This is mistakenly called the Gospel of Salvation. Salvation is by Faith in and obedience to Jesus. Redemption was secured at Calvary and not salvation. Without redemption we could not have gone to heaven and be in the presence of The Father and we would have had to suffer the penalty for our sins, which is hell, even though we believed in Jesus and obeyed Him because the penalty would have not been dealt with by Jesus on our behalf. So the Gospel of Christ is about Redemption and not Salvation.
However, the need to understand why we needed redemption is often not understood clearly. So what follows is the Gospel of Redemption and the reason for it and why Calvary was necessary for redemption to happen.
Jesus did not have to die for you. There is nothing that requires God to do anything for you. It is only His Love, Mercy, Grace and Compassion that sent Jesus to die for you.
From before creation Jesus knew He would have to come to the earth He had created, to teach and demonstrate what God required of us and then die an agonising death to restore mankind to the relationship they originally had with God in the Garden of Eden
He knew the agonising death He would suffer if He created us with free will but still went ahead with creation: not for His sake, but for ours! Even though He knew it would give Him much grief and sorrow, He still created us with free will because He valued our love for Him so much and desired it to be freely given and not forced on u s or He would have made us robots programmed not to sin and also to love Him.
Jesus gave up being in control of The Universe, then was born as a man, lived as one and was put to an agonising death by the people He had created, even though He was innocent of doing anything wrong against God or man.
Introduction to the Gospel of Jesus
God is complete in Himself and does not need us for anything. He brought us into existence for our own pleasure and joy. But it also gave Him pleasure and joy to do this. We are His created children and He loves us dearly. He weeps over our hurts and rejoices in our joys just as any father would.
When Satan stole us from Him, God determined to restore us to the relationship we had with Him before mankind fell from it. Being Love by nature God did all that was necessary for this and is doing all He can for this to happen for each one of us individually so we can have a personal relationship with Him now and later in heaven and not go to hell.
This is the basis of The Good News of God. God Loves us so much He has done all He can to restore us to a personal relationship with Him so that we can be with Him forever. He will do anything He is able too, to restore us to the relationship He desires us to have with Him.
This is the essence of The Gospel of Jesus: that God was in Christ reconciling and restoring us to Himself, removing all that prevented us personally relating to Him so that He could restore us to the relationship mankind originally had with God with all the benefits and joys He has for us in that relationship. All He asks of us is that we wholeheartedly try to obey and serve Him out of love for Him as well as to tell others of what He has done for them, so that they too can share in the benefits and joys we have with Him now and will have with Him forever in heaven after we die and leave this earth.
2 Cor 5:8 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
We relate to Jesus as Redeemer when we make Him our Lord by a voluntary decision on our part and not by being forced or pushed by anyone to do so. In other words we want Him to be our Lord because we love Him and obey Him and do not want to go to hell.
A Summary of the Gospel of Jesus
In the beginning God and mankind walked together as friends in a personal relationship with each other in a wonderful garden God created for mankind to live in.
Mankind (consisting then of only Adam and Eve) rejected God because they listened to His enemy, Satan, and decided not to obey God. They were defiled spiritually by this sin. So God removed them from His Garden (Kingdom) and placed them in the kingdom of His enemy, Satan (the only place let for them to go). This was because nothing defiled could enter The Kingdom of God.
They had chosen to listen to Satan and not to God and as a result lost their personal relationship with God. They were defiled by the sin and could not go to heaven.
God saw that mankind was not able to restore this relationship, and that this prevented them once again walking with God as His friend. So He sent Jesus to die in their place and meet the requirements of God so they could be able once again to relate to God on a continual personal basis now, and in heaven after they died.
This is what the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus is: that Jesus broke down the barrier separating us from God through meeting the punishment for our sins that we should have suffered, so we can now approach God continually without the need for a person, except Jesus, to be a go-between between God and us (Jn 14:6) and that through faith in whom Jesus is: God come to earth, born of a virgin, risen from the dead, ruler of all; and that through obeying His requirements, we can have eternal life with forever Him in heaven.
Jesus died on the cross to remove the barrier that stopped us relating to God as His friend as well as meeting the punishment for our failings (sins) against God. Because of Calvary and its effect, covering all places in the universe, all time and eternity (and beyond) the spiritual consequences our failings are dealt with before we even do them. There is no more shame, guilt or condemnation for sin. You just need to repent (turn from the wrong you are doing) and to continue to try and wholeheartedly obey Jesus in all you do. You may still have the physical consequence of these failings. But God can help you in them and heal any injury that results from them.
You will not go to hell because you tried to obey and failed. You will go to hell because you knowingly stopped trying to obey and so rejected Jesus.
A detailed statement of the Gospel
Any Gospel not based on the revealed truths of the Bible or that adds to it or subtracts from it in any way is heresy and belongs to the teachings of demons!
2Jn 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
Man was made to relate to God on a personal basis and when man is not in this relationship He is not living the life God desires him to live and is not placing Himself in the way of all the good things God desires to give him (Eph 2:10)!
In the beginning God created everything and because of this He owns everything.
(Genesis 1:1) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
God created people male and female in His Image. When we look at people we are seeing a reflection of God's (Spiritual) Nature. And it is to this nature that He desires us to mature into. God is a pure spirit and has no physical form we can be a reflection of.
Gen 1:26-27 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
God created people in His Image as male or female. For spiritual purposes there is no difference between them in the eyes of God. He gave them different temperaments and characteristics for their roles on earth. Yet they both express the character/image of God. When we look at people we are seeing a reflection of God's (Spiritual) Nature and it is to this nature that He desires us to mature into. God is a pure spirit and has no physical form we can be a reflection of. So it can only be His Character and Personality that we can be a reflection of.
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness …
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
God expressed His personality when He created mankind as maleness and femaleness. Yet He is neither but contains their chracter as a part of His which is why He is able to give it to them.
To obtain the fullness of the character and personality of God requires a combination of maleness and femaleness. This really only occurs in marriage when both partners are led by The Holy Spirit so that they work as one with God and each other. Each providing their maleness or femaleness to the unity they have as husband and wife.
This partnership of opposite sexes can occur temporarily when non-married people work together with The Holy Spirit. But its fullness is expressed best in marriage! This is probably because the souls of the married people are united as one through sex. Their spirits are already united through The Holy Spirit in them both.
Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his moth- er, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
It is as the character of God is expressed through both parents that allow the children to be raised in a Godly way in a Godly home!
Originally all creation was in harmony with God, It was probably on the day of rest that Adam and Eve sinned as the first six days were 'good' but the Seventh was not described as such.
Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Mankind walked in a face-to-face relationship with God in the park He had created for them
Gen 2:15-17 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
A man (Adam) disobeyed God and rejected God's rule through eating what He had told them not to eat. This resulted in mankind being separated from God. This is what spiritual death is. It is a separation from The Presence of God (Heaven) and placement in the kingdom of His enemy (Hell).
Gen 3:5-8 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
Gen 3:9-11 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
Physical death resulted from this rebellion as spiritual death had already occurred through Adam's sin. Man had separated himself from God through rejecting the Authority of God. Which is spiritual death. But physical death was also required as the whole man was to die for their rebellion and not just the spirit of the man.
Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Jesus was the one promised to defeat Satan and reconcile man to God!
Note the woman is stated to be Satan's enemy and not the man. The man was at fault and allowed the woman to be in a position to sin so he had excluded himself from being used because He was not deceived but sinned voluntarily. The woman did not sin voluntarily but was deceived because the man did not protect her so has the privilege of being used to destroy Satan and his works. A women was going to be used to be the mother of the baby Jesus who would be used by God to completely defeat Satan at Calvary.
Mankind's relationship with God was broken as a result of their rebellion (sin). Because of sin man was cast out of the place where he used to walk in a face-to-face relationship with God and was no longer able to communicate with God.
(Gen 3:24) So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
All have voluntarily sinned (have chosen to do that which is evil and wrong) breaking God's Law of Love and by this have fallen short of God's Glory (His perfect moral requirements) and are unable to save themselves from the punishment of rebellion (sin) against God. The rebellion is an offence against an infinite God and is infinite in the way it needs to be dealt with so that God and man can be reconciled.
(Romans 3:23 ) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
(NEV) All have deliberately disobeyed God at some time and not met God’s standards:
The result of Sin is spiritual death (separation from God) and physical death. But through Jesus, God gives us the gift of eternal life (Spiritual life in His presence) which is the restoration, (through the redemption Jesus obtained for us at Calvary, to the type of fellowship mankind (all two of them) had with God in the garden.
(Romans 6:23 The results of sin is death, but God gives us eternal life because of what Jesus did for us at Calvary.
Unworthy as we are of God even considering us as possible citizens of His Kingdom, Jesus died for us out of God's love for us so we could enter into a relationship with Him, The Father and The Holy Spirit.
(Romans 5:7-8) Very few people will die to save the life of someone else. Although perhaps for a good person someone might possibly die. But God shows his great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners.
We die once and then are judged for our sins - there is no second chance.
(Hebrews 9:27) ]ust as everyone must die once and be judged,
Jesus is the only way to God's forgiveness and the reconciliation that results from accepting the forgiveness God gives us.
(]ohn 14:6) ]esus answered, '1 am the way, and the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me.
Jesus has broken down the barrier that separates us from God and has reconciled (removed the barriers between) God and us. Thought the death of Jesus on the cross the punishment for our sins was remitted (removed as if the sins had never occurred) so that this punishment no longer is required to be given to us. This is because Jesus took their punishment on Himself. If we had been only forgiven our sins at The Cross the consequences of our sin would have still been there but as our sins were remitted this is no longer is there to affect us. It was this punishment which prevented us entering The Kingdom of God and relating to God on a personal basis.
The remitting of the sin meant the punishment for our sin no longer needed to be given to us and God’s requirements for our sins had been satisfied so that we were no longer defiled by them and could enter heaven. The death of Jesus met the punishment for our sins so that we no longer had to be punished for them.
Matt 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Note: Remission and not just forgiveness.
If something is remitted it is as if the thing remitted had never occurred. If it is only forgiven, we still have the act recorded against us as well as any consequences of that act. But if it the act is remitted, then the consequences of that act are also removed and it is as if the sinful act had never occurred.
Eph 2:14-18 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
There is only one way to God and that is Jesus. Only one man that can restore our spiritual relationship with God and that is Jesus. Anyone else who says they are a spiritual mediator between God and mankind are deceived by Satan (the opponent of Jesus who tries to destroy mankind).
(1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ ]esus,
Jesus can deliver what He said He would (Phil 2:9-11) as He now rules all creation and eternity.
Eph 2: 9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of ]esus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that ]esus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
It requires you to believe in what Jesus taught and did.
Joh 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
You must declare Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour and believe Him to be so and show this by your lifestyle of obedience to Jesus. You must also tell others what Jesus has done for you as well as what He can do for them. You must also believe God has raised Jesus from the dead to a new life in heaven so that you also will be raised from the dead after you die and have this new life in heaven. Your lifestyle will demonstrate what a citizen of The Kingdom of God is and can do!
Rom 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
If you have done these things and wholeheartedly try to obey Jesus as your Lord in all you do, you now have eternal life in Jesus and have been restored to a personal, intimate relationship with Him! This will result in a new lifestyle in which you reject all that was wrong in your old lifestyle.
(1 ]ohn 5:11) This is what God told us: God has given us, eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life, but whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
You are a new spiritual person in Jesus and need to discipline yourself to allow these new attitudes resulting from this new lifestyle to be ex- pressed in all you do.
2 Cor:5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
This newness is because of the transformation The Holy Spirit does to you when you decide to follow Jesus and are to become a citizen of His Kingdom.
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Salvation is a relationship that needs to be nurtured and maintained to preserve it. We have been saved by faith but it is our responsibility to work at maintaining it and to grow in it and all that this means.
(]n 17:3) And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Phil 2;12) So, then, my beloved, even as you always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much rather in my absence, cultivate (work at) your salvation with fear and trembling,
Jesus came to save people and not condemn people. All are redeemed but only those accepting what Jesus offers and who live in accordance with His requirements, are saved.
(]ohn 3:16-17 'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 'For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
(1 Pet 3:18) For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
We become citizens of The Kingdom of God:
Col 1:12-15 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Jesus rose from the dead and went to Heaven where He now sits at the Right Hand of God.
(Matthew 28:6 He is not here. He has risen from the dead as he said he would. Come and see the place where his body was.
You must believe what the scriptures say about these things
(1 Corinthians 15:3-4) For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
Mar 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
You must show you are a follower of Jesus by doing His work and living as He desires you to live.
(John 14:15) 'If you love Me, keep My commandments.
As a result of your obedience to Jesus you must believe Jesus has prepared a place for you in Heaven and that He will reward your faithful obedience, your trust in Him as well as fulfil His promises to you!
(John 14:2-3) 'In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
(Heb 11:6) But without faith it is impossible to please him :for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
And we must believe we will be with Jesus the moment we die!
(2 Corinthians 5:8) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
You will be given a reward according to your obedience to Him.
(2 Corinthians 5:10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
(Galatians 6:7-9) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
You must follow Jesus and defend His kingdom even if it costs you your life:
Mat 10:32-33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
When you are with Jesus in heaven you will no longer have the problems you had on the earth:
(Revelation 21:4 "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
And we will once again walk in face-to-face fellowship with God in heaven as Adam and Eve did in the park called Eden.
The deliverance we obtain
We do not really understand what it cost Jesus to come to earth and become one of us or the pain He suffered on the cross. Neither do we fully understand the anger of God we would face if we died without the redemption Jesus gives us.
What Happened at Calvary – a recapitulation
You are not saved by Calvary. You are redeemed at Calvary. Calvary is about the punishment for our sins being dealt with and not salvation being obtained. At Calvary Jesus removed everything that made you unacceptable to God.
At Calvary all the spiritual consequences of our sin (the disobeying of God) we had were dealt with by Jesus. so that there is now nothing we have done or that is in us to stop God accepting us, except for our not accepting His Lordship and what Jesus had done for us. The requirement for being acceptable is to voluntarily and wholeheartedly follow Jesus as Lord in all you do because you love Him and appreciate Him for what He has done for you.
Faith in Jesus as Lord of all, saves you, and what happened at Calvary allows you to live the lifestyle faith requires you to live as well as enter The Kingdom of God.
At Calvary all your sins were forgiven so you do not need to ask for forgiveness for them anymore. The redemptive work of Jesus at Calvary was complete and does not need to be repeated again. However, you do need to admit to God you have sinned (fallen short of His requirements) and then wholeheartedly turn away from the thing causing you to sin and try to do His Will for you (repentance). However any weaknesses you have problems in dealing with that give rise to sin you probably need deliverance from.
You are redeemed (the spiritual consequences of sin in your life are dealt with) if you have accepted the salvation God offers through faith in Jesus:
By this redemption you are made righteous to God (All in you or which you have done that stops God accepting you has been removed)
The result of this is a correct relationship with Jesus and The Father
You are also sanctified by God (God declares you are His and marks you as His with The Holy Spirit)
Remission of sin means God treats you as if you had never sinned. He does not see you as defiled by sin as He has removed them and their consequences from you. He sees them now on Jesus. This means you can boldly approach Him without any hindrance preventing you from doing so.
This results from faith in Jesus: who He is and what He did and taught. In The Old Testament it was faith in God that saved you. Now it is by faith in Jesus (who is also God).
By faith you accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour. This results in:
Transference from Satan's kingdom to that of God's Kingdom (Salvation) because you are now in a correct relationship with God
God sanctifies you ( He marks you as His and by this sets you apart for His service)
Because of this you are Holy to Him (set apart for Him) and should live a holy life, obeying His requirements of you to the exclusion of all Satan offers you in his world system.
You become His adopted Child and enter into all the rights, responsibilities, rewards and relationships of a citizen of The Kingdom of God. (The redemption that allows this and which resulted from Calvary is automatic when you follow Jesus as Lord).
What is the essence of The Gospel then?
Luke 24: 46-47 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Repentance (the turning for the things of Satan to the things of God) and remission (forgiveness of sins as if they had never occurred in the first place), as well as the reconciliation with God that results from this redemption, and that because Jesus rose from the dead, as we too shall one day, and because He is now Lord of all, He can save us from the kingdom of Satan and do all He said He would do for us.