Saturday, January 12, 2019

Paul did not preach a different gospel

There is only one gospel that saves and
that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the same gospel that was
preached by all the apostles, including the apostle Paul. Many
suggest that Paul preached a different gospel, but that is not true.
Even during his time, there were people
who claimed to be followers of Paul which he strongly resisted. He
wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:11-17. “For I have been informed
concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that
there are quarrels among you. 12Now I mean this, that each one
of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I
of Cephas,” and “I of Christ.”13Has Christ been divided? Paul
was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name
of Paul?14I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and
Gaius, 15so that no one would say you were baptized in my
name. 16Now I did baptize also the household of Stephanas;
beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any other. 17For
Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in
cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made
Many people refuse to be baptized
because Paul said that Christ did not send him to baptize. Paul
Himself was baptized immediately after he was called by Jesus as he
also testified in Acts 22:16. Paul only baptized some, but all those
who believed were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Paul wrote in 1 Cor.1:18 “For the
word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to
us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Paul was not
talking about believing in the cross of Jesus as so many wrongly
preach, he was talking about doing as Jesus commanded, denying
yourself, picking up your own cross and following Jesus. He did not
repeat the words of Jesus in his letters, as he had already preached
the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Corinthians and were reminding them
of the power of obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ.
 Paul wrote
1 Corinthians 2:1”And when I came to you, brethren, I did
not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you
weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 4and my message and
my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in
demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5so that your faith
would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.“ Paul
did not preach himself, or his own gospel, He preached Jesus Christ
and obedience to Him.
Paul wrote in Romans 1:16 “For I am
not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation
to everyone who believes.” The gospel of Jesus Christ manifests
powerfully through those who believe and obey the words of Jesus, as
Jesus said it would be. When people believe, repent and are baptized,
they are forgiven of sin, delivered from addictions and demon
possession. Jesus said to His disciples:“Go into all the world and
preach the gospel to all creation. 16“He who has believed and
has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be
BELIEVED: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with
new tongues; 18they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any
deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands
on the sick, and they will recover.”Mark 16:15-18. The absence of
the manifestation of the POWER OF THE GOSPEL in modern day
Christianity indicates that modern day Christians have never
believed, because they do not OBEY the gospel of Jesus Christ. They
refuse to repent, refuse to stop sinning and be holy. They refuse to
be baptized in water and that is why the power of the gospel is not
manifested through them.
Paul was a Jew, he was a pharisee when
Jesus called him, but he did not preach or teach the Torah, the old
testament Laws and Prophets. He preached Jesus Christ and His
commandments, obedience to Him, His words, His Holy Spirit. He wrote
in Romans 8:14 “Those who are being led by the Spirit of God, they
are the sons of God.
Jesus' disciples were all Jews, but
they did not preach the Old testament law. They preached the gospel
of Jesus Christ, the things that He had taught and commanded them.
OBEDIENCE to the gospel of Jesus Christ
is CENTRAL and ESSENTIAL for those who believe. Faith without
obedience is futile Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 1 :7,8 “When the
Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in
flaming fire,8dealing out retribution to those who do not know God
the gospel of Paul, the gospel of Jesus Christ, His words, His
commands. Those who do not know and obey Jesus Christ will NOT enter
heaven. They will be thrown into HELL.

The so called grace gospel that is
preached by many is not the gospel that Paul preached. There is no
room for sin, immorality and disobedience in the gospel of Jesus
Christ. The words of Paul have been twisted to create a false grace
gospel that leads to damnation. The apostle Peter warned against such
deception in 2 Peter 3:14:18  “Therefore, beloved, since you
look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace,
spotless and blameless, 15and regard the patience of our
Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul,
according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16as also in
all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which
are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable
distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to
their own destruction. 17You therefore, beloved, knowing this
beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the
error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18BUT
GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Growing in grace and knowledge of Jesus only occurs when we follow
Him closely.
We also have a warning regarding the so
called Grace Gospel in Jude 1:4 “ 4For certain men have crept
in among you unnoticed—ungodly ones who were designated long ago
for condemnation. They turn the grace of our God into a license for
immorality, and they deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. “
Paul also warned Timothy in 2 Timothy
3:1-5 “1But realize this, that in the last days difficult times
will come. 2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money,
boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful,
unholy, 3unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without
self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4treacherous, reckless,
conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5holding
to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid
such men as these.“
The so called Grace Gospel, once saved
always saved, is a damnable heresy that many attribute to Paul. Paul
preached, obeyed and followed Jesus Christ, until his death. Paul led
believers to Jesus, holiness and obedience to Him and His words.
Paul did not preach a different gospel
to the gentiles and he was not the only one that preached to the
gentiles. Jesus commanded His disciples:“All authority has been
given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19“Go therefore and make
disciples of ALL THE NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to
observe all that I commanded you;”Matthew 28:18-20.  He
said:”Make disciples of ALL nations.”
There is only one gospel that saves,
for Jews and gentiles, and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Those
who disobey Jesus will perish. The words of Jesus are recorded in the
gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Obey Jesus. Repent and be
baptized and He will reveal Himself to you and you will know Him for
real. Follow Him until the end and you will have eternal life.
May Jesus bless you.

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