Message 29 - By Jerry D. Green

Submission to the Gospel


Why is it the gospel seems to work for some and not for others? Well I can tell you with certainty that it’s not because of any insufficiency on the part of the gospel. The gospel is all sufficient for any person on this planet who honestly wills to be saved and will meet a few basic but necessary requirements. First, we must hear the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Secondly, we must believe the true gospel. Basically, that Jesus is the Son, the Messiah, the Christ, of the true and living God; and that He is the Savior of every person that sincerely desires and wills to be saved. Thirdly, we must come to Him with a true heart of repentance for our sins (all wrong we have ever committed against both God and man [it’s not necessary to name every sin individually]) and for our sin (that old inherent sin nature which everyone of us were born with). This means being truly sorry for our sin and our sins. And last of all, but not by any means least, we must be willing to SUBMIT our self, our life, our will, our all, to Jesus, the Savior, and the working within us of the true gospel of Him. If any person on this planet will honestly meet these few basic steps, that person will receive salvation. I hope this little introduction will open the eyes of every person to the great importance of SUBMITTING themselves to the “True Gospel of Jesus Christ.” JDG


Submission to the Gospel

Romans 10:1-4

1. “Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be SAVED.

2. For I bear them record that they have A ZEAL of God, but NOT ACCORDING TO KNOWLEDGE.

3. For they being IGNORANT of GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS, and going about to establish their OWN righteousness, HAVE NOT SUBMITTED THEMSELVES unto THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD (which is revealed in the true gospel of Jesus Christ; Romans 1:15-18 below).

4. For Christ is the end of the law (the Old Covenant law of Moses and the religious laws of all men) for RIGHTEOUSNESS to every one that believeth (in Him and in the true gospel of Him, for these constitute the New Covenant which God made with, and through, and in His Son; Isaiah 42:6; 49:8).”

Romans 1:15-18

15. “So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the GOSPEL to you that are at Rome also.

16. For I am not ashamed of the GOSPEL OF CHRIST: for IT is the power of God unto SALVATION to every one that believeth (it); to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

17. For THEREIN (IN the true gospel of Christ) is the RIGHTEOUSNESS (the JUSTICE, or JUSTNESS) of God REVEALED from faith to faith: (For) as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

18. For the WRATH of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and (all) unrighteousness of men, who hold the TRUTH (of Jesus Christ and the gospel of Him) in unrighteousness.”

Paul’s heart was very heavy for his Jewish brethren. So much so that he says in Romans 9:3, “…I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh; but of course that could never be. For there could never be but one acceptable substitute and that was and is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. So why was it that his brethren, his kinsmen according to the flesh were not saved? He attested to the fact that they had a zeal of God, but they also had a zeal for the Old Covenant law of Moses and the keeping of its commandments and ordinances (Acts 21:20). Their zeal for God was simply not according to knowledge.

What is this knowledge Paul spoke of? It was, and is, the revelation knowledge of Jesus Christ which is revealed in the true gospel of Him (Romans 1:17). In Isaiah 53:11-12, the prophet prophesied of a deliverer who was to come, saying that “He (God the Father) shall see of the travail of His (Jesus’) soul, and shall be satisfied: (For) by His knowledge … (Not just God’s and Jesus’ knowledge, but by our knowledge OF Jesus, and all that He accomplished FOR US through the suffering of all those atrocities. Those atrocities included: the cruel, merciless whipping; the crown of thorns, and the death of that cruel cross; but His burial, resurrection, and ascension into heaven were, and are also, very distinctive and essential elements of the gospel. Nevertheless this knowledge of what He did in our behalf can only be truly known to us by the revelation of the Spirit. All of this is what Isaiah spoke of as His knowledge. So then, by His knowledge [by our understanding of that hidden knowledge which is in Jesus Christ and the true gospel of Him, through which] THE RIGHTEOUSNESS [or justice] of God is revealed unto us, by the Spirit of God, Romans 1:17) …shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil, with the strong (the true gospel believer; for after He was resurrected, ‘…Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, ALL POWER [authority, Strong’s #1849] is given unto me [both] in heaven and in earth; Matthew 28:18. And He also says to them the day before He went to the cross (John 16:13-15):

13 ‘Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come [which could not happen until after He had suffered the death of the cross; John 16:7; 3:14], He will guide you into all truth: for He shall NOT speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will *shew [tell, declare, announce, reveal to] you, things [that at the time He was speaking were yet] to come. [In this,]

14 He (the Spirit of Truth) shall glorify me: for He shall receive of MINE, and shall *shew (reveal) it (them) unto you.


*shew - Strong’s #312, “To announce in detail.” Thayer’s, “To announce, to make known, to report, to bring back tidings.” In other words, the Spirit of Truth would reveal to them, and will reveal to us, that which Jesus Himself could not communicate to them, and could not have communicated to us, with words of the natural voice through our natural mind or understanding (John 16:7-15; I Corinthians 2:9-10).


     15  All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he (the Father) shall take of mine, and shall *shew it unto you.

All things that the Father hath are mine: … (And the Father ‘…hath put ALL THINGS under His [Jesus’] feet, and gave Him [Jesus] to be the head over ALL THINGS to the church, Which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all [Ephesians 1:22-23.]) therefore said I, that He [‘…the Spirit of Truth…; ‘the Spirit of the Father’] shall TAKE OF MINE, and shall *shew it [reveal it in greater detail] unto you.’  “…because He hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12). Without the revelation knowledge of Jesus Christ and His gospel, Ephesians 1:17-21, the most zealous person on the planet will never save the soul of themselves or of anyone else.  The Apostle Paul knew this from experience, for before his conversion, he was such a person.  But (after Christ and His gospel was revealed both to, and in, him (Galatians 1:15-16), he says in Romans 1:16-17, “…I am not ashamed of the GOSPEL OF CHRIST: for IT is the POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION to everyone that believeth (it); to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (the Gentile). For therein (in the true gospel of Christ) is the RIGHTEOUSNESS (justness, or justice) of God REVEALED from faith to faith: (For) as it is written, The just (the justified) shall live by faith (or, as Habakkuk 2:4, which Paul is quoting, ‘…by His faith…’) that is to say, by our faith (our believing) in the revealed knowledge and true gospel of Christ, which is THE FAITH.  To the Ephesians Paul says it this way; “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of WISDOM and REVELATION in the KNOWLEDGE OF HIM” ([Jesus] Ephesians 1:17). Once again, this is the knowledge which Isaiah spoke of as “…HIS KNOWLEDGE…”). For it is in the true gospel of Jesus Christ that the RIGHTEOUSNESS (justness; justice) of God is revealed.

So why would anyone refuse to receive and believe such a great and glorious gospel?  Because the very nature of the old man is to be selfish and self-sufficient. He believes that somehow he will be able to save himself through some means other than submitting (fully surrendering) himself to Jesus Christ and something as foolish as the gospel of Him, for salvation. It would be utter foolishness to believe that anything so simple, could put a person in right standing with God. Surely there must be some other way and/or something more I can do to please God and be received into heaven.  This is what Paul was speaking of when he said, “…being IGNORANT of God’s RIGHTEOUSNESS and going about to establish their own righteousness….” This ignorance was what kept Israel, Paul’s kinsmen according to the flesh, from being saved. And this ignorance (to the true gospel; once heard) is what keeps mankind, wherever they are found, from being saved. And though there was a time when God “…winked…” (closed His eyes to; overlooked) the ignorance of man; He now “…commandeth ALL men EVERY WHERE to repent“…and believe the gospel” (Acts 17:30; Mark 1:15; Acts 20:21).  Man will do most ANYTHING in his power to save himself, except, to submit himself unto the righteousness of God which is in Jesus Christ and His gospel.  Man of himself cannot bring himself to believe and surrender to the true gospel of Jesus Christ which is both the righteousness of God and the power of God unto salvation; for it is out and out foolishness to the carnal mind, whether that mind is religious or not.

“But now (since Calvary) the righteousness (or justice) of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by (the) faith of Jesus Christ (the true gospel of Christ) unto all and upon all them that (will) believe: for there is no difference” (with God between the Jew and the Gentile [the religious sinner and the out and out sinner] Romans 3:21-22). For God will SAVE every kind of sinner from their sin if they will only hear, believe, repent, and submit themselves unto Jesus Christ and His Gospel.

But “…thanks be unto God, … (who) always causeth us to triumph IN Christ, and maketh manifest the (sweet smelling) savour of HIS KNOWLEDGE (the knowledge of the righteousness of God which is revealed to us, in the true gospel of Christ) by us in every place” (we go; II Corinthians 2:14).

Let me quickly point out more exactly what it is that makes the TRUE gospel of Christ so hard for a person to believe and receive. First of all, this gospel is a spiritual message which must be revealed unto us by the Spirit (the Holy Spirit of Truth; I Corinthians 2:9-14). This gospel, which the Apostle Paul tried so hard to communicate to those churches, and though he didn’t know it at the time, was also conveying to all men through those letters he wrote to those churches, could and can never be understood by a person, except it be revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit of Truth. And some of the more important of those things are the very fact that the old sin nature of every man, woman, boy, girl; every person of every race, every descendent of Adam, was and is crucified (died) IN union with, Jesus Christ on that cross on Calvary (Romans 6:6). And that we (our old man of sin, our old sin nature) were and are buried (put away in the grave) IN union with Jesus Christ. And were and are resurrected in newness of life, IN union with Jesus Christ (Romans 6:4-5). And were and are made to sit together in heavenly places, IN union with Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:6). This is where the carnal mind of man staggers in unbelief, for it cannot lay hold of the spiritual truth of God’s Word.  So then, all of this which happened both to and for us, IN Christ, is also the part which must be revealed (made real) both to and in us, by the Holy Spirit of Truth.

So what about you?  Have you heard and/or do you know what the TRUE Gospel of Christ is?  If not, I urge you to earnestly pray and ask God to lead you to a good source of the TRUE gospel.  First and foremost, read only, the King James Version of the Bible, beginning in the New Testament, asking God to reveal the truth of His Word to you. For today there is so much of what is called Christian Gospel books and programs that are any and every thing but the TRUE gospel of Christ, that only those who earnestly love the truth (II Thessalonians 2:8-10) will ever be able to navigate their way through the obstacle course of religion (all religion[s], including Christian religion) to the TRUE, soul saving gospel of Christ (Matthew 7:13-20). But just the fact that you are reading this message, tells me that God has already led you to one such source. These messages right here on The True Gospel Web Site are a wonderful source of true gospel messages.  But no matter how good the message, it still takes God, by His Holy Spirit of Truth to draw a person to Jesus the Savior; to convict that person of their sin. For Jesus says, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me DRAW him: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:44). It is by God’s Holy Spirit of Truth that He draws a soul to Jesus; but it still takes God, by His Holy Spirit of Truth, to reveal the truth of the shed blood and the cross of Christ, both to and in us. There is absolutely no other way to be saved outside of faith in Jesus Christ and the TRUE gospel of Him. We must, however, still come to God with repentant heart and willingly SUBMIT ourselves to the Lord Jesus Christ and to THE TRUE GOSPEL of Him; and to it’s work within us; But if a person will earnestly seek God in this manner, He will save that person, that soul, from their sin, their sins, and from themselves (and by extension, save their soul from an eternal hell).

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