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The Gospel: “The Good News or Glad Tidings”.
THE GOSPEL IN BRIEF …
There are two aspects to the Gospel Message, or the Good Tidings”. These are mentioned in Acts: ” … when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” Acts 8:12.
Under differing circumstances, one or the other aspect may however be emphasised.
The Gospel preached by Christ and the Apostles, had reference to the Kingdom of God. It is a Divine political dominion to be established on earth, on the ruins of all existing governments, for the purpose of bringing the world into subjection to God that it might be the recipients of the blessing of Almighty God. It will be the ancient Kingdom of Israel restored, with Christ as King in fulfilment of the promises made to King David, and in accord with the covenant made with Abraham. JESUS CHRIST WILL RETURN FROM HEAVEN and VISIBLY APPEAR to TAKE UP RESIDENCE ON EARTH A SECOND TIME, for the purpose of bringing about the accomplishment of all these things.
There is but one God, whose Holy Spirit came upon Mary, when the Power of the Highest overshadowed her, she conceived and brought forth a son, Jesus, who was therefore the Son of God, (Luke 1: 35). In turn, being born of Mary, he was also the Son of Man. He preached the Gospel of the Kingdom. His eventual death at the hands of men, was to express the love of the Father in a necessary sacrifice for sin that the law of sin and death which came into force by the first Adam might be nullified in him. In harmony with his obedience Almighty God raised Jesus from the dead and exalted him to a glorified, incorruptible, immortal (because spiritual) state of existence. He now acts as a priestly mediator between the father and those who come unto God by him, awaiting his return as King of the Jews.
Those who are “in Christ” by baptism are thus able to have their sins forgiven through the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. When he returns to the earth, he will grant immortality, to those who have been faithful to him and his requirements. As immortal saints they will then be free from sin and death, and will reign with Christ upon earth as Kings and Priest, to assist with the work of bringing the whole world into subjection to God.