Of whose seed is Jesus?

Here at The Gospel According to the Gospel I admittedly advocate a gospel that is different than what we have preached to us in churches.  I believe scripture teaches that we gentiles are grafted into a covenant of righteousness that did not start with Christ, but Abraham.  I have written extensively of how we gentiles are now included in this blessing through Christ who has become our minister of circumcision.  This sounds so offensive to many, but I have put scripture and verse on these beliefs of mine.

I believe that I defend the gospel that Paul was preaching in the last book of Acts towards the end of His life, when He finally made it to Rome.  In Rome he preached our New Testament gospel from the Law of Moses and the prophets.  I have written how his gospel preached in Rome from the books of Moses is found in his writings.  Even the above paragraph is part of this gospel.

I have marveled on page how this gospel that Paul preached from the books of Moses has been overlooked and offends us who say we put our hope in the gospel.  I have written how Abraham is used as our example of faith, our example of righteousness that comes from faith.  He was the one given the covenant with God that we gentiles now share in.  How God did not come to make gentiles believers in and of themselves, but believers through the promise and blessing given to Abraham.  This is why we are called the children of Abraham who are not the children of Abraham.

I could go on about how he is our example of hope in the promises of God.  How he did not even receive one square foot of ground from God but he did not wavier in his faith, because he his confidence was not in the fulfilled promise but the one who made the promise, yet to be fulfilled.  I believe this directly relates to us in our hope of salvation.  This of course sends people over the edge. 

They can not imagine that in our gospel God speaks things that are not as if they were.  They reject the idea that we have faith in the promise of salvation, they instead say we have faith in what we have, even though scripture teaches the opposite.  Scripture is clear faith is hope put in what we do not have, what is unseen, unfulfilled but promised by God.

It is for this gospel that not only I but my wife has been greatly abused by other believers.  I am called dangerous.  Because of this belief in what I read in scripture my family has been cut off from other believers.  And they do this justifying their positions by letting me know they don’t want to talk about it.  At all!  So we can not come together as believers to discus God’s word, for apparently I have gotten my information from a source other than scripture.

I doubt any believer goes to God more than I do concerning what they believe.  I go back and back and back to God asking Him if I have His one true gospel of scripture.  If I don’t I plead with Him to give it to me.  I with an open heart ask Him to change my understanding of scripture if I believe in something wrong.  But if He has me on the right track, I want Him to confirm it to me again.

I can not read scriptures without being unsuspectedly jumped by the word of God.  What I have given a brief summary of keeps popping off the pages when I read.  I can not escape it.  It is always there before my eyes.

I am reading in the book of Hebrews and I am reading about Jesus and how He is lower than the angels and made perfect through suffering.  How all things are subject to Him now but not all things are seen under subjection to Him yet.  Reading on I come across a description of Jesus.  It says that Jesus is the seed of man?  How about the seed of Adam?  Maybe it would be a seed of Noah, since all mankind comes from him too?  No, it was not to any of these that the writer of Hebrews says Jesus is a seed of.  Scripture teaches Jesus did not take on the nature of angles but He took on himself the seed of Abraham.

For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.[1]

Jesus took on Himself the seed of him to whom the promise was given.  He took on Himself the seed of him whom Paul teaches was given a seal of righteousness called circumcision.  Jesus took on Himself the seed of him who we gentiles are now the seed of through Christ.  Jesus has ministered to us gentiles and the Jew as a minister of circumcision given to Abraham, when He took on the seed of Abraham.

And why the seed of Abraham?  Abraham and his offspring were given the covenant of righteousness in circumcision and his descendents the Law through Moses.  The Law being a shadow of Christ pointed to the day that Christ would be our high priest and make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  God was showing through the Law until the time of Christ, how God would fulfill the promise of imputed righteousness in circumcision for the sins of the people.  This is why Paul calls Him the minister of circumcision.

Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.[2]

There is no other people group who has this promise, this covenant from God that Jesus could be the seed of.  God wouldn’t want His Son to be the seed of Adam or man because there is no covenant there.  This is why our gospel talks so much of Abraham, circumcision and faith in what is hoped in. 

This gospel will not let me escape its grasp.  Even when I time after time after time go before God in serious pray, asking Him to give me the true gospel if I have fallen astray.

Those who are so quick to be repulsed by my beliefs and understanding of the gospel, even though I present scripture upon scripture upon scripture to you, did not pray once to ask God to examine you or to give you His one true gospel.  But you sure are quick to rebuke me for a gospel that begins with Abraham.

Instead of defending what you know, why don’t you go to God with the scripture I present to you concerning what Paul preached from the Law of Moses and the prophets and ask Him if maybe you have not understood scripture.  Instead of immediate criticism why don’t you spend time before the Lord?  After all, is it not the goal to know the revelation of God through scripture?  Or to argue what we know and ignore scripture?

[1] Hebrews 2:16

[2] Hebrews 2:17

Hot off the presses!

Nothing new here

The Word of God became flesh and dwelt amongst men.  He was obedient to the Father even unto death.  Now raised to life and ascended into heaven, sitting at the right hand of God the Father.  With such a great testimony of how God redeemed mankind from their sins, what was the message that was being spread as fast as they could?  What message was so hot off the presses, they made haste to spread this good news?

Concerning us gentiles, did the delivery boys look for new sources to proclaim the gospel?  Did they sit down with eye witnesses to give an account of all they knew and could gather concerning what took place?  Or was that done latter so the believers in the message, hot off the presses, could have a better account of the events they believed.  Don’t we call these the four gospels?

So if the delivery boys with the greatest news to come to mankind didn’t travel with the four gospels hot off the presses as a testimony to what had taken place, what did these men deliver to those who heard their message.  It was old articles and from dusty old news that these boys were peddling.  Nothing new and pristine was commended to the people to put their trust in, but the old and stuffy.

Peter after speaking to the gentiles by giving a short paragraph of an eye witness account, whips out the old news print at the household of Cornelius.  He doesn’t quote anything from Mathew, Mark, Luke, John or even Jesus Himself.  Instead he invokes all the old news about what we consider a New Testament exclusive teaching.  He said all the old news already testified that everyone who believes in the messiah would receive forgiveness of sins.

All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”[1]

In fact the news these delivery boys were tasked to spread was so old and common, this old news print lying around concerning what they had to say was read every weekend.  It was as if they didn’t have a fresh Sabbath morning paper, so they read the old stuff lying around instead.

The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath.[2]

Now we today who have fresh news at our fingertips at any moment of the day toss aside this old news as Old Testament.  Who wants that?  We reject it because who wants to get our hands dirty from the ink of the Law from this old print.  But it was not rejected by the delivery boys.  Instead when standing before kings we learn the old printed stuff even the Law agrees with the gospel.

However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,[3]

Who was prompting these delivery boys to carry around old news print to proclaim what is hot off the presses?  What newspaper editor would want that kind of news circulation?

Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him–[4]

It was our eternal God who had commanded the revelation of Jesus Christ to come through the writings of the old news.  Not through something new hot off the presses.

Here at The Gospel According to the Gospel I advocate that we have a gospel that was first preached at Mt. Sinai as testified by our New Testament.  It further testifies that the message and hope of Jesus was found not only in the prophets but the Law of Moses.  I like to say, we put our hope in the faith of the Law not the Law of the faith.  Law of the faith is works and faith of the Law is our gospel of grace that all the prophets testify to. 

I advocate that we the church have wandered into many an error in our understanding of our gospel since we have made the assumption that grace started at the cross and not in the books of Moses.  See what the New Testament teaches about our gospel, that the church refuses to believe.  Please check out Uncommon Belief to see what our gospel really says.  After going there and reading you will conclude that I have not said anything beyond what the prophets and Moses said.

But I have had God’s help to this very day, and so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen–[5]

[1] Acts10:43

[2] Acts 13:27

[3] Acts 24:14

[4] Romans 16:25-26

[5] Acts 26:22

Are you ready to cry Uncle?

Here at The Gospel According to the Gospel I spend much time trying to persuade believers that their gospel didn’t start in the book of Matthew.  Instead it started with Abraham and was preached at Mt. Sinai as Hebrews teaches.  It is my hope that all will come to the understanding that those from Abraham on had the hope of salvation just as we find preached in our New Testament gospel.  So here is more proof from the New Testament to prove this.

Mary, when she went to see Elisabeth praised God for what He was doing.  She praised Him because God was acting in the remembrance of His mercy that He had spoken to Abraham.  Mary saw the birth of the savior as a fulfillment of the promise of mercy God made with our father Abraham.  Wonderfully this promise was for Abraham and all his seed forever!  Praise God!

For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.  And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.  He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.  He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.  He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.[1]

We also have Zacharias who prophesied of what God was doing with the coming of the savior.  Is it irony only that he saw this event the same as Mary, or did God actually announce the gospel in advance to Abraham as scripture teaches?  I am going with scripture on this one.  I say not only did God announce to Abraham our gospel He swore to Abraham He would perform this mercy.  Now Zacharias speaking by the Holy Spirit makes a testimony of this fact again, for us to gain understanding of this truth in our gospel.

To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,[2]

The first sermon after the Holy Ghost came upon the church brought up again this same fact.  So again we have scripture saying this promise of Christ was given as a covenant to Abraham.

Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.  Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.[3]

No wonder Jesus said Abraham rejoiced at he thought of seeing His day.  Abraham knew what mercies God would give through His covenant that He swore to Abraham.

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.[4]

So are we going to change our profession of faith and our understanding of our gospel?  Are we finally going to admit our gospel was preached and hoped in and believed in long before the book of Matthew?  Are your now ready to cry uncle, and confess that we do not believe in a New Testament gospel, but one promised to Abraham?  Let’s not resist the Holy Spirit who made it abundantly clear our gospel starts with the oath God swore to our father Abraham.  Cry Uncle!

[1] Luke 1:49-55

[2] Luke 1:72-73

[3] Acts 3:25-26

[4] John 8:56

I do believe, I do believe, I do believe, I do believe!

In order to better state the purpose of The Gospel According to the Gospel I have added a statement of belief page called Uncommon Belief.  It is my hope and purpose to help people see the gospel of scripture as taught in our New Testament scriptures.

My Book The Gospel According to the Gospel and my postings are dedicated to proving what I have written below.  So every time you read one of my postings you will see evidence of one or more of these statements of belief.

  1. The New Testament teaches, believers in Jesus Christ are not saved and have a hope of salvation.
  2. The New Testament teaches, faith is hoping for what we do not yet have.
  3. The New Testament teaches, into this hope we were saved.
  4. The New Testament teaches, no one hopes for what he has.
  5. The New Testament teaches, believers will be given their salvation when Christ returns.
  6. The New Testament teaches, believers need to remain in Christ in order to be saved at His coming.
  7. The New Testament teaches, believers waiting for their salvation can turn away from the faith that would have saved them.
  8. The New Testament teaches, God speaks things that are not as if they were in our gospel when it says we have been saved.
  9. The New Testament teaches, our gospel wasn’t first preached in the book of Matthew.
  10. The New Testament teaches, that our gospel we put our hope in for salvation was first preached at Mt. Sinai.
  11. The New Testament teaches, believers are credited righteousness.
  12. The New Testament teaches, believers will be given righteousness when Christ returns.
  13. The New Testament teaches, that our credited righteousness is nothing more than what God credited Abraham.
  14. The New Testament teaches, that it wasn’t through the cross that God introduced credited righteousness since this was done through Abraham.
  15. The New Testament teaches, that through Christ we share in the credited righteousness that God gave Abraham.
  16. The New Testament teaches, that the credited righteousness that was given to Abraham was for him and his descendants. 
  17. The New Testament teaches, we become Abraham’s descendants when we put our hope in Christ.
  18. The New Testament teaches the sign of credited righteousness in the Old Covenant is circumcision.
  19. The New Testament teaches the sign of the credited righteousness in the New Covenant is the deposit of the Holy Spirit.
  20. The New Testament teaches, we are eternally secure when Christ returns to give us our salvation.
  21. The New Testament teaches, that we did not go to plan “B” when Adam sinned.  We have been on plan “A” and forever will be on plan “A”.
  22. The New Testament teaches, there is a faith found in the Law.
  23. The New Testament teaches, those who put their hope in the faith found in the Law were credited the righteousness that God gave Abraham.
  24. The New Testament teaches, those who put their hope in the Law of the faith, reject God’s righteousness that comes by faith.

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.

And again,

(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.”

And again,

(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.

What blessings of Abraham do we share in?

Paul makes a very interesting statement in the book of Galatians.  He says that the purpose of Christ was to qualify us gentiles to receive what was given to Abraham.

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.[1]

This goes contrary to our church gospel, since we in church seam to assume that we New Testament believers get all the good stuff because of Christ, while those of the Old Testament were stuck with legalism.  However Paul, of whom we say we follow his doctrine, teaches something completely different than what we believe.

It isn’t that we as New Testament believers get all the good stuff and those poor saps of the Old Testament get all the inconsequential stuff.  We through Christ get to participate in what was a blessing to Abraham.  And what was Abraham blessed with?

What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”[2]

Abraham was blessed with imputed righteousness.  His blessing was God crediting him righteousness that he did not deserve.  So is his righteousness just like ours or is our righteousness just like his?

being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.  This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”  The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness–for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.[3]

We now get to share in this undeserved credited righteousness through Christ.  What God gave to Abraham and his descendants was also intended for us through His Son.  So it isn’t that the Old Testament saints only had available to them a righteousness through the Law.  They had it through faith as their circumcision testified too.  I talked more of this in yesterdays post “More proof in the pudding”.  So it is not that Abraham’s imputed righteousness is like ours.  Instead we get to share in Abraham’s blessing of imputed righteousness through Christ.

Now having a righteousness not our own just like our father Abraham and this through Christ, we too get to share in the Holy Spirit, just as Paul said in Galatians.

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, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.[4]

So let us rejoice in the true gospel of our salvation and reject the gospel that comes from church pulpits, who teach the Old Testament has become null and void.  For the truth of the matter is that what is found in the Old Testament is now shared with us through Christ.  And this is not the gospel according to man but The Gospel According to the Gospel.

Please go to “Abraham” to see more on this blessing given to our father Abraham that we now through Christ share in.

[1] Galatians 3:14

[2] Romans 4:3

[3] Romans 4:21-24

[4] Ephesians 1:13-14