The Christian Gospel--In God's Own Words

"The Christian Gospel--In God's Own Words" is a compilation of a number of verses from the Bible that summarize concisely the message of the whole Bible. It is hoped that this approach will help inquirers to better understand Christianity than the usual ways it is presented to people. The following explains the Christian world-view by developing the ideas in a logical progression "from the foundation up."

"In God's own words" is organized in two columns. The left column contains the quoted material from the New International version of the Bible (The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 Grand Rapids: Zondervan; electronic ed. by Libronix Corporation). On the right is a brief explanation of the passage, written by myself. This is my effort to make the Christian gospel understandable. Scriptures have been chosen that explain key concepts in a way that is not usually done for inquiring people.  Note that taking these quotes out of their fuller context could lead to some misunderstanding.  Thus the reader is encouraged to contact me with questions and study the books these quotes come from for themself.  If you like this, or don't like this, feel free to e-mail me and let me know what you think.

Wayne Spencer

The Message of Christianity from the Bible

Comments by Wayne Spencer

For this is what the Lord says--he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited--he says: "I am the Lord and there is no other. I have not spoke in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; ...I, the Lord, speak the truth; I declare what is right." 

Isaiah 45:18-19

There is no god but the Creator-God, and he created for a purpose. 

The Creator has spoken to us all and His word (the Bible) is trustworthy. sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.     Romans 5:12

So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.      Genesis 3:23

There is not a righteous man on Earth who does what is right and never sins.   Ecclesiastes 7:20
The book of Genesis describes how the first man Adam and his wife Eve first disobeyed God.  Their disobedience had consequences for all mankind.  We have all inherited from them a tendancy to go our own way in disregard of God's way.
there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me. Turn to me and be saved,  all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. 

Isaiah 45: 21-22

Our Maker is the only one who can save us. 



This is what the Lord says-- 

your Redeemer, the Holy One...: 

"I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go." 

Isaiah 48: 17


Our Maker knows what is best for us and He can tell us how to live.

It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth. 

Isaiah 49: 6 

Long ago, God said he would send a Savior who would bring "salvation" to people living in all parts of the world. 
There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.  He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.  He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.  The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

John 1:6-13

The nation of Israel had broken the Mosaic covenant and had not responded to God's commands and warnings for many years.  Then God sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah.  John introduced Jesus Christ to the nation of Israel and prepared the people for his coming.

Jesus, the Creator-God, came down to our level in our form to save our souls. His own people, the Jews, rejected him. But anyone who will let him come into their life can enter into a child-father kind of relationship with God.

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.  News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them.  Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him. 

Matthew 4:23-25

Jesus Christ travelled throughout Israel teaching and doing many great miracles, including raising the dead and calming a storm on command.  People were amazed at his power and the authority of his teaching.
The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 
“Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 

Matthew 26:63-64

At the end of Jesus Earthly ministry, he was taken to appear before the Jewish religious leaders, who questioned him.
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, ... 

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him.... 

Isaiah 53: 3-5 


Jesus was abused and rejected by men. But the Creator-God let this happen to accomplish good.  Jesus took the burden of our sins (our "infirmities) upon himself.  He was punished in our place, so we can have forgiveness and peace with God.  Jesus could do this for us because he was human like us and yet his life was of infinite value as God's Son.

Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

Isaiah 59:1-2 

To know God we must face up to the problem of our sins against God.  Until we come to God in faith we are separated from Him as a consequence of our own sin.  We need God's solution to our sins. He is willing to listen and heal our lives when we sincerely seek Him.
"There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one." 

Romans 3:10-12

No person could ever be good enough to meet God's perfect standard.  All of us have sinned knowingly and unknowingly in many ways. We cannot be perfectly righteous on our own, we must be given righteousness. 
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Romans 6:23

Eternal life cannot be earned, it can only be received as an undeserved gift. Eternal life includes knowing God personally and living by faith in Jesus Christ.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 

II Peter 1:3-4 

Salvation is freedom from the penalty of sin and its power to dominate our behavior. Every good thing we have is thanks to God. Through knowledge of Christ from the Bible and support from other believers, we can overcome sin in our day to day lives.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him. 

John 3:36 

Trusting in Christ and accepting Him as Lord is God's only solution. God will not force anyone to believe. But, whoever rejects such a wonderful offer will pay for their sins themself--for all eternity.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." 

John 14:6 

Jesus referred to God as his own Father.  He taught that trusting in him was the only way to enter a true relationship with God.
Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." 

Luke 9:23

To trust in Christ as Savior entails surrender of your whole life to following his teaching day-to-day.
Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.". . . 

"What is truth?" Pilate asked. 

John 18:37-38 

"Your word is truth." 

John 17:17 

Jesus said these things while speaking to the Roman governor Pilate. Jesus had been brought to Pilate by the Jewish religious leaders because they wanted him executed. 

Jesus said this in prayer to God.  There is Truth that is true for all people, regardless of their opinions. The Bible is the only complete and accurate source of this truth.

We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 

II Peter 1:16

The New Testament accounts about Jesus Christ are from eyewitnesses or close associates of eyewitnesses who personally knew Christ during at least some part of his ministry on Earth. 
He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 

Isaiah 53:9-11 

God's Servant-Savior died and was buried in Jerusalem, but He came to life again as he said He would. He has saved many people from their sins.  This was prophesied hundreds of years before Jesus' birth. 
 “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.  This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.   But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. . . ." 

Acts 2:22-24

This is part of a speech the Apostle Peter gave to the people of Jerusalem.  This happened shortly after Jesus' resurrection and subsequent return to heaven.
In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.  After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

Acts 1:1-3

This is the beginning of the books of Acts, which records how Christianity grew and spread geographically in the first century Roman world.  This was written by Luke, a greek physician who was an associate of the Apostle Paul. The "former book" is the New Testament gospel of Luke.
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.

John 14:9-10

 “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.  And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. 

John 15:26-27

The Bible teaches God is one being but has a three-fold nature called the Trinity.  Jesus Christ, though he became human, he was fully God.  The Holy Spirit is also fully God.  The Holy Spirit lives in every Christian believer.

Jesus said these things to his chosen Apostles, who testified about Christ in the first century. 

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 

II Peter 1:20-21

This is written by Peter the Apostle, one of twelve men who traveled with Jesus and learned from him. Peter says here that though the Scriptures were written by men, their real author is God himself.  The various books within the Bible were written by different human writers, yet it is one coherent story. God supernaturally revealed the Bible to many different men who lived throughout history, up to the time of the Apostles. This is one reason the Bible is so unique in its authority and reliability.
You must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say , "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and with water. By water also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgement and destruction of ungodly men. . . . 

II Peter 3: 3-7

The Scripture predicted long ago that three important events will be doubted as being real events. It says people will deny 1) that God created in the beginning by his word, 2) that God judged the evil in the world in the past by sending a world-wide Flood, and 3) that Jesus Christ will someday return. Though to us it may seem that everything will go on in the world as it has, the Bible says God will intervene. He did intervene in the ancient Flood and he says he will intervene again when Jesus returns. The reality of this Flood is confirmed today by scientific evidence. God waits for people to accept Christ and Lord and Savior. 
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.  When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 

Matthew 28:16-20

This, known as the Great Commission, is one of the last things Jesus said to his disciples.  The intention was for them to go and plant churches in all nations, starting in Jerusalem.  In the community of being in a local church among other believers, Christians would be taught to do all that Jesus taught.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. 

II Peter 3: 3-7, 9, 13

Sometime in the future, God will recreate the earth and provide a perfect place for all of his people to be for all time. All people who have ever lived will be accountable to Jesus Christ for their actions. He is able to be the judge of all men because he created all men and he became a man and lived a perfect life, never sinning against God.
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 

Acts 2:37-39

This was part of a message the Apostle Peter gave to Jews in Jerusalem a few weeks after Jesus resurrection.  The salvation offered by Jesus Christ requires making a personal decision, a life-long commitment.  God offers this salvation to all who will trust in Christ.