Did the Law nullify the promise?

Hopefully I can better explain my position on the dispensation of the two covenants by addressing the comments that you have laid out. 

To begin with, I think Christianity as a whole, not every believer, looks at the Law with the wrong pair of glasses on.  When most consider the Law they think of the ordinances given at Mt. Sinai.  When I think of the Law, I see two divisions of the Law.  Not two divisions of what was given at Mt. Sinai.  But two divisions of what is written in the books of Moses.  I think this is where a lot of confusion comes from for those who wrestle to understand my position. 

I assume, when believers consider the Law as only those things spoken of at Mt. Sinai, they make incomplete connections of the doctrinal significance that our New Testament emphasizes concerning the covenant God gave Abraham. Continue reading

Changing the debate

Henry,

I do not know how much you read my blog, but I have been very desirous to converse specifically with you about things I see in scripture.  I wish to address your comments in a more formal manner than just another comment upon comment that sometimes gets overlooked.  Especially concerning such important fundamental truths about the hope held out to us in the gospel.  I hope my addresses to your comments will stir a lot of contemplation and a study of scripture by those who observe this conversation between brothers.

I wish to say, I like your summary of where the crux of the matter is for those who put their hope in Jesus Christ.  For this truly is the heart of the matter. 

“So of course where we are at is that those who desire to be sheep need to take heed that they are not complacent lest they become a instead goat – or they are living as a goat whilst assuming that they are a sheep. I think this is the crux of the matter.”

Ironically this is just one way scripture points to the truth of what you are saying.  In other cases it speaks of fruit and trees, again in other places it comes out and plainly speaks of believing in vain or falling from grace, etc.  Sadly though one half of Christianity believes these truths are not for them, the other half is completely unaware of these truths.  Leaving only a small minority who understand the truth you elaborated on and who strive to live by it. Continue reading

Accountability to what gospel?

What gospel are we as believers accountable to?  Are we accountable to a gospel that teaches we, as those on the narrow path, are forever in God’s grace and are bound to forever be in the presence of Christ?  Which is not a teaching of Christ, for Christ Himself said that not all who have left the wide path will find themselves going through the narrow gate.  In fact, Christ tells those on the narrow path to make every effort to make it through the narrow gate.  Of course the words “strive” or “make every effort” will throw many into confusions or fits, because our salvation is not of any effort of our own. 

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.[1]

Now I am with those who say our salvation has nothing to with us.  But only in this sense, God has done what we could not do to provide a way of salvation for mankind. Continue reading

Consequences of salvation

Gospel

In yesterdays post 1 Peter chapter one and the three tenses of salvation I talked about how Peter did not speak of three tenses of salvation as taught by the Calvinist.  That Peter saw election and God’s foreknowledge working with a gospel of hope unto one tense of salvation.  This salvation is a future event to come at Christ return.  It doesn’t even happen at the altar of conversion but becomes for us a living hope through the resurrection of Christ from the dead.

I felt the article was undone so I want to draw your attention to the new section entitled What does this mean for believers?  I encourage you to reread the whole article to grasp the whole consequence of the truth we see in the gospel of scripture compared to the gospel of men.  Then decide what gospel you will follow.  Also notice the link to my previous article, when rereading, called The three red flags on the three tenses of salvation in order to get an even wider range of scripture to consider when comparing the gospel of men to The Gospel According to the Gospel.

You decide, what will be your gospel?

1 Peter chapter one and the three tenses of salvation

I find 1 Peter chapter one a very interesting chapter.  It speaks of God’s foreknowledge, His election of the saints and our salvation.  But is Peter’s account of these three things in compliance with church doctrine? 

Peter calls the believers he was writing to as the elect and in doing this he adds according to the foreknowledge of God. 

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.[1]

There is an understanding in large portion of the church that this election that was done by the foreknowledge of God puts the believer in a state of eternal security.  That once converted there really is no more hope of salvation.  Instead what is taught is believers have gone from a state of been saved (elected by God’s foreknowledge) to a state of being saved (being born again).  According to this teaching the believer only needs to be saved at His coming.  This is called the three tenses of salvation.  Are saved, being saved and will be saved.

I have written about this before in my post Three red flags on the three tenses of salvation.  Now I would like to consider the three tenses of salvation from 1 Peter where we see Peter affirming election by God’s foreknowledge.

Right after his pronunciation of our election by God’s foreknowledge we see in the very next three verses exactly what we have been elected to by God’s foreknowledge. 

Peter taught we have been born again (begotten) by the mercy of God into a hope of a very real and living nature.  And because of this living hope Peter appropriately gives praise to God who is the Father of Jesus.  He did not praise Him because he had received anything.  Instead he praises Him because he knows and lives according to this hope.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,[2]

There is for us believers who have this hope, an inheritance kept for us in heaven which is sure and reliable.  Our hope in our election is not on some changing event or uncertain ability of God to deliver to us who hope.  Rather it is sure in the one who has made the promise.

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,[3]

Peter after telling the believers in his letter of the hope they have kept for them in heaven through the resurrection of Christ from the dead, doesn’t let his readers know they are saved.  Instead he says they are kept by the power of God though their faith unto salvation. 

Scripture screams of this hope and this faith in what we do not possess, yet hope for.  Instead we believers what to preach salvation as an event that comes at the point of conversion, not the hope that it is.  We take Peter’s statements about election and God’s foreknowledge and twist it to mean something that is not taught by Peter or any other writers of either Testaments.

Peter clearly teaches that as believers we have the power of God that keeps us in the promises of God through our faith.  By a faith that is as lively as our hope is, we wait for our salvation to be revealed to us at His appearing.

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.[4]

At His coming those who have been elected through the foreknowledge of God and remained in the faith of Christ will receive their salvation.  The promise will be fulfilled.  We will no longer hope for what we do not have, as Paul says.  We will no longer have to have a faith that hopes for what is not seen, as the writer of Hebrews says, for we will see Him on that day.  Our God who calls things that are not as if they were will no longer speak so concerning our salvation since our hope will be revealed and realized through Christ’s appearing. 

Because of this hope we can go through the trials of the next three verses because we know as we continue in our faith we are closer to our end of hope, even our salvation.  Peter says by living our faith in trails we can look forward to His praise and His glory and His honor.  Those of us who are elected and living for God, are living out in our lives the evidence of things not seen.  This is why Peter can so confidently say we are receiving not the beginning but the end of our faith, the very salvation of our souls.

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.[5]

This salvation, this hope this election by the foreknowledge of God was spoken of by the prophets.  As I said already, no writer of either Testaments teaches what is taught in the doctrine of the three tenses of salvation.  You won’t find this teaching in the Law of Moses or the Prophets and it is not taught in the New Testament. 

Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:[6]

Peter lets his readers know they are to live a sober in their lives and thinking as they hope to the end for the grace to be given unto them when Jesus comes as our King of Kings.  Since our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed as someone has once said and Peter speaks of this salvation as coming at the end of our faith.  Let us not do disservice his message and say we are waiting for the third tier of our salvation.  We are waiting for the one hope of grace unto salvation to be given to us when Christ returns.

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;[7]

What we do see in scripture is a hope in what is not seen.  Again, read my post The three red flags on the three tenses of salvation.

What does this mean for the believer?

Since scripture doesn’t teach there are three tenses of salvation and instead there is only one hope of salvation coming to us at Christ’s return, what does this mean for believers? 

What does it mean for believers that we were not saved simply because God knows and foreknows everything?  What does it mean that His foreknowledge of us receiving Christ as our savior is not the first tense of the three tenses of salvation?  Peter talked about election and God’s foreknowledge and still yet Peter talks about only one salvation, a future salvation coming to us who believe.  What does this mean if we bought into the three tenses of salvation?

What does it mean for believers who never heard of the three tenses of salvation but do believe they were saved at conversion?  What happens to the believer that realizes that scripture is not teaching the race was one at conversion, but rather at Christ’s return?  What happens to a believer’s confidence in what they been told by the church, when the Holy Spirit reveals to them the true teaching of our gospel?

What they should do is praise God!  They should rejoice that God so loves them that He does not leave them in their stupor of anti-gospel.  A gospel that tells them they are saved at conversion and no longer need to hope in what they do not see.  A gospel that teaches them they don’t have to remain steadfast to the end in order to make their hope sure.

And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:[1]

It is for no reason that the writer of Hebrews warns believers in Christ Jesus about falling away from the faith into which they were born again.  Don’t listen to the Calvinist who say the word “if” in Hebrews means “since it is impossible”.  If the word “if” means “since it is impossible” why can’t we find one translation that interpreted it that way?  Ask the Holy Spirit who to listen to, the Calvinist or the Word of God?

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.[2]

If this Word of God is witnessed to you by the Holy Spirit, rejoice in the God who loves you and is still speaking to you through His Word.  We get to be like Abraham who did not hope in something he possessed, rather his hope was in the promises of God that he did not see.

For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.[3]

We too need to patiently endure to the end to see the promises of God given to us in our hope of salvation.  It is not those who have what was promised who have faith like Abraham.  It is those who hope in what was promised and endure patiently for this promise who have faith like Abraham.

And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.[4]

If the light of the true Gospel According to the Gospel, not according to men, has shined its light on your hearts, then obey this gospel.  Know, live and run the race to the end.  Knowing that you have a hope of salvation, do not fall away from the gospel that could have saved you.  Do not shipwreck your faith.  And for Pete’s sake don’t let the gospel according to men cause you to shipwreck others faith by telling them salvation comes at the altar of conversion. 

Don’t put their mind at ease with the anti-gospel when it needs to be at its sharpest.  Let those who hear of your hope in Christ, love God with all their mind, heart and strength.  Give them what they need to live a life worthy of their calling unto salvation to the end. 

The anti-gospel of men is there to bring about death by causing men to assume they have salvation when they do not.  It is there to cause men to not live out their hope to the end, so they will with hardened hearts treat the gospel as finished instead of being manifested in their lives until their race is done.

Reject the gospel of men and embrace the gospel as God has given it to us in His word.  Let me know if the Holy Spirit bears witness with your spirit concerning our one true gospel of hope found in scripture.


[1] Hebrews 6:11

[2] Hebrews 6:4-6

[3] Hebrews 6:13-15

[4] Romans 4:12


[1] 1 Peter 1:2

[2] 1 Peter 1:3

[3] 1 Peter 1:4

[4] 1 Peter 1:5

[5] 1 Peter 1:9

[6] 1 Peter 1:10

[7] 1 Peter 1:13

Gospel or not, that is the question

This post is written in response to those who say I do not preach the gospel.  But as you read, ask yourself, Is this the gospel?  Let me know what you think.

I can not imagine there is anybody who says they follow Christ who knowingly or deliberately follows a heresy.  Men become convinced of their beliefs with strong convictions based on what they have come to know.  Yet we know there are many false teachings in Christendom.  Even though there is a multitude of people chasing after these false teachings, they are convinced they are following a true teaching of scripture.  But alas convictions do not make truth.  Truth is truth because it is true, even when men by the multitudes reject it for that which is false, it is still true.

Paul say to those he preached the gospel to they are saved if they keep in memory his gospel.  If they do not keep to his gospel, if they some how stray from his teachings, they will have believed in vain.

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.[1]

I in my heart of hearts believe I am in keeping with the gospel Paul preached on my web site The Gospel According to the Gospel.  Even though this is my conviction, it doesn’t make it true.  As I stated earlier, convictions do not make truth. 

I have watched as others have wrestled with my beliefs as I have communicated on my blog.  To be honest, I am not sure if it how I share these beliefs, the beliefs themselves or a combination of both.  I have been taken back by others insistence that I have somehow strayed from the gospel of Paul.  Such conclusions seem ironic to me, since it is the teachings of Paul that has persuaded me of my beliefs.

Most reactions to the gospel I advocate are strong indeed.  Strong not in a confirming manner but a condemning manner.  It is my desire to lay out for my detractors, who are concerned that I have separated myself from the gospel Paul preached, what it was that Paul preached.  I hope those who are close to me and those who are afar, who have been offended by my zeal by my insistence I have the true gospel of Paul, will take the time to read this lengthy abbreviated gospel of Paul to clear me of any accusations of being in a state of spiritual duress.  That I might once again gain the respect of those I love and not be seen as a tragedy and a thing to be pitied.  But rather rejoice with me in zeal and fervor for the one true gospel of scripture.  Click the below link for the rest of this post. Continue reading

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