"That Jesus Christ was born, lived blamelessly, died on the cross as a perfect atonement for our sins, was raised from the dead for our justification on the third day, and ascended into heaven with a promise to return."
~ That is most definitely good news, includes elements of the True Gospel, but what you stated is not the Gospel according to the true Saviour.
~ Remember, we as men cannot state what the gospel is, or what we think it is, but only from what the Bible states. What did Jesus say the Gospel was? What about Paul, what did he say the Gospel was?
Let's see what the Bible states, not man...
Jesus is giving instructions to his apostles about how to go about spreading the Gospel. Nothing is mentioned here about His birth, His death, sin atonement, etc, but the Gospel
"The Kingdom of God has come near to you!"
What is the TRUE Gospel?
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God! Christ is the King, not a baby in swaddling clothes or a dead person on a cross as pictured in the crucifix, but a living KING!
Back to Luke, what did Christ send His apostles to do?
"He sent them to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick."
Jim, this is not what you stated as the Gospel to be. The true Gospel is all about the coming Kingdom of God.
"Very simple. Paul often spoke of how he preached this "simple" message of Christ crucified and risen from the dead, rather than by cleverly devised arguments."
~ Sure, he spoke of this, but it is not the Gospel of Christ the King of which Paul spoke of...
Paul speaking boldly of The Kingdom of God.
Paul exhorting the Ephisian elders: "And indeed, now I know that you all among whom I have gone preaching the Kingdom of God..."
Paul testifying about the Kingdom of God.
And finally, what were the final lines of Acts?
"The Paul...received all who came to him,
notice people came to him, and what Gospel did he preach after they came to him?
"...preaching the Kingdom of God..."
~ Jim, you never mentioned the Kingdom of God as the Gospel. Your church doesn't teach the True Gospel?
So, is the Kingdom of God today's Christian churches? I was told this by many a christian preacher and scholars. I didn't take their word for it and checked the Bible, myself. Here is what I found...
"...Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God..."
~ We are flesh and blood, true christians are heirs, but have not yet inherited the Kindom of God because we are flesh and blood. Not until the Second Coming when Christ sets up THE KINGDOM OF GOD! The True Gospel!
Still not convinced? Let's take a look into the future...
This states that those born again as priests and kings to the Lord will rule on earth in the Kingdom of God.
Describes the 1000 year Kingdom of God on earth, the first resurrection is mentioned here.
The Seventh trumpet proclaiming what news? What good news? Which Gospel, the one your church teaches, Jim, or the Gospel of God, of the Bible?
"The Kingdoms of this world have become..."
"...The Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!"
The True Gospel is fulfilled.
Let's look at how this was prophecized in the OT...
"And in the days of these kings of God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break to pieces and consume all these kingdoms and it shall stand forever."
~ Matches Revelations to the T.
Basically states the same thing, that Christ is going to set up the Kingdom of God on earth.
~ This is the True Gospel according to God, not man.
[This message has been edited by Opeth (12-03-2002 10:10 AM).]