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Written by Bill Bradford
When God sent Jesus Christ with the gospel message offering salvation, it was such a message that few could bring themselves to believe it. It was a message that could only be brought by Jesus Christ, the Son of God. No one else could bring such a message and support it without living a life picturing the righteousness of God and backing it up with his death and, of course, His subsequent resurrection.
The righteousness of God has been revealed from the beginning. His magnanimity in the creation, His mercy when dealing with early man, saving the human race through Noah, His blessing to the human race through the promises made to Abraham and his descendants, His concern to His people by revealing his law to them and on to the world - all revealed the righteousness of God, from the faith that built from one epoch to another, to eventually reveal the glorious gospel message though none other than His Son.
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH” (Rom. 1:16-17).
God always had this same message in mind in past ages, and became the “mystery” that would be one day reveal to many and then to the whole world and to everyone who ever lived. When the gospel message exploded through Christ’s preaching, His power and miracles, it was electrifying. God’s greatest joy to reveal His long held and secret purpose was about to be revealed to the “principalities and powers.”
The catastrophic event of the death of Jesus Christ, and then “declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection of the dead” (Rom. 1:4) was the catalyst to propel the “good news of the Kingdom of God” to the known world.
It is important to note that the intent of God, from the very beginning, was demonstrated in His dealings with His people from the Garden of Eden, to Noah, to Abraham, to Israel and David and the prophets. For those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, the same message was there.
The message itself as it was dramatically revealed through the life and death of Jesus Christ - “the gospel”....by which you are saved” (I Cor. 15:1-5), and the manner by which it was proclaimed, is said to be the power of God to those who believe it. If a person doesn’t believe it, it takes nothing away from the convicting counsel of God.
How are you doing with the “gospel”? Is it as exciting as the day you first heard it?
Posted in Doctrine on Friday, 20 May 2016
by Ken Murray
The other day I was meditating as I was reading the Bible and I thought: "What is Jesus Christ's purpose for our lives?" On what should we setting our hearts and minds that would be pleasing to Christ? What do we understand from the Bible is Jesus Christ's purpose for our lives?
| Tuesday, 09 December 2014.
"Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel'" (Mark 1:14, 15). "The gospel of the Kingdom of God" is the message Jesus Christ instructs His followers to believe. This booklet will help you understand and believe this wonderful good news Jesus Christ announced to humanity!
In this booklet we will examine the Bible's teaching on conversion—it is not just a one-time event. Instead the Scriptures reveal that it is a process. The process begins with God's calling, followed by the key steps of repentance, baptism and the receiving of the Holy Spirit, finally climaxing with the return of Jesus Christ — when the dead in Christ are resurrected to immortality and given eternal life — the ultimate transformation!
In this Bible lesson we examine the process by which our lives can be turned to God — the process of conversion. We will learn what Peter meant when he exhorted his countrymen, "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ..." (Acts 3:19). We examine how, beginning with repentance, new converts can turn from a life of sin to become servants of the living God.
It’s obvious that our world is plagued with serious problems. Look around at the devastating wars, civil unrest, violent crime, rampant theft, corrupt governments, grinding poverty, hunger, spreading substance abuse, broken homes and families, natural disasters, failing educational systems and much more. These things aren’t new; they’re the sad legacy of human history. Is there any hope that these problems will ever be solved? Believe it or not, there is indeed great hope, and it’s found in the pages of your Bible. It’s called the gospel, a word that means “good news.” And it truly is good news, the message of Jesus Christ’s coming reign over the earth and God’s divine solution to our problems! Learn much more about this wonderful hope and news in the pages of this issue of Beyond Today. Download this issue in PDF. Individual articles will be posted in the upcoming days.