Did Jesus preach the gospel?
Is there a difference between the way you invite people to receive salvation from God and the way Jesus did?
Is there consistency from the gospels through the epistles regarding how one is to be reconciled to God and assured of heaven?
Audio Resource: Listen to part 7 of In Step with the Master Teacher here.
Entrance requirements of Jesus in the gospel of Matthew
- 5:20 – surpassing righteousness
- 7:21 – doing the will of the father
- 18:3-4 – childlike humility
- 18:8-9 – amputation of sinful offenses
- 19:16-24 – love of riches as an obstacle
- 25:21, 23 – the faithful servant entering the joy of the Master
Five verdicts of the gospel
- I stand condemned before God – guilty of sin and deserving of God’s judgment (Romans 3:10,23:6:23a; James 2:10)
- I cannot improve my standing before God (Romans 4:5; 5:6;Galatians 2:16, 21; Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).
- Apart from the mercy and grace of God, I remain forever under God’s just condemnation (Romans 3;Titus 3:5-7).
- What I cannot do, God did for me when Jesus Christ took the judgment my sin deserved (Galatians 3:13;Romans 5:8; 8:3-4;II Cor. 5:17,18,21).
- There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1, 32-39;John 1:12;3:16-18,36; 10:27-28).
Romans 5:6, 8-11 – “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”