What is the Gospel?

Travis Bryan III writes: "Without mentioning our death with Christ our message is heard by the natural ear as law requirements for holiness. Law-righteousness is to rise up in self-effort to honor God. Grace is getting down into death to self-effort, a restful death which grows out of love for God."

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by Travis Bryan III

There are 4 parts:

  1. God WITHDRAWS His protective hedge from around you and allows Satan to take you and put you on the cross of suffering circumstances as God did with Job. Job 1; 2 Cor 4:11; Gal 2:20.  You are thereby rendered helpless and hopeless with only one place to look for help: up to God!
  2. God allows this cross to come to you for a good and REDEMPTIVE purpose: that thru “the faith of Jesus Christ” (Gal 2:16) you will embrace the cross and consent to die to self then be raised up by God to a new life as a new creation person in Christ, fully equipped with God’s resurrection life, power, thoroughly enabled now to live your life for God. Satan is always the killer.  John 10:10; 8:44; God, thru faith, raises the dead.  Rom 6:3-7; Rom 12:1-2.  Thru this death, and only thru this death, we are freed from slavery: bondage to Satan, the mosaic law (Gal 3:10-13), the old self, the sin nature within us and the world’s influence over us.  “Loose him and let him go.”  John 11:44.  The death brought on by Satan is the very same vehicle that frees us from the devil’s power over our life.  Heb 2:14.  To be born again we must first be killed.  John 3:14-16.
  3. God suffers with us as we go through this death to self at Satan’s hands working through his earthly minions and his calamitous circumstances. John 11:35.  Christ is with us as we endure this death.  We are crucified with Christ.  Gal 2:20.  Daniel 3:25.
  4. Satan and the people he uses to crucify us are destroyed by the very same cross they put us on. Evil is thereby allowed to run its course and self-destruct.  Ps 7:15-16; 9:15-16; Heb 2:14; 1 Cor 2:6-8; Col 2:14-15.

Through this gospel, we are enabled to love and bless our enemies because we have come to see them as the very blacksmith’s tools of our salvation, both initially and continually.  We love our persecutors.  We have only two commandments, love God and love others, especially our enemies.   All other rule-keeping becomes a byproduct of these two.  God is love and we become lovers like Him.

Works and rule keeping are the fruit, never the means, of the salvation process.

In summary, salvation is something that happens to you, not something you do.  All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose.  Rom 8:28.  All the bad things Satan does to us God will take and reverse back against Satan and turn into our victory thru and only thru the Cross of Christ.

I would add that part 1 could be God striving to restrain evil in the hearts of someone.   Gen 6:3.  At some point God will drop His restraining influence and allow us to be taken over by our own sinful lustful proud desires.  See Rom 1:24, 26 and 28.  We are delivered over to the wrath and self-punishment of our own sinful desires.  We fall into the depths of depression, anxiety and despair.  We are here also rendered helpless and hopeless.  We then proceed to part 2 of the four parts or we go on on our path to self-destruction.

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