The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
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“The Fullness of the Blessing of the Gospel of Christ”
(Part 3)
By Michael Zaucha
 
“I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ” (Rom. 15:29).

 

The Gospel is a message which is good in itself, but it is unlike any other good message, for the Gospel is endued with Divine power unto which it is sent – the fulfilling of God’s eternal purpose – even the salvation of your soul (Rom. 1:16; I Pet. 1:9). 
 


 


The Gospel is an announcement of what is, not what should be. It does not tell you what you need to accomplish, but what already has been accomplished. The Gospel is an announcement that cannot or will not change or be altered because the God who declares it is the only True God, full of power, might and glory – “ For I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass” (Isa. 46:11).
The Gospel, at its core, is a revelation of the desires and purpose of God, and an announcement of its accomplishment –with the main thrust being on the One who did all His will (Ps. 40:8; Heb. 10:7, 9) – even His only Begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
From an overall perspective, the Gospel is the Gospel of God (Rom. 1:1; 15:16; II Cor. 11:7; I Th. 2:2, 8-9; I Pet. 4:17), announcing the good news that God is satisfied (Isa. 53:3), with the Apostle Paul detailing the accomplished work that pleased God  in behalf of the fallen race of man – Jesus put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb. 9:26). In the light of this accomplished sacrifice accepted of God, the glorious Gospel of the blessed God (I Tim. 1:11) announces that God truly is pleased, satisfied and blessed by our Lord’s sacrifice, and that we – all that are in Christ - are now accepted by God in the Beloved (Eph. 1:6). Only because of Jesus is there a Gospel of God.
With God being so blessed, the Gospel of peace (Rom. 10:15; Eph. 6:5) announces the benefits realized by all them that believe on Jesus, the One that the Father sent to taste death for every man (Heb. 2:9). Through Jesus’ death, the Gospel announces that “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1), because that which separated you from your God – your iniquities and your sin (Isa. 59:2) – they have been removed from us “as far as the east is from the west” (Ps. 103:12). Jesus accomplished this in our behalf through His death on the cross. Only because of Jesus is there a Gospel of peace.
The Gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24) announces God’s involvement in salvation from its inception “according to the election of grace” (Rom. 11:5-6) – to man’s reception of the grace of God - “for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God (Eph. 2:8) – unto access to the grace of God – “to find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16), and even unto the working of God in the ages to come: “that in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7). The Gospel of the grace of God announces God’s willingness, and desire and power to bless and to help His people. And it is because of Jesus that there is a Gospel of grace, for He is full of grace and truth (Jn. 1:14), and grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (Jn. 1:16).
All of these accomplishing works of God and the provisions given us by Jesus Christ are unto readying men to fully enter in and participate in God’s eternal and everlasting kingdom, and the Gospel of the kingdom announces the good news of this truth.
God’s kingdom is the greatest of all kingdoms, seen and unseen, even to its domination of them, and even to the destruction of all that oppose it. The prophet Daniel was given to see this truth, when The Stone (which is Christ) not only would smite and break to pieces all the kingdoms of opposition, but He would become a great mountain and fill the whole earth (Dan. 2:34-35) – “for yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be” (Ps. 37:10). In the midst of the good fight of faith that all those in Christ are having to endure, strength comes unto them via good news from a far country: “The heavens do rule!” (Dan.4:26).
In this kingdom, God is displaying great signs and mighty wonders in and for His people, for this kingdom is one of blessing “in Christ” (Eph. 1:3). Being displayed and benefitting the people of God are the riches of God’s goodness and forbearance and longsuffering (Rom. 2:4). The riches of God’s glory are being made known to the vessels of mercy (Rom. 9:23), as are the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God (Rom. 11:33). The riches of God’s grace are being manifested in the kingdom, so much so that grace is reigning through righteous unto eternal life – and it is all through, by and because of Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 5:21).
All this is unto the fulfilling of that work which God is working in us – both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13) – so hear the good news of this declaration of God, believe it and be strengthen to endure to the end – “an entrance shall be ministered unto you ABUNDANTLY into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (II Pet. 1:11). --Michael Zaucha

(Continued Tomorrow)