We have a very Jewish Gospel
I read a post on Henry’s web site called “Do the Jews need Jesus Christ for salvation?” that shows how bad the understanding of our gospel has gotten in large mainstream churches. I commented on his post the following material since my response to his post is at the heart of The Gospel According to the Gospel. Please feel free to read other of Henry’s material. I do not give out such a referral lightly.
I read your post and I was taken back by what you had said about this teaching. What stuck out to me was, “the gospel was given to non-Jews only.” For anyone to say or believe this leads me to believe they do not understand their own gospel.
Who do these men think had the gospel preached to them? The writers of Hebrews understood the gospel to have already been preached to the Jews at Mt. Sinai.
(Heb 4:2 NIV) For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.
(Heb 4:6 NIV) It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience.
The disciples recognized our gospel from the Law of Moses and the prophets when they saw Jesus.
(John 1:45 NIV) Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
Jesus Himself said,
(Luke 24:44 NIV) He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
(Luke 24:27 NIV) And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
This is not even all the verses in our New Testament that speaks of our gospel, the testimony of Jesus Christ, found in the Law of Moses. How can anyone say, “The gospel was given to non-Jews only?” According to the testimony of our New Testament, the Jews were the first ones to receive our gospel.
Even Abraham their and our father had the gospel foretold to him.
(Gal 3:8 NIV) The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”
If we do not think Abraham understood the gospel we have today, if we don’t think he understood through whom we have our hope, listen to Jesus’ testimony of the gospel announced in advance to Abraham.
(John 8:56 NIV) Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
Abraham not only saw Jesus’ day that we now get to look back to and yet look forward too, he had received the benefit of the hope of one who believes the gospel message.
(Rom 4:3 NIV) What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Not only was Abraham credit a righteousness by faith, which most Christians think is an New Testament phenomena only, our gospel further testifies,
(Rom 4:11 NIV) And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.
And now through Christ, we gentiles don’t simply get to have a gospel that “was given to non-Jews only”, instead we get to share in this very Jewish gospel. We get to share in the gospel announced in advance to Abraham, which he saw Jesus, and the righteousness that comes by faith.
(Gal 3:14 NIV) He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is now our sign or the seal of righteousness that we have under our better promises that even Moses wrote about and we get to share in this Abrahamic blessing
(Eph 1:13 NIV) And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
In fact I would say our gospel is very Jewish and only for Abraham’s descendants. That is why we believers in Christ are now Abraham’s children. If you are not identified as Abraham’s child you do not participate in this very Jewish gospel.
(Heb 2:14-16 NIV) Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil– and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.
It is so amazing to me how the church has so perverted our gospel and where it is to be found and to whom it was promised. No wonder what is preached in many pulpits regarding our gospel of salvation is not found in scripture. How much more our hope of salvation?
It is long past the time we need to get the facts concerning our gospel and understand we have been grafted into a Jewish gospel.