What is the message of Jesus Christ?

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The gospel is the good news of salvation through God's grace because of faith in Jesus Christ. It is the message that Christ died for our sins, that he was buried, that according to the Scriptures the third day was raised and then appeared to his disciples. The gospel is the good news that through the salvific work of Jesus Christ we can enter the kingdom of God (1, Corinthians 15,1-5, Acts 5,31, Luke 24,46-48, John 3,16, Matthew 28,19-20, Mark 1,14-15, Acts 8,12 28,30-31).

What is the message of Jesus Christ?

Jesus said that the words he spoke are words of life (Joh 6,63). "His teaching" came from God-Father (Joh 3,34, 7,16, 14,10), and it was his desire that his words dwell in the believer.

John, who survived the other apostles, had the following to say about Jesus' teachings: "He who goes beyond and does not remain in the teaching of Christ has no God; He who remains in this teaching has the Father and the Son "(2Joh 9).

"What do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do as I say," said Jesus (Lk 6,46). How can a Christian claim to surrender to the lordship of Christ while ignoring his words? For the Christian, obedience is directed to our Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel (2Kor 10,5; 2Th 1,8).

The Sermon on the Mount

In the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5,1 7,29, Lk 6,20 49), Christ begins by explaining spiritual attitudes that his followers willingly accept. The spiritually poor, who are touched by the need of others to such an extent that they mourn; the meek, who are hungering and thirsting for righteousness, the merciful, the pure-hearted, the peacemakers who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness - such people are spiritually rich and blessed, they are the "salt of the earth" and they glorify the Father in the sky (Mt 5,1-16).

Jesus then compares Old Testament instructions (which is said "to the ancients") with what he says to those who believe in him ("but I tell you"). Note the comparative twists in Matthew 5,21-22, 27-28, 31-32, 38-39, and 43-44.

He starts this comparison with the words that he did not come to dissolve the law but to fulfill it (Mt 5,17). As discussed in Bible Study 3, Matthew uses the word "to fulfill" in a prophetic manner, not in the sense of "keeping" or "watching." If Jesus had not fulfilled every last letter and every cherry on the messianic promise, he would be a cheat. Everything written in the Law, the Prophets, and the scriptures [Psalms] concerning the Messiah had to find prophetic fulfillment in Christ (Lk 24,44).

Jesus' statements are our commandments. He speaks in Matthew 5,19 of "these commandments" - "these" referred to what he was about to teach, as opposed to "those" that referred to commandments that were set forth before.

His concern is the center of the believer's faith and obedience. By using comparisons, Jesus commands his followers to obey his discourses rather than clinging to aspects of the Mosaic law that are either inadequate (Moses teaching about murder, adultery or divorce in Mt 5,21-32), or irrelevant (Moses teaching on swearing in Mt. 5,33-37), or against his moral point of view were (Moses doctrine on justice and behavior towards enemies in Mt 5,38-48).

In Matthew 6, our Lord who "shapes the form, content, and ultimate purpose of our faith" (Jinkins 2001: 98) continues to distinguish Christianity from religiousness.

Real Mercy [Charity] does not display its good deeds in order to receive praise, but serves selflessly (Mt 6,1-4). Prayer and fasting are not modeled in public portrayals of piety, but by a humble and divine attitude (Mt 6,5-18). What we desire or acquire is neither the point nor the concern of just life. What matters is to seek the righteousness that Christ began to describe in the previous chapter (Mt 6,19-34).

The sermon ends with emphasis in Matthew 7. Christians should not judge others by judging them because they are also sinners (Mt 7,1-6). God, our Father, wants to bless us with good gifts, and the purpose behind his talk about the Old Ones in the Law and the Prophets is that we should treat others the way we want to be treated (Mt 7,7-12).

The life of the Kingdom of God is to do the will of the Father (Mt 7,13-23), which means that we listen to and do the words of Christ (Mt 7,24, 17,5).

To base the belief in anything other than his talk is like building a house on sand that will collapse when the storm comes. Faith based on the speeches of Christ is like a house built on a rock, a solid foundation that withstands the trials of time (Mt 7,24-27).

For the audience, this teaching was shocking (Mt 7,28-29), because the Old Testament law was seen as the ground and rock on which the Pharisees built their justice. Christ says his followers should go beyond that and build their faith on him alone (Mt 5,20). Christ, not the law, is the rock that Moses sang about (5Mo 32,4; Ps 18,2; 1Kor 10,4). "For the law is given by Moses; grace and truth has become through Jesus Christ "(Jn 1,17).

You have to be born again

Instead of enlarging the law of Moses, which was expected of the rabbis (Jewish religious teachers), Jesus as the Son of God taught otherwise. He challenged the audience and the authority of their teachers.

He went so far as to proclaim, "You seek in Scripture, for you think you have eternal life in it; and it is she who testifies of me; but you do not want to come to me, that you have the life "(Joh 5,39-40). The correct interpretation of the Old and New Testaments does not bring eternal life, although they are inspired to understand salvation and to express our faith (as discussed in 1's study). We have to come to Jesus to receive eternal life.

There is no other source of salvation. Jesus is "the way, and the truth and the life" (Joh 14,6). There is no route to the father except by the son. Salvation has to do with coming to the person known as Jesus Christ.

How do we get to Jesus? In John 3, Nicodemus came to Jesus by night to learn more about his teachings. Nicodemus was shocked when Jesus said to him, "You must be born again" (Joh 3,7). "How is that possible?" Asked Nicodemus, "can our mother give birth to us again?"

Jesus spoke of a spiritual transformation, a rebirth of supernatural proportion, born from "above," which is a complementary translation of the Greek word "again" in this passage. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (Jn 3,16). Jesus went on to say, "He who hears my word and believes in him who sent me, has eternal life" (Jn 5,24).

It is a fact of faith. John the Baptist said that the person "who believes in the Son has eternal life" (Joh 3,36). Faith in Christ is the starting point "not to be born again of transient but imperishable seed (1Pt 1,23), the beginning of salvation.

To believe in Christ is to accept who Jesus is, that he is "the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Mt 16,16, Lk 9,18-20, Act 8,37) who has "words of eternal life" (Joh 6,68-69) ,

To believe in Christ is to assume that Jesus is God, who

  • Meat became [human] and dwelt among us (John 1,14).
  • was crucified for us, that he should "by the grace of God taste death for all" (Hebr 2,9).
  • "Died for all, so that those who live do not live themselves, but that he died and rose for them" (2Kor 5,15).
  • "Sin died once and for all" (Rom 6,10) and "in which we have salvation, the forgiveness of sins" (Col. 1,14).
  • "Died and came to life again, that he was the dead and living Lord" (Rom 14,9).
  • "Who is at the right hand of God, ascended to heaven, and subject to him are the angels and the mighty and the mighty" (1Pt 3,22).
  • Was "taken to heaven" and "will come back" as he ascended to heaven (Act 1,11).
  • "Will judge the living and the dead in his appearance and in his kingdom" (2Tim 4,1).
  • "Will return to the earth to receive the believers" (John 14,1 4).

By accepting Jesus Christ in faith, as he has revealed himself, we are "born again."

Repent and be baptized

John the Baptist proclaimed, "Repent and believe in the gospel" (Mk 1,15)! Jesus taught that he, the Son of God and the Son of Man, "has authority to forgive sins on earth" (Mk 2,10, Mt 9,6). That was the gospel that God had sent his son for the salvation of the world.

Repentance was included in this message of salvation: "I have come to call the sinners, not the righteous" (Mt 9,13). Paul confuses with every confusion: "There is none righteous, not one" (Rom 3,10). We are all sinners who call Christ to repentance.

Repentance is a call to return to God. Biblically speaking, humankind is in a state of alienation from God. Like the Son in the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15, men and women have moved away from God. Likewise, as illustrated in this story, the Father is anxious for us to return to Him. To leave the Father - that is the beginning of sin. The issues of sin and Christian accountability will be dealt with in a future Bible study.

The only way back to the father is by the son. Jesus said, "Everything is given to me by my father; and nobody knows the son as only the father; and nobody knows the Father as only the Son and whom the Son wants to reveal it to "(Mt 11,28). The beginning of repentance therefore lies in the fact that we turn from other recognized paths to salvation and turn to Jesus.

The recognition of Jesus as Savior, Lord and Coming King is attested by the ceremony of baptism. Christ instructs us that his disciples should be baptized "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Baptism is an outward expression of an inner obligation to follow Jesus.

In Matthew 28,20, Jesus continued, "... and teach them to keep all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you all the days till the end of the world ". In most of the New Testament examples, teaching followed baptism. Notice that Jesus made it clear that He made bids for us, as explained in the Sermon on the Mount.

Repentance continues in the believer's life as he or she approaches Christ more and more. And as Christ says, he will always be with us. But how? How can Jesus be with us and how can meaningful remorse happen? These questions will be dealt with in the next study.


Jesus explained that his words are words of life and they influence the believer by informing him or her about the path to salvation.

by James Henderson