The Gospel - The Good News!
Everyone has an idea of right and wrong, and everyone has already done something wrong - even his own idea. "To err is human," says a well-known proverb. Everyone has once disappointed a friend, broken a promise, hurt someone else's feelings. Everyone knows guilt.
Therefore people do not want to have anything to do with God. They do not want a day of judgment because they know that they can not stand before God with a clear conscience. They know they ought to obey him, but they also know that they have not. They are ashamed and feel guilty.
How can their debt be redeemed? How to cleanse the consciousness? "Forgiveness is divine," concludes the cue. God himself is forgiven.
Many people know this saying, but they do not believe that God is divine enough to know their S ü to forgive. You still feel guilty. They still fear the appearance of God and the day of judgment.
But God has appeared before - in the person of Jesus Christ. He came not to condemn, but to save. He brought a message of forgiveness and he died on a cross to guarantee that we can be forgiven.
The message of Jesus, the message of the Cross, is good news for those who feel guilty. Jesus, the divine human, has taken our punishment. All people who are humble enough to believe the gospel of Jesus Christ will be forgiven.
We need this good news. Christ's gospel brings peace of mind, happiness and a personal victory. The true gospel, the good news, is the gospel that Christ preached. The same gospel was also preached by the apostles: Jesus Christ, the crucified (1 Cor. 2,2), Jesus Christ in Christians, the hope of glory (Col. 1,27), the resurrection from the dead, the message of hope and salvation for mankind is the gospel of the kingdom of God.
God has commissioned his church to sell this message ü and the Holy Spirit to accomplish this task. In the letter to the Corinthians Paul describes the gospel that Jesus gave to his church: «But I do you, Br ü he who announces the gospel that I have preached to you, that you have accepted, that you are also in, by whom you also are saved, if you record with what speech I preached it to you, unless you have come to faith in vain. For I have delivered to you above all what I have also received: that Christ for our S ü died after the writings; and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day after the scriptures; and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that he appeared more than f ü five hundred br ü at one time, most of which have remained so far, but some have also fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to the apostles; in the end, of all, as it were of the premature birth, he also appeared to me " (1 Cor. 15,1: 8 Eberfeld Bible).
Paul states "above all" that according to the Scriptures, Jesus is the Messiah or Christ, that he is responsible for our S ü died, was buried and rose again. He also emphasizes that many can attest to Christ's resurrection should someone question it.
Paul makes it clear that it is the gospel "through which you are saved". Our goal should be how to pass on to Paul what we have received and what "above all else" is to others.
What we have received and therefore need to pass on is in line with what Paul and the other apostles received, especially what others say, "that Christ is for our S ü died after the writings; and that he was buried and that he was raised on the third day after the scriptures ... ".
All other teachings of the Bible are based on these fundamental truths. Only the Son of God could for our S ü We are dying, and it is only because he did so and rose from the dead that we can look forward to his return and our heritage, eternal life, with unswerving faith.
Therefore, John could write, "If we bear witness to men, the testimony of God is greater, for it is God's testimony that he bore witness to his Son." Whoever believes in the Son of God has this testimony in himself God does not believe that makes him the L ü liar; because he does not believe the testimony that God gave from his Son.
«And this is the testimony that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his son. He who has the son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life " (1 John 5,9: 12).
The gospel preached by Jesus
Some may, it seems, ü Heat on Bible prophecies, but it is difficult for them, f ü to inspire the central message of the Bible - salvation through Jesus Christ! God has made Christians the most precious of all gifts and has made them obligate to sell to others ü as well as they can receive this gift!
When Peter described to captain Cornelius the role of the apostles, he said, "And he [Jesus] commanded us to preach and testify to the people that he is God-given judge of the living and the dead Prophets that by his name all who believe in him, forgiveness of the S ü should receive " (Acts 10,42: 43).
This is the most important message; the good message revealed to the apostles was the central message of all the prophets - that God judges Jesus Christ ü Who made the living and the dead, and everyone who believes in him, S ü forgiveness through his name!
The central truth
Luke wrote that Jesus had his J ü nger, just before he ascended to heaven, to the central G ü The message of his message reminds us: "Then he opened their understanding to them, so that they understood the Scriptures, and said to them," It is written that Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and that preaching will be in his name. " [Repentance] for forgiveness of the s ü among all peoples. Start in Jerusalem and be there ü r witness " (Luk. 24,45-48).
What should the apostles understand from the content of Scripture when Jesus made sense to them? ü r opened? In other words, according to Jesus, what is the central and most important truth to be understood from the Old Testament writings?
That Christ will suffer and be resurrected from the dead on the third day, and that penance [repentance] for the forgiveness of the s ü is preached to all peoples in his name!
"And in no other is salvation, nor is there any other name under heaven given to men by which we shall be saved", Peter preached (Acts 4,12).
But what is Init's gospel of the kingdom of God? Did not Jesus preach the good news of the kingdom of God? Nat ü rlich!
Is the gospel of the kingdom of God different from what Paul, Peter and John are ü preaching about salvation in Jesus Christ? Not at all!
Let us realize that entering into the kingdom of God is salvation. Being saved and entering the kingdom of God is the same! Receiving eternal life is the same as experiencing salvation [or salvation], because salvation is synonymous with the salvation of the deadly S ü hands.
In Jesus is life - eternal life. Eternal life requires the forgiveness of the S ü hands. And the forgiveness of the S ü or justification, one learns only through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus is both judge and savior. He is also king of the kingdom. The gospel of the kingdom of God is the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. Jesus and His apostles preached the same message - Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only way to attain salvation, salvation, eternal life, and entry into the Kingdom of God.
And when the senses are open to be able to understand the Old Testament prophecies, just as Jesus opened the understanding to the apostles (Luk 24,45), it becomes clear that the central message of the prophets was also Jesus Christ (Acts 10,43).
Let us continue. John wrote, "He who believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God will remain ü above him " (John 3,36). That is a clear language!
Jesus said: "... I am the way and the truth and the life; nobody comes to the Father but through me" (John 14,6). What we absolutely need to understand about the Word of God ü is that a person without Jesus Christ can neither come to the Father nor know God, neither inherit eternal life nor come into the Kingdom of God.
In his letter to the Colossians Paul wrote: "With joy says thanks to the Father, who t ü has done to the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has saved us from the power of darkness and has transposed us into the kingdom of his dear Son, in whom we have salvation, the forgiveness of the S ü ends " (Col. 1,12-14).
Notice how the heritage of the saints, the kingdom of light, the kingdom of the Son, the salvation, and the forgiveness of the s ü to unite a seamless garment of the Word of Truth, the Gospel.
In verse 4, Paul speaks of "the faith [of the Colossians] in Christ Jesus and the love you have for all the saints". He writes that faith and love spring from "the hope ... that f ü r is ready for you in heaven. You have heard of her before through the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you ... " (Verses 5-6). Again, the gospel is at the center of hope for eternal salvation in the kingdom of God through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, through whom we were redeemed.
In verses 21 through 23, Paul continues, "Even to you who were once strange and hostile in evil works, he has now been reconciled by the death of his mortal body, that he may place you holy and blameless and immaculate before his face; you only stay in faith, founded ü Be firm and firm, and do not depart from the hope of the Gospel that you have heard and that is preached to all creatures under heaven. I became his servant, Paul. "
In verses 25 through 29, Paul continues to address the gospel, i11 whose ministry he was set to, and his goal of selling it ü ends. He wrote, "You became servants through the ministry that God has given me, that I am to preach to you his word abundantly, namely, the mystery that was hidden from eternal times and generations, but now it is revealed His saints, to whom God wished to proclaim, what is the glorious wealth of this mystery among the Gentiles, Christ in you, the hope of glory ü Let us preach and exhort all men, and teach all men in all wisdom, that we may make every man perfect in Christ. Daf ü rm ü I distance myself and wrestle in the power of the one who is powerful in me. "
What the gospel is about
The whole gospel is about Jesus Christ. It deals with his identity and his work as the Son of God (John 3,18), as a judge of the living and the dead (2 Tim. 4,1) as Christ (Acts 17,3), as Savior (2 Tim. 1, 10), as high priest (Heb. 4,14) when F ü speaker (1 John 2,1), as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Rev. 17, 14), as a firstborn among many Br ü last (Rom. 8,29), as a friend (John 15,14: 15).
It is about him as the shepherd of our souls (1. Petr. 2,25), as the Lamb of God, that is the S ü takes away from the world (Joh. 1,29), as f ü Passal lamb sacrificed to us (1 Cor. 5,7), as the image of the invisible God and as the firstborn before all creation (Col. 1,15), as head of the community and as the beginning and as the firstborn from the dead (Verse 18), as a reflection of the glory of God and an image of his nature (Heb. 1,3), as the Father's revelator (Matthew 11,27), as a way, truth and life (Joh. 14,6), as T ü r (John 10,7).
The gospel is about Christ as the beginning and the completion of our faith (Hebrews 12,2), as ruler ü about God's creation (Rev. 3,14), as the first and last, beginning and end (Rev. 22,13), as a sprout (Jer. 23,5), as the corner stone (1. Petr. 2,6), as God's power and God's wisdom (1 Cor. 1,24), as the adult ü desires of all nations (Hag. 2,7).
It is about Christ, the faithful and true witness (Rev. 3,14), the heir to everything (Heb. 1,2), the horn of salvation (Luk. 1,69), the light of the world (John 8,12), the living bread (Joh. 6,51), the root of Jesse (Isa. 11,10), our salvation (Luke 2,30), the sun of righteousness (Mal. 3,20), the Word of Life (1 John 1: 1), the Son of God put into force through his resurrection from the dead (Rom. 1,4) - and so on.
Paul wrote, "Nobody can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ" (1 Cor. 3,11). Jesus Christ is the linchpin, the central theme, the foundation of the gospel. How could we preach anything else without contradicting the Bible?
Jesus said at the time to the F ü hear the Jews, "you search in the Scriptures, because you think you have eternal life in them; and it is they that testify of me; but you do not want to come to me so that you have life" (John 5,39: 40).
Message of salvation
The message to sell the Christians ü those who are called, is about salvation, that is, about eternal life in the kingdom of God. The eternal salvation or the kingdom of God can only be reached through the one true T ü r, the only true way - Jesus Christ. He is the king of that kingdom.
John wrote: "He who denies the son does not have the father; whoever confesses the son also has the father" (1 John 2,23). The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: "Because there is a God and a mediator between God and men, namely the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself f ü all to redemption that this would be preached in its time " (1 Tim. 2: 5-6).
In Hebrews 2,3, we are warned: "... how do we want to escape if we do not respect such a great salvation that began with the preaching of the Lord and was confirmed in us by those who heard it?" The message of salvation was first sold by Jesus Himself ü It was Jesus' own message from the Father.
John wrote down what God himself is ü Testified about his son: "And this is the testimony that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his son. Whoever has the son has life; whoever does not have the son of God has life Not" (1 John 5,11: 12).
In John 5,22 to 23, John again emphasizes the weight assigned to the Son: "For the Father judges no one, but has all the judgment of the Son ü so that they may all honor the Son as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. "Therefore the Church preaches so steadily ü about Jesus Christ! Isaiah prophesied: "This is why God the reindeer says: Behold, I lay a stone in Zion, a proven stone, a precious, fundamental cornerstone. Whoever believes will not be put to shame" (Isa. 28:16 EG).
As we walk in the new life to which we are called in Jesus Christ, trusting in Him as our sure good, and daily hope for His return to glory and power, we can rejoice in our eternal inheritance in hope and confidence.
A call to live the future here and now
But after John was taken prisoner, Jesus came to Galilee and preached the gospel of God, saying, "The time is fulfilled." ü llt, and the kingdom of God has come. Repent and believe in the gospel! " (Mark 1: 14-15).
This gospel Jesus brought is the "good news" - a powerful message that changes and transforms life. The gospel ü Berf ü not only hears and converts, but in the end all the best ü make him refuse him ü berstehen.
The gospel is "a power of God that blesses all who believe" (Rom. 1:16). The gospel is God's invitation to us to live a completely different level ü lead. It is the good news that there is an inheritance waiting for us that will come into our possession when Christ comes again. It is also an invitation to an invigorating spiritual reality that can already be ours.
Paul calls the gospel "Gospel of Christ" (1 Corinthians 9:12), "Gospel of God" (Rom. 15:16) and "Gospel of Peace" (Eph. 6: 15). Starting from Jesus, he begins the j ü redefining the idea of the kingdom of God, focusing on the universal significance of the first coming of Christ.
The Jesus who ü Wandering across the dusty streets of Judea and Galilee, Paul teaches, is now the risen Christ, who sits on the right hand of God and is "the head of all powers and powers" (Col. 2:10).
According to Paul, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are "first" in the gospel; they are the schl ü major events in God's plan (1 Cor. 15: 1-11). The gospel is the good news f ü the poor and the oppressor ü ckten. The story has a goal. In the end, justice will triumph, not power.
The pierced hand has ü Over the armored fist triumphed. The kingdom of evil gives way to the kingdom of Jesus Christ, an order of things that Christians are already experiencing in part.
Paul countered this aspect of the gospel ü About the Colossians: "With joy says thanks to the Father who t ü has done to the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has saved us from the power of darkness and has transposed us into the kingdom of his dear Son, in whom we have salvation, the forgiveness of the S ü ends " (Col. 1,12-14).
F ü For all Christians, the gospel is and was the present reality ü future hope. The risen Christ who is Lord ü Time, space and everything that happens down here is the fighter f ü r the Christians. The one who was raised to heaven is the omnipresent source of power (Eph. 3,20-21).
The good news is that Jesus Christ is every obstacle in his earthly life ü has overcome. The Way of the Cross is a hard but victorious path into the kingdom of God. Therefore, Paul can bring the gospel to the brief formula, "For I thought it was f ü r right to know nothing among you but Jesus Christ alone, the crucified " (1 Cor. 2,2).
The big reversal
When Jesus appeared in Galilee and preached the gospel earnestly, he expected an answer. He also expects an answer from us today.
But Jesus' invitation to enter the kingdom was not kept in a vacuum. Jesus call f ü The kingdom of God was accompanied by impressive signs and wonders that made a country that was under Roman rule sit up.
That is one reason why Jesus needed to clarify what he meant by the Kingdom of God. The Jews at the time of Jesus were waiting for an F ü who brought back to their nation the glories of David and Solomon ü would recommend. But the message of Jesus was "doubly revolutionary," as Oxford scholar NT Wright writes. First, he took the common expectation that a j ü discher Superstaat throw off the Roman yoke w ü and transformed it into something completely different. He made of the widespread hope for political liberation a message of spiritual salvation: the Gospel!
"The Kingdom of God has come, he seemed to say, but it is not what you imagined it to be" (NT Wright, Who Was Jesus ?, p. 98).
Jesus shocked people with the consequences of his good news. "But many who are the first will be the last and the last will be the first" (Matthew 19,30).
"There'll be howls and teeth chattering," he said to his j ü the compatriots, "if you will see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but push you out" (Luke 13:28).
The great Last Supper was f ü r everyone there (Luk. 14,16-24). The Gentiles were also invited to the Kingdom of God. And a second was no less revolutionary.
This prophet from Nazareth seemed to spend a lot of time f ü r to have the rightsless - from the lepers and Kr ü pimp up to greedy tax collectors - and sometimes even f ü the hated Roman Unterdr ü cker.
The good news that Jesus brought contradicted all expectations, even those of his faithful J ü longer (Luk. 9,51-56). Again and again Jesus said that the kingdom that they expected in the future was already dynamically present in his work. After a particularly dramatic episode, he said: "But if I drive out the evil spirits through God's fingers, then the Kingdom of God has come to you" (Luke 11,20). In other words, the people who saw the work of Jesus experienced the present of the future. Jesus turned popular expectations upside down in at least three ways:
- Jesus taught the good news that the Kingdom of God is a pure gift - the Lordship of God that already brought healing. This is how Jesus started the "year of grace of the Lord" (Luk. 4,19; Isa. 61,1-2). But the "M" were "admitted" to the Reich ü sleazy and loaded, the poor and beggars, delinquent children and penitent customs officers, penitent whores and outsiders of society. F ü He declared himself a shepherd to black sheep and lost sheep.
- The good news of Jesus was also f ü the people there, who were ready to turn to God through the painful purification of true repentance. This sincerely repentant S ü w ü become a big in God ü find a father who searches the horizon for his wandering sons and daughters and sees them when they are "still far away" (Luke 15,20). The good news of the gospel means that everyone who says with heart: "God, be S ü mercifully " (Luk 18,13) tmd sincerely means to join God ü to find a hearing aid w ü rde. Always. "Ask, it will be given to you; seek, you will find; knock, it will be opened to you" (Luke 11,9). F ü For those who believed and turned away from the ways of the world, this was the best news they could hear.
- The gospel of Jesus also meant that nothing could stop the victory of the kingdom that Jesus had brought, even if it looked the opposite. This kingdom w ü fierce, merciless resistance, but ultimately w ü put it in ü bernat ü power and glory triumph. Christ said his J ü ngern: "But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on the throne of his glory, and all the nations will be gathered before him. And he will separate them from one another like a shepherd to sheep separates from the goats " (Matthew 25,31-32).
So the good news of Jesus had a dynamic tension between the "already" and the "not yet". The gospel of the kingdom referred to the reign of God, which already existed - "See the blind and walk the lame, lepers become pure and hear the deaf, the dead stand up and the gospel is preached to the poor" (Matthew 11,5). But the empire was "not yet" there in the sense that its full ü still to come. To understand the gospel means to understand this twofold aspect: on the one hand the promised presence of the king, who already lives in his people, and on the other hand his dramatic return.
The good news of your salvation
The missionary Paulus helped initiate the second great movement of the gospel - its spread from tiny Judea to the highly civilized Greco-Roman world of the mid-first century. Paul, the converted Christian persecutor, directs the blinding light of the gospel through the prism of everyday life. As he praises the glorified Christ, he is also concerned with the practical consequences of the gospel.
Despite the fanatical resistance, Paul conveys to the other Christians the breathtaking significance of Jesus' life, death and resurrection:
"He, too, has reconciled you, who were once alien and hostile in evil works, through the death of his mortal body, so that he would put you before his face in a holy and blameless and flawless way; if you only remain in faith, founded and firm "and do not depart from the hope of the gospel that you have heard and that is preached to all creatures under heaven. I, Paul, have become his servant" (Col. 1,21-23).
Reconciled. Flawless. Grace. Salvation. Forgiveness. And not just in the future, but here and now. This is the gospel of Paul.
The Resurrection, the climax to which the Synoptics and John drove their readers (Jn 20,31) releases the inner power of the gospel for the daily life of the Christian. The resurrection of Christ confirms the gospel. Therefore, as Paul teaches, those events in distant Judea give hope to all men:
«... I am not ashamed of the gospel; for it is a power of God that blesses all who believe in it, the Jews first and the Greeks as well. Because it reveals the righteousness that is before God, which comes from faith in faith ... " (Rom. 1,16-17).
The apostle John enriches the gospel with another dimension. It shows Jesus how the "J ü singer he loved " (John 19,26), remembered him, a man with the heart of a shepherd, a church leader with a deep love for people with their worries and fears.
"Jesus did many other signs before his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written so that you can believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that you can have life in his name by faith " (John 20,30: 31).
John's account of the gospel has its core in the remarkable statement, "... that you may have life by faith."
John miraculously conveys another aspect of the gospel: Jesus Christ in moments of greatest personal closeness. John gives a living account of the personal, serving presence of the Messiah.
A personal gospel
In the Gospel of John we encounter a Christ who was a powerful public preacher (John 7,37: 46). We see Jesus warm and hospitable. From his inviting invitation "Come and see!" (Joh. 1,39) up to the challenge to the doubting Thomas to put his finger in the stigmata on his hands (Joh. 20,27), here is portrayed in an unforgettable way the one who became flesh and lived among us (John 1,14).
People felt so welcome and comfortable with Jesus that they had a lively exchange with him (John 6,5: 8). They were lying next to him eating and eating from the same plate (John 13,23: 26).
They loved him so deeply that as soon as they saw him they swam to the shore to eat fish that he had fried himself (John 21,7: 14).
The Gospel of John reminds us of how much the gospel revolves around Jesus Christ, his example, and the eternal life that we receive through him (John 10,10). It reminds us that preaching the gospel is not enough. We have to live it too. The apostle John encourages us: Our example could help others to share the good news of the Kingdom of God with us. This is what happened to the Samaritan woman who met Jesus Christ at the well (Joh. 4,27-30), and Maria von Mandala (John 20,10: 18).
The one who wept at the tomb of Lazarus, the humble servant who taught his disciples the F ü Washed, lives today. He gives us his presence through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit:
"Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him ... Do not frighten your heart, and f ü do not fear " (John 14,23:27).
Jesus is actively leading his people today through the Holy Spirit. His invitation is as personal and encouraging as ever: "Come and see!" (John 1,39).
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