Two Face the Gospel

 In Christianity there are diffently two faces of the gospel presented to the lost.  And both of these personifications are at opposite extremes of the gospel, as if the gospel has more than one truth found in it.  On one had we have those who present grace and only grace as the guarantee of eternal life.  They profess that our behavior after being born again has nothing to do with our salvation.  Consequently, the logic is one can live as they want and still go to heaven.  Of course the champion of this is personified by Christ.  On the other hand we have those who present works as a prerequisite on top of grace in order to be saved.  The Law, give by Moses, is the one everyone thinks of when it comes to having to do works in order to be saved.  Both of these views can find no agreement with each other, as if there is two completely different gospels found in scripture.  The result is two versions of Christianity embodied in one gospel.  Let’s call this embodiment what it is, let’s call it “Two Face”. Continue reading

Who taught Paul his gospel?

st-paulI have come across people who think that Paul had a special revelation from God concerning the gospel we had passed on to us in the letters he wrote to the churches.  Does this mean that Paul had Jesus teach him the gospel?  I have heard some people talk about how wonderful for Paul to have Jesus come to him in a vision and teach him things never taught before.  But is this what Paul is trying to describe in his letter to the Galatian church?

Gal 1:11-12  But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Does this mean that Jesus came to Paul on several occasions to give him special tutoring, or even to learn things never spoken before to men? Continue reading

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

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

Are you His?

Crown of Thorns
Click image to enlarge

I really believe that there are two verses in scripture by which all mankind hangs in the balance.  These verses throw down for us a truth we either will reject or accept as worthy of our attention.  These verses set the tone for the authority of God’s word and why we need to take head.  These verses are Hebrews 1:1-2.

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;[1]

I believe the world has become harder and harder to evangelize because the world is less and less accepting that God has spoken.  Those who hate God have played the church for fools.  While we have been asleep at the wheel, they have used our schools and higher education against us and destroyed the testimony that God has spoken.  We have let the world dictate to us their religion of evolution while we have a smaller and smaller voice in society.

And to this, some “believers” do not know that we should grieve, because they are to busy trying to manipulate scripture with the unproven theory of evolution.  They have proven they do not really believe that God has spoken, when their first love is a man made faith that rules supreme, and by which the word of God needs to be interpreted by.  These men have more confidence in the rearranged pile of bones, manipulation of data and the blatant cover up of the mountain of proofs for a young earth and intelligent design.  These believers are like those who consulted other gods and then say let us go to inquire of the Lord.  These “Christian” men have put stumbling blocks before others who would seek to know God’s word and have destroyed the faith of many.

But alas these are not the only offenses we have made against God who has spoken.  We have entangled the word of God so cleverly and almost undetected with psychology that “believers” actually believe this wisdom of man is the spoken word of God.  Yet we will never find this self help, motivational message in the word of God.  We may pervert and twist it to make it says this, but we will not find those sermons in scripture.  They are not there.  But “believers” faithfully preach it and believe it.  These “Christian” men have put a stumbling stone in front of those who would have put their faith in God’s spoken word.

We have done more than plant a seed for increase, we have planted a spawn of Satan.  We have left the spoken word of God and gone off to serve other spoken words.  God’s word in the church is at its twilight and almost set.  The last day apostasy is almost complete.  We have almost completely replaced His word for another.

We His bride have put idols before Him and His word.  We do this and yet think we go to Him with clean hands and hearts.  We think we can go and give Him acceptable praise.  But how does the Lord God who has spoken to us by the prophets and His Son view these “believers”.

For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to inquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself: And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.[2]

If perhaps this spoken word of God though the prophet has managed to reach heart, then repent.  If you have been convicted to give God’s word first place in your life and not some latest Christian book, repent so the Lord may refresh you. 

Remember Christ died for you.  He sacrificed Himself in beatings, severe whippings and the cross for you.  This was spoken of by the prophets.  Are you going to let such a salvation slip beyond you because you pursue stumbling stones and not the word of God in your lives?  Remember His sacrifice for His bride.  If you are His bride, He will know you are His because you are spotless and blameless.  He will know you because He will see His Spirit in you as you walk not according to the flesh.  He will know you are His bride when He sees you walking according to His spoken word alone.


[1] Hebrews 1:1-2

[2] Ezekiel 14:7-8