The Gospel—
 Past, Present, and Future.

By “Gospel” we are meaning—

• God’s basic plan of personal soul salvation—”repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).

There are other broader uses of the word “Gospel”

• “The Gospel of the Kingdom”— is the message of anticipation of the Messianic Kingdom reign on earth— see Matt. 10:7; 13:11; and 24:14.

• “The Mystery of the Gospel” or “The Gospel of the Grace of God”—this has reference to the present dispensational aspect of the Gospel—see Eph. 6:19 and Acts 20:24.

• “The Gospel of the Circumcision”—this is the Gospel directed to the Jewish people and also includes their obedience to the Law of Moses— see Gal. 2:7-9.

• “The Gospel of the Uncircumcision”—this is the Gospel to the Gentile peoples and the Law of Moses is not to be imposed upon them—see Acts 15:24 and Gal. 2:7-9.

The Basis of Salvation for All Mankind

of all the Ages

  • I Pet. 1:19-20 “Lamb foreordained before the foundation of the world.”

  • Rev. 13:8 “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

  • John 1:29 “Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.”

  • Rom. 3:25 “For the sins that are past [i.e., the past ages].”

  • Rom. 4:17 “God calls those things which are not—as though they were.”

  • Heb. 9:15 “For sins under the first [Old] Covenant.”

  • Heb. 2:9 “He tasted death for every man.”

  • Isa. 53:6 “For the iniquity of us all.”

  • 1 John 2:2 “The propitiation for the sins of the whole world.”

  • 2 Cor. 5:19 “For the reconciling of the world.”

  • John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son . . .”

  • Rom. 11:32 “He has considered all in unbelief that He might have mercy upon all.”

  • Heb. 10:12-14 “But this Man, after He had offered One Sacrifice for sin Forever, sat down at the right hand of God...For by One Offering He has perfected forever

    those who are being sanctified.”

THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION DOES NOT CHANGE IT WAS PREACHED TO THOSE BEFORE CHRIST IN THE TIMES OF THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES

  • I Cor. 15:1-4 “...the gospel...by which you are saved...that Christ died for our sins according to the [Hebrew] Scriptures...that He rose again the third day
    according to the [Hebrew] Scriptures.”

  • 2 Tim. 3:15 “The [Hebrew] Scriptures are able to make one wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Jesus Christ.”

  • Rom. 1:1-2 “...separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy [Hebrew] Scriptures.”

  • Acts 10:43 “To Him [Christ] give ALL THE PROPHETS WITNESS that everyone believing in Him will receive remission of sins.”

  • 1 Pet. 3:19-20; 4:6; 2 Pet. 2:5 and Heb. 11:7 Those of Noah’s day “when the patience of God waited...For this reason was the gospel preached also to those...[Noah] a preacher of righteousness...the righteousness which is by faith.”

  • Gal. 3:8 “...preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, ‘In you all nations shall be blessed [Gen 12:3 and 15:5-6]’.”

 

GOSPEL PREACHED

TO THOSE BEFORECONTINUED

• Rom. 4:3 “For what does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness [Gen. 15:6]’.”

  • Heb. 3:16-4:2 Preached to Israel in the wilderness “For who, having heard, rebelled? Was it not [those] who came out of Egypt, led by Moses?... For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them...”

  • Rom. 10:16 and Isa. 53:1 Preached to those of Isaiah’s time “But they [Israel] have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, ‘LORD, who has believed
    our report? [see Isa. 53:1-12]’.” See also Acts 8:30-35.

  • Rom. 4:6-8 and Psalm 32:1-2 Preached to those of David’s day “Even as David describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness
    apart from works: ‘Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and those whose sins are covered; blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin’.”

  • Rom. 10:16, 18 and Psalm 19:4 and Rom. 1:18-20 The “gospel” has always been taught to the whole world through the physical creation “But I say, have
    they not heard? Yes indeed: ‘Their sound has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the end of the world’.” See also Rom. 1:18-20.

  • AND to those AFTER—Rev. 14:6 “THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL.”

    

THE NEW BIRTH IS COMMON

TO ALL AGES


 “Art thou a teacher of Israel and knowest not these things” John 3:10


• John 1:12, 13, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to them who believe in His name, who were born [past tense] not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

  • Deut. 32:5,

  • Deut. 32:6,

  • Deut. 32:18,

  • Deut. 32:19,

  • Deut. 32:20,

  • Psalm. 82:6,

  • Psalm 103:13 “As a Father pities his children.”

  • Isa. 63:16, “Doubtless Thou art our Father.”

  • Hosea 1:19, “You are the sons of the living God.”

  • Malachi 2:10 “Have we not one Father?”

  • Jer. 3:4, “Cry unto Me, ‘My Father’.” Etc., etc., etc.

“His [the LORD’S] children.”
“Is not He [the LORD’S] their Father?” “The Rock [the LORD] that begot thee.”

“The provoking of His [the LORD’S] sons and daughters.” “Children in whom is no faith.”

“You are the children of the Most High.”

SALVATION AND THE FORGIVENESS

OF SINS 
UNDER

THE OLD COVENANT

  • “Look unto Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God, and there is none else”—Isaiah 45:22.

  • “The Lord has made known His salvation: His righteousness has He openly revealed in the sight of the heathen...all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God”— Psalm 98: 2, 3.

  • “The Lord is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit”—Psalm 34:18.

  • “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile... I acknowledge my sin to Thee...and you forgave the iniquity...”—Psalm 32:1-5.

  • “I have blotted out as a thick cloud, your sins; return to Me; for I have redeemed you”—Isaiah 44:22.

  • “As far as the East is from the West, so far has He removed our transgressions from us”—Psalm 103:12.

  • “You have in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for You have cast all my sins behind Your back”—Isaiah 38:17.

  • “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise”—Psalm 51:16, 17.

SALVATION AND FORGIVENESS OF SINS REVEALED IN HEBREW SCRIPTURES AS AN INWARD WASHING, CLEANSING OR PURIFICATION

  • Psalm 51:1-3, 7, 10 “Have mercy upon me. O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin... (7) Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow... (10) Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

  • Isaiah 1:16-18 “Wash yourselves, and make yourselves clean... Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

  • Jeremiah 2:22 and 4:14 “For though you wash yourselves with lye, and use much soap, yet your iniquity is marked before Me, says the Lord your God... O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall vain thoughts lodge within you?”

  • Ezekiel 36:25-27 and 33 “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you...I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes...On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt.”

FURTHER REFERENCES CONCERNING THE INWARD SPIRITUAL PURIFICATION OF THE HEART

  • Job 9:30-31 “If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands ever so clean; yet Thou shalt plunge me in the ditch, and my own clothes shall abhor me.”

  • 2 Samuel 22:37 “With the pure Thou will show Thyself pure.”

  • Psalm 24:3, 4 “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His

    Holy Place? He that has clean hands, and a pure Heart.”

  • Proverbs 16:6 “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged”

  • Proverbs 20:9 “Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?”

  • Isaiah 4:4 “When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion ...by the Spirit of judgment and by the Spirit of burning...”

  • Malachi 3:2-5 “But who may abide the day of His coming?...for He is like a refiner’s fire, and like a fuller’s soap: and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.”

  • Zechariah 13:1 “In that day there shall be a fountain opened in the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.”

FURTHER REFERENCES CONCERNING THE INWARD PURIFICATION OF THE HEART
 FROM THE GREEK SCRIPTURES

  • Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”

  • James 4:8, “Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double

    minded.”

  • Acts 15:8-9, “So God, Who knows the heart, acknowledged them [the Gentiles of Cornelius’s household] by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.”

  • 1 Peter 1:22, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.”

  • Titus 2:14, “...and that He might purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”

  • John 3:22-26, “Now John was baptizing in Aenon near Salem...and they came and were baptized...Then there arose a dispute as between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about PURIFICATION. And they came to John and said to him,’Rabbi, He Who was with you beyond the Jordan...He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him.”

  • If one remembers that “purification” is simply a synonym for “baptism” he can better understand that the purification of the heart was simply the same as an inward heart baptism. We shall see Christ speak of this in the next chart

   

CHRIST ALSO SPEAKS OF THE INWARD CLEANSING OR BAPTISM OF THE HEART 


 

A Compilation from Mark 7:1-23; Matt. 15:1-20; Luke 11:37-40 and Matt. 23:25, 26 (KJV or NKJV, Greek Majority

text)


“Then the Scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus saying, ‘Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not WASH [ritually] their hands when they eat bread?’...And when the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He [Christ] had not first BAPTIZED [Lit. Greek, baptizo] before dinner...For the Pharisees and all the Jews, except they BAPTIZE [baptizo] themselves, they do not eat...and practice the BAPTISMS [baptismos] of cups, and pots, and brazen vessels, and couches ...And the Lord said to him, ‘Now do you Pharisees make CLEAN the OUTSIDE of the cup and platter, but your INWARD PART is full of ravening and wickedness. You fools, did not He [God], that made that which is OUTSIDE, make that which is INSIDE also?’”

In other words, they needed to be WASHED or BAPTIZED on the INSIDE.

“This people honors Me with their lips, but their HEART is far from Me, and in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrine the commandments of men [such as ritual baptism] ... That which comes out of the man is what defiles him. For from WITHIN out of the HEART of men, proceeds evil...and defiles the man...Thou blind Pharisees, CLEANSE first that which is WITHIN [get baptized on the inside]...and the OUTSIDE will be clean as well.”

SALVATION IN THE GREEK SCRIPTURES 
 SPOKEN OF IN TERMS OF THE INWARD 
WASHING, PURIFICATION OR BAPTISM

  • 1 Cor. 6:9-11 “Do not be deceived neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were WASHED, but you were SANCTIFIED, but you were JUSTIFIED in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by THE SPIRIT OF OUR GOD.”

  • Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the WASHING of regeneration and RENEWING of the HOLY SPIRIT.”

  • Acts 2:38 “REPENT, and let every one of you be BAPTIZED in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the REMISSION OF SINS; and you shall receive the gift of the HOLY SPIRIT.”

  • Acts 22:16 “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be BAPTIZED, and WASH away your SINS, calling on the name of the Lord.”

  • 1 Cor. 12:13 “For by one SPIRIT we were all BAPTIZED into ONE BODY, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether slaves or free, and have all been made to drink into ONE SPIRIT.”

  • Gal. 3:27 “For as many of you as were baptized into Jesus Christ have put on Christ! There is neither slave nor free...male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

SALVATION SPOKEN IN TERMS OF THE INWARD CIRCUMCISION OF THE HEART


From Both the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures

  • Deut. 10:16, “... circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer.”

  • Deut. 30:6, “And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your

    descendants, to love the LORD your God.”

  • Lev. 26:41, “...if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt.”

  • Jer. 4:4, “Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskin of your hearts...”

  • Jer. 9:26, “...and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.”

  • Acts 7:51, “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears!”

  • Rom. 2:28-29, “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly: and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, and not the letter...”

  • Col. 2:11, 12, “In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by the putting off the body of sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the operation of God, Who raised Him from the dead.”

INSTANCES OF SALVATION SPOKEN BY THE LORD

How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation which had its commencement in being spoken by the Lord?” Hebrews 2:3

  • The Thief on the cross. Luke 23:42-43 “And he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, remember me when you come into Your Kingdom.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Truly, I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise’.”

  • The Harlot Woman at a feast. Luke 7:36-50 “And He said to her, ‘Thy sins are forgiven, thy faith has saved you; go in peace’.”

  • The Paralytic let down through the roof. Mark 2:1-12 “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the sick of palsy, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you’.”

  • Zacchaeus the tax collector. Luke 19:1-10 “This day has salvation come to this house...For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.”

  • Woman at the Well and many Samaritans. John 4:1-42 “Many of the Samaritans of that city believed on Him, and many more believed because of His own word. . . and [we] know that this is the Savior of the world.”

  • Publican in the Temple. Luke 18:9-14 “And the publican, standing far off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner.’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified.”

   

SALVATION IN CHRIST Spoken of in Many Ways

  • “BELIEVE in Him,” John 3:14, 15, 16, 18 and 36, etc. “...that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

  • “RECEIVE Him,” John 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God...”

  • “COME” to Him, Matt. 11:26, 29, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest...you will find rest for your souls.”

  • “Be BORN AGAIN,” John 3:3, 6, 8, “...unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God...He that is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

  • “LOOK” to Him, John 3:14, 15, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up...”

  • “DRINK” of Him, John 4:10, 14 and 7:37, 38, “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst...If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink...”

  • “EAT this BREAD,” John 6:50-58, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eats of this bread, he shall live forever.”

  • “EAT My FLESH and DRINK My BLOOD,” John 6:53, “Most assuredly, I say to you unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you...He who comes to Me shall never hunger and he who believes in Me shall never thirst (v.35)...The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life (v.63).”

      

SALVATION IN CHRIST Spoken of in Many Ways
Continued

  • “ENTER by the DOOR,” John 10:9, “I am the Door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”

  • “OPEN the DOOR” of your heart, Rev. 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him...”

  • Receive “The LIGHT” of Christ, John 8:12, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the Light of Life.”

  • Be made “FREE” by Christ, John 8:34-36, “A slave [of sin] does not abide in the house forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

  • Go by the “WAY,” John 14:6, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Me.”

  • Receive the “TRUTH,” John 18:37, “...I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the Truth hears My voice.”

  • Accept the “LIFE,” John 11:25, 26, “I am the resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, yet shall he live...”

  • “CALL UPON HIM,” Gen. 4:26; Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21; Rom. 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”