Jesus (Jeshua) and the Good
seems that in the course of living
a "religious" life, we tend to
lose sight of some of the most
basic essentials of Christianity.
The essentials contain within
them foundational truths and
indispensable revelations. Among
these essential truths is the
fact that the Christian faith
is built upon the gifts bestowed
by one man, this one man who
is the only begotten son of God..
is this man and what makes him special? Did
he come to teach about love? Did he come to
model a moral lifestyle? Did he come to found
a religion replete with ritualistic protocols?
Who do men say that I am?, Jesus asked
his disciples. If we do not get the correct
answer to that question, you can not avail
yourself of the 'gift of God' which he brings.
is a simple African hymn-tune that states:
loved the world and sent a savior,That we might live
with Him forever, If you believe, if you receive,
You can be born again.
Jesus was born a man, he was a man, but he was more
than a man. He was son of man and son of God. His
name given by angels, in Hebrew is Yeshua (Jeshua
or Jesus.) The name means Jehovah is Salvation.
It was only after his ministry, death and resurrection
that he became known as the Christ. Christ was not
his last name. Christ (Greek Kristos - Anointed
One is the equivalent title for the Hebrew Meshiach
or Messiah) the Son of God.
Christ is not as universalists and new-agers claim,
an office, or an attribute of an exalted human
achievement of enlightenment.
name in Hebrew, Yeshua , means 'Jehovah is
Salvation'. Angels were sent to announce
the miraculous birth both to Mary and to Joseph,
in the gospel accounts. The angel told them
what his name was to be, You shall call
His name Yeshua for he shall save his people
- - (Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:31).
the Messiah's birth in detail. Prophecy is
the testimony or witness of Jesus Christ. (Revelation
19:10.) It began in the earliest verses of
the Book of Genesis and continues through the
books of the law, the psalms, and the prophetic
books of the first covenant, (old testament.)
There is an unbroken line of scriptural promises
and scriptural fulfillment attesting to the
birth of Jesus. In addition Jesus Christ was
portrayed metaphorically as a spiritual type
throughout all of the Old Testament. In a sense
the whole Bible is a composite picture which,
when constructed shows the fullness of God
in one Man, the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
spoken and recorded hundred of years in advance,
describe the time of birth, place of birth,
manner of birth, the life, and death of Jesus
Christ in perfect detail.
His birth was to be at
a certain place, at a certain time, under certain
circumstances. At the birth of Jesus, God affirmed
that Word of prophecy with precision.
precisely and in perfect timing. Jesus' life
continued on its prophetic course, as sure
as hands on fine clock, from the time of Jesus
matured and was presented to the public, to
his being received as the messiah (by some)
rejected, tried, and crucified. All of these
events followed a precise time-line corresponding
to the sure words of prophecy.
Since most of the prophecies
found in the Old Testament point to the certainty
of the birth of the Messiah, God's prophets
were afforded no misses in their predictions.
A prophet who missed only 10% of the time was
declared a false prophet and subject to death
by stoning. There
are many interesting books and commentaries
which biblical scholars have written which
detail the hundred of specific prophetic scriptures
and their fulfillment pertinent to the life
of Jesus. These studies are available for any
who wish to pursue them. Details of prophecy
goes beyond the scope of this writing but the
point is to note that Messiah was foretold
and Salvation Derives From Jewish Heritage
The Jews were
the ONLY people that God chose and fashioned
to bring forth the Messiah. ("Salvation
is of the Jews.") God chose a man, (Abraham)
made a covenant with him with the singular
purpose of having a people for His own special
treasure. These generations from Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob, persevered through generations
of trials, unfaithfulness, captivity and deliverance
to become a people to prepare God's man,
His seed. Through the line of David
he was to be Savior and soon King.
was God's Wisdom and design to construct a
Way, in such an improbable manner to
be reckoned implausible in man's reasoning.
Thus He could prove the superiority of His
own wisdom. When God chose and man (Abraham,)
he chose one "as good as dead",
whose wife (Sarah) was far past the age of
child-bearing and nurturing.
God chose a king for Israel, He chose David
a shepherd boy. When God chose a woman to bear
the Messiah He chose a virgin of low estate.
When Jesus chose his disciples he chose unlearned
fishermen or workmen. When He chose how to
establish a kingdom he chose a king who would
forego an earthly crown and die the death of
sinful man upon a cross.
chooses the way of faith to recognize and believe
and to follow Christ.
Faith is essentially
a way of being persuaded by believing an inward
witness of God's word, rather than by
observation and reasoning. God chose to make
reason and human smartness a pitfall to believing
His word and His promises.
One, The prophesied Son of David. This Messiah,
is prophesied to return to sit upon the throne
of an earthly kingdom. But that time is still
to come. At the end of this age Bible believing
Christians look for Jesus to return physically
to put an end to all opposition and rebellion
against God's purposes. This end time event
is described prophetically as The Day of
Vengeance (Day of Wrath) or the Day
of the Lord. The Day of the Lord is
described throughout prophetic scripture. It
is then will unleash devastation and judgment
against all unbelief, unrighteousness, and
rebellion will be addressed and overcome by
God himself. It will not be accomplished through
negotiation or compromise; it will not be accomplished
with reasoning, negotiation, nor with political
bargaining, nor with treaty making. Rather,
God will exercise supernatural power, all of
the forces of heaven and earth against all
the nations and peoples who stand in rebellion
against the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
of the Gospels will return in majestic glory
revealed in the skies. He will not be that
charismatic politician winning over the peoples
of the earth. He will rule with the force and
authority of the name of God Almighty. And
one more very important attribute, lest you
should be deceived; He is the one who carries
the imprint of the nails in His hands!
is Jesus? The Son of God.
by the Spirit of God. This makes him the only
begotten son of God. He is the seed
of the woman who is mentioned in Genesis 3:15.
It is important to understand that the father's
blood line of Jesus' parental inheritance
is that of God himself who was and is sinless
and undefiled. Yet within the human seed is
the nature of humanity, weaknesses, want and
life that Jesus lived was
a life lived within the limits of the human
condition. Yet scripture states that He knew
no sin, and though he was tempted in all
areas just as we are. He remained undefiled
and separate from the sin nature which is peculiar
among all of the natural born human race. (Hebrews
was a man, but certainly unlike humanity in
a special way. The
human race according to the bible, has an Adamic
hereditary line or genealogy, descended from
the line of Adam. Since Adam the human race
is under a curse. The fall and the curse
is portrayed in the first chapters of Genesis.
At the moment, you may not believe in Adam
or in any kind of curse, but for the time being,
set that argument aside. God can work that
issue out with you at a later time. It is necessary
to believe that the Bible is not a fable or
fiction. To argue against the Bible is to lose
the blessing of believing in it, both in small
questions and in larger questions.
Jesus submitted his will
to God the Father
The Jesus of the Gospels
demonstrated meekness, submission and servant-hood.
He did not present himself in the form
of God but as the "Son of Man!"
Neither did Jeshua present himself as a worldly
leader, nor a member of the religious
establishment. Yet he came to his people, God's
people, Israel as an old testament prophet
an adherent to the Law of Moses.
did not demonstrate God-like powers at will
in his infancy until
he was baptized by John, though some apocryphal
stories speak of this. Scripture indicates
he did no miracles until his baptism in the
Jordan river by the prophet who "made
the way" for Jesus' ministry, John the
Baptist. After his baptism at the age of 30
the Spirit of God came upon him and filled
him with the necessary endowment of miracle-working
power. Even with supernatural spiritual endowments
there were times when Jesus himself was not
able to heal or do mighty works, this was owing
to the faith (belief) or unbelief of
those he ministered to.
Jesus did not flaunt God-hood it
would be an error to say that he did not know
of his DIVINE nature or of his divine calling.
He spoke of being about his Father's business
even as a child. Jesus was filled with grace
and wisdom, both of which bespeak spiritual
enablement given by God. Jesus was the Logos
(the Word, the whole counsel of God) made
A movie which
came out several years ago, The Last Temptation
of Christ, portrayed Jesus as entirely
human, flawed with the worst of human weaknesses,
dark passions, indecision and unbelief. It
depicted a Jesus with no divine or supernatural
heritage, whose only vision was of some kind
of vague personal sacrifice. Though this is
clever or interesting fiction it portrays no
understanding of the truth. It does not dignify
the person of Jesus Christ as one possessing
transcendent divinity or as having any potential
for impacting humanity with eternal consequences.
Christ, The Word Made Flesh
The Son of God,
is called the Word made Flesh,
was born in human form but he also had pre-existence
with God. This can not, however, be
said of the rest of the human race though there
are millions in religions who believe in the
doctrine of previous lives. Jesus spoke
of His own glory which he had with the Father
before the world was in his prayer recorded
in John, chapter seventeen. From this it can
be stated with certainty that Jesus of Nazareth,
the Son of God, was also God. This becomes
one awesome mysteries of the nature and person
of God. I find it beyond my ability to comprehend
but I expect that it will be revealed to my
understanding at another time.
Christ was pre-existent some may conclude that
we all pre-existed. The
question is appealing in some ways, curious
and interesting at least. It is argued as a
reality by those who have received spurious,
demonically inspired revelation. But
let it be said by a person who once thoroughly
believed in reincarnation, that I have set
that belief aside in favor of the Bible's teaching.
"It is appointed unto man to die once,
and after that the judgment." (Hebrews
doctrine of resurrection which is taught in
the Bible excludes the possibility of reincarnation.
One life is
promised, one body and eternal judgment for
that one life at some time in eternity. The
resurrection of Jesus' own physical body from
the dead, will be replicated for every living
human soul, both the good and the bad, righteous
and unrighteous. Jesus was called, the first
fruits of they that sleep 1Corinthians
doctrine of the resurrection is given much
attention in the New Testament especially in
Nevertheless, it is unreasonable to the rational
mind, to assert that a body which is dead or
has even returned to dust can be brought forth
alive (bodily) out of the dust. But that is
in fact the teaching of scripture from the
prophet Daniel to Jesus, and restated by the
apostle Paul in particular.
glorified man Jesus, will be presented one
day as he was
already presented to the disciples in Gospel
accounts, alive õ in the flesh, bearing
the same nail scars and the same spear wound
in the side. As he left in a physical body
ascended into glory, he will also return
in a physical body. As he departed from the
Mount of Olives he will also return in glory
to that same spot to begin his reign.
Resurrection, No Gospel!
doctrine of the resurrection is the validation
and the cornerstone of the Gospel. Jesus
had to rise again, having defeated death, alive
with the keys to hell and the grave. The
gospel which the apostle Paul presented stated
this, If Jesus Christ is not risen from
the grave, then all of our preaching, is for
nothing and our faith is for nothing; furthermore
our futures would hold only misery. (1
Corinthians 15:17-19 paraphrased)
We could not
have a supernatural Gospel without a
supernatural Christ. We could not receive supernatural
from believing in a Gospel presented by a mere
man, even if he was a great man! If the gospel
we followed was a gospel without a resurrection,
the best we could do would be to try to live
an honest and moral life using the limited
powers of our own will and abilities. We could
not have received total acceptance by God without
Jesus Christ's sacrifice. He was and
is the Lamb of God.
is Jesus Christ? The Lamb of God
sacrifice is made, The price is paid.
I believe that
if Christian traditionalism has shorted us
on any one thing, it is the knowledge and understanding
of Jesus Christ's sacrifice as the Lamb
of God and the legacy of Spiritual blessing
that His sacrifice brings. These blessings
have the power to impact the life and circumstances
of every soul on earth. The sacrificial death
of Jesus, God's only begotten, is the reason
that Jesus came. It is the cornerstone of the
Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This message of God's free love gift, the good
news, is not just an option to consider. The
Lamb's gospel is established in the very heavens
and every person on the earth will be held
to account for it. For, the earth is the
Lord's and everything that is in it. (Exodus
9:29 Psalm 24:1)
of the lamb of God is a better sacrifice than
the Covenant of Mosaic law, where bulls and
goats were killed and the blood of those offerings
was applied to cover the sin of the
nation. These offerings could not extricate
the innate sin nature of people themselves,
but were only a temporary fix, a covering over
for the sin of the people. The Book of Hebrews
goes into detail about the new covenant
and the nature of the sacrifice which Jesus
made on our behalf. It compares the Mosaic
and New covenant and how the provisions of
the new is a better covenant than the original.
of God was pre-figured in the sacrifice
made by Abraham of his own son, Isaac, the
son of God's promise. Abraham took Isaac to
the mountain and as he prepared to put him
to the knife, said to his son, God himself
will provide the lamb. (Genesis 22:8).
The lamb of God was also described prophetically
with great clarity in the Book of Isaiah, chapters
52 and 53. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter
and as a sheep before the shearer is silent,
he did not open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:3-9).
The description of the
purification of the priests who brought offerings
into the Holy of Holies is a depiction of Jesus
Himself. It was His blood that would purify
and sanctify the mercy seat that was sprinkled
seven times upon heaven's altar.
Undefiled Blood: Shed for Us
-- Was shed, when He
sweat drops blood in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Gripped with the terrible thought of separation
from his Father, who would turn from him, abandoning
him to death; Gripped with the horrible prospect
of being made a "Curse" and separated
from God by the sins of the world.
- -Was shed, when the
servant of the high priest smote him upon the
- - Was shed, when the
Roman soldiers ridiculed him, mocked him, stripped
him, buffeted him and torn out His beard.
- - Was shed, When he
was flogged with the flagellum, the deadly
scourging with the whip. This flagellum with
the nine strands and each tipped with a metal
or glass object which cut and wounded. Forty
strokes were a death sentence, Jesus received
- - Was shed, when the
crown of thorns was plaited upon Jesus' head.
- - Was shed, when Jesus
hands and feet were penetrated by the spikes
which would hold him suspended above the earth
upon a Roman cross (the curse of hanging on
- - Was shed, when the
Roman officer pierced his side with a spear
and blood and water flowed out upon the ground.
Blood Purchased the Provisions
of the Gospel
Discussing the blood
of the lamb may strike you as something primitive,
strange or disgusting but it is the fact
that it is the living blood which
makes a sacrifice spiritually effectual. From
the writings of Moses we learn that the Life
is in the blood. Blood is the life of the
soul and holds potential for both blessing
and for defilement. Innocent blood is said
to cry out from the earth. The blood of
victims of abortion and violence cry out continuously
with a certain voice from the earth.
Jesus' blood was blood
untainted by sin or the curse or death. It
is 100 per cent imbued with the power of life.
This blood had within it perfect eternal life;
it still has, in the present, perfect eternal
life. That blood that sprinkled the earth from
the Mount of Olives, to Pilate's hall of judgment,
to the via Dolorosa, to the hill called Golgotha,
is still nurturing the whole earth. As Jesus
was dying the death of crucifixion upon a cross,
he declared the sentence which his blood would
continue to enforce, Father forgive them,
they do not know what they do. Jesus blood
purchased the price for our sins, sins past,
sins present, and sins future.
Father forgive them,
Among the last words spoken by Jesus upon
the cross is the legacy which any person whose
soul is in want can appropriate as his or her
own personal blessing and legacy, eternal life.
is Jesus? (Aside from being the Son of God)
A Really Nice Guy, A Man who knew Love and Serving
It is written in the
law of Moses that we should make no graven
image. Among all of the ten commandments this
one may not lend itself readily to application
although the first references seem to figure
in the question of idolatry both natural and
figuratively. I think, however, it has more
application to our present knowledge or lack
of knowledge about God. One of the characteristics
of human nature is to draw inferences, to establish
values and to form conclusions based upon things
we see with the natural eye.
Throughout the nearly
two thousand years of Christian tradition we
become the victims of iconography, Icons which
in some manner or another depict God or the
Son of God. Any of us who have ever been to
a major museum have seen depictions of Jesus
Christ created during different historical
eras. The characteristics of portrayal is to
make a presumptuous statements about the personality,
the humanity or the divinity of the subject
that is being portrayed. Iconography has colored
our interpretation of who Jesus is. Some of
these images are very static with a very narrow
portrayal. A sense of Jesus Christ's humanity
was not apparent for centuries. When he was
depicted by the first Christian artists there
was not a trace of life or humanity. For the
period from the 4th century until the 14th,
he was no more than an stylized icon, lacking
any features which would make him like us.
Later, after the fifteenth century, he was
portrayed as very human in works by Rembrandt,
or Caravaggio, Rubens, and others. The point
that I am making is in respect to images that
form a narrowness and misunderstanding of who
Jesus was. Religious traditions sometimes portray
Jesus in such a narrow light that we can not
associate him in all of his attributes, human
and divine. For example images of Christ on
the cross may take us away from the image of
a gloriously resurrected Jesus.
of Jesus in the form and manner that he ministered
on earth; a friendly, loving and kindly person does
not interfere with his divinity nor his sovereignty.
The human quality of Jesus needs to be preserved.
I think the phrase "Jesus was a nice guy," may strike
a chord of impertinence the religious and formal.
So much of Christian life has tuned into structured
liturgy. But I say it for a reason. We need to de-iconize,
de-mystify Jesus and make Jesus accessible to people,
especially in the now of the Gospel rather
than the then of religion. Those who minister
as Christians to others need to regard the manner
of life and service that Jesus modeled. The Lord is
not someone who placed himself out of the reach of
phrase of "Knowing Jesus no more after
the flesh" brings a Spiritual reality
of who Jesus is in the present, enthroned in
heavenly glory at the right hand of great power.
This brings into account of Jesus now enthroned
as the sovereign who continuously intervenes
as the High Priest over his Spiritual
Kingdom. The Kingdom of this world is yet to
be fulfilled with the Sovereign seated on the
throne of his earthly kingdom.
There are other many
other attributes or prophetic descriptions
of Jesus, as depicted by the the Hebrew
names of Jehovah: Nissi, Tsidkenu, Rapha, Shama,
Jireh, Sabbaoth, and numerous others, as well
as: the 'Righteous Judge', the 'Captain of
the Army of God', the 'Ancient of Days', and
many other powerful and illuminating titles.
One day, we will all fall before Christ, the
Righteous Judge. But for now Jesus is still
approachable as the gentle shepherd, full of
compassion, forgiveness, restoration and blessing
to those of us with a need. He is extending
a hand of friendship to those who need a friend.
Jesus' friendly and compassionate
personality is called a friend to sinners,
one who went out of his way to meet and have
fellowship with those that the religious community
excluded (Matthew 9:10-13.) Jesus was known
to have been in the middle of fun and frolic
where there was feasting and drinking. He said
of himself, that he was accused of being a
glutton and a wine bibber, but in spite of
this Jesus, declared that wisdom is
known by her offspring. (Matthew 11:19 paraphrase).
You can find interesting
encounters of Jesus with people in the Gospels.
There are numerous accounts of men or women
who were considered 'the wrong sort,' received
mercy from the Lord's hand of compassion and
publican; (described in Luke 19:2-10)
The Samaritan woman at the well of Sychar;
The woman taken in adultery; (John 8:4-11).
Mary, a former prostitute anointed Jesus feet
at the house of Simon the leper with a costly
perfume; (Luke 7:37-47).
Jesus who came
to the grave side of Lazarus and wept; (John
Jesus who consoled the man healed of blindness
after the church council expelled him; (John
At a certain future day when Jesus will be
the host at a great feast and serve all of
those attending. (Luke 12:37).
The demonized man of the Gaderenes.
factor as it pertains to the person of Jesus
is something that must not be lost. There is
a proverb that states, There is a friend that
sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
This is the love and friendship of Jesus Christ.
are so many hurting, there are man who are
bruised, and there are man needing a friend.
The love and power of the Spirit of Christ
Jesus can supply this. It is a kind of supernatural
miracle that someone who needs and asks believing
FEATURES of The GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM
Jesus' went forth teaching the Message
of the Gospel of the Kingdom
There are two Kingdom models which coincide
and yet are different in expression and fulfillment.
Kingdom of God is always connected to the "Kingdom
of the Heavens." In the expression kingdom
of the heavens, God expresses himself spiritually,
supernaturally, upon the earth through Christ
the Messiah in the two thousand years of church
age. Jeshua, Jesus is the one approved by God
to bring forth the kingdom of righteousness
upon the earth. It is done in two stages. First
the invisible kingdom (Paul's gospel to the
gentiles) and finally, (soon) to the natural
Israel, when the kingdom will be realized.
(Matthew 25) The natural kingdom fulfillment
has everything to do with Israel's restoration
and recognition of He who was rejected
in his original presentation to his people.
often, religious tradition has taken away the spiritual
nature, power and potential provided through our relationship
with Jesus Christ and replaced it with human- centered
ideas and institutional church behaviors. The foundational
Gospel is the message of God's plan for restoring
the earth and reconciling its people under His own
rulership; to gather them unto himself. (Exodus 19)
It is a prophetic plan and timetable for God's rulership.
(Matthew 4:23) "And Jesus went about all
Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, (1) teaching
and preaching the gospel of the (restored) kingdom,
(2) healing all manner of sickness and all manner
of disease among the people." and delivering those
who are oppressed by Satan in manifold ways.
The Gospel addresses the systematic restoration and
redemption of all of mankind, delivering the
people from the control of Lucifer. It was Satan,
(Lucifer) who once had been given the dominion of
worldly rulership. Jesus regained authority
over principalities and powers and made a triumph
(a victorious parade) before every spiritual
power entity, ( angels and demons) and displayed that
He, Jesus, the son of man had received kingship, all
ruling spiritual authority, in the World. "The
Son of God came to destroy the works of the Devil."(1John
There are Two Kingdoms in Spiritual
Jesus came Against Satan's Kingdom with
"And Jesus went about all the cities and villages,
teaching in their synagogues, and preaching
the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every
sickness and every disease among the people."
(Matthew 9:35) "The blind receive their
sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed,
and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up,
and the poor have the gospel preached to them."
(Mat 11:5) "But is now made manifest by the
appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath
abolished death, and hath brought life and
immortality to light through the gospel:"(2
Tim 1:10) "Remember that Jesus Christ of the
seed of David was raised from the dead according
to my gospel:" ( 2 Tim 2:8)
Bondages and Removing the Curse
The curse of Adam and the curse of the
law and was/is evident in all sickness and
evil that is manifest in the world. Satan
is reluctant to surrender control and authority
and must be driven out by the conquering king.
Those who have been born of God are given authority
in His Name.
Just how long will Satan's "lease" be allowed
to stand? There are diffeing opinions
on this. The answer is hidden in the
"mystery of iniquity". Though some do
not read the scriptures with the prophetic
terms "end times" with the same understanding,
most agree that the "end times" are here and
now. The Mount of Olive discourses that
Jesus outlined the end-time events are recorded
in Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13.
They answer the disciples questions pertaining
to the destiny of the kingdom of Israel, signs
describing the end of the age, and the second
coming of the Lord. The literal end of the
age outlines the final prophetic defeat of
the Evil One in an all-out conflict in the
day of the Lord is the prophetic reference
to that time of Judgment by God against those
who resist and repress his Gospel and live
in rebellion to Him.
the True Gospel
The Gospel of the Kingdom combines the teaching
of a Gospel of power, peace and earthly righteousness:
The Gospel is the Power of (from) God to those
who will choose to believe it. I believe, has
three important elements, all of which touch
upon or are founded upon the rulership and
authority of the "King and heir of all
things," Jesus Christ. 1. To call many
sons unto himself. The gospel to the gentiles
extends God's grace to those outside of the
covenant of Israel. This is the harmony and
fellowship of the Spirit made possible by the
gift of the Holy Spirit. 2. To empower the
sons to be Kings and priests and fellow heirs.
This gospel is a unique revelation given to
Paul as one chosen by God as an apostle to
usher in a dispensation of the age of grace
to the gentiles, called the church age. Finally
3rd, to restore the Kingdom of God on earth
after purging the evil at his second coming.
King Who is this King of Glory?
This one man, Jesus of Nazareth, has been
ordained to be the Head of the Kingdom of God?
It is He who has been given all authority within
the Kingdom. It is He who was appointed
by God the Father, approved by Him in the resurrection
of His body from the dead.
-- Being freed from the Consequences
of Our Old Nature
Redemption goes much further than belief and
ideology. Fallen man had to be changed supernaturally
from the inside out. A provision had
to be made to deal with the sinful nature residing
within every person in a fallen race. God's
plan to is to make something new out of that
man, a new creation, recreated by the
Spirit of God. This new right-standing
status is not achieved by philosophy, theology
or religious disciples, rituals or beliefs
but through the power of a New Life.
The issue of righteousness outside of
the law hangs upon this "New Creation".
He who was without sin was made sin for
us, so that we could become the righteousness
of God. The teaching of the "power of the cross"
and the "exchange at the cross" are the hinge
upon which the miracle of the new birth and
Hidden Gospel -- An Extension of Jesus Ministry
long-hidden aspect of the Gospel of the Kingdom
has to the do with the EXTENSION OF JESUS MINISTRY
on the earth by Christ acting spiritually
through every believer. We become as
Kings and Priests in the earth, with Jesus
in us and working through us with supernatural
empowerment to minister and experience the
work of God. Through the enablement of the
Holy Spirit available to each disciple for
the sole purpose of doing the works Jesus and
the apostles were enabled to do.
One aspect has been conspicuously absent in
the revelation of the gospel for hundreds of
years. It is now only marginally coming to
light. There is great resistance to this message
by the spirits of darkness. The wonderful
truth of "Christ In Us, our hope of Glory"
expresses a new life, a new character, and
new spiritual potential. It is not a
rite of becoming church members according to
the form of worldly tradition but partakers
of Jesus character and of his ministry (gr.
The gospel of the Kingdom is expressed more
through relationship than in religious knowledge
or ritual. Jesus chose men and women
to disciple and to share the witness of His
glory. It was his original disciples
who witnessed all of the miracles and wonders
of His word and deed. Yet amazingly,
it was not enough for the disciples who witnessed
His words and His works for 3 years to share
their testimony. The Gospel required more than
that. They needed an surpernatural empowerment
from God; the same power that was in Jesus
had to energize and equip each man and woman.
Enabling "Anointing" of the Holy Spirit
Spiritual Ministry: Preaching, Healing,
quoted a portion of Isaiah 61 that was to outline
the parameters of his ministry and the ministry
of those who would immediately proceed into
the church age. "The Spirit of the Lord
is upon me, because he hath anointed me to
preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent
me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance
to the captives, and recovering of sight to
the blind, to set at liberty them that are
bruised," (Luke 4:18) "Then Jesus answering
said unto them, Go your way, and tell John
what things ye have seen and heard; how that
the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are
cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised,
to the poor the gospel is preached." (Luke
7:22) "And they departed, and went through
the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing
every where." (Luke 9:6)
Darkness continues to withstand the full gospel
message from being taught. The "leaven of the
Pharisees" is still an active agent of resistance
to the Gospel of the Kingdom. It is this
religious spirit that brings a believer into
the bondage of unbelief and the traditions
of man. The Gospel says that we are transformed
into a new life of provision and authority
and supernatural ministry but tradition says
otherwise; The gospel says we are as He was
in this world, tradition says otherwise; The
gospel says we are Kings and Priests and the
anointing teaches all things, tradition says
otherwise; The gospel says he ascended and
gave gifts to man and that every man has received
these gifts in order to minister, tradition
says otherwise; The gospel says there is but
one mediator between God and man and we do
not go to man to meet God, tradition will direct
otherwise. The gospel says not by man,
not by man's own will, or by any worldly
means, tradition says otherwise.
The Gospel of the Kingdom is Manifested
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 then
to the Greek (gentiles)" (Romans 1:16)
"Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power
of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem,
and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully
preached the gospel of Christ." (Romans
15:19)" The Gospel means "Good News" -
- Hope and Blessing
is the Gospel called the "good news"? Through
it is found liberty, peace with God, joy and
how shall they preach, except they be sent?
as it is written, How beautiful are the feet
of them that preach the gospel of peace, and
bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans
10:15) "And I am sure that, when
I come unto you, I shall come in the fullness
of the blessing of the gospel of Christ." (Romans
15:29) The Message of the Gospel is Hidden
to Human MindsThe natural man with all of his
intellect can not receive things which are
spiritual, for it takes faith to believe. "But
if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that
(2 Corinthians 4:3) "But they have not
all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord,
who hath believed our report?" (Romans 10:16)
"In whom the god of this world hath blinded
the minds of them which believe not, lest the
light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who
is the image of God, should shine unto them."(2
Corinthians 4:4) "For unto us was the gospel
preached, as well as unto them: but the word
preached did not profit them, not being mixed
with faith in them that heard it." (Hebrews
4:2) "Now to him that is of power
to establish 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," (Romans
16:25) "For Christ sent me
not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not
with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ
should be made of none effect." (1 Corinthians
Gospels, Other Gospels There are many cultic
or non Christian "gospels" being taught. Every
cult and sect has any of three things which
are wrong with it:
1. The wrong Jesus, 2. the wrong Gospel, 3.
the wrong spirit.
"For if he that cometh preaches another Jesus,
whom we have not preached, or if ye receive
another spirit, which ye have not received,
or another gospel, which ye have not accepted,
ye might well bear with him."
(2 Corinthians 11:4)
"I marvel that ye are so soon removed from
him that called you into the grace of Christ
unto another gospel:" "Which is not another;
but there be some that trouble you, and would
pervert the gospel of Christ." (Galatians 1:6,7)
"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach
any other gospel unto you than that which we
have preached unto you, let him be accursed."
As we said before, so say I now again, If any
man preach any other gospel unto you than that
ye have received, let him be accursed." (Galatians
1:8,9) Fellowship with the Holy
Spirit"Instructs us in the Gospel"
Gospel of the Kingdom was communicated directly
to the Apostle Paul by revelation of the Spirit
of God, and face to face with Jesus Christ
(revealed "to one out of due time " a time
after the forty days when Jesus made in the
flesh visitation with his disciples before
ascending into heaven.) Paul was visited personally
by Jesus. The epistles indicate a time
of extraordinary revelation of His Gospel.
Now for any who will seek it, there is
the same Spirit of revelation, "the Spirit
of Wisdom and Truth". The Holy Spirit will
communicate all the things which are of Christ
and show them to us in prayer, reading of the
word and in meditation.
"But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel
which was preached of me is not after man."
(Galatians 1:11) "And I went up by revelation,
and communicated unto them that gospel which
I preach among the Gentiles, but privately
to them which were of reputation, lest by any
means I should run, or had run, in vain." (Galatians
Gospel: Good News of Salvation
is not limited strictly to promised heavenly
rewards, having been made free of the fierce
judgment of God's wrath upon sinners. Salvation
encompasses total restoration, (salvation,
healing and deliverance.) "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," (Ephesians
A Prayer of Faith,The
Prayer Which Brings Salvation If any person
believes the Gospel in their heart and declare
this aloud to witnesses, that person shall
be saved; changed and made alive in Christ!
The testimony of the believer which brings
salvation is a prayer of Faith, which is a
spoken proclamation declaring a promise from
the Word of God. It should include some of
the following understandings. "Who is Jesus?
What did he do for ME? What will He do in ME
because I believe?" These are elements of the
Gospel you should know after reading these
chapters. Grafted into the Vine of God's
ElectThe gospel of Jesus Christ extends God's
grace and provision outside of circle of the
people of God's original covenant. Beyond
the fellowship of the Elect of Israel -- outside
of the boundary of the Abrahamic line.
"That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs,
and of the same body, and partakers of his
promise in Christ by the gospel:" (Ephesians
3:6) "For the hope which is laid
up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before
in the word of the truth of the gospel;" (Colossians
the link above: My brief commentary on this
through a prayer of faith.
the Gospel is Preached in its Fullness
Through mighty signs and wonders by the
Spirit of God, from Jerusalem and round about,
I have preached fully (the gospel in its full
measure) the Gospel of Christ. (Romans
Fully Preached there are Signs Attesting its
God can and will manifest His power to bless
in order to demonstrate His power! "For our
gospel came not unto you in word only, but
also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in
much assurance; as ye know what manner of men
we were among you for your sake." (1 Thessalonians
Gospel Age (Age of Grace) is the Season of
The Lord's Favor
church age has been called the age of Grace,
the year of the Lord's favor, or the acceptable
year of the Lord. (Read Isaiah Chapter 61,
the portions the Jesus quoted in
Luke Chapter 4.)
In a quickly approaching future time, the night
will come. It will be a time of great vexation,
when no man can work. The time is coming
for the earth to be purified and judged. This
promised, prophetic time will see "a thorough
purging of the threshing floor with fire.
(a figurative picture of Jesus spoken by John
the Baptist, (Matthew chapter 3:12 and Luke
The day of the free access to Christ's
forgiveness of sins is a window of opportunity
will expire. We do not know what tomorrow will
bring. We may have no tomorrow, as the
evangelist Billy Graham expressed so strongly
in all of his appeals.
is a certainty that there is coming a time
of wrath and judgment upon those who
have not believed or received the word of Gospel.
"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them
that know not God, and that obey not the gospel
of our Lord Jesus Christ:" (2 Thessalonians
1:8) "Unto whom it was revealed,
that not unto themselves, but unto us they
did minister the things, which are now reported
unto you by them that have preached the gospel
unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from
heaven; which things the angels desire to look
into." (1 Peter 1:12) The Gospel Begins
in Simplicity The Gospel begins simply in its
scope as a simple seed of promise, but deepens
and grows as the mustard seed of the parable
into a great size; into greater and greater
revelation and spiritual wisdom of Christ.
"But the word of the Lord endures for ever.
And this is the word which by the gospel is
preached unto you." (1 Pet 1:25) "Now
to him that is of power to stablish you according
to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ
-" (Romans 16:25)
As long as any disciple lives and grows
in the knowledge of Christ he or she will never
exhaust the fullness of its splendor, or the
greatness of its wisdom. We are as the apostle
says, looking in a foggy or cloudy mirror.
But some day that mirror will be clear