The Gospel as Taught from the Bible
A study by: Timothy M. Youngblood
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Let's start out here by checking out the meaning of the term Gospel. The word gospel means "good news." The gospel is the wonderful message of God's plan of salvation for all mankind through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. The New Testament calls this message the gospel of grace, the gospel of the kingdom, the gospel of peace, and the mystery of Christ. The gospel of grace is the good news that Jesus is the Savior of the world and through His blood all who repent and believe on Him may have their sins forgiven and may enter into the Family of God and the Kingdom of God. It's the good news that when Jesus returns to the earth, He will set up the kingdom of God and the government of God and He will rule all nations as King of kings and Lord of lords.

As we have studied in past sermons we know that there are two resurrections and the saints who are given immortality at the first resurrection will inherit the kingdom with Jesus and will rule and reign with Him as kings and priests as is recorded in the book of Rev 20:6; it states..."Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years."

It's also recorded in Matt. 24: 14 that the true gospel must be preached to all nations as a witness before Jesus the Messiah returns to set up His Kingdom. As I stated in the sermon Satan's snare this statement by Jesus in Matt. 24: 14 is referring to the two great witnesses we read about in Rev. 11, Jesus absolutely want Christians to continue to teach the true gospel message until the end. Through the preaching of the gospel message God is preparing saints for His Kingdom by calling those whom He chooses to repentance and conversion at this time.

Now some teach that the gospel is just going out trying to convert the world to the Christian religion, or into some church, or trying to out-race Satan by baptizing as many poor lost souls as possible before they die, and go to hell. Some teach that the gospel is "just believing on" Jesus and you shall be saved. Others teach a gospel of love stating that all we need is the love of Jesus in our hearts to be saved. Preachers today tell new converts that Jesus died for their sins and then ask if they accept Jesus as their savior, then the preacher pronounces them saved without any other teaching about what they are agreeing to at the time, but is there more to it than just accepting Jesus as our savior? Is there anything we must do, or know about all this? Should we learn what it means to turn our life over to Jesus and live by His commands?

Could it be that we are also entering into a covenant with God, and should you understand the new covenant before you agree to live by it? Do you understand how the old covenant related to the new? Do you know about the coming Kingdom of God and what your role will be there and do you know where you will be as a spirit born child of God? Do you know what Jesus requires of you, or do you know what He considers as sin? Do you understand biblical repentance, and baptism, and even what the Holy Spirit is, and how to use the Holy Spirit? Before we get into the study of the gospel message we must come to understand about biblical repentance, and baptism. Until we come to understand the truth about these points as well as the covenant God wants to make with us we will not fully come to understand the true gospel and plan of salvation Jesus brought from the Holy Father.

If you would like to read an eye opening study about what the Holy Spirit is you can access it on the Master's Table under Mini-studies.

The answers to these questions have everything to do with our eternal salvation and we will answer these questions in this study. As we stated earlier, some might say that we are saved by accepting Christ alone, and it is a fact that we are saved by the grace of God, but does this mean that the works of the Christian by the power of the Holy Spirit is not important? It's very important we understand what is meant by "works" so we can come to God the way He has commanded, and not what some man, or organization of men has made up as their religion. Remember, Jesus stated that if we love Him we would keep His commands? That sounds like we need to do something to me.

There's a very important point about the gospel that many ministers fail to teach although it is taught by Jesus and the apostles, and must be understood. Yes we as Christians want to believe that ALL shall be saved but the truth is salvation is being "offered" by the grace of God to ALL mankind, but all mankind will not accept the true gospel. Do you realize that even though we accept the salvation of Christ we must commit to it or we can lose it and be condemned? As I stated in other study papers, "Under the new covenant repentance and having our sins forgiven places us where Eve was in the garden to choose to obey God or disobey."

Repentance is required before baptism and to repent and be converted so your sins may be blotted out by the grace of God "is the very core" of the gospel message. Repentance means to turn from our old ways and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life by the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit of God. And to feel regret or contrition for sins and to change one's mind understanding what sin does to us. Baptism is then required after the Holy Spirit has guided you to repentance. Note that I stated to dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life, so let's not misunderstand that change is an on-going process for the converted Christian.

Why Baptism?
Part of the Gospel message is not only that Jesus died for our sins but that we must be baptized in order to be cleansed and as you will soon understand Baptism is much more. Have you ever asked why Christians get baptized? Just what is baptism, and why should we get baptized? What should be the first step before baptism, and what should be the next step after baptism? Should we be baptized by total immersion, or by sprinkling? The word baptize is a Greek word that was never translated over into English. The Greek word "baptizo" literally means to fully immerse. So as we see by the word baptism (Or to baptize.) we are to completely submerse a person into water, and according to plain scripture, sprinkling a person with water is not to baptize them into the kingdom of God!

In fact sprinkling was used in pagan rituals such as the purifying waters brought from the Nile in Egypt for the new members into the Mysteries of Isis. Also many pagans used sprinkling water over objects to purify and bless them such as implements of war before a battle. This is exactly what the Catholic Church does as well. If you have been sprinkled with water you need to consider the type of baptism Jesus was baptized with as our example when He was baptized by John the Baptist by being completely submersed and there is a very good reason why we are to completely submerse a person into the water for baptism.

Let's read what Paul taught concerning baptism, and what it symbolized for the new Christian in Rom 6:3-8. it states…"Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of un-righteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God."

The question is did Jesus Commision Baptism? After Jesus' resurrection, He did give His disciples a commission so let's turn to Mark 16:15-16 and read what that was…It states…"And He said to them, "Go into all the World and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." Notice that they were to first preach the gospel and those who would believe the gospel should be baptized. The apostles did carry out this commission as recorded in Acts 2:38. It states…In whose name are we to be baptized? "Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus the Messiah for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

Brethren…If anyone comes baptizing in their own name or in the name of their Church organization (i.e.) that you must be a member of their church, these men are misguided preachers and should not be taken seriously, and please understand, to do something in Jesus' name means "by His authority." We should be baptized in Jesus name and into the body of Jesus the Messiah, and where you fellowship should not be the concern of the minister because we all are in Christ as we read in 1Cor. 12:13. that states…"For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-- whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free-- and have all been made to drink into one Spirit."

Notice the apostle stated that baptism was for the remission of sins, or as the Greek states, for the freedom from our sins which also denotes from the penalty of our sins. So the blood of Jesus pardons us through the grace of God, and baptism is a type of cleansing from our sins. This particular baptism Jesus commanded had to be after Jesus returned to heaven and must be followed by the laying on of hands to receive the Holy Spirit because we can't live the Christian life apart from the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist' was commissioned by God the Father to baptize, and many people have not understood that his baptism was of "repentance only" because the Holy Spirit had not yet been offered to all, and as we see what John the Baptist stated as recorded in the book of Matt 3:11, it states…"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

And in the book of Acts, we find that those baptized by John had to be baptized again. Let's turn to Acts. 19:2-6. and read it. "He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" So they said to him, "We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit. And he said to them, "Into what then were you baptized?" So they said, "Into John's baptism." "Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus." When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied."

If you were baptized and did not have hands laid on you to receive the Holy Spirit then you have been baptized with the baptism of repentance; not the baptism of salvation which is to accept the blood of the Messiah for salvation. This is what I mean when I say misguided ministers lead people into a false faith, and a false baptism never receiving salvation. Many preachers are out here doing the work that John the Baptist did. Also as stated above, if you did not understand why you were being baptized and what the new covenant meant, then you made a covenant with God without truly knowing what you were agreeing to.

The subject of the two covenants is a sermon in itself and you can find it under the title The New Covenant (As taught from the book of Hebrews under Mini-Studies and we also have a it as a sermon on the Master's table.)

With what we have just covered we can now understand that the Holy Spirit leads to repentance that leads us to baptism, and we need to be forgiven by God and our sins covered through the blood of Jesus and cleansed by the washing of the water, and then having hands laid upon us to receive the Holy Spirit. Brethren as you will learn in this sermon we need the power of God (His Holy Spirit) to overcome and live in Christ and we must put away our will, and accept God's will in our lives. We must come to a complete understanding that sin is evil and will destroy us, as well as those we love. We must become Christ centered in order to develop the love of Christ and walk in His wisdom.

Now we must cover some very important information that will help us understand that just because we have become a Christian by accepting Jesus as our savior and got baptized does not mean we can't become condemned. Many ministers teach what is called "once saved always saved but is this true? Can we find scripture that reveals we can loose salvation after becoming a Christian? There are scriptural warnings that all Christians should be aware of so let's read what we are warned about in the book of Heb 6:4-6. It states…"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame." Notice For it is impossible and in vs. 6 if they fall away, denoting lost. I'm not sure what one would have to do to become lost forever but this sounds very serious to me and this should cause great concern for anyone who has God's Holy Spirit!

Another question is, if the teaching once saved always saved were true then what about this scripture we just read, and the other warnings in the book of Hebrews? Let's take a look at them so we can be informed.

The first warning:
Danger of neglect, Heb. 2:1-3. "Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,"

The second warning:
Danger of unbelief, Heb 3:12-14. "Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,"

The third warning:
Danger of not maturing Heb 5:12-14. "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."

The fourth warning:
Danger of drawing back, Heb 10:26-31."For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine; I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The Lord will judge His people." It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

Now let's look at what is referred to as the Gospel of salvation:
There's only one true Gospel, and as stated in the beginning, it's divided into a number of "gospel types" mentioned in the New Testament. What are they and what do they mean? Jesus taught that He would die in our place to become the mediator for us to the Father and by His shed blood we could become begotten Sons of God. Jesus had to die for our sins because Mankind rejected God thus causing all mankind to receive within themselves, both good and evil. When God declared mankind shall surely die because of taking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, it could not be reversed because God can never lie. Mankind can't remove this death curse from himself because the curse is not removed until the one who sins dies, and if a man is dead then he can't come back to life because sin has locked him into the grave.

Paul wrote that "The sting of death is sin, the strength of sin is the law." What is sin? "Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness." According to what is called 1 John 3:4. So we see that to break God's holy law (which is anything He commands) is sin. The term sin means to fail to hit the mark. Did you know that we are commanded to OBEY the gospel? We read in II Th 1:8-9, where God will take vengeance on those that do not obey the gospel. It states…"In flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,"

So we see here that there's something we must do. What is it we should obey? The gospel of Jesus is that we should "repent" which means to turn from our old ways and to the ways of Jesus, and God the Father. And to place our spiritual salvation in Jesus the Messiah. To repent truly gets into a great deal of things that is left between God and the convert. As stated before; the gospel and the sacrifice of Jesus is bringing us back to the point where Eve was standing talking to the serpent in the garden. She made a choice and then took it to her husband Adam and then he made his choice to take of something God said was forbidden. We have the same choice to obey God or the lust of our eyes. We will not be able to blame it all on Adam and Eve if we decide to go our own way. The true gospel of Jesus shows that we through the Holy Spirit can receive the fruits of His Spirit (The greatest being love) and by "rejecting" the lust of our flesh the Holy Spirit can grow and produce much fruit for the Father, and Son.

Brethren, we MUST be convinced of the evil of sin before we can begin to be filled with the fruits of God's Holy Spirit! We MUST come to a place in our lives where we deeply understand the great pain, and misery sin brings, not only the sinner, but also those close to the sinner. We must determine to yield to Jesus in every way, growing in love, faith, and understanding by the power of His Holy Spirit. This surrender to Jesus MUST be unconditional, and voluntary. Unconditional because we must follow Jesus the way He commands in this new covenant we have agreed to do at baptism, and voluntary because God will never take our free will from us. Again, we must hunger for it and our spiritual growth will be according to our willingness to yield to Him through this active relationship. The day we say "I think this is the way" is the day we stop growing, and we will stay at that point until we come to understand and have the attitude of "Not my will Lord, but your will be done." This is giving your life over to Jesus, and getting out of the way.

Remember Jesus stated..."Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. This shows that if we are "abiding" in Jesus we will bear the fruit He bears, which brings joy, peace, satisfaction, health, respect, success, confidence, strength, power to overcome, wisdom, understanding of truth, and life abundantly. This is the works we will have as a result of God's grace. So the opposite is also true...if we abide in Satan, Self, and Society, (yielding to them) we will likewise bear fruits to them. Which fruits are sorrow, grief, distress, affliction, regret, failure, loss, disappointment, a lack of confidence, a lack of strength, a lack of self-control, a lack of respect, a lack of peace, because of the fear of knowing we are going against the great God of heaven, and after Satan has done his work, after all this suffering, there's only death to look forward to. The only question is... which way do you want?

In the resurrection we can enter into the Kingdom of God, continuing to have a loving relationship with God our Father, Jesus our elder brother, and all those who repent and accept the gospel of Christ, and to continue to learn, grow, and reach our greatest destiny throughout eternity. Is there a better goal to strive for here and now? All we do and learn as we live our lives should be in growing in God's love and educating ourselves on becoming future priests and teachers in the soon coming Kingdom of God. If we will practice this daily in all we do, life will begin to take on a much different course. We will begin to handle trials in a way that solves problems rather then with frustration, fear, and uncertainty. Problems will be dealt with in a Godly manner bringing about a good solution in kindness for all involved. This gives us power over Satan, Self, and Society as we take control of our lives with the real power of God's Holy Spirit in us, remembering we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Remember the scripture that states…If God be with you, who can be against you?

Now let's look at what is called the Mystery of Christ; Just what is meant by the mystery of Christ?
We can read about it in Eph 3:4-7 which states…"by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power."

Notice that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel and we read in Gal 3:27-29 it states…"For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." So we see here that the dispensation is to distribute the gospel among all people where in times past salvation was for Israel only. Notice that all who accept Jesus' blood sacrifice are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. This tells the Hebrew people that they no longer have the sole right to demand by virtue of a right; Abraham as their father. It does not matter what a persons past religion, race, or gender is they under this new covenant all are brothers and sisters in Christ and this was never revealed till Jesus brought it from the Holy Father in heaven.

Now what about the Gospel of peace:
The gospel of peace is that we come into a harmonious relationship first with God our Father through Jesus, by obeying them and as a result we should have peace with all that will walk in this relationship. Does this mean we will never have conflicts? What did Jesus mean when He said, "Do not think that I came to bring peace on Earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword?" that is recorded in Matt 10:34-36. What Jesus was saying here is that people who would reject Him would hate true Christians and bring much persecution, and war because of the true gospel Jesus preached and we should maintain.

Those that are trying to obey the gospel as brought from the Holy Father by way of Jesus will uphold and publish the gospel even in tribulation. Never forget the point Jesus made about the "Tares" in the garden brethren because the truth is that some enemies of the true gospel are called by the name Christian. The proof is now written in history, and will continue on till Jesus returns as many deceivers are now teaching their message of compromise to the Churches. Also brethren, we are still human and we can't fully have peace until Christ returns and are changed to spirit, but we can have peace most of the time if we work on staying close to Jesus and using the Holy Spirit. Jesus stated "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you;" Although Jesus knew we would have trouble in this world, because of His gospel message, as well as the down pull of our human nature, He knew we could have peace with Him because when we are in a right relationship with God we will have confidence and peace of mind.

Jesus alone is our savior and mediator to the Father and salvation depends on Jesus the ONLY true shepherd and our only Master. This is why I named the web site the Master's table because I want what Jesus brought and the truth concerning the scriptures and history. It is not important what I or anyone else thinks but only what can be proven. As I have stated on the Master's table "We must alter our opinions to fit the truth and never alter the truth to fit our opinions." Ministers should consider themselves the stewards of the Word, and people of God. The job Christ gave His Church was to FEED HIS SHEEP AND PREACH THE TRUE GOSPEL TO THE WORLD. Jesus told Peter as recorded in John chapter 21 to "Feed and Tend My sheep."

The true Gospel that Jesus preached was introducing the Father for the very first time ever and showing that we "individually" can have a personal relationship with Him. Jesus' teaching is that He would die in our place to become the mediator for us to the Father and through His sacrifice we could become begotten Sons of God and in the resurrection enter into the Kingdom of God. Jesus also taught very plainly that He was preparing a Kingdom for those that would accept Him as their savior as we studied in other sermons and study papers. In other words our relationship with the Father through the true Messiah, and the fact they are building a kingdom to be given to His children at Jesus' return is PARAMOUNT and is THE TRUE GOSPEL! Remember to check out the sermons "The Gospel of the Kingdom" and "Law vs. Grace."

Paul wrote about men coming preaching another gospel in Gal 1:8-9? He stated…"But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed." Notice that Paul repeated himself as to put a double curse on those that do not preach what Jesus brought from the Holy Father and gave to the apostles. The real question is, what is the will of the Father, and are the Churches going under the name Christian doing it? I don't think many are today because Christmas, Easter, the cross, the Trinity teaching, the worship of the Madonna, the round unbroken Eucharist and Sunday worship which came from the Catholic Church are all pagan. God hates these things yet most Churches are teaching and keeping them. Yes, He came the first time to give salvation to all mankind, not to bring a hierarchical religion, but He will return very soon as the Judge to destroy all these pagan gods and man's hierarchical religious systems.

When Cain gave the sacrifice he wanted to give instead of giving what God had instructed, he then created his own religion based on what he thought was righteousness. This is why God rejected his sacrifice and this is what many churches do today, and is in God's sight, the way of Cain! Remember brethren, those who died in the flood and those in Egypt that did not believe God received His wrath and this will happen again in the near future. Do you believe it?

Solomon was rejected by God because he worshipped pagan gods. Do people really believe that God has changed His mind about allowing people to worship pagan gods such as the tree, egg, or the pagan cross? Will He rip the Kingdom from King Solomon for serving other gods and be permissive to our generation? God wants us to repent and become like Jesus the Messiah. Remember God will destroy all those that will not repent.

In the event this sermon reaches the attention of those ministers who rule the brethren in a hierarchical system, I would like to ask if you fear God enough to be absolutely sure you have not fallen into error? The facts speak for themselves, and if you dare to look closely at the people of God you will see many are hurting and falling pray to every type of false gospel the Catholic and many Protestant Church's can muster. Many are becoming pray to this new religious system being set up, and are even losing faith altogether. In some originations many are still under the old covenant law and are rejecting the grace of God because they believe they will be lost if they don't give many tithes, or keep the strictness of the Sabbath. The Sabbath Jesus stated was made for man and NOT man for the Sabbath. No church should be placing the burden of a list of do's and don'ts on the Sabbath! Have we forgotten that God does the calling and expects the ministers to feed, and protect the flock? Let's quit trying to lord over the brethren in rank, or authority. Let's get back to the true work and be about our Fathers business spreading this true gospel of Jesus to this world in Jesus' most Holy Name and love.

Brethren, when you get on your knees to pray…ask God to give you the hunger and thirst for Him, and ask for the love that can only come from Him. Do you know what it means to hunger, and thirst for the word and ways of God? It is a "compelling" desire that you can't and don't want to stop. When you hunger for righteousness or wisdom you will seek it out without anyone telling you to do so. No one will have to tell you to study your bible because you will seek it out just as a hungry man will seek food. This can only come from the Holy Father when He calls a person and is what shows outward as an inward faith. Not outward in some religious sounding words, or religious looking, waving of the hands, but in a true love of God in a way that we will not want to have any other God's before us. Remember, Jesus did not come to establish a religion, but to establish a relationship because He loves you and wants you to be a part of His Kingdom. God has given us all we need to succeed but He will not take our free will from us. He wants us there because we get it and want to live the way that produces the good fruits.

Related links.
The Covenant (The Book of Hebrews)
Just what is Sin?
Law vs. Grace:

In Jesusí service
Pray for the Messiah to return soon.
Timothy M. Youngblood 
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