What is the Gospel? The Bible tells us that the gospel is the power of God unto
salvation to every one that believeth (Romans 1:16). Therefore, we know that the
gospel is a message of salvation, a message that you will either believe or disbelieve.
The apostle Paul, a preacher of the gospel, gave us a clear definition of the word
in the book of I Corinthians: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel
which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By
which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye
have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,
how 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 (I Corinthians 15:1-4)
What does I Corinthians 15:1-4 Teach us about the Gospel?
1. The Gospel is a message that is preached.
2. The Gospel is a message from God that has the power to save, when it is believed.
3. The Gospel is centered on the Lord Jesus Christ..
4. The Gospel message MUST include the truth about the death, burial, and resurrection
of Jesus Christ.
5. The Gospel must proclaim the biblical truth that Jesus died a vicarious death
on the cross in order to save us from our sins.
6. The Gospel message cannot be added to or detracted from. This is the ONLY way
of salvation that God offers to man and NOTHING can be added to it or taken away
What about Repentance? When we say that a sinner must repent in order to be saved,
we are not adding to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Repentance is not the means of
salvation, but it is necessary to salvation. The reason for this is very simple:
How can you put your faith in the blood of Christ to save you, if you do not want
to be saved? Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners, but if you do not
wish to be saved from your sins, then the blood of Christ is really not going to
be appreciated by you. His blood was shed in payment for your sins and to free you
from the power of sin. If you have no desire to turn from your sin, then you really
have no desire for a Savior. The same is true of repenting of your “dead works,”
the good deeds that you feel are earning you favor with God. You are not truly
valuing Christ’s sacrifice on the cross if you are still holding onto your own works
to merit you favor with God. You are not really trusting in Christ’s sacrifice if
you feel that you have something to do with your own salvation. The same is also
true of turning away from your false church. If you attend a church (and perhaps
you have all your life) that teaches a false gospel (it teaches salvation through
some means other than through faith in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross alone), then
you are not really valuing Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. If you are still holding
onto a false church, then you have not really come to Christ’s Church or to His cross.
So, repentance and faith are intertwined. Repentance turns the soul to the Saviour
and to His saving work on the cross. Without repentance, you have not really turned
to the cross for salvation because you have never turned AWAY from your sin, your
false faith, your own works, or your false church. The Bible says that Paul (the
foremost apostle to the Gentiles) preached repentance toward God and faith toward
our Lord Jesus Christ for salvation (Acts 20:21). If you have not repented, then
your faith in Christ’s sacrifice is not genuine. There is a much longer article
on this subject within the “in-depth Gospel.” If you doubt that repentance is necessary
for salvation or you wonder if the Bible really teaches repentance for salvation
or if you think that repentance is somehow a work, then please read that article.
You can jump to it here if you wish.
What is a FALSE Gospel?The Bible tells us that there are false gospels, which claim
to be the message of salvation, but are not based on the truth of Scripture and,
if believed, are not able to save the soul. The Bible describes a false gospel as
another gospel, or one that is different from the gospel that the Bible preaches:
For if he that cometh preacheth 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). The Bible tells
us that some people pervert (change or distort) the gospel of Jesus Christ: I marvel
that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto
anothergospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would
pervert the gospel of Christ. 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.
Which Gospel Did You Trust In? If you believe that you have been saved, are you sure
that you heard the true gospel? Are you sure that the way of salvation you were
taught is the one that the Bible teaches? The truth is, the majority of preachers
today do NOT preach the true gospel. The Bible tells us that this is so: This know
also, that in the last days perilous times shall come ... evil men and seducers shall
wax worse and worse, deceiving, and beingdeceived. ... For there shall arise false
Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that,
if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect (2 Timothy 3:1,13; Mathew
Please take a moment to hear the TRUE gospel: Below, I will provide you with some
links to articles that will explain to you the way of salvation according to the
Bible. There is only ONE way of salvation, and each of these articles/sermons/books
describes that ONE way. You do not have to be in doubt about salvation. You can
KNOW for sure where you will go when you die! You do not have to wonder where you
will spend eternity! The gospel that you will hear preached here is the gospel of
Jesus Christ that the apostles preached in the Bible. It is the gospel of Jesus
Christ that conforms to the criteria set forth by the apostle Paul in the book of
1st Corinthians (which we reviewed above). It is the gospel that is the power of
God unto salvation.
Please don’t walk away and pass this by. Please take a moment to hear the message
of the gospel:
The Case For The ATONEMENT OF CHRISTby Chester Tulga (This book explains in great
detail the fact that Jesus saved us from our sins through His death on the cross,
and how we receive that salvation by FAITH in His blood sacrifice. This book is
well-written and thoroughly covers the topic of Christ’s redemptive work and is based
on the Bible. Most churches FAIL entirely to focus on the truth about Jesus’ sacrificial
work on the cross; some even fail to mention it when preaching about salvation or
when attempting to lead a lost sinner to Christ. Yet the truth about the atonement
is CENTRAL to Christianity; in fact, without the atonement of Christ, there would
be NO Christianity. The sad reality is that we live in a day when the sacrifice
of Jesus Christ on the cross for the salvation of sins is being blatantly ignored.
Many churches mention the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, but teach that actual
salvation is the result of receiving Jesus or calling upon the name of the Lord,
rather than faith in the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
The In-depth Gospel(This link will take you to several articles that provide comprehensive
coverage of the gospel message. This is good for someone who has spent years in church
and has read the Bible, although anyone can understand its simple message. The
reality is that many people who have spent years in a church that teaches a false
gospel need in-depth coverage of the Bible’s true gospel in order to see the error
of what they have been taught. Each point must be thoroughly covered and explained
so that you can see, point by point, how the gospel that you have heard all of your
life might differ from the one the Bible actually teaches.
The TRUE GospelThis is an article that briefly covers each essential element of
the gospel message and provides a basic overview of the gospel. It is good to
read, especially for someone who has never yet been exposed to the gospel of Jesus
Baptist Sermons on Salvation: Below, I will provide links to old Baptist sermons,
which cover the topic of salvation. Many of these sermons will be quoted in part,
for the sake of brevity, to include only those parts of the sermon dealing with the
issue of HOW one is saved. I will not hide the matter from you, that some of these
sermons (when the full sermon is quoted) have a distinct Calvanist flair, as during
Baptist history, the churches of the Lord Jesus Christ were plagued by this particular
blight of error. For those who are unfamiliar, Calvanism states that Jesus died
only for the “elect,” “the chosen,” rather than for the whole world. The Bible,
however, is explicit on this subject: And he is the propitiation for our sins and
not for ours only, but also for the sins of the WHOLE world (I John 2:2, emphasis
added). Therefore, I will cut out, to the best of my ability, any Calvanist statements
from these sermons in an effort to provide you with the pure, Biblical Gospel, where
Jesus is properly set forth as the Savior of the WHOLE WORLD, not the select few.
What I hope you will see through these sermons is the fact thatwe are saved through
faith in the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Even those who, in times
past, were beset with Calvanist error, maintained this glorious truth. The Bible
teaches that we are saved through the BLOOD of Jesus Christ, and on this point, each
of these sermons agree. I pray that you also will believe and be saved!
Is it any wonder that Jesus asked this poignant question regarding His return: Nevertheless
when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:18). If your
“conversion” to Christ was not based on faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ ALONE
for the forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation, please hear the truth from the
Bible, turn to God in repentance, put your faith in Christ’s sacrifice, turn away
from every other false hope, and be wondrously, gloriously SAVED today!
That is how it was for me before I was saved. I had spent almost my entire life
in church, and had read the Bible from cover to cover many times, but had somehow
entirely missed the truth of the gospel. The sad truth is, a person can spend their
entire life in church, yet never get saved. A person can spend years reading the
Bible and trying to obey it and never get saved. In order to get saved, a person
must hear and believe the gospel; they must trust in its message alone to save them.
This is why I have taken the time to carefully detail each Biblical component of
the gospel: I don’t want anyone to miss it!)
What is the way of salvation? It is the way that a sinner, condemned to eternal
hell because of his sins against a holy God, is freely forgiven and receives the
gift of eternal life. The Bible uses the gospel message to tell us the way of salvation.
Many people are unsure about salvation; they wonder, how do I get saved? How do
I know if I have been saved? How can I know for sure that I will go to heaven when
I die? Where will I spend eternity? God has the answer to these questions. He has
not left us alone to grope for the truth, hoping to stumble upon the right answer
. God does not want you to leave your salvation up to chance. He does not want you
to merely hope for the best. He does not want you to wonder whether or not your good
outweighs your bad, whether or not you will be accepted of Him in the end. In order
to get saved, you MUST hear the Gospel.