Complete Gospel Tract Titles

Gospel Tract List
1. How I Received the Holy Ghost
2. Jesus Is Coming Again
3. You Must Be Born Again
4. Stir Up the Gift of God
5. The World's Most Dreaded Hour
6. What is Salvation?
7. Stand Still in Jordan
8. The Returned Father
9. Grieved Hearts
10. The Second Death
11. The Father and the Son
12. Suffering and the Saints
13. Cancer Conquered
14. The Church?
15. How Shall They Preach, Except They Be Sent?
16. Have You Received the Holy Ghost Since You Believed?
17. Patience
18. Alone With God
19. Tithes and Offerings
20. Prayer
21. The True Sabbath
22. The Besetting Sin
23. Saving Strength
24. What Will the Harvest Be?
25. Marriage and Divorce
26. Taking the Name of the Lord
27. Keys to the Kingdom
28. Works
29. Politics and Believers
30. Unequally Yoked in Marriage
31. Unequally Yoked in Worship
32. The Forgiven Woman
33. The New Earth
34. The Sin of Silence
35. Freedom
36. Gods of the Gentiles
37. Why Some Are Not Healed
38. The Seven Pillars
39. Life, More Abundantly
40. Fear
41. The Comforter’s Testimony
42. This is My Friend
43. Conversion
44. The Time Is Drawing Near?
45. Songs in the Night
46. The Master's Net
47. Trials are Opportunities
48. Receiving the Messenger
49. Seven Messages to the Seven Pastors
50. Keep Yourself Pure
51. Jezreel
52. The New Birth
53. Denying Jesus
54. Bruised Reeds
56. The Wise and the Foolish
57. Holiness
58. Is Jesus God?
59. Christ or Christianity
60. Have Faith In God
63. Four Kinds of Soil
64. Communion
66. Baptism
69. Crucified With Christ
70. Homosexuality and the Bible
71. The Kingdom of God
72. The Gospel of Christ
77. Sanctification
78. New Commandments
79. The Sacrifice of Christ
81. Speaking in Tongues
87. Antichrist
88. The Way of Grace
90. Relationships
93. Subdued
94. The Spirit of Christ
95. The Blood of Christ
96. Spirit of a Serpent, Spirit of a Dove
97. Gluttony
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Gospel Tract #72

The Gospel of Christ

by George C. Clark

"I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,
for it is the power of God
Romans 1:16

There are, unfortunately, multitudes whose understanding is that the Bible is the gospel of Christ. This, according to Paul's words in our text, obviously is not true. The gospel, said Paul, is the power of God. The Bible is a tool given by God to lead people to the gospel. Paul wrote to Timothy (2Tim. 3:15), "From childhood, you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise concerning salvation." This same apostle goes on to say, "All scripture is inspired by God, and useful for doctrine, for verification, for improvement, for instruction in righteousness." Paul says also that "whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope" (Rom. 15:4). Every true believer has found the preceding statements of Paul to be nothing less than absolute truth.

Paul insisted that the gospel of Christ is in power, not in word (1Cor. 4:20). To the apostles, where there was no miracle-working power, there was no gospel. We see a large number of people today who, like the Pharisees of old, love the scriptures but hate the gospel itself, the power of God. Such religious people do not understand that their attitude toward the power of God, not their attitude toward the Bible, reveals their real spiritual condition.

Both the scriptures and the gospel lead us to salvation; yet, they are not the self-same thing. Jesus used the scriptures and preached the gospel. But the gospel is the power of God, and the scriptures are the inspired writings that tell about this power.

To be sure, the gospel, or the power of God, would be inconceivable to any of us who had not first heard about it through the scriptures, directly or indirectly; still, the scriptures themselves are not the gospel; they merely tell about it. In speaking about the Gentiles' first hearing the gospel, Peter said, "God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel and believe" (Acts 15:7). The gospel came, in this case, from Peter's mouth; and if we read in Acts 10 of the event itself, we find that at no time did Peter quote a single scripture when those Gentiles heard the word. Peter was moved to speak by the power of the Spirit. Yes, my brother, the gospel is preached, as Peter himself said, "with the holy Spirit sent down from heaven", not with a book. Paul agreed, saying, "Our gospel did not come to you in word only but also in power" (1Thess. 1:5).

Now, what did that devoted servant of our Lord mean by the word power? Not a few have said that the word power used here by Paul referred to his chain of convincing thoughts, which his great mind was able to produce, or his oratorical excellence. But we need only to hear Paul's own words to prove this wrong. Paul said, "And I, brothers, when I came to you, I did not come with lofty speech or wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. . . . And my message and my preaching were not with enticing words of human wisdom, but with demonstration of the spirit and power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God" (1Cor. 2:1, 4-5).

It is amazing how many people have put their faith in the wisdom of men and their heretical theologies rather than in the power of God. Most Christian churches entirely omit the power of God, the real gospel, using instead the "word only" system. "These be they," Jude reminds us, "who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit." (Jude 19).

Turn with me now to see what is meant by the term "the power of God", since that is what the true gospel of Christ is. In Matthew 10:1, we read: "When he [Jesus] had called together his twelve disciples, he gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every sickness." This is, indeed, what Paul meant when he said he came not with excellency of speech, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power. Certainly, we all know that Paul preached the same gospel that Jesus did. If not, Jesus would never have said: "He who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these will he do because I go to the Father" (Jn. 14:12).

The apostle Paul must be credited with coining the phrase, "full gospel". We gather this by reading his statement in Romans 15:19, in which he declares, "I have fully preached the gospel of Christ." Now, if Paul fully preached the gospel, then, without doubt, he must have preached the full gospel. This same great man of God, as we shall now see, clearly expressed himself, as to what he thought of one's not preaching the full gospel. Here are his words, and they are quite appropriate to those today who are in "word only" telling about Christ and his miraculous deeds, and the mighty acts of the apostles. Listen once more, my reader, to this flaming evangelist, as he asserts, "I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not wrought by me" (Rom. 15:18).

Here, Paul is saying, in effect, that "The hard-working farmer ought to be first to partake of the fruit" (2Tim. 2:6). In other words, one must receive something before he can give it. One can only bear witness to Christ to the extent that he knows his power.

This same apostle gives us a timely warning in his letter to the Galatians by saying, "There are certain men who are troubling you, determined to alter the gospel of Christ" (Gal. 1:7). One has only to look about today to see such perversion, as well as the multitudes that are being misled by it. I wholeheartedly agree with Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians when he maintained that "If our gospel [the full gospel] be hidden, it is hidden from those who are lost, among whom the god of this world has blinded their unbelieving minds so that they cannot behold the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God" (2Cor. 4:3-4).

Sent by Whom?

Matthew (4:23) tells us that "Jesus traveled about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, AND declaring the good news of the kingdom, AND healing every disease and every sickness." This, my reader, is the gospel of Christ, the true, full gospel, the gospel that Paul had in mind in Romans 10:15 when he asked that profound question: "How shall they preach, except they be sent?" Sent by whom? That is the question, my reader. Turning now to the Scriptures, let us see if we can find the answer.

In Matthew 10:1, 5-8, we read: "When he [Jesus] had called together his twelve disciples, he gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every sickness. These twelve Jesus sent out, after he had charged them, saying, "Don't go the way of Gentiles, and don't go into a Samaritan city; go instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick; raise the dead; cleanse the leapers; cast out demons. Freely you've received; freely give."

This same apostolic gospel is for us today. Needless to say, thousands upon thousands have established a "word only" ministry of their own, a ministry without the power and signs that Jesus said would follow all true believers. Surely, our Lord intended for the unrepealable gospel, which he preached, to be preached and practiced by all those who believe on him. He clearly expressed this sentiment when he said to his disciples after his resurrection, "Go into all the world, and preach the gospel [the power of God] to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be damned. These signs will accompany those who believe: In my name, they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will by no means harm them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will be made well" (Mk. 16:15-18).

"THIS GOSPEL of the kingdom," Jesus declared in Matthew 24:14, " will be preached in all the earth for a witness to all nations; and then, the end will come." Jesus, our great living Intercessor, knew only too well that the scriptures, alone, will never bring conviction on the hearts of people. Nothing but the liberating power of God avails to that end.

My reader, when the real gospel of Christ is preached, miracles happen. In other words, the power of God, when at work, produces miracles. Paul, in 1Corinthians 12:10, calls the preaching of the gospel, "The working of miracles." In his letter to Titus, Paul mentioned a class of people who "profess to know God, but by works, they deny Him" (Titus 1:16). Oh, how many thousands there are today who are saying that they know the Lord; yet, they are denying the works and signs which Jesus said should follow those who believe on him! No sooner do we speak of the disciples of Christ than we are compelled to recall the powerful experience they received at Pentecost and thereafter taught to their followers. May God help us to do as well as they did in communicating to mankind the true, full gospel of Christ! Amen!