The Basis Of The Gospel Message
October 6, 2013
Apostle John asserts, "And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world." (1 John 4:14) and Apostle Paul states, "that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15) while Jesus himself claims, "for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice" (John 18:37)
Jesus claimed, "I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." (John 6:51); and "Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me." (John 8:42); and again "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. 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." (John 5:22-24)
In John 10:34-37 "Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, 'Thou blasphemest'; because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not." In John 16:28 Jesus explains, "I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
Here we examine the origin and basis of these claims. Are they indeed, "Good News!"?
God created man in His image but Man Sinned and was punished. God took a single couple on a Journey of Preparation toward the day when God Brings Forth a Savior. Jesus' Life Fulfilled Prophecy and was purposeful, even unto His death for our sins. The Resurrection & Offer of a New Life brings certainty to His claims and transformed disciples and innumerable people unto this day. The scriptures show us the Basis of God's Judgment upon all men and their need to Believe God's word and be saved.
These are the things God clearly teaches from His word about the "Good News!":
I. God Created
See: Christians Believe:
Excerpts from: GOD
Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me.
Isaiah 43:13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it (oppose it)?
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Genesis 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Isaiah 42:5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein.
Isaiah 43:7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
Psalm 8:4-5 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Job 10:8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about...
A. Knows design of man
Evidence for Genesis as literal:
Exodus 4:11 And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?
Job 10:8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
Psalm 119:73 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
Psalm 139:13-16 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
B. Knows capacity of man
Evidence for Genesis as literal:
Genesis 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
1 Kings 19:7 And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.
Psalm 14:1-3 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Psalm 103:14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
C. Man given duty
Evidence for Genesis as literal:
1. Man is established as family leader for he is created first in Gen 2:7.
2. And before woman was created he (man) was given a duty in Gen 2:8 & 15.
a. That duty was general:
1). to explore, develop, use the earth and all that is in it, and much more - "subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
2). to marry, produce children and teach them to obey God, and then send them forth to do the same duties God gave to the first man - "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth."
b. And specific: That each man is given purpose to carry out specific to him and his abilities. (Gen 4:2, 20-22, 6:14, Ex 35:33-35, Ex 36:8, 1 Chr 22:15, 2 Chr 26:14-15, Mat 25:15, 1 Pe 4:11)
D. Holds man accountable
Evidence for Genesis as literal:
1. The freedom to eat fruit of all trees of the garden except one. (Ge 2:16)
2. The duty of restraint to not eat fruit of one tree. (Ge 2:17)
3. Mankind is to recognize from where he came. (Ge 3:8-10)
4. Man violated these boundaries. (Ge 3:17-19)
4. Death and its processes came from man's active choice to disobey God. (Ge 3:19)
II. Man Sinned
A. Examination by God
Genesis 3:8-11 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. 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?
B. Confession by man and woman
Genesis 3:12-13 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
1. Guilty by their own deeds.
2. Guilty by violating their own standards.
3. Guilty by their thoughts expressed in words.
4. None are without sin.
See: The 12 Biggest Lies:
Christians Believe: Sub-headings:
Genesis 3:16-19 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
D. Promised help (Proto-gospel)
Genesis 3:15 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
III. Journey of Preparation
A. Builds case for a Savior
Genesis chapters 3-11
1. Genesis 6:5--7 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
2. Genesis 11:3-9 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
B. Prepares lineage for Savior
Genesis chapters 12 thru Malachi ch 3
1. Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah, Shem [pre-flood]
2. Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah, Eber, Peleg, Reu, Serug, Nahor, Terah, Abram (Abraham),
3. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, thru David, unto Joseph.
Matthew 1:1-17 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac (Ge 25:19); and Isaac begat Jacob (Ge 25:26); and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren (Ge 35:23); And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar (Pharez, Ge 38:13-30; 46:12); and Phares begat Esrom (Hezron, Ru 4:18); and Esrom begat Aram (Ru 4:19); And Aram begat Aminadab (Ru 4:19); and Aminadab begat Naasson (Ru 4:20); and Naasson begat Salmon (Ru 4:20); And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab (Boaz, Ru 4:21); and Booz begat Obed of Ruth (Ru 4:21); and Obed begat Jesse (Ru 4:22); And Jesse begat David the king (Ru 4:22); and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias (2 Sa 12:24); And Solomon begat Roboam (Rehoboam, 1 Ki 11:43); and Roboam begat Abia (1 Chr 3:10); and Abia begat Asa (1 Chr 3:10); And Asa begat Josaphat (Jehoshaphat, 1 Chr 3:10); and Josaphat begat Joram (Jehoram, 1 Chr 3:11); and Joram begat Ozias (Ahaziah his son, Joash his son, Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, 1 Chr 3:11-12); And Ozias (Azariah) begat Joatham (Jotham, 1 Chr 3:12); and Joatham begat Achaz (Ahaz, 1 Chr 3:13); and Achaz begat Ezekias (Hezekiah, 1 Chr 3:13); And Ezekias begat Manasses (Manasseh, 1 Chr 3:13); and Manasses begat Amon (1 Chr 3:14); and Amon begat Josias (Josiah, 1 Chr 3:14); And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren (son: Jehoiakim, grandson: Jeconiah, 1 Chr 3:16), about the time they were carried away to Babylon: And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias (Jeconiah) begat Salathiel (1 Chr 3:17); and Salathiel begat Zorobabel (son: Pedaiah, grandson: Zerubbabel, 1 Chr 3:19); And Zorobabel begat Abiud (grandson thru daughter? See: 1 Chr 5:1-2); and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.
4. Lineage thru Mary, Jesus' mother:
Luke 3:23-38 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph, Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge, Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph which was the son of Juda, Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri, Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er, Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim, Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David (2 Sa 5:14), Which was the son of Jesse (Ru 4:22), which was the son of Obed (Ru 4:22), which was the son of Booz (Ru 4:21), which was the son of Salmon (Ru 4:21), which was the son of Naasson (Ru 4:20), Which was the son of Aminadab (Ru 4:20), which was the son of Aram (Ru 4:19), which was the son of Esrom (Hezron, Ru 4:19), which was the son of Phares (Pharez, Ru 4:18), which was the son of Juda (Judah, Ge 38:13-30; 46:12), Which was the son of Jacob (Ge 35:23), which was the son of Isaac (Ge 25:26), which was the son of Abraham (Ge 21:3), which was the son of Thara (Terah, Ge 11:26), which was the son of Nachor (Nahor, Ge 11:24), Which was the son of Saruch (Serug, Ge 11:22), which was the son of Ragau (Reu, Ge 11:20), which was the son of Phalec (Peleg, Ge 11:18), which was the son of Heber (Eber, Ge 11:16), which was the son of Sala (Salah, Ge 11:14), Which was the son of Cainan (Salah, Ge 11:12), which was the son of Arphaxad (Ge 11:10), which was the son of Sem (Shem, Ge 5:28-29, 11:10), which was the son of Noe (Noah, Ge 5:28-9), which was the son of Lamech (Ge 5:25), Which was the son of Mathusala (Methuselah, Ge 5:21), which was the son of Enoch (Ge 5:18), which was the son of Jared (Ge 5:15), which was the son of Maleleel (Mahalaleel, Ge 5:12), which was the son of Cainan (Ge 5:9), Which was the son of Enos (Ge 5:6), which was the son of Seth (Ge 5:3), which was the son of Adam (Ge 1:26-27; 2:7), which was the son of God (Ge 1:1; Is 46:9-10).
C. Prepares people to receive a Savior
Genesis chapters 12 thru Malachi ch 3
1. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Israel (redeemed from Egypt in Exodus - Deuteronomy), and others (Rahab, Ruth, etc.) who believe God
2. Luke 3:15 And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not.
3. John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
4. Acts 3:21, 24 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
5. Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
6. Romans 16:25-27 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
D. Prepares man to know he needs a Savior
Genesis chapters 3 thru Malachi ch 3
1. Romans 2:11-16 For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.)
2. Romans 3:19-22 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
3. Galatians 3:23-25 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
E. God's concern for man is verified by Visits from God - shows what He is like.
Theophanies: to Adam (Genesis 3:8-21); to Abraham (Genesis 18:2-33); to Jacob, at Beth-el (Genesis 35:7,9);
to Moses, in the flaming bush (Exodus 3:2) and at Sinai (Exodus 19:16-24;24:10);
to Moses and Joshua (Deuteronomy 31:14,15); to Israel (Judges 2:1-5); to Gideon (Judges 6:11-24);
to Solomon (1 Kings 3:5;9:2;11:9; 2 Chronicles 1:7-12;7:12-22); to Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-5); to Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:26-28)
including the incarnation of Jesus (John 1:1 & 14-15, Matthew 1:18, 21-23, Luke 1:35, 2:6-13, 1 John 1:1-4 and Hebrews 1:1-3)
and the promised return of Jesus (John 14:3, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18)
IV. God Brings Forth a Savior
A. Birth of Christ
Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
John 1:10-14 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 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 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
B. Lineage of Christ
[See III. B. above] Gen 5:1; 12:2-3; 17:15-17; 18:18; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14; 1 Sam 17:12; 2 Sam 7:12, 16; Isa 9:6-7;
C. Prophecies of Christ
Evidence for the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (8 page series)
Messianic Prophecies: 106 Old Testament Prophecies Fulfilled on Earth
D. Eager seekers
Luke 1:16-17 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn unto the Lord their God. And he shall go before his face in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disopbedient to walk in the wisdom of the just; to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for him.
Gen 12:3 & 22:18; 17:19-22; 21:2-3, 12; 25:25-26; 26:2-5; 29:35; 49:10; Psalm 60:7; et
Christians Believe: Sub-heading:
V. Jesus's Life Fulfilled Prophecy
Exo 15:26; 23:8; Lev 19:14; Deut 18:15, 18-19; 27:18; Psa 9:9-10; 10:17-18; 107:20; 146:5-8; Isa 1:17; 54:13; 55:1-4; 58:6; 61:1-3; 146:8
Psa 103:2-5; 107:20; 146:5-8; Isa 29:18-19; 33:24; 35:5-6; 42:5-8; 45:13; Jer 33:6 Hos 14:4 (contrast with: Jer 30:13; Eze 34:1-5)
See: XI. Effects of Christ's power
C. Manner of life
John 8:46; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Pet 2:22
D. Death for sin
Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
Matthew 20:28 & Mark 10:45 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
1 Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Romans 5:6-11 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
1 Cor 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
1 Thessalonians 5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
Colossians 1:20-22 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.
Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
John 3:16 & 18 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. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
See: Christians Believe: Sub-headings:
VI. The Resurrection & Offer of a New Life
A. The empty tomb
See: Christians Believe: Sub-heading:
B. The Living Savior
A. The truth of the resurrection is the very content of the Christian message of salvation.
1. Supposing Jesus survived the events, how would Jesus' disciples be inspired to follow Him as Lord of life when He was scourged, crucified with shoulders dislocated, wrists and feet nailed, and in such pathetic condition without a supernatural resurrection and healing of His body?
2. The rapid growth of the Christian church was accomplished by telling others about the evidence supporting that Jesus is the Christ.
3. Is it possible that the original community of believers at Jerusalem could have been completely uninterested in the tomb where Jesus was laid after his death unless he was NOT there?
B. This was stated in Old Testament prophecy long before it occured and Jesus also told his disciples about His coming rejection, crucifixion, and resurrection during His last several weeks of life!
See: Messianic Prophecies 106 Old Testament Prophecies Fulfilled on Earth
J. Other evidence for Christ's resurrection.
1. The focus on the Memorial of the Last Supper and His Resurrection replacing Passover for Jewish believers.
2. Christian art in catacombs of Rome portraying the resurrection.
3. Resurrected Christ poured out His spirit giving miracle working power to early believers.
4. Worldwide Christian Church through evangelism beginning at Jerusalem.
C. Miracles to follow
D. Changed lives of disciplesSee: Section XI. Effects of Christ's power and: Christians Believe: Sub-heading:
VII. Basis of God's Judgment
Excerpts from: The Basis of God's Judgment Upon All Mankind
The Bible promises a final judgment of all mankind:
John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.
Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
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.
Romans 1:32- 2:3 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whosoever you art that judges: for wherein thou judges another, you condemn yourself; for you that judges do the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And think you this, O man, that judges them which do such things, and does the same, that you shalt escape the judgment of God?
For God to be God there is only one standard of moral right-doing and everyone who violates this is guilty, so we stand condemned under His law of moral right-doing. Those who reject God's standard and assert their ability to establish moral law themselves have the obligation to completely fulfill the application of their own standard in every one of life's situations to claim moral right-doing. God will take their 'personal standard' and use it to condemn them "in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ" because they do not keep inviolate their 'personal standard' due to human selfishness. Either way man is condemned and needs a solution to his immorality. He needs a way to be declared morally upright and to be restored to a position of acceptance with the Creator.
Mark 7:20-23 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Romans 2:21-23 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
2 Timothy 3:2-5 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (See: 2 Pet 2:10-19; Jude 8, 16)
Romans 3:11-20 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Romans 2:4-6 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds.
"But now the righteousness of God (holding to an eternal standard) without (outside of) the law (of Moses given to Israel) is manifested, being witnessed (testified) by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is (obtained) by faith (in the sinless life, substitutionary death and resurrection) of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference (between Israel and Gentiles): For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified (declared free from sin) freely by his grace (freely offered to all who accept it) through the redemption (God initiated, arranged for, and agreed to accept) that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation (satisfaction for sin's penalty) through faith in his blood (in his sinless life and sacrificial death), to declare his (God's) righteousness for the remission (release from all claims) of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just (exact the penalty for sin), and the justifier (accept the substitution of Jesus Christ on behalf) of him which believeth in Jesus."
VIII. Believe God's word and be saved
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Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
John 3:16 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.
Romans 1:16-17 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. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
John 6:69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
Romans 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.
Galatians 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:27-30
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:10-12
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. John 5:24
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. Romans 10:9
We affirm that repentance for past and present sins requires a confession before God, that faith in Jesus' sacrificial death and resurrection to remove those sins involves a crying out for mercy and a calling on the Lord along with a faithful trust in Him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Matthew 24:12-13
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