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The True Gospel of Jesus Christ
The Gospel

Because of the Cross of Jesus Christ, God forgave all of your sins ... forever (Mark 3:28; 1 John 2:2). And, if you believe and trust in Jesus as your Savior, God will remove your old inner nature and replace it with a new clean heart (Ezekiel 11:19; 36:26); you become a brand new person on the inside (2 Corinthians 5:17). God's Spirit comes to live in your new heart (1 Corinthians 3:16; Colossians 1:27) and you become one with Christ, just as Jesus was one with His Father. This not only makes you righteous on the inside (Romans 5:17, 10:10; Philippians 1:11; 1 John 3:9), it also gives you eternal life (1 John 5:11,12a). The Christian life is pretty straight forward ... from your oneness with Christ love one another, do good, share the Good News; it's the same life that Jesus lived in His oneness with His Father. This is the Gospel, the "Good News!"

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The Complete Gospel of Jesus Christ

God is reaching out to you because He wants you to be part of His family. It does not matter what you have done in your life, whether you think you have lived a good life or you have done things you regret, everyone, including you, needs the Savior. Why? Because God's standard to be in His family is perfect righteousness all the time. Even though this is unreachable on your own, Jesus Christ has restored everything that was wrong with humankind's relationship with God. All you have to do is to accept and believe what Christ has done for you. It is truly that simple.

Note: Throughout this website "heart," "spirit," and "nature" all mean the same thing and are used interchangeably.

Here is what Jesus did for you: He defeated sin forever on His Cross and He conquered death by His resurrection. Because of the Cross, God forgave all of your sins - every one of them, for all time - even if you are not a believer. God did this because He wants you to know His Son, Jesus. Knowing Jesus is not at all about religion; rather, it is about new life.

This is what "new life" means: when you trust Jesus Christ as your Savior, God completely removes your old inner spirit, with all of its faults and unrighteous tendencies, and replaces it with a brand new heart. You become an entirely new person on the inside! Your new nature is perfectly righteous because Jesus Christ comes to live in you, joining His life eternally to yours.
(Note: Jesus Christ living in you or the Holy Spirit living in you both mean exactly the same thing.)


Your new righteousness is what qualifies you to be in the family of God. The forgiveness of sins was essential but that alone does not save you. It is Christ joining His eternal life to you that makes you one of God's children. So, the difference between believers and unbelievers is that both are forgiven but believers have God's Spirit living in them; this is eternal life.
Note: God makes you literally righteous in your new heart; He does not merely impute, or credit, you with Christ's righteousness; your new heart is without sin (1 John 3:9) and forever righteous because Christ lives in you!


Your outer self, which includes your physical body and mortal soul, is not directly changed when you believe in Jesus Christ; it is your inner nature, your inner spirit, that is changed and redeemed. This is why it does not look and feel like Christ defeated sin forever. But He did defeat sin forever in your "born again" heart; it is your "flesh" that is not and cannot be righteous enough to meet God's standards.


In fact the "mortal" part of you does not have the capacity to be righteous. Even though your new inner spirit is sinless, you can still sin in your outer mortal body and soul. This is the reason believers live by faith. Faith is Christ living His righteous life through you instead of you living life by your own human strength. Life is an everyday decision: walk by faith or live life by your own human power. God wants you to live by the faith of Christ in you.
(Read more about this in "The Gospel in Even Greater Detail" below. Also, to understand why believers often do not experience this new righteous life, click here.)


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The Gospel in Even Greater Detail

1. The Gospel of Jesus Christ begins with the truth that all your sins were forever forgiven by God on the Cross of Jesus Christ (Mark 3:28; Colossians 1:20; 2 Corinthians 5:19). Everyone, believers and unbelievers alike, is forgiven of every single sin, past, present, and future (1 John 2:2). Only unbelief cannot be forgiven because rejecting Christ is rejecting the eternal life that is found only in Him (1 John 5:11). This is the difference between believers and unbelievers; both are forgiven but unbelievers do not have Christ's eternal life living in them (1 John 5:12b). Note: Salvation happens after forgiveness; it is receiving a new heart and sharing Christ's eternal life for those who trust Jesus as Savior (John 3:16).

2. The second half of the Gospel, the part that is often missed, is the offer of new life that is in Christ Jesus. When you trust Jesus as your Savior, God literally removes your old sinful inner nature and replaces it with a brand new heart (Romans 6:6; Ezekiel 36:26; Ezekiel 11:19). You become a completely new person on the inside; the old inner you is gone, dead and buried forever (2 Corinthians 5:17). You have been rescued from the domain of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:13).

3. Since your new spirit is clean and without sin, it is a suitable dwelling place for the Spirit of God. Christ comes to live in you and joins His Spirit eternally as one to you (1 Corinthians 6:17). Because Christ now lives in you, you are forever free from sin in your born again heart (Romans 6:7,18,22). Your inner spirit is the real you, the part of you that will live on into eternity; your body is a temporary "earth suit" which will go to the grave when you die (2 Corinthians 4:7,16). ("Earth suit" was coined by the author Bill Gillham.)

4. As a believer, you are now a righteous spiritual person (2 Peter 1:4; Romans 8:10b) living in a not-yet-righteous and not-yet-redeemed mortal body. Your "earth suit," which is your physical body and your mortal mind, is still dead because of sin (Romans 8:10a); your "flesh" does not have the capacity to be righteous. But, in your born again heart, you can never sin because Christ in you can never sin (1 John 3:9). You can, however, still sin in your outer mortal body. This is the reason believers live by faith. Living by faith is letting Christ in you live out His righteous life through you (Galatians 2:20). As you follow Christ's life, you will experience a righteous and productive life. This new life will not be free of difficulties and heartaches as some teach, but Jesus will be there with you, and in you, every step of the way. Many are taught to try to live life by their own power; they miss experiencing the righteous life of Christ in them.

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