Gospel

The Son of man must be deliv­ered into the hands of sin­ful men, and be cru­ci­fied, and the third day rise again.”

Christ was fore­or­dained before the foun­da­tion of the world for the redemp­tion that is through his blood as a lamb with­out blem­ish and with­out spot.  He was man­i­fest in these last times and it has been declared unto us, “Behold the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.”

Sin entered the world and death by sin.  Death passed unto all men in that all have sinned, and the wages of sin is death, even as the Lord has said, “Thou shalt surely die.”

What [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a lit­tle time, and then van­isheth away.” James 4:14

Moses wrote, “The days of our years are three­score years and ten; and if by rea­son of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sor­row; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.  Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even accord­ing to thy fear, so is thy wrath.  So teach us to num­ber our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wis­dom.” Psalm 90:10–12

Death reigned from Adam to Moses and more­over the law entered, that the offence might abound for sin is trans­gres­sion of the law.

God has com­manded us, “Thou shalt do no mur­der, Thou shalt not com­mit adul­tery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false wit­ness,  Hon­our thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neigh­bour as thy­self.”  These and all the other lively ora­cles did our fathers receive from God to give unto us that we might know those things which tes­tify of Christ.

The prophet Isa­iah spoke of Christ and said that “he will mag­nify the law, and make it hon­ourable.” Jesus did this when he affirmed the law (Matthew 5:17–19), and raised the stan­dard of its appli­ca­tion (Matthew 5:22, 28, 37).  Jesus mag­ni­fied the law in declar­ing that whoso­ever is angry with his brother with­out a cause shall be in dan­ger of the judg­ment, and whoso­ever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath com­mit­ted adul­tery with her already in his heart.  God has said he will not hold him guilt­less who taketh his name in vain and Jesus said that we shall give an account of every idle word that we have spo­ken.

God gave us his law to bring the knowl­edge of sin, to stop every mouth from jus­ti­fy­ing itself, and so that every man would know he is guilty before God, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Whoso­ever com­mit­teth sin is a ser­vant of sin and sin has reigned unto death.  Death and hell shall be cast into the lake of fire pre­pared for the devil and his angels, and whoso­ever com­mit­teth sin is of the devil; for the devil sin­neth from the begin­ning.  For those who go down to perdi­tion there is only a cer­tain fear­ful look­ing for of judg­ment and fiery indig­na­tion, which shall devour the adver­saries.

Hell is con­demned to the lake of fire wherein the adver­saries of God will endure for eter­nity:

  • Shame and ever­last­ing con­tempt” Daniel 12:2
  • Weep­ing and gnash­ing of teeth” Matthew 24:51
  • Ever­last­ing pun­ish­ment” Matthew 25:46
  • Fire unquench­able” Luke 3:17
  • Indig­na­tion and wrath, tribu­la­tion and anguish” Romans 2:8,9
  • Ever­last­ing destruc­tion from the pres­ence of the Lord” 2 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 1:9
  • Eter­nal fire…the black­ness of dark­ness for ever” Jude 7,13
  • The lake which bur­neth with fire and brim­stone: which is the sec­ond death” Rev. 21:8

Rev­e­la­tion 14:10,11 tells us the final, eter­nal des­tiny of the those upon whom the wrath of God abides: “He shall be tor­mented with fire and brimstone…the smoke of their tor­ment ascended up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day or night.”

Death and hell shall deliver up the dead which are in them: and they shall be judged every man accord­ing to their works.  And death and hell shall be cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:13–14).

The Word of God tells us that he “has appointed a day in the which he will judge the world in right­eous­ness.”  We can be assured, “it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judg­ment.”  Jesus asked this pointed ques­tion: “How shall ye escape the con­dem­na­tion of hell?”

His dis­ci­ples even asked him at one point, “Who then can be saved?”

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impos­si­ble; but with God all things are pos­si­ble.” Jesus revealed to them the good news that he came to save sin­ners.  Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.

He came into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:10–13

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and car­ried our sor­rows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smit­ten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our trans­gres­sions, he was bruised for our iniq­ui­ties: the chas­tise­ment of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniq­uity of us all.  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaugh­ter, and as a sheep before her shear­ers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judg­ment: and who shall declare his gen­er­a­tion? for he was cut off out of the land of the liv­ing: for the trans­gres­sion of my peo­ple was he stricken.” Isa­iah 53:4–8

And when they had ful­filled all that was writ­ten of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepul­chre.  But God raised him from the dead.”  Acts 13:29–30

For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bring­ing many sons unto glory, to make the cap­tain of their sal­va­tion per­fect through suf­fer­ings.  For both he that sanc­ti­fi­eth and they who are sanc­ti­fied [are] all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,  Say­ing, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.  And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the chil­dren which God hath given me.  Foras­much then as the chil­dren are par­tak­ers of flesh and blood, he also him­self like­wise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their life­time sub­ject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:10–15

For this pur­pose the Son of God was man­i­fested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order: Christ the first­fruits; after­ward they that are Christ’s at his com­ing.  Then [cometh] the end, when he shall have deliv­ered up the king­dom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all author­ity and power.  For he must reign, till he hath put all ene­mies under his feet. The last enemy [that] shall be destroyed [is] death.” 1 Corinthi­ans 15:22–26

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begot­ten Son, that whoso­ever believeth in him should not per­ish, but have ever­last­ing life.” John 3:16

And this is life eter­nal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” John 17:3

And this is the promise that he hath promised us, [even] eter­nal life.” 1 John 2:25

Ver­ily, ver­ily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath ever­last­ing life. I am that bread of life.” John 6:47–48

John wrote, “This is the record, that God hath given to us eter­nal life, and this life is in his Son.” 1 John 5:11

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an under­stand­ing, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eter­nal life.” 1 John 5:20

I am the res­ur­rec­tion, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  And whoso­ever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11:25–26

Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world!  Behold Jesus Christ is come in the flesh!  Behold the light of the world! and the one who fol­lows him shall not walk in dark­ness but have the light of life.