By Which Gospel Are You Saved? The Gospel of Grace!

Read the New Testament and you might come away with the idea that there is more than one gospel.

For example, the very first words of the New Testament in the King James Bible are, “The Gospel According to Matthew.” Read on and you will also find the gospels according to Mark, Luke and John. Keep reading and you will come across Paul telling the Romans about “my gospel” before warning the Corinthians to hold firm to the gospel that “I preached to you.” Read all the way to the end and you will also encounter the “gospel of your salvation” (Eph 1:13), the “gospel of peace” (Eph 6:15), the “glorious gospel of the blessed God” (1 Tim 1:11), before finally reaching the “eternal gospel” proclaimed by the angel (Rev 14:6).

Of course, these are all labels for one and the same gospel. There is only one gospel in the Bible and that is the gospel which was known to Paul as the gospel of grace:

“I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24)

The One and Only gospel

The gospel of grace is the gospel and there is no other. This gospel is built, not on a doctrine or a theology, but on Jesus Christ himself:

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth … From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (Jn 1:14, 16-17)

Whenever you read the word “grace” in the Bible, you can substitute the name “Jesus.” Jesus is grace personified. What does the grace of God look like? It looks like Jesus. What does the grace of God sound like? It sounds like Jesus. How do we know that God is gracious? He gave us Jesus who is full of grace and truth. So when Paul refers to the gospel of grace in Acts 20, he means exactly the same thing as when he and others refer to the gospel of Christ or the gospel of God or the gospel of his Son or the gospel of peace in other places. All of these gospels reveal the One who is called Grace, who was given to us out of the fullness of the Father’s grace, and through whom we have received grace upon grace.

What about when Jesus refers to the gospel of the kingdom (Mt 24:14)? Is this a different gospel?

Whenever you hear Jesus talking about the “kingdom” you can substitute the word “king” because the kingdom is nothing without the king. Who is the King? His name is Jesus. When Jesus says we are to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,” he is essentially saying “seek me and my righteousness.” And where do we find his righteousness? In the gospel!

“For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’” (Rms 1:17)

To sum up, the gospel of the kingdom is the gospel of Christ which is the gospel of God which is the gospel of grace. They are different labels for the exact same gospel message.

What is the gospel of grace?

Paul summarized the gospel of grace in his letter to the Corinthians:

“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time… (1 Cor 15:1-6)

What are the four most important bits of the gospel message according to its most prolific preacher? They are that; (i) Christ died for our sins as foretold in the Scriptures, (ii) he was buried, (iii) he was raised as the prophets foretold, and (iv) he appeared in resurrection to many.

The gospel is 100% good news!

On the cross Jesus became our sin offering, taking our punishment and securing our eternal forgiveness. He died so that we might live, he was wounded that we might be healed, and he was cursed so that we might be blessed. Jesus forged a new covenant in his blood, exchanging our sinfulness for his righteousness. His miraculous return from death confirmed that Jesus was God’s Son, just as he said he was. It also showed that the demands of justice had been fully satisfied and that no further payment was necessary. As Derek Prince famously preached in The Divine Exchange, Jesus’ death on the cross was “perfectly perfect and completely complete.” There is nothing more that needs to be done.

Do you believe it?

The gospel is good news whether you believe it or not, but it will only save you if you believe it. As Paul declared to the Corinthians, “by this gospel are you saved.” Again, by which gospel are you saved? By the gospel of God’s grace:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph 2:8-9)

The gospel is not just for sinners

The gospel is no mere message. It is heaven’s cure for the world’s woes. And we can be fully confident that God’s cures are effective! Those who put their faith in his goodness and grace experience salvation power in all its fullness – victory over sin, healing from sickness, freedom from oppression.

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…” (Rms 1:16)

The gospel is not just good news for the sinner. It is good news for the sick, the prisoner and the poor. It’s even good news for Christians. Today many sincere Christians are bound up in the dead works of performance-oriented religion. Their joylessness and lack of fruit testifies that they have forgotten the good news of God’s grace.

What are the works of grace?

Someone once asked Jesus, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

“Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the One he has sent.’” (Jn 6:29)

The greatest thing you can do is believe the good news of God’s grace revealed in the One he has sent. Believe that because of what Jesus has done, you are forgiven, you have been clothed with his righteousness, and you have been adopted into his family. When you say “Yes!” to Jesus, he moves into your life and you become one with him in spirit. On the inside, you now look exactly like Jesus and your status before God is “perfect forever” (Heb 10:14).

But your outside still needs work. Your mind needs to be renewed. Your body may need fixing. Your relationships may need mending. Your neighbors and workmates probably need saving. And God’s plan is to bring heaven to your corner of the world through you.

God has empowered you through his Spirit and the precious promises of his word to fulfill the gospel mandate. We do not need to hunker down and ask God to give us things. We just need to believe that through Christ we already have everything we need to get the job done (Eph 1:3, 2 Pet 1:3).

“Working out your salvation” means discovering who you are in Christ, taking risks for Jesus, and ministering in his power and authority. It means representing Jesus and his cross-wrought victory in areas where sins’ effects are still being felt. When you shine with Jesus-light, darkness flees and the dominion of the king is enlarged. Sin, sickness and poverty are put under his feet when you put them under your feet. We complete the mission the same way we started – by trusting in God’s amazing grace:

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Cor 15:10, NKJV)

Which gospel are you listening to?

GITQ cover_vsmTake care that the gospel you are listening to is the gospel of grace. As Paul warned the Galatians, anything which adds to or detracts from the good news of God’s grace, is a distortion or perversion of the true gospel (Gal 1:6-7). In Part 2 of this study, we will look at some of the ways the gospel of grace gets distorted.
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Comments

  1. fayez bekheet says:

    Of course the Gospel of grace. The blood of Christ cleansed all my sins and by His resurrection we have completed our salvation and eternal life.

  2. Susana Vivas says:

    Great! Great! Great!!!! As always! I am feeding here, you always have that fresh revelation of Jesus! Thank you so much Paul for your shepherd heart. I am so much blessed that I have found your website. Blessings are on you always!

  3. Profoundly true and spot on, once again Paul! Your posts are easy to read, bursting with revelation and impart life to their readers. I loved the way you reconciled all the “seemingly” different gospels in the person of Christ. Yes the gospel of Christ, the kingdom and of grace are all the same. Spot on man!! Power to you brother! In Grace,

  4. Wow!! Thats Good News

  5. Patrick Hng says:

    On the inside, you now look exactly like Jesus and your status before God is “perfect forever” (Heb 10:14). You are right on brother Paul. Just like to add on to what you have shared – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor 5:21). We are as righteous as Jesus is because God gives us His very own righteousness. We are so cleansed in the inside that the Holy Spirit can indwell us (no such privilege for the OT saints) and God can embrace us and have a intimate fellowship with us. BTW, can any1 tell me where to find a church in Auckland that teaches the Gospel of grace?

  6. Tha Gospel of grace, is tha only Gospel Jesus was personifying, coz grace & truth came by HIM. John1God has given us this 1 gospel, anythin else is a lie, of tryin 2 create a man made religion.

  7. thank you paul for your writing this words
    I want you to now me appreciation this

  8. Everyone else I have came in contact with has said there are 2 gospels. One for isreal called the Gospel or the kingdom, or the gospel of circumcision and then ours to the gentiles which is the gospel of grace or the gospel of uncircumcision.

    • Like the men of Antioch who rejoiced when they learned they did not have to be circumcised to be saved (Acts 15:31), I too am grateful for the gospel of grace! There is not other gospel by which men (and women) are saved.

  9. LaKetra Cox says:

    This is absolutely life changing. I’ve been saved for a number of years and is even a minister of the gospel, but didn’t have the truths and perspectives that are being shared through this insert. I’ve been so bound by religion and dead works that I actually felt like my mind was about to snap. I bless God for the men and women of God who have the revelation of the Gospel of Grace and are teaching, preaching, and demonstrating it.

  10. The Jesus as the Evangelical church knows loves us, has forgiven us, and asks us to follow Him and His teachings and He gives us the Holy Spirit to help us. The “Gospel of Grace” Jesus says “Don’t focus on my teachings, they are law, I have already done everything for you”. So you are saying each worship a different Jesus?

    • Jason, I don’t like responding to hypotheticals or being asked my position on groups that surely include a variety of beliefs. Be brave. Tell us what you think.

    • Jason, the only sure way to follow Jesus according to your submission is to follow Him all the way, hang on the cross as well. You either going to see Him as a saviour or as example. Your claim sees Him more like an example, and if you are to follow him and do what He did, then do not stop half way, dare also to die and resurrect on the third day…

  11. Noah Gilbert Hunter says:

    What was the “eternal gospel” talking about? I heard it was different than the Gospel of Grace. What is it saying?

  12. This blessed me! Thank you.

  13. The gospel is about the heart of Jesus. It is also his life and work the very example of his living and teaching. By man’s effort, they terribly fail, in Jesus it is grace by his mercy and compassion he do it all for us; so that what we need to is to trust him in faith, never relying on what we know neither wiser than him but in all things give thanks because through him, in him and by him he gave us complete victory through the loved of Jesus shown to the world by the giving of his life freely for all of us that whoever may believe might be saved. From now on let us be guided by the gospel the power of God to salvation first to the Jews, and also to the Gentiles.

  14. Rev Bennygrace says:

    will like to recieve the gospel of grace to help me build my ministry of christ Jesus

  15. The gospel of grace, which Paul received by revelation, is not the same gospel that Peter & others taught, which is the gospel of the kingdom, throughout the book of Acts. Paul makes this clear distinction in Gal. 2.1-8.
    The book of Ephesians calls the gospel of grace the “revelation of the mystery”. Ephesians 3.1-9 clearly states that this gospel was hidden until it was revealed to Paul.
    That is why Pauls’ letters are so different, from the rest of the New Testament, they are about the mystery of grace.
    In Acts, the gospel was that Jesus was Messiah. In the epistles, the gospel of grace was taught by Paul, that Christ became our substitute by His death.
    Galatians explains this clearly.

    • If your conclusion is true, then Paul cursed all the other NT writers and they are a house divided. Happily, the good news of God’s grace IS the good news of King Jesus and his kingdom, for Jesus is grace and grace is Jesus.

      • Paul Ellis, I don’t see where you have answered MVS 123 satisfactorily. Each point he/she raised is found in my bible and I suspect in your’s as well. Peter and the 11 had no understanding of what Christ would reveal to Paul after the cross. How could they preach it?

      • Paul was not the only one with a revelation of grace. The apostles had had several years of being with Jesus as he revealed grace. They heard Jesus proclaim grace on the night he rose from the dead. In the book of Acts there are stories of grace that pre-date Paul – Stephen forgiving his murderers comes to mind.

    • It was the division then and it is now.

  16. To know the Gospel of Grace one must embrace the sacrifice of our Lord and Saviour Jesus, it is through this act of self sacrifice, something we hold dear today, it is considered the greatest gift one man could do for another, to lay down his life! When God sent his only son to live amongst us, to teach us, to perform miracles and eventually to die for us, the lesson here is to be so thankful, to follow in his footsteps, to believe in him, to have faith in him, bring him to life so his example lives in you and you become that powerful light that is the Living God and through this people will be drawn to your light and presence. Remember the light which is Jesus must be shared with all and it is your sacred duty to impart the teachings of Jesus with all who hunger for it…..

  17. its not about what we do but what Jesus did for us !!!!!!!!! :)….if you love Jesus you will understand the gospel of grace

  18. Paul P. says:

    “Paul was not the only one with a revelation of grace…” No, but this is also not the same as the distinct GOSPEL of the grace of God given specifically to the apostle Paul. Why is it so hard for folks to believe the words of the pages and not force them to mean the same thing as something else? I’ve concluded it can only be 2Cor4:4, because people can read.

  19. We com e to God because HE came to us FIRST. Like Les Feldick always says ” Faith plus NOTHING!!”
    Great job. GREAT SITE. THANK YOU!!

  20. Is the difference between the Gospel of the Kingdom and the Gospel of Grace the fact that one was prophecy and the other mystery? The Good news of the Kingdom specifically for the nation of Isreal and the Good news of Grace for all nations?

    • nichols1 says:

      Yes. Please note well that eventually the kingdom was no longer offered to Israel and now there is only the gospel Paul preached by which we are saved. When Christ returns to earth,
      God’s true Israel will once again have the opportunity to be saved into the Kingdom on earth. The Body of Christ will have been caught up in the heavens with Christ.

      • the kingdom has never stopped being offered to israel… Jesus tore down the dividing walls and the good news is for everyone. all men are invited to be a part of the body of Christ! :)

      • After the ressurection Jesus was still recognized as being distinctively Jewish.

      • Yes, and Abraham Jesus blood father was being distinctively an Iraqi.
        God doesn’t make sense sometimes.

  21. nichols1 says:

    the kingdom has never stopped being offered to israel… Jesus tore down the dividing walls and the good news is for everyone. all men are invited to be a part of the body of Christ! :)[Unquote]
    If I was unclear, I can excuse the ambiguity of your response. The earthly kingdom promised Israel was certainly postponed by God offering the gospel of grace to both Jew and Gentile through Paul. It is this gospel that is eliminating the “wall of separation” as Paul described it in Ephesians. When Christ returns the promise to Israel will be fulfilled , according to prophecy.

    • if you are referring to the earthly kingdom of land promised to israel as a nation in todays world, i would agree. the kingdom of God, however, is available to all men because Jesus didnt just die for the jewish people, but for the whole of humanity. in His death and resurrection Jesus tore down the wall that separated jew from gentile, so that the gentiles could be included in the kingdom of the Messiah that was promised to israel.
      the mystery revealed in the good news of the kingdom and the good news of grace are the same – because of what Jesus has done, the kingdom of God is in you because Christ, the King of the kingdom, is in you… it is the indwelling Spirit of Christ that makes you a part of His body – you cant be saved and not be a part of the body of Christ. the kingdom of God is not only a future kingdom that will come when Christ returns, but if Jesus lives in you and He is your King today, the kingdom of God is now.

      • nichols1 says:

        Jennie says: “so that the gentiles could be included in the kingdom of the Messiah that was promised to israel.”
        Paul taught: believers NOW are in the Body of Christ and will be caught up into heavenly realm and NOT inherit the earthly kingdom as promised to Israel. Can’t be BOTH, but separate. Can you see that to have your “citizenship in heaven” (Body of Christ) and to be
        living on earth in the Kingdom of Israel, ruled by Christ in Jerusalem are two different INHERITANCES? Do you believe Paul’s teaching of the rapture of the Body of Christ?

    • I heard T.L. Osborne say “God came in a Jew – now He lives in you”!
      Jesus is THE fulfilment of all the Law and the Prophets!
      He is my Promise Land! He is my Heaven! To know Him IS eternal life!
      As for promises concerning nations and Israel and the nostalgic of Temple worship: The Glory of God will cover the Earth as the waters cover the seas! Is there a place more favored than another? No, every mountain, every gorge and crevasse, low places shall be made high and every mountain shall be made low and no man will tell his brother “Know God!”
      I absolutely, unconditionnally love these Words:
      [Col 3:1-3 ESV]
      1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
      2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
      3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

  22. The grace of God to all.

    In 1st Cor. 15:11 Paul wrote that he and “they” preached the same gospel. The list of “they” id in verses 5-7 and includes Cephas (Peter).
    In Eph. 3:1-7 Paul wrote that the “mystery of Christ” was revealed “now” by the Spirit to the holy apostles and prophets not only to him.
    In 2 Peter 3:14-16 Peter wrote that what he was writing was the same as Paul had also written.
    Point is There Is Only One Good News of God about His Son Jesus Christ our Lord: the gospel of God’s Grace!
    See also Acts 28:30-31.

    Thank you.

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