The Revelation of the Gospel


For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto  salvation to every one that be­lieveth… Rom 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ: for it is God’s power working unto salva­tion (for deliverance from eternal death) to every one who be­lieves with a personal trust and a confi­dent surrender and firm reliance…  Rom 1:16 (Amp)

 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation and took upon Him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross…   Phil. 2:6-8

          Hearing, knowing and acting on the Gospel of Christ is the only way to be totally deliv­ered from death.  If we hear it but do not know it, we will die.  If we hear it and know it but do not act on it we will die. The only way to live is to hear, know and act on the Gospel of Christ. 

          If we are not delivered from death and its conse­quences, we cannot Reign in Life. 

          Most likely, we have all heard the Gospel.  Or at least what we thought was the Gospel. We have been exposed to the Gospel all our lives.  We have lived in its presence and in its preaching.  We have been taught the Gospel.  We have heard it most of our lives, but still many do not really know what the Gospel of Christ is.

The Gospel   is more than Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  It is more than the “Gospels.”  If we do not know what it is we cannot act on it in faith.  If we cannot act on it in faith, we cannot re­ceive the benefits guaranteed by it.  Ignorance of the Gospel will cause death.  Ignorance of the Gospel will keep us from being delivered. If we are not de­livered, we cannot Reign in Life.

          If we have a real Revelation of the Gospel, (remember what we mean by “revelation”) and when we act on this revelation, we make a connection with heaven. We plug into God.   We tap into the anointing.  We par­take of His Glory. We are deliv­ered from the power and influence of death.  And we stay delivered as long as we continue to act on the Gospel which is the Power of God unto Salvation.

For 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 also to the Greek.  Ro 1:16 

          Now, just what is the Gospel of Christ which is the Power of God unto Salvation?  The Gospel is the total and complete work of Jesus. The Gospel is all that the Person and Work of Jesus Christ is.  The Gospel is the all-inclusive ministry of Jesus.  It is not just the Bible.  It is a part of the Bible.  It is more than his­tory. The Gospel transcends all time and creation.  It is not just Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  It is the sum total of all that God accomplished in Redemption through Jesus Christ.  It is the total work of Jesus. 

And this includes at least the follow­ing:

  1. His eternity and pre-existence with the Father.

          There are many Scriptural proofs that Jesus existed eter­nally with the Father before He came to earth as the Son of God.  Jesus did not come into be­ing when He was born in Bethlehem.  Jesus has al­ways been.  He existed in eternity past with God just as He exists now.  He shares the same attributes as God the Father.  Notice these scriptures:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1   

The same was in the beginning with God. John 1:2   

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. Rev. 19:11  

His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. Rev. 19:12

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. Rev. 19:13   

And God said, Let usmake man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have do­minion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Gen. 1:26  

  • His Work in Creation.

          Jesus worked with God in Creation.  Jesus is the Eternal Word and it is by the Word and through the Word that all things are and were created.  God spoke and when God spoke all creation came out of His Word.  Jesus is that Word.   This is part of the Gospel.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1   

All things were made by him;and with­out him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:3  

3.  His Ministry in the Old Testament.  “The Angel of Yehweh.”

And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the foun­tain in the way to Shur. Gen. 16:7  

And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself un­der her hands. Gen. 16:9   

And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. Gen. 16:10  

And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. Gen. 16:11   

And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. Gen. 22:11   

And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, Gen. 22:15  

And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. Exod. 3:2  

 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. Ps. 34:7  

Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them. Ps. 35:5    

          In each of these instances the “Angel of the LORD” is considered by most Bible scholars to be none other than Jesus Himself.   There are many more occurrences of this term in the Old Testament.

  • His Incarnation. 

          The “Kenosis” or “self-emptying” of Jesus that Paul describes in Phil 2:5-11 is part of the Gospel.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Phil. 2:5  

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: Phil. 2:6  

But made himself of no reputation, (Kenoo:  to empty, make empty) and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: Phil. 2:7  

 And being found in fashion as a man, he hum­bled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Phil. 2:8   

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: Phil. 2:9   

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; Phil. 2:10   

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil. 2:11    

          What did Jesus “empty Himself” of?  Not His di­vine nature because He continued to be the Son of God.  Not His appearance for He continued to “look” as He did in Heaven.  Not His intention because He left Heaven with the intent and purpose of redeeming man from sin.  He laid down or emptied Himself of His equality with the Father. He gave up His God-Body and put on the body (flesh) of man.   He gave up the glory He shared with the Father in heaven.  He gave up the immortality of His body.  He gave up His authority in heaven.  He gave up His omni­science.  He gave up His omnipresence.  He gave up His omnipotence.

He took upon Himself  human limita­tions of place, knowledge and power.  Yet He was without sin though He was tempted in every way as we are.  He “stripped Himself of the insignia of majesty.”

          Jesus willingly and knowingly “canceled out” His God Qualities and took on the lesser quali­ties of human­ity in order to perfect our redemp­tion.  

He laid down or emptied Himself of: 

  • His equality with God. 
  • The Glory He shared with the Father in Heaven. 
  • His Authority in Heaven
  • His Divine attributes and outward pow­ers; His             omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience.  His eternity.  His God form or God body.   His eter­nal presence with the Father. 

          He took on Himself the possibility of sin. 

          He took on Himself the limitations of flesh. 

          He became subject to time, space and the di­men­sional world.

          He took on Himself the possibility of death.

He took on Himself the demands and weak­nesses of the human body.  He became hungry.  He became thirsty.  He needed shelter and clothing.  He became tired.  He was subject to sadness.  He wept.  He felt.  He had emo­tions.  He laughed.  He sighed.  He groaned.  He func­tioned totally as a perfect hu­man being. 

          The Word became flesh and dwelt among us… John 1:14 

This is part of the Gospel.

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