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The True Gospel of Jesus Christ
 
 

This easy-to-read website will introduce you to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is wonderfully simple to understand: it is new life in Jesus Christ. When Jesus came to this earth, He defeated sin by His Cross and He conquered death by His resurrection. The Good News is that God will give you a brand new heart filled with His own righteous and eternal life when you accept the truth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior. The Gospel is God's message of reconciliation, and it is meant for you.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ as Taught in the Bible

You Have Already Been Forgiven

[1] Forgiven: Your sins are already forgiven (2 Corinthians 5:19a). God has also "forgotten" them (Hebrews 8:12) in the sense that He will never hold them against you. Man-made religion is focused on sin and forgiveness; the Gospel of the Bible is centered on new life in Jesus Christ. This is because Jesus put away sin (Hebrews 9:26b), once for all time (Hebrews 7:27) and for all people (1 Peter 3:18). 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). The Cross was for forgiveness; that is a past event. The resurrection is for new life, and it is eternal.

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), you do not need to seek forgiveness from God (Hebrews 10:18). The reason this is important is that God does not want you to dwell on sin. Rather, God wants you, the believer, to recognize that Jesus Christ lives in you and that by His presence you are a righteous child of God in your new, born again heart (Hebrews 10:14; Romans 11:16). God also wants you to be occupied with the message of reconciliation, not with the sins of those who do not yet believe (2 Corinthians 5:20).

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] Receiving a New Heart 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 36:26; Ezekiel 11:19Romans 6:6).

Note for the Next Sections: "God's Spirit living in you," the "Holy Spirit living in you" or "Jesus Christ living in you" are all mean the exact same thing (see Romans 8:9, 10, 11).

[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).

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 precise reason why God wants you to live by faith. You can never make your mortal flesh righteous because it does not have the capacity to be righteous. However, as the Holy Spirit teaches you in your born again heart (Ephesians 1:17,18; Colossians 1:9; 1 Corinthians 2:10,13), you are being transformed by the renewing of your mortal mind (Romans 12:2). You become more righteousness conscious and less oriented toward your former life as an unbeliever (Hebrews 10:2 - in context this verse is referring to the imperfect sacrifices under the Law; but it implies what the perfect sacrifice - Jesus - would accomplish).

Most Christians are taught to live by their own human strength (having a good attitude, being obedient, etc.). This always leads to the endless try-fail-confess cycle. Worse, it creates a culture where minimal sinning is acceptable - "after all I'm only human; nobody is perfect." God's only standard is, and has always been, perfect righteousness.

So, how do you reconcile God's standard of perfect righteousness with the reality that your thoughts and actions are not always righteous? You do so by understanding that, in your born again heart, you are perfectly righteous. And, you understand that you cannot and should not depend on your mortal self to live your life.

The only way you can live a life pleasing to God is to live by the power of Jesus Christ within you - this is the life of faith. Jesus lives in your born again spirit, joined as one to you. As you follow Christ in faith, you will experience His righteous life being lived out in you while He does His good works through you (Galatians 2:20). To put it a different way, as your outer mortal body and mind are trusting and following Christ's life within your inner spirit, you are walking in faith. At the times that you live by your own human strength, you will stumble; simply return to following Christ in faith. Feelings of guilt and shame are NEVER from God (Romans 8:1); those feelings come from your own human conscience.

Note: the Holy Spirit does not convict believers of their sins; the Holy Spirit convicts the world of its unbelief (John 16:8, 9).

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 even though He was sinless (John 5:30; 5:19; 8:28). This 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, eternal you while your mortal human body is your temporary "tent" (2 Corinthians 5:4; 4:16). This illustration might help you understand: as a believer, when you die, your body will go to the grave, because it has not yet been redeemed or made righteous; but, your spirit remains with the Lord forever, because you are already redeemed and joined to Christ (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Bible Verses Explaining the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Do You Want to Understand What the Bible Really Teaches?

You have a choice to make: 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 because it is His ordained way for you to understand His written revelation. Whereas seminaries and Bible schools are academic institutions that teach the mortal mind, God teaches you in your born again spirit, the only part of you that is alive to God and able to hear His teaching (Ephesians 1:17, 18). Then, and only then, does your human mind begin to understand what the Bible is teaching.

The academic approach to understanding the Bible has failed; people cannot agree on what the Bible teaches. This has resulted in literally hundreds of denominations and divisions within the Body of Christ, something that is expressly forbidden in Scripture (1 Corinthians 1:10a). Christians accept these divisions as being normal but there are not. 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 2:14b).

The Apostle Paul explains how to understand God's Word in 1 Corinthians 2; to find out more and to read the 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 Eternal Life? 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."

Important Note: Some of what you will read on this website is different from what you typically hear in Christian churches. Here is the reason: in the first few centuries after Christ, the Gentiles separated from the Jews. Then, as the Gentiles attempted to understand the books and letters that became the New Testament, they did so without comprehending their Jewish context. The result has been an unbiblical mixture of Old Covenant law and New Covenant grace, an error that has prevailed for some 17 centuries.

The Law is NOT God's standard to live by simply because it was based on human works and human ability (Galatians 3:12); in other words, you can never be perfectly righteous by trying to follow the Law. God's standard to live by is faith (Galatians 3:11). God's perfect righteousness and eternal life are already inside the born again hearts of every believer. To live by faith is to follow, with your mortal body and human mind, the indwelling life of Jesus Christ as He lives out His righteous life in you and does His good works through you (Galatians 2:20).

God gave the Law only to Israel and only as an interim measure until Christ came. Its purpose was to help Israel recognize their sin (Romans 3:20), to cause their transgressions to increase (Romans 5:20a) and to drive them to the coming Christ (Galatians 3:24). Once Christ came, the Old Covenant Law ended (Galatians 3:25; Hebrews 8:13; 2 Corinthians 3:6). 

In the New Covenant, God comes to live in the born again hearts of those who receive Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior. Jesus literally lives in and empowers believers through His Spirit (Colossians 1:27; 1 Corinthians 12:27).

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