From the beginning, the gospel writers refer to Yeshua (Jesus) as the Son of God. John 1:29 refers to him as “…the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (KJV) As maybe the most quoted verse in the New Testament, John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should no perish, but have everlasting life.” (KJV) Note how these verses, and others, refer to Yeshua (Jesus) as being the savior of the “world.” This refers to those outside the Jewish community, the gentiles.
This is the problem Nicodemus had when Yeshua (Jesus) said in John 3:3, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (KJV) He was referring to gentiles. Nicodemus could not understand how a gentile could be saved. This is the “mystery” Paul writes about in his epistles. All this leads to the conclusion that Yeshua (Jesus) came as the Messiah to the gentiles, not to the Jews.
What does the word, messiah, mean? The basis of the word is “anointed.” This clearly defines the purpose of the Son of God’s coming into the world. At the right time, God sent his Son into the world, as stated in Romans 5:6, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (KJV) Also Romans 5:10 states, “For if, when we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled , we shall be saved by his life.” (KJV) The conclusion of the Messiah’s work is to cause every believer to espouse the statement of Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (KJV)
So how does one become a believer? He or she must acknowledge before God and man belief in the gospel. And what is the gospel? 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 succinctly states the gospel as: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” (KJV) One must first acknowledge before God that he or she is a sinner and ask God for forgiveness and acceptance. Acknowledgement before fellow believers is the next step. Unless providentially hindered, public baptism should follow.
This I believe!