Now is the time to stand up and be counted!

In my posting last week “The New Testament is not need for salvation” I argued that our New Testament scriptures were not necessary for a person to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus.  I advocated that in the Law of Moses and the Prophets the Gospel of Grace is revealed.  This grace is a righteousness that is given to those who live by faith in the hope held out in Law of Moses and the Prophets.  This idea of a righteousness revealed in the Old Testament is not my idea alone, I have stolen it from a man who knows better than I concerning the matter.

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:[1]

What has been manifested in Christ has a witness to the truth of Christ.  We today assume this witness is from the New Testament.  We consider not the gospel of the faith found in the Law of Moses and the Prophets.  Even though the New Testament does witness to the manifestation of Christ it is not the witness that has the authority to validate and commend Christ to us.  This authority only comes from the Law of Moses and the Prophets.

Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:[2]

Paul himself has testified to the truth of the Gospel of Faith found in the Law of Moses and the Prophets.  Outside of the New Testament a righteousness apart from the Law is revealed.  Paul confesses that this idea is not his own, that he too has stolen this idea from those who knew better than him concerning the matter.  He says he has said nothing of himself, but only what Moses and the Prophets had spoken about the Gospel of Faith concerning the manifestation of Christ.

Someone has to be wrong.  Either I am wrong, as my critics contend, for I have stolen another idea not my own, that those at Mt. Sinai had the same gospel preached to them as we do to us today.  Or my critics are wrong, who justify their doctrine from the conclusions of other men, even though scripture testifies to the contrary, they contend our gospel was not preached at Mt. Sinai.

For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.[3]

Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:[4]

What can I boast of?  I have not spoken or defended any original revelation from myself.  I have only defended what was already spoken of concerning Moses and the Prophets, in my defense of the Gospel of Grace, the faith of the Law, not the Law of the faith, found in the Old Testament.  It is a funny thing that I am considered a heretic and a spreader of heresy because I contend for another man’s understanding of the gospel commended by the Moses and the Prophets and not the gospel presented by other men and commended by theologians.  So what heresy do you choose to believe? 

But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:[5]

Paul as a defender of “The Way” is a believer of all that is written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets.  Why don’t we today?  The very authority of Paul to commend Christ to someone was not the story of Christ although witnessed by Paul.  Paul’s punch line to convince men of Christ was the prophets (Moses being the greatest of these).

King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.  Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.[6]

To my critics I am a man who lacks all understanding of scripture.  They tell me over and over that I lack all doctrine, that I need to study what they have come to believe.  One has even questioned my belonging to the faith.  What I advocate, words not my own, they cannot understand.  But what is so hard to believe about what is written.  Not only is the witness in Moses and the Prophets true, that a righteousness apart from the Law is revealed, how about the Old Testament witnessing that anyone who believes in the promised redeemer shall receive forgiveness of sin?  Are my critics ready to accept that Gospel of Grace, the Faith of the Law, not the Law of the faith, as the gospel proclaimed in the Old Testament?  The same gospel we receive today!

To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.[7]

I advocate the gospel Paul preached and I am the heretic.  Others boast of the power of God unto salvation in Paul’s gospel yet they reject the gospel he preached from.  Our gospel found in the Law of Moses and the Prophets.

Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:[8]

It is easy to discount me for I am a man of no effect.  I only steal other men’s understanding of the gospel and they in turn are only repeating what they heard.  It is apparent to my critics that I proclaim no truth and no scriptural doctrine. 

But what about you?  Are you ready to believe a gospel that is considered a heresy in our modern day?  Will you abandon the theologian and steal the ideas of other men as those of your own?  Will you commit your life to the gospel found in scripture or that of a theologian?  Will you defend The Gospel According to the Gospel by speaking out for it, or will you shrink back from the hope held out in the gospel?  Now is the time to stand up and be counted!

[1] Romans 3:21-22

[2] Acts 26:22

[3] Hebrews 4:2

[4] Hebrews 4:6

[5] Acts 24:14                                                                                                                

[6] Acts 26:27

[7] Acts 10:43

[8] Romans 16:25-26

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