Category Archives: Gospel

WAY OF THE CROSS

To follow Jesus “wherever he goes” necessitates a lifetime of self-denial and sacrificial service for others.

When Jesus dispatched his disciples to announce the “good news” to the “lost sheep of Israel,” he warned that they would find themselves as “sheep among wolves.” Hostile men would haul them before “councils and whip them in their synagogues,” and his followers would be hated “by all men for my sake.”

Continue reading WAY OF THE CROSS

INHERITANCE OF THE SAINTS

Believers are the heirs of Abraham and possession of the inheritance is guaranteed by the gift of the Spirit.

Possession of the land of Canaan was a preliminary stage in God’s redemptive plan, which always envisioned something larger than Israel. Now, the covenant promises find their fulfillment in the “true seed of Abraham,” Jesus, including the promises of resurrection and new creation.

Continue reading INHERITANCE OF THE SAINTS

WITNESS TO ALL NATIONS

Jesus declared that the “end” will not come until this gospel of the kingdom is proclaimed to all nations.

When the future return of Jesus is discussed, the question naturally arises – What “signs” will precede it? Will its proximity be marked by wars, earthquakes, and other catastrophes? Fortunately, Jesus provided a definitive answer to this question – The completion of the church’s mission to testify to the whole earth.

Continue reading WITNESS TO ALL NATIONS

PLIGHT TO SOLUTION

Paul presents the gospel beginning from humanity’s plight due to sin until the resurrection of the dead through Jesus Christ.

In his letter to the churches in Rome, Paul presents his most detailed explanation of the gospel. He touches on its key subjects, including death, redemption, the Law, the resurrection, and the New Creation. He begins by describing the plight of humanity caused by sin, then he describes the solution provided by God through Jesus Christ.

Continue reading PLIGHT TO SOLUTION

NEW COVENANT IN JESUS

The promises to Abraham find their fulfillment in the New Covenant in Jesus and the New Creation.

The history of Israel includes multiple examples of idolatry and other sins that culminated in her expulsion from the land. But all was not lost. Yahweh foresaw her fall and, from the beginning, determined to restore her and institute a New Covenant, one that would include the nations of the earth. In the end, the New Creation would become the true inheritance of His people.

Continue reading NEW COVENANT IN JESUS

FINAL SANCTUARY

Jesus is the True and Final Sanctuary in which the glory of Yahweh now dwells, the substance foreshadowed by the ancient Temple – John 2:13-22.

In the second chapter of John, we find the disciples discovered that Jesus is the True and Final Temple of God. The era of God “dwelling” in portable tents and stone buildings in Jerusalem or anywhere else had come to an end. God does not dwell in structures “made-by-hand,” nor can His presence be contained within physical or geographic boundaries.

Continue reading FINAL SANCTUARY