The Full Gospel: HOPE FOR ETERNAL LIFE
"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me" -The† Christ (#Joh 2:32).
DO YOU KNOW:
That many preach what they call "the full gospel," but that it usually lacks† some very important and heart-cheering parts of the full "glorious gospel" of† God and Christ (#1Ti 1:11; #2Co 4:4)?
That the word gospel means "good tidings," "good news," "good message" and that† all need the Bibleís glorious "good news"?
DO YOU KNOW:
That the Gospel has been preached in a brief form ever since Abrahamís day (over† 2,000 years B.C.)-that the Bible says that God "preached before the gospel unto† Abraham, saying In thee shall all nations be blessed" (#Ga 3:8; #Ge 12:3; #Heb 6:13-18)?
That God expanded this great Abrahamic Gospel promise in #Ge 22:16-18,† saying "By myself have I sworn that in blessing I will bless thee, and in† multiplying I will multiply they seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the† sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his† enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed?"
That Abrahamís seed means not only his fleshly descendants but especially all† Christians who have strong faith in God, such as Abraham had (Romans 4; Hebrews† 11:8-19; #Jas 2:23)?
That the Bible says Abrahamís primary seed "is Christ" and "if ye be Christís† [His true followers], then are ye Abrahamís seed, and heirs according to the† promise" (#Ga 3:16,29; #Ac 3:25,26; ##Eph 2:11-15; 3:6)?
That this glorious Gospel promise shows that there will be two kinds of seed:† one to live in heaven-"as the stars of heaven"-and the other to live on† earth-"as the sand which is upon the sea shore"-and that there will be "new† heavens and a new earth [Godís Kingdom on earth-#Mt 6:10], wherein dwelleth† righteousness" (##Isa 65:17; 2 Peter 3: 13), in which especially the heavenly† seed will bless greatly all the families of the earth (#Ac 15:14-17; #Ro 11:28-31)?
DO YOU KNOW:
That God commends His great love to mankind, in that "while we were yet sinners,† Christ died for us," "for the ungodly," that thus Jesus "gave himself a ransom† for all, to be testified in due time," "the propitiation [satisfaction] for our† sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world" (Romans† 5:6-11; #1Ti 2:3-6; 4:10; #1Jo 2:2)?
That therefore Jesus is "the way, the truth, and the life"; that none can come† to God but by faith in Jesus (#Joh 3:14-17, 36; 14:6; 10:9; #Ac 4:12; 16:31; 1† #Joh 5:1-12)?
That to become Abrahamís seed all must believe in Godís existence and rewards,† repent for sin and believe in Jesus as the One whom God has sent into the world† to be our Savior from our sins (#Heb 11:6; #Mt 1:21; #Ac 17:30, 31;† 20:21; 26:20)-and that thus only can anyone have full "peace with God" and† "access by faith [by giving up self-will and accepting Godís will as oneís own,† i.e., by consecration, or dedication] into this grace [of God] wherein we stand"† (#Pr 23:26; #Ro 5:1,2; 12:1)?
That all true Gospel-Age believers who have had blessings of #Heb 6:4,5 have† been on trail for eternal life in heaven or eternal death-the Second Death (1† #Joh 5:16; #2Pe 2:1,12,20-22; #Re 20:13,14; 21:8), with no future† opportunity to attain eternal life?
That the vast majority of mankind, the non-elect, have not heard (or have heard† little) of the glorious Gospel message of Godís love through Christ, nor had the† blessings of #Heb 6:4,5, and so they have not in this life been on trail for† eternal death (Jude 12)?
DO YOU KNOW:
That God "will have all men to be saved [from Adamic sin condemnation], and to† come unto the [exact] knowledge of the truth," to know Him (##Isa 11:9; 40:5;† #Jer 31:34; #Heb 2:14; #1Ti 2:4-6; 4:10)?
That the Electís judgement day is Gospel Age, but that for the non-elect, God† "hath appointed a [1000-year] day in which [by Christ] he will judge the world† in righteousness"-in "the times of restoration of all things" (#1Pe 4:17;† #Ac 3:19-21, ASV; 17:31; #2Pe 3:7,8; ##Isa 25:6-9; 26:9; 35)?
That in that great Millennial judgement day, when the Christ is fully lifted up,† He will draw all men to Him, and all who have not had a full opportunity for† salvation in this life will have it after being raised from the dead-and that† judgement includes instruction, testing, correction and finally a decision,† either life on earth or eternal cutting off in death (#Mt 25:31-46)?
That thus the true, glorious and full Gospel of God gives one full opportunity† for salvation for all, through faith in Christ, whereas what some call the "full† gospel" is really very limited, saving only comparatively a very few?