The Gospel Message

The Gospel proclaimed by Jesus is not about reforming society or fixing existing governments. His message summons all men and women to repent and join an entirely new social order and political reality, the Kingdom of God, and his message is contrary to the political ideologies of the present world order. We must respond positively to his invitation since the end of the age is approaching when the existing order will disappear from the planet.

Jesus sent his disciples to spread his teachings and proclaim his lordship to all nations. As he declared, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me, therefore, go and make disciples of all nations.” This is a life-changing message for all men without exception.

Lighthouse and stars - Photo by Evgeni Tcherkasski on Unsplash
[Photo by Evgeni Tcherkasski on Unsplash]

Just before his Ascension, he commanded his followers to wait in Jerusalem until they “
received power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,” then they would become “his witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the uttermost part of the earth” - (Acts 1:7-9).

The last clause of the passage in Acts is from the Second Psalm and its vision of the Anointed Son governing the nations of Earth. His Messianic reign began following the Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus:

  • I will tell of the decree: Yahweh said to me: You are my son. This day, have I begotten you. Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession” – (Psalm 2:7-8 – Emphasis added).

As the Messiah of Israel and the heir of Abraham, Jesus inherited all things, including the nations. Therefore, he is sending his heralds to announce salvation and his Sovereignty to the furthest regions of the planet. All peoples and every tribe and linguistic group must hear his “Good News.”

The Apostle Paul wrote a lengthy letter to the assemblies of Rome in which he called himself the “Apostle to the Gentiles.” The former persecutor of the “way” had become the chief envoy to the Gentiles of the Kingdom of God - (Romans 1:14-17).

We all receive the “righteousness of God” through faith in Jesus. With God, “there is no distinction” or “respect of person.” It is not ethnicity or social position that acquits anyone before Him.

Every man stands or falls before God on the same basis. Sin is the Great Leveler that places everyone in the same awful predicament - Jews and Gentiles alike.

Because “God is one” and the Creator of all men, He offers salvation to every man, woman, and child regardless of ethnicity, nationality, or social status, and on the same basis for all.

FROM THE FAITH OF JESUS


Because of Christ’s redemptive act, everyone who responds to the Gospel with faith is put in right standing with God and acquitted of the well-deserved penalties of sin, and on the same basis for all, namely, from the faith of Jesus. There is no basis for boasting or self-confidence “since all have sinned and lack the glory of God.” For that matter, Jesus died for all men when we were “yet enemies of God” - (Romans 3:22-30).

Paul appealed to his monotheistic faith to support the proposition that everyone stands or falls before God on the same basis: “Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one and will justify the circumcised from faith and the uncircumcised through faith.”

No man is advantaged or disadvantaged before Him because of nationality, economic status, or gender. As Paul wrote to the Colossians, “There cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman, but Christ is all and in all.” – (Colossians 3:9-11).

Through Jesus, God is creating a new humanity and a different political reality that are radically different from the nations and governments of this fallen world, a covenant community, singular, composed of men and women of every country who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, the one who “gave his life as a ransom for many.”

Every human relationship is redefined and reoriented by and around its absolute Lord. The “God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” is shaping redeemed men and women collectively and individually into the image of His Son. The traditional distinctions of race and social or economic status are wholly inappropriate in his new community. What each of us has in common is the “faith of Jesus.” This salvation is one message, and it is intended for all men.

Daybreak castle - Photo by Red Zeppelin on Unsplash
[Photo by Red Zeppelin on Unsplash]

The mission he assigned to his Assembly is to proclaim this Gospel message in every inhabited corner of the planet, and its completion is necessary before the return of Jesus “
on the clouds of heaven.” National borders, cultural imperatives, and ethnic barriers will not prevent the “Kingdom of God” from reaching its consummation - (Matthew 24:14).

The day is coming when the destructive works of the Devil will vanish, and sin, disease, and death will be eliminated forever. This grand victory will coincide with the “arrival” of Jesus in power when he will resurrect the righteous dead, vanquish “Death” itself, reward his faithful followers, judge the wicked, and usher in the reign of God in all its grandeur - (1 Corinthians 15:20-28, 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10).

In the interim, his people are called to proclaim his Good News “to the uttermost parts of the Earth.” Everyone who hears and responds with faith will receive the forgiveness of sin, salvation, and everlasting life in the “age to come.”



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