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What is the Gospel?
Briefly comprehended the Gospel is the message of salvation brought by the visible appearing of Jesus Christ which was God manifested in the fleshIn Mar 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
we read that Jesus came into Galilee preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and He said unto the people, “ The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye and believe the Gospel.” In Mat 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
. In Luk 8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
In Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, So we see that we first must hear the Word of truth which is the Gospel of our salvation. The Word of truth is the Gospel and Jesus is spoken of as the Word, “ And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.” John 1: 14. Peter speaking of us who have purified our souls by obeying the truth says, “ Being born again, not of corrupt able seed, but of incorrupt able by the word of God, which
liveth and abideth forever.” 1 Peter 1: 23. The Gospel then is the seed of truth which, if a man receives into his soul, will produce a birth. Old things will pass away and he will become a new creature. This is why Jesus told Nicodemus that, “ Ye must be born again.” John,3:5 He says, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God”.
” The word water used in the Bible often refers to the Word of truth, which is Christ. For instance, Jesus in speaking to the woman at the well said, 1 ‘ If thou knewest the gift of God, and who- it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldst have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” The Gospel is spoken of as the “ word of life” Phil. 2: 16
In Rev. 22: 17, “ Whosoever will,” are exhorted to come and take of the “ water of life freely.” So we see that the word of truth is the Gospel and also the water of life. Jesus says. “ Except a man be born of water (Word) and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” John 3: 5. We are not born of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God
By reading the scriptures in the first chapter of Matthew we find that Jesus was not conceived in the natural way, but the angel talking to Joseph said, “ For that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost,” It was a supernatural conception, and so it is with us — the Gospel or the Word of truth which is the seed, is first received into the womb of the soul and so we are begotten of God and are born again and new life springs up and we become a new creature in Christ by the supernatural power of God. This is why the Gospel is spoken of as the “ glad tidings.” 2Ti 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
The Gospel indeed is glad tidings when it conveys to the mind of lost men and women that they can have life and immortality, for then a new hope springs up into the soul. Paul says, Rom 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek”.
The Gospel also has an effect upon every one to whom it is preached, for Paul says, “ To one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life.” 2 Cor. 2: 16. The
Gospel, if received into the heart, will mean life ; if rejected, it will mean death. Jesus says, “ And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11: 26. He was speaking here of the soul of man that was resurrected as born again. Although this body would die and go to dust yet the soul would live on with God in a blissful state. The qualification was, “ If we lived and believed in Him.” “ Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” —■
Fred Pruitt. ----Faith and Victory Dec. 1934