* Anonymous.



We have often stated our belief that God not only means what He says, but has a meaning for everything that He says.  All the words and expressions used in the Scriptures of Truth have definite meanings.  The same words are frequently used by Christians indefinitely, and quite apart from their Scriptural usage.  Thus, when sinners believe the gospel and are saved through grace, they are spoken of as “led into the kingdom,” or “brought into the fold of Christ”; as though “the Kingdom,” which was preached by Jesus Christ our Lord when on earth, and “the sheep fold” into which He entered by the door, and “the church which is His body” today, were and are one and the same thing.



On the other hand, when the Scriptures are referred to which speak of “the gospel of the Kingdom,” and also of “the gospel of the Grace of God,” those who distinguish between these terms of Scripture are charged with making two Gospels.  In both these instances the fault is the lack of intelligence in [regenerate] Christians, and not the want of precision in the Word of God.



Let us enquire, first, what is “The Gospel of God  Every Sunday school child has heard that the word Gospel signifies “good news  Now good news is not a statement of doctrine, or of opinion, but of fact.  What then is the fact that constitutes “God’s good news



God has given us by four Evangelists






of the life and death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.  They differ in that


Matthew begins from JERUSALEM (ch. 2: 1-3),



Mark begins from NAZARETH (ch. 1: 9),



Luke begins from BETHELEHEM (ch. 2: 4-6, and



John begins from the CREATION (ch. 1: 1-3).



They agree in that they all lead up to




that the Son of Man, who was born at Bethlehem, brought up at Nazareth, and was crucified outside Jerusalem, was raised from among the dead.  The fact, that the Man Christ Jesus, the Seed of David and the Son of God, is risen from among the dead is the one fact upon which all the past of prophecy and of promise is concentrated; and upon which all the future depends.



This one fact is “the Good News of God



This fact was the subject of testimony, not only of the twelve Apostles, but of Paul also; Paul says to the saints at Corinth (1 Cor. 15: 11).  “Whether it were I or they so we preach and so ye believed  And “if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ” (verses 14, 15); “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins” (verse 17).



Thus, “the Gospel of God,” and all that flows from it, is contained in the announcement of this fact concerning Christ, that


“God raised Him out of dead ones:” (Acts 13: 30. Lit. Gk.)



But this one “Gospel of God” is the basis of





as indicated by the four Evangelists.



In MATTHEW it is viewed as the assured token of Israel’s deliverance in their time of trouble foretold in Daniel 12: 1, 2, Matt. 24: 9-28: and Peter proclaimed it on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2: 29-31).*  “David - being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, He would raise up Christ to sit on his throne [i.e., on David’s throne]; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that He (lit., His ‘soul’) was not left in Hades, neither His flesh did see corruption.  This JESUS** hath God raised up, whereof we are all witnesses


[* Note also verse 34 “For David ascended NOT to HEAVENcf. 2 Tim. 2: 18.


** Jesus, being a popular name at that time, a distinction is necessary – no others being “raised up” (resurrected) as shown above!]



In MARK it is recorded how the Lord Jesus sent His apostles to proclaim the gospel (i.e., the good news that He was risen from the dead) in all the world and to the whole creation (Mark 16: 15); and promised that signs should follow those who believed; thus proving to the world that He by His death had overcome him that had the power of death; and in His resurrection had power to deliver the whole creation from Satan’s power.



This also was proclaimed by Peter when he called on the nation to repent “that so there may come seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord; and that he may send him who was before proclaimed to you, even Jesus the Messiah, whom the heaven indeed must receive until the times of restoration of all things whereof God spake by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old.” (Acts 3: 19-21).



In LUKE we are shown the Lord Jesus sending His disciples as witnesses of His sufferings and of His resurrection “to proclaim repentance and remission of sins among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem  This too, Peter began to do on the day of Pentecost; calling on the people of Israel to repent and be baptized for the remission of sons (Acts 2: 38).  Paul afterwards continued this ministry: “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20: 21).



Thus we learn that, on the day of Pentecost, the gospel of God (i.e., the fact that the Lord Jesus was risen) was proclaimed as the basis of three different results.



(1) For the forgiveness of the Nation on its repentance;



(2) For the establishment of the throne of David; and



(3) For the deliverance of the whole creation from Satan.



Thus the fulfilment of all the promises and prophecies of blessing, not only concerning the People of Israel, but concerning the whole creation, was declared to be the result of the fact that the Lord Jesus was risen from the dead; and the repentance of the nation that had crucified Him would follow immediately on its accomplishment.  But




proclaimed first by Peter and the twelve apostles in Jerusalem and in the land of Israel; and afterwards by Paul among the Gentiles from Jerusalem round about unto Illyricum (Rom. 15: 19).



But there is another aspect of “the Gospel of God,” beside the three already mentioned, and another result of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, according to the gospel of JOHN; and peculiar to the ministry of Paul, and to the writings of John.  Paul describes what he calls “my gospel” in the Epistle to the saints at Rome.  “The gospel of God, (which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy Scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” (Rom. 1: 1-4).



Paul’s gospel continued all that was committed to the twelve apostles concerning the Lord Jesus as the Messiah, the Lord’s anointed, with the additional facts concerning His exaltation above all principality and power, and made head over all things, to the Church, which is his body (Eph. 1: 19-23).



When the rulers at Jerusalem had, by the murder of Stephen, proved their impenitence, and their resistance to the testimony of the Holy Spirit, and His testimony concerning Jesus as the Christ, God revealed His Son in Paul, “that he might preach Him among the Gentiles (Gal. 1: 16).



Was this another gospel?  Most certainly not; it extended to the Gentiles the blessings promised to the People of Israel.  The resurrection of the Son of God assured to every believer the blessing of Abraham, and “the sure mercies of David” described in Psalm 32: “forgiveness of sins, and justification from all things from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13: 38, 39).



So also, when Paul speaks of righteous government on the earth [i.e., this earth], the resurrection of the Lord Jesus is the evidence that He is the Man whom God has raised up to judge [and “reign over” (Luke 1: 33; Rev. 3: 21)] the world in righteousness (Acts 17: 31).



There can be only one “Gospel of God” because there is only One Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died and was buried, and whom God [has] “raised” [to immortality] “out of dead ones” (lit. Gk.).



Whenever we turn, in Scripture, to find the basis of present of future blessings, all rests upon the fact that the Lord Jesus is [has been] risen out from the dead.



Is it the deliverance of Israel?  The King, the Son of David, has been offered, the trespass-offering for the nation.  His [select] resurrection proves that the judgment has been borne.



Is it the deliverance of the whole creation?  His resurrection proves that, through death the Lord Jesus has overcome him that had the power of death; that as “by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead  “For He must reign till He hath put all enemies under His feet” (1 Cor. 15: 21, 25).



Is it justification from sin?  His resurrection proves that, when the Holy One, who knew no sin, was made a sin-offering for us, His offering was accepted of God and the believer is justified (Rom. 4: 25).



Is it eternal life?  His resurrection proves Him to be the Son of the living God, the One who has life in Himself, the Living One who became dead, whose voice to-day can give life to those dead in trespasses and in sins, and whose all [whose bodies] in the graves [and whose souls are in Hades] shall hear, and shall come forth, for blessing and for judgment (John 5: 25, 28, 29) [Acts 2: 27. cf. Heb. 9: 27 and Rev. 6: 9-11 with Rev. 20: 13ff.]



Is it the Restoration of Israel?  The resurrection of Jesus Christ out from among the dead is also the evidence to the world that “God hath not cast away His people”; but that all the promises of God to David and to the seed of Abraham are “Yea, and Amen, in the Son of God” (2 Cor. 1: 19, 20), and shall be literally fulfilled, when the nation shall repent and “look upon Him whom they have pierced



Is it the Mystery? the special revelation of which was committed to the Apostle Paul (Eph. 3.)?  The resurrection of Christ is the foundation on which it is declared to rest.  “The exceeding greatness of His mighty power which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead … and gave him to be the head over all this to the church, which is his body” (Eph. 1: 19-23).



When the complete and unfathomable mystery of God manifest in the flesh; whether we think the Lord Jesus as the Creator and the Upholder of all things, or as the crucified Man made sin for us; whether we think of Him as laid in the grave [i.e., Joseph’s tomb], or sitting [after His Resurrection] at the right hand of God crowned with glory and honour, He is the same blessed Person, in the deepest humiliation on the earth, and in the highest glory above the Heavens.  His resurrection [“out of dead ones”] is the evidence to us Gentiles of the perfect satisfaction of God in His One Offering, who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God; when He made Him whose death the exceeding riches of the grace of God, is the glorious fact, the announcement of which constitutes




(1 Tim. 1: 11)*; and, whether announced to-day as the basis of the Mystery, and as the evidence of the Grace of God toward us Gentiles, in making us members of the One Body of Christ; or proclaimed in the Apostles’ day, and as it will be in a yet future day, as the evidence to Israel and to the Gentiles that the Man who was crucified as the King of Israel and Lord of all: yet the Gospel of God is One, and there is not “another  It declares that God has raised from among the dead “that same Jesus” who was crucified; and that every tongue “shall confess that He is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2: 11).


[* See also 2 Cor. 4: 3-6, R.V. and compare Habakkuk 1: 5 with 2: 14, R.V.]



As there is only One Gospel, so only there is only One Hope set before all who believe: it is the return of the Lord Jesus Himself.  But as the One Gospel has two aspects, so also has the hope of the Lord’s return.



We who have heard and believed the word of God’s grace, and have been made members of the One Body, wait for “the Son of God” from heaven, [to resurrect the holy dead from “Hades” (Acts 2: 34), or] to be caught up to meet Him in the air, so to be for ever with the Lord (1 Thess. 4: [16] 17).



Those who in a future day shall receive “the gospel of the Kingdom,” according to Matt. 24: 14, will wait for the coming of “the Son of Man” to “sit upon the throne of His glory”; and to fulfil His promise to His Apostles (Matt. 19: 28) that they “shall sit upon twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel