sent? Who was the divine messenger who brought and preached the message? Peter said: "by Jesus Christ." Jesus Christ was the divine messenger. Malachi called him the Messenger of the Covenant. That message, then, is the New Covenant Message; for Moses was the mediator of the Old Covenant, and Jesus Christ of the New Covenant, as affirmed by many scriptures. This message, then, is the New Testament Gospel. 4. Where was it first preached? Peter said: It "began from Galililee." Not Jerusalem! Galilee! When did Jesus begin to preach this particular Gospel in Galilee? Peter said: "after the baptism which John preached." It began after John had completed his baptismal ministry. Now these very definite directions lead us directly to the first chapter of Mark. The first verse tells us this is the record of the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Then it relates the baptizing ministry of John, preaching, not the Gospel, but "the baptism of repentance," which prepares the way for the Gospel which the living God sent by Jesus Christ. And then we come to verse 14 and 15: "Now after that John was put in prison" - there is the exact time for the beginning of the preaching of the True Gospel - "Jesus" - the divine messenger by whom God sent it - "came into Galilee" - the precise geographical location. So whatever we find Jesus preaching here is the one and only True Gospel. And what do we read? "Jesus came into Galilee, PREACHING the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: REPENT ye, and BELIEVE the Gospel." Notice, Jesus said, "Believe the Gospel!" What Gospel? The one he was proclaiming - "The Gospel of the Kingdom of God." [Excerpt from the Booklet "What is the true Gospel?" by H.W. Armstrong, 1972] Jesus is the king of that kingdom. Nowhere in scriptures did he said that the gospel he preached was about himself.
The Biblical Gospel as given by the Apostles, Hear- Romans10:17, Matthew 11:15, Acts 18:8. Believe- John 5:24, Acts 16:31-33, Acts 18:8. Confess- 1John 4:15, Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:35-38. Repent- Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Matthew 9:13. Baptized- Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 8:35-38, Acts 16:31-33, Acts 18:8. Study the Scriptures daily- 2 Timothy 2:15.
The true gospel is found in Galatians 1:6-10. Paul’s grief is spoken there. The apostle's concern in Gal 1:6-7 was that the Galatians have turned from the gospel of grace to the bondage of the law. So in Gal 1:8-10 he pronounces God's severe judgment on those who dare pervert the gospel message. –HW See Galatians 1:7-9 in the King James Bible, then The Voice Bible: 7 Actually there is only one true gospel of the Anointed, and you—because of divisive prodding by others—are accepting a distorted version which is not the gospel at all! People are being deceived with an imitation of the true gospel, and they have bought into it. The words are nothing but twisted lies. 8 No matter the source of the false gospel, even if it is preached by us or a heavenly messenger, ignore it. May those who add to or subtract from the gospel of Jesus be eternally cursed! 9 Listen again: if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than what you have accepted, may he find himself cursed! 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. (KJV) In the New Testament the gospel never means simply a book, but rather the message which Christ and His apostles announced. In some places it is called "the gospel of God," as, for example, Rom 1:1; 1 Thess 2:2,9; 1 Tim 1:11. In others it is called "the gospel of Christ" (Mk 1:1; Rom 1:16; 15:19; 1 Cor 9:12,18; Gal 1:7).(It is called Gospel of Christ according to NAVE in Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 9:12, 18; Gal. 1:7; Phil. 1:27; 1 Thess. 3:2). In another place it is called "the gospel of the grace of God" (Acts 20:24); in another "the gospel of peace" (Eph 6:15); in another "the gospel of your salvation" (Eph 1:13); and in yet another "the glorious gospel" (2 Cor 4:4 the King James Version). The gospel is Christ: He is the subject of it, the object of it, and the life of it. It was preached by Him (Mt 4:23; 11:5; Mk 1:14; Lk 4:18 margin), by the apostles (Acts 16:10; Rom 1:15; 2:16; 1 Cor 9:16) and by the evangelists (Acts 8:25). --David H. Bauslin 48 percent of evangelizers also believe that “if people are generally good, or do enough good things for others...they will earn places in heaven.” Of course, this is wrong, but it is a fact according to the Barna Research Group in Glendale, California, which also said that respondents from “mainline” Protestant churches tended to believe in salvation by works more frequently than those from “evangelical” churches.
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