In this passage, Clement of Rome claims several facts. (1)The gospel or good news of the Kingdom of God was the major Christian message. (2)This gospel had been given to the apostles by Jesus himself even as it came from God. (3)Jesus’ resurrection provided the assurance of the truthfulness of these teachings.

1 Therefore, some well-known works such as the Shepherd of Hermaswill not be included in this discussion at all, since it contains little that might be counted as historical information concerning Jesus.