Gospel #3 - The Gospel Brings Salvation
I am Jessie Mills, Ph.D.
Child & Adult Clinical Psychology - Mills


Luke 1:68-73

           Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people. And has raised up a Horn of salvation for us in the house of David His servant, As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old. Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us; to show mercy toward our fathers, and to remember His holy Covenant, The oath which He swore to Abraham our father, To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days, And you, child will be called the prophet of the most High; For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways; To give to His People the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins, Because of the tender mercy of our God.”

            Not only does the Gospel bring salvation; but also it brings knowledge of the fulfillment of prophecy. We first look at verse 68. “For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His People.” Accomplished redemption for His people! Do we take this to mean those from the cross until now? Were not Adam and Eve His people? Was Cain to Jacob His people? Was not the people from Jacob to the cross His also? So who was redeemed first? Heb. 2:14-15, informs us that Christ’s death destroyed the power of Satan, Christ paid the ransom price in order that the departed spirits being held by Satan could be redeemed, and released. If they were released, what happened to them? Heb. 2:15, informs us that the righteous spirits was delivered. Delivered to whom? To God the Father, Eph. 4: 8-10 the departed spirits were not saved as long as, they were under bondage to Satan, Christ paid the price to redeem them, to give them salvation. Luke 1: 74, delivered, fulfilled. And yet we have people in all Churches, who say that Satan is still alive and active! Do we believe anything that the Bible says?

            Really what does it mean when Paul said that Christ destroyed the power of Him who had power over death, that is the Devil? It means that a resurrection took place. But someone says, O the Bible does not say that! O, but it does. Hosea foretold of this event, Hosea 6:1-3, on the third day, the same day that Christ arose, Hosea says “ WE” on the third day will arise and live before Him. Well, Matt. 27:51-53, has some things to say about what happened on the third day, Christ arose, and the graves were opened, and many bodies of the saints came out and went into the holy city, and was seen by many; they were seen because when they arose, they arose as a spirit which had form, not a physical body, rather that form which awaits us in Heaven, a form that can be recognized, and was recognized, this was God’s plan that they be recognized, such proved the resurrection then as prophecy fulfilled.

On this page I have proven that salvation was brought to those in bondage to Satan, this being foretold of old is now fulfilled. Of the New Covenant when the righteous Biologically dies, that Spirit goes to the Father, where a Spiritual body awaits him, this body is recognizable in Heaven, it is the form of the person who passed from this life to the next.

            In one previous document, we have considered the great object which the Gospel were designed to accomplish,” to seek and to save that which is lost,” I have spoken of the way the Gospel lays open for the attainment of this object which is by grace through faith, as the gift of God. Now we must consider several distinct attributes and characteristics of the Gospel, and in each we will see the finished results of God’s plan, which Zacharias uttered at the circumcision of his son. This prophecy was spoken by the immediate inspiration of God, for it was said, “ that Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied,” in the Divine language which is here contained. Every assertion therefore which this prophecy makes must be infallible, and eternal truth. The son of Zacharias, was John the forerunner of Christ, the Saviour of the world; and on the occasion of his public dedication to God, his Father prophesied of the character and work of that Saviour before he was to be sent. The redeemer was not yet born in the lowly nature, which He had assumed. But the faith of Zacharias was led forward to Him, when it is more probable that none of his people besides his wife, understood the prophecy which he made.” He hath raised up a horn of salvation,” a Horn of Salvation, the horn in ancient language represented a great King, as it does in Daniel chapter seven. This Horn would be the administrator of Heaven and earth Rev. 11:15, what this Horn would bring to mankind was all sufficient salvation.

            Sufficient means, that it is all we need. The characteristics of the Gospel includes those things which most people deny as being fulfilled, so then we do not have an all sufficient Gospel, in spite of what the Bible teaches clearly. But that denial is brought about by the lack of knowledge by people, who teaches,

The teaching was first brought about by the Roman Catholic Church, at a time when they chained the Bible to the pulpit, in order that the general people could not read for themselves.

            One of the great characteristics of the Gospel is that Zacharias and his people saw first hand the sufficient fulfillment of all that God had promised. He has accomplished redemption for His people. He raised up a Horn. Salvation was accomplished. Salvation from enemies, {salvation from Satan}, John 12:31, John 16: 11, 1 John 3:8, Rom. 16:20.  Being delivered from his enemies, Heb. 2:14.  Forgiveness of sins, Acts 2:38. Forgiveness of sins is an important characteristic of salvation, it involves, hearing the Gospel, believing the Gospel, repenting of past sins, and confessing ones faith. Being baptized for the forgiveness of sins. Salvation involves death and resurrection for the righteous, Isa. 26:14-19. Judgment is another characteristic of the Gospel, 2 Cor. 5:10, and what is this judgment for? Rom. 14: 11-12. See also John 3: 18,” He who believes in Him is not judged.” John 5:24,” He who hears My Word and believes in Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment.”

            Where does people get the idea of a future judgment, a future resurrection, a future coming of the Lord. The end of the world by burning? It is not Biblical. For the ancient law of God said, “ And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said to Himself, I will never again curse the ground on the account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.”  Eccl. 1:4, Ps. 78: 69, Ps. 93:1, Ps. 104:5, Ps. 119:90, Ps. 145:1-6. Dan.  7:13-14.

            The Gospel testifies for itself, that it is complete, and sufficient.                                                                                                                                    

So then, the history of the Gospel began in Heaven in the beginning and, “ before the foundation of the world, Heb. 4:3. We must consider within the history of the Gospel, that the “ Called out,” the “ Assembly,” the “ Church,” was also present in Heaven, however, we must also understand that the Spiritual Entity in Heaven, was also in addition to the angel worship, was offered to our parents in the garden; but upon their refusal to obey God; they obeyed the evil influence, and God took away the spiritual aspects of the Gospel, and allowed people to worship under the physical, until Christ restored the spiritual at the cross, and, after lifting the scepter from Judah ratified the spiritual spoken of in Jer. 31: 31 ff. And after the destruction of physical Israel Christ took His Bride, Rev. 19:7. The saving grace of God was as powerful during the time of Jacob, as it is now, the only difference was Jacob received grace; but could not receive total forgiveness for sins; they were rolled forward yearly by sacrifice. Secondly, his spirit was in bondage to Satan. The spiritual provided for redemption under the spiritual Covenant. The law of the Gospel demanded fulfillment.

            The Scriptures teach us that all the various parts of man’s salvation have been devised from the foundation of the world. The great Covenant of redemption between the persons of the Deity, in which the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit united to bring back the captives of Satan, was made before the world was created. The great sacrifice which the law of justice demanded after the interposition of the Son of God, for man, which this plan and Covenant of redemption provided, was then appointed, and for this Jesus is called the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

            The Book of life is another characteristic of the Gospel; this also was prepared in the beginning, and the saints are said to be those who are written in the lamb’s book of life from the foundation of the world. The everlasting home {Heaven} was then provided; for thus says Jesus of redeemed “ Then shall the king say to them on His right hand, come ye who are blessed of My Father, receive the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” In Matt. 25:34, we have another characteristic of the Gospel, which the unbeliever must deal with. Has that kingdom come yet? Luke 19:12-27 says yes, yes. Luke says even more about the Kingdom, about coming back during the lifetime of those He gave money for investment, he speaks of judgment upon the unfaithful, slay my enemies in my presence. Woe be to me if I am wrong but it seems as if all of the prophecy of Luke 1: 68-73 is being fulfilled before my own eyes.

            Where-ever you go and read with an open mind, laying aside tradition of the fathers, you will find evidence of fulfilled prophecy, in fact you will find that all of God’s plan has now been finished, and has become reality.

            The redeeming visit of the Lord God of Israel, of which Zacharias speaks, was planned and determined before the creation, and has been announced as the object of faith to the people who believes the account of Zacharias, and to the people of God, in every age since the world began. For Simeon said, “

For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,” Luke 2:25-35.

            We look at another characteristic of the Gospel, “For all the fullness dwells in Him.” The fullness dwells in Him when the Gospel is fulfilled. Col. 1: 16-19,” For in Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities, all things have been created through Him and for Him, and He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the Body, the Church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything. For it was the   Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him.” If you take a glass and fill it to the top with water, the glass is full; you cannot put more water in the glass. The same applies to Christ, when He had filled up the prophecy, and there was none left, the glass was full, and there is no room for more to be filled up. Another way to see the word fullness is to bring to pass, accomplish, and perform fully.

 Britannica World language. Funk and Wagnalls.

“Fullness” denotes fullness, that of which a thing is full; it is thus used of the grace and truth manifested in Christ, John 1:16; of all His virtues and excellencies, Eph. 4: 13; the end of an appointed time period, Gal. 4: 4; God in the completeness of His Being, Eph. 3: 19; Col. 1: 19; 2: 9. Vines Dictionary of New Testament words.

            Another characteristic of the Gospel. God said unto the serpent,” I will put enmity between thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head and thou shall bruise His heel.” Here was the first sign, the first Prophecy, a revelation of the Spiritual Covenant of grace, the Spiritual Covenant, which would be ratified by Christ. Notice here, this refers to the Covenant rejected by our first parents. What God has said was that Christ was the seed of woman that would bruise the head of the serpent, Christ would lay a death blow to Satan, the serpent of old, while the serpent would bruise the heel of Christ, he caused Christ to die on the cross, but little did he know that, Christ would be raised up on the third day, the serpent’s doom was at hand. So the prophecy of Zacharias is seen here as being fulfilled, the scepter will be removed from Judah Gen. 49:10, the old Covenant ready to disappear, Heb. 8: 13.

            So then, the prophecy of Zacharias being fulfilled, namely redemption, salvation, deliverance, Holiness, righteousness, the end of Israel as a physical nation.  It is unquestionable, that these things could have been accomplished without Christ appearing the second time. For according to Zacharias his people were eagerly awaiting salvation by way of peace, there could be no peace in Israel, until the scepter was removed from Judah, therefore Zacharias speaks in terms of peace from his enemies, the Jews were his enemies. Christ comes the second time to accomplish the removal of all Israel. Heb 9:28, The righteous that Zacharias has in mind, called the remnant, Christ also acted in their behalf, during the war, Christ went into Jerusalem and led the righteous out, without the Roman army seeing, or hearing them go out of the city, the gates were opened, and the Roman army surrounded the whole city, Christ took them out to safety Micah 2:12-13.

            In this part 3 of the Gospel, I have relied upon the Bible itself to support any claim I have made, however at the closing I will give evidence of an ancient writer about AD 296. Athanasius the great defender of early teaching in the Church, said some incredibly unorthodox things in regards to fulfillment about AD 70, of the resurrection of the dead Christ’s return, and the full completion of God’s revelation. “ For now that He has come to our realm and taken up His abode in one body among His peers, henceforth the whole conspiracy of the enemy against mankind is checked and the corruption of death, which before was prevailing against them, is done away. For the race of men had gone to ruin, had not the Lord and Saviour of all, the Son of God come among us to meet the end of death.” [Anthanasius on the Incarnation of the word, section 9, verse 4: cf.}

            Perhaps with regard to the other prophecies, the Jews may be able to even find excuses and to put off what is written to a future time. But what can they say to Daniel’s 70 weeks? Or can they face it at all? Where not only is the Christ referred to but also Holies; and Jerusalem is to stand till His coming and henceforth prophet and vision cease in Israel. {Anthanasius on the incarnation of the world, section 37, V-3 cf. Dan. 9:24}. And this was why Jerusalem stood till then, namely that there they might be exercised in the types as a preparation for the reality. From that time forth all prophecy is sealed and the city and temple taken. Why are the Jews so irreligious and so perverse as to see what has happened and yet to deny Christ, who has brought it all to pass? What then has not come to pass that the Christ must do? What is left unfulfilled? {Athanasius on the incarnation of the world, section 40, verses 1-8.}

            What then has not been fulfilled? That Christ must come to fulfill? What is left unfulfilled? {Athanasius the Festal Letters IV No. 9-12}.


Jessie E. Mills PH.D


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