From the beginning to the end of the New Testament, that MESSAGE — that GOSPEL — is repeatedly taught. And yet we have HUNDREDS of different denominations, each teaching a DIFFERENT message — and all of them appropriating Christ’s NAME to their messages!
WHY all this confusion? The truth is that men are unwilling to take Jesus’ message LITERALLY. They fail to realize that the God who inspired Isaiah, Daniel, Micah, and the other prophets to write of His coming Kingdom, was the One who also sent Jesus into the world to PREPARE THE WAY for that Kingdom!
Jesus BEGAN His ministry when He came into Galilee, “PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand: REPENT ye, and BELIEVE the gospel” (Mark 1:14-15).
Jesus proclaimed REPENTANCE in connection with the gospel of God’s Kingdom, or government. He said you have to be willing to CHANGE — TO REPENT of YOUR WRONG WAYS — in order to ENTER that Kingdom.
Notice that Jesus didn’t say, “Just believe in ME.” He said, “BELIEVE the GOSPEL.” What was this gospel — or GOOD NEWS? Jesus came preaching the good news — not only about Himself as Saviour — but about the KINGDOM of God — the MESSAGE that God is Supreme RULER of the universe, that He is soon going to establish His GOVERNMENT on this earth, and that we should BEGIN to acknowledge His rule in our lives NOW. This is the true gospel! That IS the MESSAGE Jesus brought to this earth from God the Father!