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The True Gospel of Jesus Christ
 
 

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The Gospel of Jesus Christ as Taught in the Bible

This easy-to-read website will help you understand God's offer of new life in Jesus Christ. When Jesus came to this earth, He defeated sin by His Cross and He defeated death by His resurrection. The "Good News" has five essential elements. 

You Have Already Been Forgiven

[1] Forgiven: Your sins have already been forgiven and forgotten by God (2 Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 8:12). The long-standing myth that you must receive the gift of forgiveness by faith is not found anywhere in the Bible. It is the gift of righteousness that you must receive by faith in order to be saved (Romans 5:17).

Forgiveness was based on Christ's sacrifice, not your response to it. Forgiveness is God's gift of grace to all people (Colossians 1:20; John 1:29; 1 John 2:2). Since the sins of all people for all time were forgiven on the Cross of Jesus Christ (Mark 3:28; Hebrews 9:26b), you do not need to seek forgiveness from God. The reason this is important is that God does not want you to dwell on sin. Rather, God wants you to focus on Jesus Christ who lives in you, and the fact that His presence makes you a righteous child of God in your born again heart (Hebrews 10:14; Romans 11:16).

Unbelief is still the barrier, but for a different reason; unbelief is rejecting the eternal life that is found only in Jesus Christ.
 

How You are Saved

[2] Saved through Faith: All are forgiven but not all are saved. Only when your unbelief is turned to faith in Christ as Savior does God remove your old sinful inner nature and replace it with a brand new, clean heart (Ezekiel 36:26Romans 6:6).

[3] Born from Above: With a new heart you become, for the first time, a "clean vessel." You are a brand new person on the inside (2 Corinthians 5:17). God, in all His holiness, now has a place within you where He can live (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). God's Spirit comes to live in your "born again" heart. Having God's life dwelling in you is what it means to be "saved." This is the new life (1 John 5:12; 2 Peter 1:4) that comes only through faith in Jesus Christ. You possess eternal life because Jesus, Himself, is Eternal Life (1 John 1:2; 1 John 5:11), and He now lives in you (Colossians 1:27; 2 Corinthians 13:5).
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"God's Spirit living in you," the "Holy Spirit living in you" and "Jesus Christ living in you" are all mean the very same thing (see Romans 8:9, 10a, 11).

Your Life with Christ

[4] Union with Christ: With Jesus Christ living in you, His presence makes you literally righteous in your born again heart (Ephesians 4:24) because Jesus, the Righteous One, is inseparably joined to you in your new spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17). Righteousness has not merely been credited or imputed to you, it has been given to you as a gift, and the gift is the person of Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17). You can never, ever sin in your new spirit because Jesus in you can never sin (1 John 3:9). This is why you are secure forever in God's family (Colossians 1:13; 1 Peter 1:23).

[5] Living by Faith: Your redeemed inner spirit still "lives" inside the same mortal "house" that you had before you were saved. Your physical body has not yet been redeemed; it awaits a future redemption (Romans 8:23b). Unlike your new righteous spirit, your outer mortal body is still dead because of sin (Romans 8:10). You are spiritual perfection living inside mortal imperfection (2 Corinthians 5:2). This is why you can still sin in your mortal flesh.

More important, this is the reason you live by faith. You can never make your mortal flesh righteous because it does not have the capacity to be righteous. Most Christians are taught to live by their own human strength and determination. This most often leads to an endless try-fail-confess cycle; worse, it creates the culture that minimal sinning is acceptable while a lot of sinning is unacceptable. God's only standard is perfect righteousness.

The only way you can live a life pleasing to God is to bypass your outer, mortal flesh. You do this by living from the power of Christ within you. Jesus lives in your born again spirit, joined as one to you. As you follow Him in faith, you will experience His righteous life being lived out in you while Christ Jesus does His good works through you (Galatians 2:20). At the times that you do stumble, simply return to following Christ in faith; feelings of guilt and shame are NOT from God (Romans 8:1).

When Jesus was baptized at the beginning of His earthly ministry, the Holy Spirit came down to dwell in Him. In this way, the Father did His works and miracles through Jesus, as Jesus followed His Father in faith (John 14:10). Jesus did not do these works by His own human strength (John 5:30; 5:19; 8:28). The Good News is that the same Holy Spirit that lived in and empowered Jesus now lives in you! This is why Jesus is both your Savior and your model for the life of faith.

Note:  Your "heart," "spirit" and "nature" all mean the same thing. Your inner spirit is the real, "essential," eternal you while your mortal human body is your temporary "tent" (2 Corinthians 5:4; 4:16). When you die, your body goes to the grave while your spirit is with the Lord forever.

Bible Verses Explaining the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Do You Want to Understand What the Bible Really Teaches?

You have a choice: you can be told what to believe by a religious tradition or you can be taught the Bible by God Himself. God wants to teach you; it is His ordained way for you to understand His written revelation. Seminaries and Bible schools are academic institutions that teach the mortal mind. God teaches you in your born again spirit (Ephesians 1:17, 18). Then, and only then, does your mortal mind begin to understand what the Bible is teaching.

The academic approach to trying to understand the Bible has resulted in many hundreds of denominations and divisions within the Body of Christ. It is astounding that Christians so readily accept these divisions even though the Bible expressly forbids them (1 Corinthians 1:10a). For centuries, man-made traditions have dominated the simple truth of new life in Jesus Christ. God's Word is spiritual truth, and spiritual truth is spiritually understood (1 Corinthians 2:14).

The Apostle Paul explains how to understand God's Word in 1 Corinthians 2; to find out more and to read that text, Click Here.
 

The Critical Questions

This section gives in-depth answers to the most critical issues in the Christian faith.

Why is Jesus the Only Way to God? Click Here

Are Believers Eternally Secure? Click Here

Are Believers Under the Law? Click Here

Are Believers Righteous? Click Here

Why Can Believers Still Sin? Click Here

For shorter answers to these and other questions, Click Here

 
The vine is one of the great symbols of the Bible. Jesus said in John 15:5, "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing."
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