The Gospel is the news which Christianity announces and that is the proclamation of the forgiveness of sins and fellowship with God restored through Christ.
It means remission of sins and reconciliation with God through Christ’s death by crucifixion.
- The Gospel of the Grace of God
- The Gospel of the Kingdom
- The Gospel of Christ
- The Gospel of Peace
- The Glorious Gospel
- The Eternal Gospel
- The Gospel of Salvation
Sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.
- Luke 5
- 30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? 31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. 32I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
The Gospel (good news) of Jesus
- For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.
- Colossians 1:14
- 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
- Romans 10:9-10
- 9 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. 10 For with the heart man bbelieveth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Following my heart, following love (dropping anxiety)
- Knowing what Truth is, knowing things are unfair, and asking God for deliverance (and what could be better deliverance than giving hard evidence).
- In order to find God, I think you have to come to your breaking point where you recognise your spiritual bankruptcy.
- In order to receive everlasting life, I think you have to admit that you need Him to do the work to save you (reveal himself).
- In order to find God I think you need to have shame for what you think is truly sinful towards God (in finding your truthfulness, you become approachable).
Spiritually, this is a bit like removing the spiritual corruption/gangrene so your spirit can be knitted with the body of Christ.
Souls may be knit together through love.
- 1 Samuel 18:1
- 18 As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
- Thomas 25
- (25) Jesus said: Love your brother as your soul; watch over him like the apple of your eye.
Christian brothers and sisters have their souls knitted together.
- Colossians 2:2, KJV
- That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
But before your soul can be knitted with Jesus’ soul, you must prepare your heart and spiritual identity.
This is a 2-stage process:
- Baptism of water
- Baptism of spirit
Baptism of water
You can use the 10 commandments to clean your spirit - they’re the
actions of the heart.
mixing is an action when cooking.
If you do the actions with the heart you will clean your heart. And you’ll be able to notice God; Having swept your house, you become eligible to have the guest live inside (The Holy Spirit).
The 10 commandments point to an impossible standard which people need a sacrifice for to be forgiven of transgressions, since we are not perfect, until we are perfected with Jesus’ spirit knit with our own.
Baptism of repentance
- Frustratingly, the way the gospel (good news) is presented in the modern-day is usually in such a way that it first condemns to make you feel guilty about things which you innocently do, and feels arbitrary, then to say you can be forgiven and be guilt-free if you only believe in Jesus for forgiveness.
This simulation of guilt and then forgiveness is a bit like a ‘baptism’ (submersion and emersion), but I would say this not a complete way to baptise.
The Jews who John the baptist preached to would’ve already been aware of the 10 commandments, and that is the difference - this part cannot be skipped.
Repentance is obedient following of commandments. Baptism of water is a declaration that a person will repent. When a person repents, they learn of God’s character and what it’s like to be Jesus when they are persecuted.
This puts the person into a primed position to be baptised by the Holy Spirit.
Thomas Saying 69
- (69) Jesus said, “Blessed are they who have been persecuted within themselves. It is they who have truly come to know the father. Blessed are the hungry, for the belly of him who desires will be filled.”
In my theory, rather than merely telling someone they are guilty, they must first learn to walk in the commandments to learn who God is from experience. A person must learn who God the Father is and who the Son is, by way of emulation of their character, through their words and commands. This makes the understanding deeply rooted, not merely of understanding of unattainable spiritual perfection, but to understand at which point of being persecuted what it’s like to be Jesus.
1 John 2:3-6
- Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
The experience is different for different people; This is like submersion and re-emersion in that it’s a rite of passage.
I don’t think a water baptism is strictly necessary but I’m convinced that the actions of the heart are, which the ceremony is supposed to set into motion. The knowledge of God’s character is important to understand before an encounter with Jesus. The mere idea of God’s character of but the personal experience of it in relation to you.
John the baptist came to prepare the way for the Lord Jesus.
In summary, the rite of passage which water baptism represents is needed in order to be born again of spirit, I think.
It’s a two-stage process. The end result is being born of God (the Christian God).
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