“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.” Jesus - Mark 8:35 Articulating the gospel one word at a time odnimslovom.org | 2013
Jesusproclaimed a specific gospel message that is magnificent in meaning, effervescent in effect, grand in scale, convicting in impact, liberating in purpose, and penetrating in revelation.
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“8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But Gods word is not chained.” 2 Timothy 2:8-9 (NIV84) “1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 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, 5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.” 1 Corinthians 15:1-5 (NIV84)
It’s about Jesus • “The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mk 1:1). It’s about the kingdom • “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Mt 24:14). It’s about God’s grace • “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24). It’s about the glory of Christ • “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor 4:4). It’s about salvation • “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit…” (Eph 1:13). It’s about peace • “…and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” (Eph 6:15).
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-29
17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lords favor." 20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21 and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." Luke 4:17-21 (NIV84)
Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Matthew 8:17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”
Matthew 26:28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Acts 5:31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. Acts 10:43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." Acts 13:38 "Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.
The gospel was preached in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3) Thegospel was preached through the story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4; Hebrews 11) Thegospel was preached to the Israelites (Hebrews 4) Thegospel was prepared by the prophets (Mark 1; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Job)
Jesus was crucified because of the gospel. Apostle Paul left his Phariseeism and was willing to die for the gospel. Stephen was stoned for preaching the gospel.
The gospel is Jesus, descended from David, who died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried, was raised from the dead and appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. The gospel message is peace, grace, salvation, the glory of Christ and the kingdom of God. Are there others? The gospel themes are rest, fulfillment, freedom and forgiveness. Are there more? The gospel has been preached from the beginning, expressed more and more clearly as history passes.
“I have seen people brought to tears by the forgiveness of God, who came to the altar in surrender, and who shared there the struggles that had brought them to the church and to the altar. Instead of being welcomed, they were told how terrible their sin was. The accuser had his theology straight but lacked love. The point of the Gospel is forgiveness, not condemnation. It is out of the soil of forgiveness that holiness grows, not out of the venom of condemnation.” Source: What We Believe And Why George Byron Koch “Being Sanctified is not Forcing Correct Behavior on Others”, Kindle edition, location 1796, Chapter 7: Living With Unbelievers