Good News of Salvation

Various explanations of the message of repentance and remission of sins through the name of Jesus Christ.

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1. The Narrow Way.

A tract intended for distribution and as an aid to personal witnessing. A victim of an earthquake, trapped in a basement, with the only means of rescue being to crawl through a very small opening, that had been dug by rescuers. If the person who is trapped wants to live, they have no choice but to squeeze through the gap.

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El Camino Estrecho.

Una víctima de un terremoto, atrapado en un sótano, con el único medio de rescate está a arrastrarse a través de una abertura muy pequeña, que habían sido cavados por los rescatistas.  Si la persona que está atrapada quiere vivir, no tienen más remedio que pasar por el hueco.

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2. Listen, Learn, Live.

The God who created heaven and earth is the God who speaks. He makes fun of the gods that men make as they are dumb and unable to speak to those who worship them. From the creation of man God spoke with Adam and Eve

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Escucha, Aprende, Vive.

El Dios que creé el cielo y la tierra es el Dios que habla.  Se burla de los dioses que crearon los hombres , ya que son tontos e incapaces de hablar con aquellos que los adoran. En el comienzo Dios habla con Adán y Eva.

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3. Repentance and Remission of Sins.

Luke 24:46 And (Jesus) said unto them, thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day:  And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

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El arrepentimiento y el perdón (remisión) de los pecados.

Lucas 24:46  Y díjoles: Así está escrito, y así fué necesario que el Cristo padeciese, y resucitase de los muertos al tercer día; Y que se predicase en su nombre el arrepentimiento y la remisión de pecados en todas las naciones, comenzando de Jerusalem.

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4.      The Good News of the Kingdom of Heaven and the Name of Jesus the Anointed One (Christ = King).

In these days when there are many differing versions of the good news how do we discover which is that which was revealed to Paul, Peter, Phillip the evangelist and all the other apostles? I wanted to research the good news as detailed in the scriptures as I was not totally confident in the versions I had received from men. My motivation was to have my feet shod with the preparation (equipment) of the good news of peace (shalom - well being.) So the following is primarily for my own benefit but I share it hoping it may be of use to some.
All quotations are from the New King James Version of the Bible.

1 Samuel 2:10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken in pieces; From heaven He will thunder against them. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to His king, And exalt the horn of His anointed.

In this triumphant prayer of Hannah the mother of Samuel we have an early prophecy of the kingdom of God and His Christ - Messiah - Anointed One = King.

It is worth noting that the term the anointed refers to any King appointed by God. In the Septuagint the word is Xristos , Christ. Christ is not a surname or a name but a designation meaning the King. Where there is a King, surely there is a kingdom!

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 La Buena Noticia del Reino de Dios y el Nombre de Cristo Jesus.

En estos dias en que hay muchas versiones diferentes del evangelio, ¿cómo saber qué es lo que fue revelado a Pablo, Pedro, Felipe el evangelista y todos los demás apóstoles?
Yo quer
ía hacer una investigación de la buena noticia que se detallan en las escrituras, ya que no estaba totalmente confiado en las versiones que había recibido de los hombres. Mi motivación era tener mis calzados los pies con la preparación (equipo) de la buena nueva de la paz Asi que lo siguiente es sobre todo para mi propio beneficio, sino que comparto la esperanza de que pueda ser de utilidad para algunos.

1Sa 2:10  Delante de Jehová serán quebrantados sus adversarios, Y sobre ellos tronará desde los cielos: Jehová juzgará los términos de la tierra, Y dará fortaleza á su Rey, Y ensalzará el cuerno de su Mesías.

En esta oración triunfante de Hannah, la madre de Samuel tenemos una profecía principios del reino de Dios y su Cristo - Messiah - Ungido = El Rey.

   Vale la pena señalar que el término 'el ungido' se refiere a cualquier rey nombrado por Dios. En la Septuaginta la palabra es Xristos, Cristo. Cristo no es un apellido o un nombre, sino una designación que significa Rey. Donde hay un rey, seguramente hay un reino!

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5.   The First Message of the Kingdom of God and the Name of Jesus Christ.

Act 2:1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them dispersed tongues like as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them to speak out plainly. Alternatively right click here, select 'save as' to save the file in pdf format.

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   El primer mensaje del Reino de Dios y el nombre de Jesucristo.

Hechos 2:1  Cuando llegó el día de Pentecostés, estaban todos juntos (unánimes) en un mismo lugar, y de repente vino del cielo un ruido como el de una ráfaga de viento impetuoso que llena toda la casa donde estaban sentados. Se les aparecieron lenguas como de fuego que, repartiéndose, se posaron sobre cada uno de ellos. Todos fueron llenos del Espíritu Santo y comenzaron a hablar en otras lenguas, según el Espíritu les daba habilidad para expresarse.

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6. A letter to someone wanting to know Jesus.

If you don't know the Lord Jesus in a real personal way (not just as an imaginary friend) then you may like to read my letter to someone wanting to know Jesus which I hope may help.

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Not By Might, Not By Power

A semi-autobiographical look at being a disciple/pupil of the Lord Jesus the Christ from the viewpoint of someone who has experienced modern western 'churchianity' and survived. Just.

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   8. Becoming as Little Children.

Turning and becoming as a little child is not optional if we wish to live in the Kingdom of heaven (right here, right now.) It is mandatory.

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 9. Why be Baptised in the Name of Jesus Christ.
The Kingdom of God is within us. But that does not mean that it is ephemeral, airy fairy or subjective in any way. On the contrary, because it is Gods kingdom, realm or domain then it must transpire that God reigns within us by the indwelling Holy Spirit and His rules and commands are to be obeyed in the outward world in which we have our temporal being.

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  10. The Word of The Lord.
In this account of Naaman the leper we are given an object lesson in the essential place of the word of the Lord in the operation of salvation in men.

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 11. Josiah - Founded By God.
Josiah was called the best King Judah ever had, but still he needed to hear the word of the Lord and to repent from serving the God of Israel according to the ways of his father, King David.  Alternatively right click here, select 'save as' to save the file in pdf format.


   
Josías - establecido por Dios.
Muchos de nosotros adorábamos y servíamos al Señor de la misma manera que nuestros padres lo habían hecho y de acuerdo a las mejores tradiciones que habíamos recibido de ellos, pero esto no iba de acuerdo con la palabra de Dios. Los caminos de David no son los caminos del Señor.
 
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12.  Interview or Interment. Fans or Followers. The consequences of repentance.

John 12:20  And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, who was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, Sir, we want to see Jesus.  Philip comes and tells Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

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Entrevista o Entierro. Aficionados o Seguidores. Las Consecuencias del Arrepentimiento.

Juan 12:20 Y había ciertos griegos entre los que habían subido a adorar en la fiesta: Este vino por lo tanto, a Felipe, que era de Betsaida de Galilea, y le pregunten, diciendo: Señor, queremos ver a Jesús. Felipe llega y le dice a Andrés: una y otra vez Andrés y Felipe, lo dicen a Jesús. Y Jesús les respondió, diciendo: "la hora ha llegado, que el Hijo del Hombre sea glorificado. En verdad, en verdad os digo, que si el grano de trigo no cae en la tierra y muere, queda el solo; pero si muere, lleva mucho fruto.

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13. Calling Out on the name of Jesus.

It may be obvious, but to worship God, we must call on His name. To ask for Gods help, we must call out His name. To give God the praise due to His name, we must use His name.

Psa 20:1  The Lord heed you in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend you. Send you help from the sanctuary, and aid you from Sion. Remember all your sacrifice, and enrich your whole-burnt-offering. Grant you according to your heart, and fulfill all your desire. We will exult in your salvation, and in the name of our God shall we be magnified: the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
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Llamar al nombre de Jesús.

Puede ser obvio, pero para adorar a Dios, tenemos que invocar Su nombre.

Para solicitar la ayuda de Dios, debemos llamar por su nombre.

Para dar a Dios la alabanza debida a su nombre, tenemos que usar su nombre.

Gen 13:04 Al lugar del altar que había hecho allí antes; e invocó allí Abram el nombre del Señor.

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14. Apollos and the Missing Link.

Acts 18:24  And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 

This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spoke and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him and expounded to him the way of God more perfectly.
And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: For he mightily convinced the Jews, publicly, showing by the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

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Apolos Y El Eslabón Perdido

Hechos 18:24  Llegó entonces á Efeso un Judío, llamado Apolos, natural de Alejandría, varón elocuente, poderoso en las Escrituras. Este era instruído en el camino del Señor; y ferviente de espíritu, hablaba y enseñaba diligentemente las cosas que son del Señor, enseñando solamente en el bautismo de Juan. Y comenzó á hablar confiadamente en la sinagoga: al cual como oyeron Priscila y Aquila, le tomaron, y le declararon más particularmente el camino de Dios.  Y queriendo él pasar á Acaya, los hermanos exhortados, escribieron á los discípulos que le recibiesen; y venido él, aprovechó mucho por la gracia á los que habían creído:

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15. Except I Wash You, You have no Part in Me.

All those called out of darkness into the light of the kingdom of the Son of His love besides being brought from death through sin into life by the mercy of God are made, instituted kings and priests to God. Saved to serve. What grace, what love, what a glorious salvation.

An integral part of the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ is repentance and baptism (immersion) in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.

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Si no te lavare, no tendrás parte conmigo.

Todos los llamados de las tinieblas a la luz del reino del Hijo de Su amor, además de ser traído de la muerte por el pecado hasta la vida, por la misericordia de Dios se hacen, instituido reyes y sacerdotes para Dios. Guardado para servir. Qué gracia, qué amor, qué gloriosa salvación.

Una parte integral de las buenas nuevas del reino de Dios y el nombre de Jesucristo es el arrepentimiento y el bautismo (inmersión) en el nombre de Jesucristo para remisión (perdón) de los pecados.

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16. Being Disciples of Jesus Christ.

Jeremiah 31:31  Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD, for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.
    This is the promise of the new covenant which God is making with those who are His people -  those who were not His people but now are the people of God.
    He is saying that we shall no more teach one another but instead be taught directly by God who is the Spirit. If we are to become pupils we need a teacher. The word disciple simply means a pupil. But we can’t be pupils without a teacher in the same way that no-one is a teacher without pupils. This covenant is fulfilled through the coming of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the One who baptises in the Holy Spirit and fire.

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Siendo discípulos de Jesús el Cristo.

Gen 2:16)  Y mandó Jehová Dios al hombre, diciendo: De todo árbol del huerto comerás;  Mas del árbol de ciencia del bien y del mal no comerás de él; porque el día que de él comieres, morirás.

    Esta es la primera vez que Dios manda a Adán, es decir le da una instrucción clara, con la notificación de las consecuencias de la desobediencia. Este comando es para el beneficio de Adán. Es para que pueda evitar un gran problema. Ser un discípulo - literalmente, un estudiante o alumno - es simple aprendizaje de parte de Dios. Las cosas que Dios nos iba a enseñar son siempre para nuestro bien.
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17.    Repentance - Taking up our cross and following Jesus.
Repentance is not an attractive proposition. In itself it has little to offer. Taking up ones cross, denying oneself is not attractive. Repentance, taking up the cross, is a means to an end. In the above prophesy of Isaiah good things are promised. Good things that are not available except God provides them. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness have no means of obtaining this righteousness themselves. But God is offering it nonetheless. As Jesus prophesied,  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled. Repentance comes with listening to hear what God has to say. Repentance includes regret for sin, seeking the Lord, forsaking our own ways and thoughts, changing direction from away from to towards God. Genuine repentance results in visible demonstration of change of behaviour and attitude.

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18.  Crime & Punishment. Law and Justice.   Someone must pay.
John 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
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19. Saved.

Jude 5  But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.

Matthew 10:22 And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.

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20. Complete or Pick 'n' Mix Gospel?
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.    For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.

     Gospel is simply good news, of which there can be lots. There is a lot of good news in the Bible. God is Love. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes on Him would not perish. The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus the anointed King. Etcetera. All good and all true.
   Where
The Gospel is mentioned in the New Testament it usually means the specific complete message that is able to save those who hear it, believe it and obey it. It is the message of salvation that is revealed by the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, which saved those who gladly heard it.
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21.  Hell, Hades and Gehenna.

Those who have been called to be disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ have a great responsibility to warn others to flee from the wrath of God that is coming on all men because of sin.

The title’ Son of Man’ is used in the Old Testament to refer to those designated as prophets, as in this case of Ezekiel. The Lord Jesus Christ used it to refer to Himself in His capacity of the prophet warning the people to repent and flee from the wrath of God that was to come because of sin.

John the Baptist ‘the greatest prophet born to woman’ also came preaching the message of repentance and remission of sins warning his hearers to flee the wrath to come.

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