The two gospels

The two gospels

Gospel means Good News. The Word of God, the Bible contains God’s good news to man. There are two important messages for all us of today. (1) The Gospel of the Grace of God and (2) The Gospel of the Glory of Christ

THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD

All human beings are born with a sinful nature and are dead in sins and trespasses. Sinful man cannot have any communication with God who is holy. As such, they are alienated from God and are destined to perish in eternal hell. But God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). God, in the person of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, came into this world. He took upon Himself the punishment of sin and suffered, shed His precious blood and died instead of man. He did not have any sin in Him; He cannot ever commit any sin (2Cor.5:21, 1John 3:5, Heb.7:26, 1Pet.1:19) but He suffered the punishment of our sins. The Gospel of the Grace of God, in nutshell is “…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” (1Cor.15:3, 4). Christ, who had no sin in Himself could not be bound by death (Acts.2:24). And having completed all that He had to do for our salvation, having paid the full price, He rose again from the dead. So now, whosoever believes in Him will not perish but forever be in communion with God (John 1:12, 5:24, Rom.6:23).

This message is called the Gospel of the Grace of God. For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourself; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast (Eph.2:8, 9). Apart from Christ’s finished work, there is no salvation. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God (John 3:18).

What must I do to be saved? (Acts 16:30) The answer is simple. You can’t do anything. It has all been done on your behalf. Simply – believe [put your trust, reliance in] - the One Who paid it all at Calvary. Then, and only then, can the finished work of God’s son bring about, your personal reconciliation to God. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved” (Acts 16:31).

THE GOSPEL OF THE GLORY OF CHRIST

The extensive use of the word “gospel” in the Pauline Epistles refers to something other than the Gospel of the Grace of God. This “good news” has to do with Jewish and Gentile believers, placed together in the same body as “fellow-heirs (joint-heirs)” with Christ (Eph.3:1-11) and together one day occupying a position of honor and glory with Christ in “His heavenly kingdom” (Col.1:25-28, 2Tim.4:17, 18)

For the unsaved individuals, Christ’s finished work on Calvary was the best news that they could ever hear. But once they had been saved, then they were to hear the “good news” about the purpose for which they have been saved. This “good news” had to do with the greatest thing God could offer redeemed man – positions as co-heirs with His Son, in the coming kingdom, a rule from the heavens over the whole earth. These positions (rewards) are going to be awarded according the works of obedience of the saved individuals. The believer’s Faithfulness, works, overcoming and fruit-bearing go hand-in-hand in this respect. (Matt.16:27, 21:43, Luke 14:14, 1Cor.3:14, 15, 2Cor.5:10, 2Tim.4:7, 8, Rev.2:26, 27, 3:21, 22:12) The message of all the 21 epistles in the New Testament has to do with instructions for the believers relative to their calling. The believers in the Church have been called to be recipients of heavenly positions with Christ in the coming glorious kingdom. And the message to the churches has to do with faithfulness during the present dispensation with view to glory in the coming kingdom – an exhortation to strain every muscle of one’s being in the present race of “the faith” and warnings against false teachers proclaiming perverse things concerning the Gospel of the Glory of Christ.

All those who have an erroneous understanding of the Gospel of the Glory of Christ will see only a message to the unsaved in most of the texts which are meant for the saved. This will not only do away with all the teachings, exhortations and warnings meant for the saved, but it will also result in perversion of the message surrounding the simple Gospel of the Grace of God.


The Gospel of the Grace of God


The Gospel of the Glory of Christ

1 Good News for the unsaved Good News for the saved
2 HOW can I be saved? (Acts 16:30, 31) WHY am I saved? (Phil.3:12-14)
3 Pertaining to the First Coming of Christ Pertaining to the Second Coming of Christ
4 The WORK of the cross done by Christ
on behalf of unsaved man
The WORKS done by the Lord
in and through saved individuals
5 Free Gift of Eternal Life Rewards according to works
6 Ministry of Evangelists
outside the church
Ministry of Pastors & Teachers
inside the church
7 Great White Throne Judgment
After the Millennial Era (Rev.20:11)
Judgment Seat of Christ
Before the Millennial Era (2Cor.5:10)
8 All those who reject this Gospel
Will go to the eternal lake of fire
(Rev.20:15)
All those who are found unworthy to enter
into His kingdom will suffer loss & shame,
described as “Outer Darkness” or “Gehenna”
(Matt.25:30, 1Cor.3:15)