In past and present times, the Church is commanded by Yeshua to go out and preach the Gospel, also referred to as the Good News. What it is the Good News? What is this message that we are commanded to preach?
Many followers believe the scripture Mark 16:15-16 ASV "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned," is the Gospel mesage. Verse 15 is the actual decree from Yeshua to go out and share the message (not the message itself). Verse 16 is the two possible outcomes of sharing the message, (1) belief and salvation or (2) disbelief and condemnation.
What is the Good News?
There are several verses within the New Testament in which Yeshua tells the apostles what to say (and do) when they are sharing the good news while traveling from town to town.
Naturally, as the Rabbi, Yeshua preached the message himself before he gave the decree to the disciples. His message was "repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." - Matthew 4:17 ASV "From that time began Jesus to preach, and to say, Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. "
In the book of Luke, Yeshua states the reason he was sent to earth was to preach the message of the approaching kingdom. - Luke 4:43 ASV "But he said unto them, I must preach the good tidings of the kingdom of God to the other cities also: for therefore was I sent."
As followers of Rabbi Yeshua, the disciples would have a mission similar to that of their teacher. Yeshua is recorded as telling the disciples to say to others, "the kingdom of heaven is at hand." - Matthew 10:7 ASV "And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Again, the disciples were told to inform the people about the Kingdom of God. - Luke 10:9 ASV "and heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you."
The message of The Good News, or the Gospel, according to the Bible is Matthew 3:2 ASV " repent ye; for the kingdom is at hand."
The bible gives two accounts of "the Good News" message shared by the apostles of Jesus.
John the Baptist is recorded in the book of Matthew as preaching the message of repentance and the Kingdom of God. - Matthew 3: 1-2 ASV "And in those days cometh John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, saying, Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
There is an account of the apostle Philip revealing the Message of the Kingdom of God as he travelled throughout Samaria, preaching and healing people. - Acts 8:12 ASV "But when they believed Philip preaching good tidings concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women."
The main application of the Good News of the Kingdom of God in the believer's life is (1) to repent. Scripture also tells us that , (2) baptism is an outward expression of a person to indicate that he or she has repented of his or her sin and has accepted Yeshua into his or her life and would like to partake in the upcoming Kingdom of God. Therefore baptism is the second step for the new believer. (3) As new apostles of the Yeshua, we are now to go out and share the Good News with others so they too can become partakers in the God.
Sharing the Good News is a major calling in the believer's life. As someone once shared the message with us, we must now help others hear the message and repent.
Scripture tells us "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." We must tell others about the Good News. Romans 10:17 ASV
1 - How does believing in Yeshua fit into the Message of the Good News of the Kingdom of God?
When a sinner repents, he or she is essentially requesting forgiveness from God. The Bible tells us that God is able to forgive us of our sins only by the shedding of blood. Hebrews 10:22 ASV " And according to the law, I may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and apart from shedding of blood there is no remission." The Bible also tells us that it was Yeshua's blood that was shed for man's sins. 1 Peter 1:18-19 ASV "knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers; but with precious blood, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, even (but with) the blood of Christ "
Yeshua's blood makes it possible for sinners to repent and enter the Kingdom of God. His innocent blood makes it possible for us to be forgiven by God.
2 - Should I get baptize after I repent?
It is important to note Yeshua was baptized. Luke 3:21 ASV "Now it came to pass, when all the people were baptized, that, Jesus also having been baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,"
Baptism is an outward showing of one's repentance and it allows for the opportunity to receive God's Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 ASV "And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. "
3 - How do I start accepting Yeshua and the Good News?
Repentance and prayer. Here's a simple prayer to pray. " Dear God, I am a sinner and I have sinned against thee. Please forgive me as I accept Yeshua, the holy and innocent Lamb who died to save me, as my personal Lord and Savior. Amen."
For further prayer we can follow Yeshua words to the disciples, Matthew 6:9-13 KJV "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."