There’s no more important message in all the world than that which we read of in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. What is that message? It is the message of salvation; of the forgiveness of one’s sins and the reception of the gift of everlasting life. It is the way to God, and results in an immediate entrance into a vital, vibrant and living relationship with Him! Do you possess this gift yet? Go back and start with my first post in this study dated 5/26/15. Get the real New Testament Message and get Life!
Let’s get into Acts chapters 3 and 4. From chapter 3, we find 9 of the 10 Essential Elements. We see the matter of #1, righteousness for the first time in verse 12. We have both elements of #5, the Gospel; that #4, the Savior, Jesus Christ, died for our sins and rose from the dead, all in verses 13 thru 15. We see the need both for #6, repentance and #7, belief in verses 16 and 19; resulting in one’s sins being wiped out in #8, the New Birth of salvation, says verse 19. We can find #10, the Kingdom in verse 21. Mention of #2, sin and #3, severe judgment is right in verse 23! The chapter closes, last verse with #5, the Gospel element of Christ’s resurrection, and our need to #6, repent from #2, the sins of our wicked ways! Nine of the 10 Essential Elements exist in Acts chapter 3 alone!
What’s in Acts 4? Much! We can see 6 of the elements here. It begins and ends with #5, the Gospel element of His resurrection in verses 2 and 33, with both elements in verse 10. We next see that some #7, believed in verse 4, and of course, there were those who #2, sinned, refusing to believe in verses 11, and 14 thru 21. The Apostle’s noted their #2, sin of unbelief in verses 25 thru 28. They would not believe on Jesus as their #4, Savior, mentioned in verse 11 as the ‘capstone,’ and verse 27 as the ‘anointed.’ The Apostles desired to live in that #9, New Life teaching of being filled with the Holy Spirit, so as to share God’s Word boldly, seen in verses 29 thru 31, with 33. And, in verses 33 thru 37, we can find another #9, New Life teaching concerning the matter of generous giving to relieve the need of others. With mention of men being saved in verse 12, we undeniably find #8, the New Birth!
Indeed, we are definitely on to something by saying there are 10 Essential Elements to The Real New Testament Message. It really is what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell