This book presents what I consider to be Scripture’s essential teaching about thegospel. Seventh-day Adventists have emphasized the three angels’ messages, the very heart of which is “the everlasting gospel” to be proclaimed “to every nation, tribe, language, andpeople” (Revelation 14:6). But before we can proclaim this gospel, we must understandclearly what it is — its promise and its power. The implications of this gospel are almost beyond belief, both in the measure of God’s love and in His ability to change us. Yet it must become a living reality in our lives.Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as atestimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). Yet after almost 2,000 years, we must confess that God’s people have miserably failed to demonstrate thegospel, this mighty power revealed in Jesus Christ that can deliver us completely from thetyranny of sin and self. We live in the “perilous times” Paul predicted for the last days. Menand women have become “lovers of themselves, ... having a form of godliness, but denyingits power” (2 Timothy 3:2,5). The church today desperately needs revival (a renewedappreciation of truth) and reformation (a change in behavior). The starting point must be aclear understanding of Jesus and His gospel. This alone will bring sincere repentance and,in turn, open the way for the Holy Spirit to be poured out as at Pentecost.This book presents the plan of salvation in a new light and, therefore, will require thereader to put aside all preconceived ideas in order to appreciate its message. As Jesusdeclared to the disciples of John the Baptist, new wine cannot be put into old bottles (seeMatthew 9:17).For 400 years, Protestant Christianity has been divided into two camps regardingsalvation. The first, Calvinism, confesses that Christ actually saved human beings on thecross, but that this salvation is limited only to the elect, those whom God has predeterminedto be saved. The second view, Arminianism, holds that, on the cross, Christ obtainedsalvation for all humanity, but that this salvation is only a provision; a person must believeand repent for the provision to become a reality. Both these views are only conditionalgood news.I believe that neither camp presents the full truth about salvation. I believe that theBible teaches that God actually and unconditionally saved all humanity at the cross so that we are justified and reconciled to God by that act (see Romans 5:10, 18; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19). I believe that the only reason anyone will be lost is because he or she willfully andpersistently rejects God’s gift of salvation in Christ (see John 3:18, 36). This is what constitutes the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14, the everlasting gospel that must bepreached to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people before the end comes.That is the purpose of this book.This book is not for the casual reader. It is not designed to be read so much as studied.Its full value will come as you study it alongside the Bible. As you read each chapter, turn tothe texts that are cited; read them for yourself, in more than one translation, if possible.Then the truth as it is in Jesus will come to you directly from God’s Word.In studying the truth of the gospel, you will discover much that contradicts humanreasoning. This is because God’s Word is not a philosophy but a divine revelation. Reasonis important, but we must never substitute reason for revelation. Consider the followingtexts:
God’s ways and thoughts are far removed from our ways andthoughts.
1 Corinthians 1:17-18.
The gospel, like the cross, is foolishness to the natural mind.
The Holy Spirit, not our unaided reason, must guide us into truth.