We will usually see in a text book, the first couple of pages will be the preface of the book, which is about the author of the book. Then, the rest of the book will be the subject of the book, which the author wrote. So also the apostles preach about the author of the gospel first, who is Jesus Christ and then, they preached the gospel, that is preached by the author of the gospel, who is the Lord Jesus Christ. But, if someone teach about the author, and say that whatever the author preached is for the Jews, but not for you. And, says that if you believed that he has saved you by giving his life on the cross and finished your salvation, then what will you think about the preacher? Almost all Christians think that he is an excellent preacher from God. But, the truth is, that he is an excellent preacher from Satan. Jesus Christ, the author of the gospel and the author of salvation, has preached what people must do in order to be saved. This is the only true gospel and all other gospels are fake gospels of Satan. The devil, who deceived Eve at the garden of Eden, still deceives Christians. He came to Eve as a serpent, but he comes to Christians as preachers, and this is the only difference. The message of the devil is the same even today. He, very cunningly tells Christians not to obey what Jesus Christ says. But, what Jesus Christ tells us to do, is the gospel. If we do not do what he tells us to do for our salvation, then we will not be saved, but thrown into the lake of fire. The Bible tells us that the apostles taught about Jesus Christ, who is the author of the gospel and of salvation, and then they preached the gospel that Jesus Christ preached, so that people may receive the salvation offered by the Lord Jesus Christ. Then only we will fulfill the will of God the Father and Jesus Christ will save us.
"Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. 22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people." Here we see in verse 19 that the apostles begin with telling peoples to repent, and to show repentance from their life, that is to be converted. Then their sins may be blotted out, that is to be wiped out clean. In verse 20 we see that Jesus Christ was preached, and God will sent Jesus Christ to us, and so his presence will be with us. Verse 21 says, that Jesus Christ will be in heaven and with us also at the same time, since he is omnipresent. Next verse also says about the prophesy and the statement of Moses. Here again it says about Jesus Christ and about what he has preached for our salvation, which is the gospel. The next verse says that the souls who will not hear, or obey, the gospel preached by Jesus Christ, will be destroyed. Since they are souls, the damnation is eternal, which is in hell and the lake of fire.
"Acts 4:2 ... they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead." Notice that they just did not preach about the author only, but through Jesus they were preaching the resurrection of the dead: that is eternal life as well as eternal damnation. "Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. Acts 8:5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. ... 12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." Here, along with the name of Jesus Christ, they preached them the necessity to be baptized. (I have an article about baptism. If you are interested to read the Bible base for baptism, you may read the article in this link. Link is: "Baptism". "Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. Acts 9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. 27 … how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus." They were not only preached about Jesus Christ, but they preached in the authority given by the Lord Jesus Christ. "Acts 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)" Jesus Christ is Lord and God for all, that is for Jews and for Gentiles. They were preaching that our God is not God for Christians only, but he is God for Gentiles and Jews, Christians and Non-Christians, and for all in the whole world. "Acts 11:20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus." And they were preaching Jesus Christ and it is recorded throughout all New Testament. But one most important thing we must notice and acknowledge is this: We can know all about Jesus Christ, but this knowledge will not take a single soul to heaven. But, if we hear and obey what he tells us to do to inherit eternal life, then only we will be saved. "Hebrew 5:9 … he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" Our knowledge about Jesus Christ will not save us. But only our obedience will save us. Preachers, who preach about Jesus Christ and to believe the information to be saved, are false preachers. We must obey Jesus Christ to be saved. Please read this link for more information. Link: "Obey".
Now instead of repeating the same article that I wrote about the author of the gospel, let me give you the link of the article so that you may read the article about the author of gospel and salvation and come back to continue. You may click on this link: "Author".
There are two things spelled out as preaching Jesus Christ, and as preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. These two are two different things. One is preaching about the author and the next is preaching the message of the author. Both are important. Yet, knowing and believing about the author will not save anybody. But, obeying what he tells us to do, will save all who obey. So, we must obey by doing what he tells us to do. False preachers preach us to believe the story of the author to be saved, which is the lie of the devil. Further false preachers will not preach what Jesus Christ told us to do to be saved. Much more, these crooked preachers preach that no one can do what Jesus Christ told us to do. That is, they preach opposite to and against Jesus Christ and deceive all Christians. So, we must know Jesus Christ is God and we must obey the gospel that Jesus Christ has preached, but not what the preachers preach. "2 Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;" Those who do not know the True Jesus Christ, and who will not obey the gospel that Jesus Christ preached (it is not what the preachers preach), both will be punished by Jesus Christ in eternal fire by the above verses. If we ask a Christian what the gospel is, he/she will tell that it is, "Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and so, we are saved from hell." But it is not the gospel that Jesus Christ preached. It is the gospel of Christian preachers, which is the lie of the devil. So, please notice; the gospel of preachers are not the gospel that Jesus Christ has preached. One is from God, the other is from the devil.
What is the Gospel? The gospel is the good news that tells us how we can inherit eternal life. Jesus Christ repeatedly says that we must obey his commandments to inherit eternal life. "Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." Again he says that the inheritance is according to, or in proportion to, our works, or what we have done. "Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." So, the inheritance of the people will be different from people to people, in proportion to their work. Let us see how it will differ.
We see the eternal life in three levels. Revelation 21:1&2: says "1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." The three levels are new earth, new heaven, and new Jerusalem. If we reach anyone of these three, it is eternal life. The gospel will tell us how to enter eternal life. One man asked Jesus how to have eternal life in Matthew 19:16, and Jesus Christ answered him in Mark 10:17, and in Luke 18:8 also. Matthew 19:16 says, "And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" Jesus Christ answered that he must keep the commandments in verse 17, but Jesus Christ limited him only to the second portion of the Ten Commandments in the next 2 verses. "Verse 17 but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." The second portion of Ten Commandments, that deals with men to men, allows people to inherit the lower level of the kingdom, the New Earth. But, the second portion that is updated or enlightened by Jesus Christ, allows people to inherit New Heaven. Here, in our study portion, in the next verse, the man says that he obeys the second portion of the commandments. Jesus Christ did not reject what he has said (but, a few preachers give different interpretations). Then Jesus Christ replied him saying that if he wants to be PERFECT, obey the first portion of the commandments also, by that people can inherit New Heaven and be New Jerusalem: look at this: Matthew 19:21 says "Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." Jesus Christ told him in such a way that he may know exactly what it involves in that first portion of the commandments, "thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: (Mark 12:30)." Christians do not understand what it means or how much is in the first commandment. We must give our total self to love God. But to love our neighbor, what all we are required of God to do: is not to hurt others (but preachers twist it to mean whatever they want to say). Look at these verses: "Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." So, 'Love thy neighbor' requires only two things. 1) don't owe to anybody and 2) don't hurt or do ill to your neighbor. So, if you do these two things truthfully, you will reach New Earth that is eternal life. Any righteous person can do this. But, if you give yourself to God, that is if you are perfect, you will be either the sons of God, or even the bride of Christ, inheriting the New Heaven, which is the higher level of eternal life in the kingdom of God.
Let us look at the cliché gospel that 'believe Jesus Christ and we will go to heaven'. John 3:14 to 16 say, "whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." Here, verses 14&15 tell us to believe the Son of Man, Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified Jesus. Verse 16 tells us to believe the Begotten Son, who is the resurrected Jesus Christ, it is not the (crucified) Man Jesus. This is to receive eternal life. So, we have to believe the crucified as well as the resurrected Jesus Christ, to have eternal life. We have to accept the wholesome words of God, but not chosen portions only. Lack of understanding, to be blind, is just to believe that Jesus was crucified, died, and was resurrected in order to have eternal life. But the truth is, that we must believe Jesus, it is to believe what the Man Jesus Christ told us, AND, what the resurrected Jesus Christ is doing (Acts 3:26, 1 John 4:9), to inherit eternal life. If we believe him, we will obey him, in order to have or to inherit eternal life. Most Christians believe that Jesus died and resurrected and think that they are saved and will go to heaven. But actually they will end up in hell, because they will not do what God requires them to do, to inherit eternal life. How about you? Do you know and do the truth?
Jesus Christ preached the Gospel when he was alive as a man and what he has preached is recorded in the Bible. Matthew 4:23 says: "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, ..." Mark 1 says: "14) Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15) And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." Jesus Christ sent his disciples to preach his gospel even before he was crucified. Luke 9:6 says: "... they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere." So, Jesus Christ has preached the gospel, taught his disciples to preach the gospel and send them also to preach the same gospel that he has preached. "Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;" The gospel preached by Jesus Christ is the only true gospel and it is confirmed by the word of God. And, nobody else is authorized to preach something else as the gospel, other than the gospel preached by Jesus Christ for our salvation. All other gospels are counterfeits. "1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness." The gospel must lead us to godliness without contradicting the wholesome words of God.
The Lord Jesus Christ came to his disciples after his resurrection and told them to preach the gospel. Mark and Matthew recorded the instructions. Mark recorded as: preach the gospel. Mark 16:15 says: "... he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." And Matthew recorded the same instructions as: teach them to observe what I have commanded. Matt 28:20 says: "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." So, we see that to preach the gospel is to teach to observe the commandments of Jesus Christ. The reward for obedience is the eternal life. So we can boldly say that the gospel of Jesus Christ is to obey the commandments of Jesus Christ, by which people will inherit eternal life. When he was a man, Jesus Christ answered how to have eternal life. Here it is: Matthew 19 says: "16) ... Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17) ... he said unto him ... if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." Even though the Lord Jesus Christ has given a straight answer, our preachers twist the word of God saying that if we obey his commandments, it will be works and we will not be saved by works. These preachers are not of God and they deceive people. 2 Thessalonians 1:8 says: "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:" So, we must obey the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Luke 24:47 says: "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Matthew 4:17 says: "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Jesus Christ shows that this preaching of the gospel of the kingdom of God must start by the preaching of repentance and remission of sins, which are the basics or pre-requisites to the gospel.
Luke 13 says: 23) "Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24) Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." One of the disciples asked Jesus Christ whether just a few people are going to be saved. Jesus Christ answered saying that unless they strive to enter through the strait (tight, constricted) gate they cannot enter into eternal life. He says that many people will seek easier ways to enter, but they will not be able to enter. If they don't enter into eternal salvation then it is eternal damnation. Easy salvation is not true salvation, but it is counterfeit or fake salvation. It is deception from the devil.
Jesus Christ tells Christians in Matthew 5:20: "... I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." Christians have to obey the commandments from the roots. That is, they have to nib sin in the bud. Example: 1) First Jesus Christ points us the Old Testament commandment. 21 says: "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:" Then he tells the spiritual application of the commandments in the next verse. 22 says: "But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire." Example: 2) They should not look at a woman with lust so that there will be no chance for adultery. So also they should not hate a person, so that there is no chance to kill, etc. However, if we have a godly cause, we have the right to defend the cause. Matthew 5 says: "27) Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28) But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." Then, Jesus Christ tells them to kill the deed of the body of sin: "29) And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 30) And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." Even though he did not mean to mutilate the body, he use such a language to emphasis his point. The commandments of the Lord appear to be very rude. But it is practical and we are given grace, power, and the holy spirit from God. They can lead us in the ways of God and to destroy the deeds of the flesh to become the sons of God. John 1 says: "12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God. 16) … of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace." Luke 11:13 says: "... how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" Romans 8 says: "13) ... but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 17) ... if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;" Christians can obey the commandments of God by his power, grace, and the Holy Spirit and destroy the sinful deeds of their flesh. Then they become the sons of God and they will inherit the kingdom of God. Click on this link to study grace: "Grace."
In Luke 24:49 Jesus says: "behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." In Acts 1:8 Jesus says: "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Again, Jesus Christ told his disciples to wait and to receive the power of the Holy Ghost before preaching. So, they have received the power from the Holy Ghost first, preached with power and were witnesses unto Jesus Christ. God has not changed his rule. But, many people preach without receiving the power of the Holy Ghost. They fall victims to deception of Satan. They preach false gospel. God calls them workers of iniquity.
Jesus Christ sent his disciples to preach the gospel when he was alive as a man. It is in Luke 9:1-6. Let us see verses 1,2,&6. "1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. … 6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where." It is recorded in the other gospels also. Then Jesus Christ came to his disciples after his resurrection and told them to preach people to obey his commandments as his gospel for people to inherit eternal life. It is on Matthew 28 and Mark 16. They have preached his gospel and preached Jesus Christ as the author of the gospel and the author of salvation.
Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, ... That is, they must be converted from sinning and do righteousness, so that their sins of their past may be forgiven. Acts 4:2 ... they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. That is, by teaching Jesus Christ, they taught his resurrection and that we also will be resurrected as he was resurrected. Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. They have preached the life of Jesus Christ and him as the author of the gospel and salvation. Acts 8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. 5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? Acts 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) Acts 11:19 ... preaching the word to none but unto the Jews... 20 And ..., preaching the Lord Jesus. Acts 17:18 ... he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection. Acts 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. And there are many more scriptures say that they have preached Jesus Christ and his commandments as the gospel for people to obey and to inherit eternal life.
The Bible is taught by the servants of God as well as by the servants of the devil. The servants of God teach the truth of the Bible and the servants of the devil teach the Bible as an attorney tears down the truth of a witness in order to erase the evidence of the truth. So, let us see the factual truth in their context as we study any passage of scripture, so that we may not fall as victims to the devil. Now, we will also look at Peter and Paul together, as Paul conflicts with Peter in a certain situation, as a rooky apostle conflicting with the veteran head of apostles.
Let us begin with a few scripture verses about Peter. Jesus Christ has said to Peter and his disciples in Matthew 16: "18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ." Here we see that Jesus, as Christ, has bestowed a great authority upon Peter, and it is an authority pertained to the church on earth and to the kingdom of heaven. No man, is given a higher post or position than this, by God. Satan the devil, tried to strip away the position given to Peter, with the help of all his servants, even now using all theologians and preachers. Jesus Christ confirms this in Luke 22: "31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." Again, Jesus Christ gives Peter the responsibility to strengthen the other apostles also, even though Peter is a weak man at that time. Satan always finds ways to belittle the authority that Jesus Christ gives, in this case it is to Peter. We must not forget that Satan uses church leaders, preachers and theologians to strip the position that Jesus Christ has given to Peter.
In the book of Galatians, Paul struggles to prove his apostleship to believers. Believers with no discernments, accept all preachers as genuine witnesses to God. So, they have accepted deception. Paul is correcting this situation. At the same time, he has picked up a strife with Peter for a social situation. Let me quote the verses for both situation. This is about believers; Galatians 1: says, "6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." In this passage, apostle Paul, with the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, curses the false preachers and theologians. But as a rooky apostle, who may not know about the authority given to Peter by Jesus Christ, reviles at Peter for his social wisdom in eating his meals with the Jews, in this scripture; Galatians 2: Paul says, "11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. 12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision." And he has continued to accuse Peter throughout the entire chapter. According to him, Peter should have eaten with the gentiles. Paul was a rookie or young apostle, when he has rebuked the veteran apostle Peter, for eating with Jews. Was it sin to eat with Jews? Mostly, theologians try to knock down Peter, because they are of the devil, and Peter was the chosen of God to begin the church and to lead God's people. Paul was never chosen by Jesus Christ to be the leader of the apostles. His mission was entirely different. But, Paul got excited and made mistake. Don't rally with the theologians, if you are for God. Peter did not preach "another gospel". The Holy Ghost used this passage as a stumbling stones to false preachers and false brethren. Later on Paul confessed in 1 Timothy 5:1 saying "Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father." But, false preachers even say that Peter has preached another gospel. God allowed Paul to make an error, in order to expose these false preachers, who are on the side of Satan.
Romans 16:25 ... of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ. Romans 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Here we see that apostle Paul has preached Jesus Christ and also the gospel preached by Jesus Christ. So, he has fully preached the gospel. "2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted. Galatians 1:6 … unto another gospel: 7 … would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." The Bible gives severe warnings about introducing another Jesus Christ or preaching another gospel, that is other than the gospel that Jesus Christ has preached. Only gospel that Jesus Christ preached is the true gospel and all others are perverted gospels. So, if we preach, let us preach the gospel that Jesus Christ preached. If you preach even the story of Jesus Christ as the gospel, it is perverting the gospel and it is preaching another gospel. Those who preach them are cursed.
This is just to pick up samples of what Peter has preached. 1 Peter 1:25 says, "But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." So, the word that was preached by the Lord Jesus Christ is the true gospel, and all others are another gospels. Let us see what he has mentioned in the previous verses. 1 Peter 1:2 says, "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:" Here the message is that through the spirit, two things will happen. They are, our obedience to God and then the forgiveness by the blood of Christ. The word of God says everywhere that the pre-requisite to the forgiveness of sins, is obedience to Jesus Christ. Verses 3&4 say, "3 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, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you," That is, if we have obeyed God and received forgiveness (previous verse), God the Father will beget us also as he has begotten Jesus Christ as his son, and then we will have the inheritance in heaven. That is, we will be joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. Next verses say that the necessity to suffer in this life, to receive the great glory of heaven, etc. Verses 14 to 17 say, "14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:" Again, obedience is unto holiness. And everybody will receive according to our works, but not according to what we say. Christians are learned to tell lies and false statements, and call them as faith. No!, these are not faith, but the lies they have learned from the devil. God repeatedly says that he has no favorites, and the judgment will strictly be by what we have done. But, Christians believe the devil and say that it is not by works, etc, that are lies. Obey God and do what God tells you to do, in order to inherit heaven. This is the basic principle of the gospel that Jesus Christ and all the apostles have preached.
Jesus Christ must be preached, as the author of the gospel, but not as the gospel. So, we must preach what Jesus Christ has preached as the gospel, and it is the gospel of Jesus Christ. So, we must preach Jesus Christ and his gospel. It seems that gospel is preached by so many, but not the gospel that Jesus Christ preached. So, they are all deceivers and are false preachers. If we have preached what he has preached as the gospel, then we are preaching the true gospel. If not, we are preaching false gospel, or another gospel. Revelation 14 says, "6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." Their message is very abridged. It identifies God as the creator and tells to worship God with fear. That is simply to obey God with high reverence. Verse 8 says, "... Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." The churches of theologians and preachers, who belong to tradition, sentiment, ceremonies, etc are false churches, and they are the Babylon. Even the worldly people respects them as great men of God. Example: the news media will follow famous preachers and theologians, whereas they will reject the truth of the Bible. This church of deception that is Babylon and the world with it, will fall for the wrath of God. So, the gospel that is good news is, to repent and to obey God, so that your sins may be forgiven and you may be spared from the wrath of God.
Pastors, Evangelists, and all preachers, (both inside the church and outside the church), preach the story of Jesus Christ as the gospel and ask people to believe it. The whole Christian world has already believed it, yet they preach it to Christians, as if, nobody has believed it yet. May be, they don't know what else to preach, or they do not know what the gospel is. If they knew, they would have preached the gospel. How is that the whole Christianity has fallen into such a blindness or such ignorance? How is this happened? Where is God in this?
Now, let us see, what has happened to the churches in the world, which carries the name of God. Jesus Christ says in Luke 10:21: "In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight." Notice, there are two groups here. The wise and prudent are on one side. They are smart aleck and they will not obey God. They are traditional, sentimental, theological, religious and social churches. Pastors, evangelists, deacons, treasures, bible teachers, preachers, etc, and their people are all wise and prudent, and they have good times in churches. They have learned to be politically correct, but they do not have the truth of God. And, God has hid the truth from them. But, they do not know that God has rejected them. The humble babes are on the side of God. They strive to obey God. God calls them as: his people or his body or his church. This church is not evidently visible and nobody sees this church, but this is the true church. The people of God's Church, are in the churches of the world, but not of them. They obey the commandments of God, for eternal life. But, the churches of the world preach the story of Jesus Christ and say that if you believe the story, you will go to heaven. But, by believing the story of Jesus, nobody will go to heaven. Jesus Christ says in John 12:40 that he has: "blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them." God has blinded them, they will never see, but they boast in their ignorance. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." So, not only God has blinded and rejected them, but the devil also did blind them. So, they are double dead, but they think and boast as if they see it all. They just put up a show. But, the body of Christ, the true church, embraces the truth and they obey God.
If a country is taken by enemies, the king of the country is defeated. Here, all the churches we see are deceived by the devil. Yet, why God is not defeated? What has happened? To begin with, the churches we see do not belong to God. God's church is made up of individual people, joined with God by his Spirit. They live in God, and God lives in them. They are the temple of God, despite church buildings. This church cannot be deceived by the enemy. This is God's church. Hebrews 12 says "22) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect," They are just (righteous) men, who are made perfect, and they are also begotten by God, after the manner of the first Begotten Son of God Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:3 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, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. Satan, the devil, cannot deceive them. The 'church of God' will overcome the world and the devil. God will always be the winner.
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Most of us know that it is too hard to become a joint-heir with Jesus Christ in heaven. It is difficult and it demands true dedication. Anyhow, keep trying. But now, let us see how to escape hell, and this could be the first step.
According to the Bible a true Christian will have two births. The first one is born of the flesh, and the next is born of the spirit. Jesus Christ says that we must be born again in order to see the kingdom of God. "John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." When a man is convicted of his sins by the Holy Ghost, if he responded with true repentance, God gives him the spirit of man, in order to pursue his spiritual life. "John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." In the same fashion a person receives a body of flesh at the physical birth, a person receives a body of spirit (the spirit man) from God as he is born of the spirit, which is his second birth. Now this person can see the kingdom of God because of the spirit of man. The spirit of man is the holy spirit, to study please click on this link: "Holy Spirit".
Jesus Christ also says that a person must be born of water and of the Spirit in order to enter into the kingdom of God. "John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Born of water means that a person must be washed by the water of the word and the person must become a renewed person. This means that he must obey the word of God as he continues in it. "Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word." As he is obedient to the word of God, the Holy Ghost will be with you. "John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever." As he submits himself totally to the will of God, the Holy Ghost will lead his total life, as a mighty wind carries a particle wherever the wind want to carry. "John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." This person is born of the water and of the Spirit. This believer enters the kingdom of God. If you are interested to study the details of born again, please click on this link. Link is: "Born Again."
"Matt 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." Our righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees. One thing very favorable to us is the fact that they were hypocrites. But they were very religious and very zealous for God. They observed all the ceremonies and gave tithes even in negligible things. They prayed long prayers and witnessed for God. Even if some teach the right things, they did not obey their own teachings. We have to take this as a caution. So if we are zealous for the Lord, learn the truth and live according to the truth, then we have exceeded the righteousness of the Scribes and the Pharisees.
2 Corinthians 11 says: "2) For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3) But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." In the above verse, "the simplicity that is in Christ" is taught as his simple godly love, which readily accepts unto himself any sinner, who believes that he is the Son of God and believes in his death, burial and resurrection. It appears to be simple and acceptable. But the verses says something else. Verse 2 says, that the Holy Ghost with godly jealousy want to present this bride as a chaste virgin to Jesus Christ. The simplicity in Jesus is to accept ONLY a chaste virgin and not an adulterous woman who simply believes something great about the Bride Groom. Ephesians 5 says: "26) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27) That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." Here we see that Jesus will make his bride spotless. 1 John 3:3 says: "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." She will keep herself pure for his coming. The wrong teaching will encourage the people to believe great and marvelous things about Jesus Christ, but not to obey him to keep themselves pure. So, believe God, but not preachers.
God, the Creator of all things that exist, became a man to bring salvation to us. He lived as a man, to show us a life of example, so that we may follow his steps to live a holy life. By his death, he became the author of salvation to forgive our past sins and by his resurrection, he is with us (if we are his people) turning every one of us from sins and iniquities and to take us to be with him.
John 1:14 says: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." God the Word became flesh, that is- God became a mere man--Jesus of Nazareth. 1 Peter 2 says: "21) For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22) Who did no sin,--" Jesus lived just as a man, for us to follow his steps. His life was without sin. 1 Peter 1 says: "14) As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15) But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16) Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." He lived a holy life and tells us to live a holy life. Saved from sins is to live with no sin. Hebrew 5 says: "7) Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8) Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9) And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" As a man, he submitted himself to God totally. He surrendered himself completely in obedience to God and he became the author of eternal salvation. This salvation is given only to those who obey him. "Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." We must obey him, with trembling and fear. 2 Corinthians 8:9 says: "For ye know the of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich", that is- God became poor so that the poor may become rich. Romans 8:17 says: "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together," that is- the mere men/women can become joint heir with Jesus Christ and be rich in the glory of God for ever. Jesus told his disciples in John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. If we follow him as his disciples, he will come to take us unto himself, so that we will be with him for eternity.
A reward is free, but it is not totally free. Even though you will not pay for it, you have to deserve it. Any reward will be of much greater value than the effort we have made. Matthew 16:27 says: "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." Revelation 22 says: "11) He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12) And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." Galatians 6:8 says "For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." We see that the reward is according to the work we do in the path of life that was ordained by God. The punishment for the work of the flesh is also called a reward and that is also according to our works. The rewards for the good works will range, from barely escaping the punishment of the burning in the fire, to sit in the throne of God with Jesus Christ, to rule with him, as a joint-heir with Jesus Christ, having the same glory as his. That means, the punishment also will be more severe than expected, because it also will be in proportion to the evil work of rebellion that a person has done.
Hebrews 5:14 says: "But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." Spiritually mature Christians who are deep rooted in the Word of God can discern the false doctrine of Satan. But how can an ordinary Christian detect the deception of the devil? They can discern by the following way. Look what Satan has done in the Garden of Eden to deceive Eve. Satan promised her that they will not die if they disobey God and eat the fruit. Genesis 3 says: "3) But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die." Satan is still a deceiver, and he says that God will not punish you because God is so loving. No! Obey God, do what God says so that you may with Jesus Christ.
2 Chronicles 30:27 says: "their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven." So, God lives in the glorious place called heaven. Isaiah 64 says: "4) For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. 5) Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways:" The heaven is so glorious that even the description of heaven cannot enter in the minds of people. God purposed to give the godly glory to them that are in obedience, so that they may live with him, rule with him and be a part of him forever.
Jesus Christ healed sicknesses and done miracles. But, this is not the gospel, because believing those incidents will not save a person from hell and take them to heaven. Stories and gimmicks for healing crusades are not the true gospel. Preachers preach about Jesus Christ and ask people to believe it in pretense that it is the gospel. As good as it seems, it is not the gospel. What Jesus Christ preached is the true gospel. The story of Jesus Christ is information about the author of the gospel, but it is not the gospel. If it is presented as the gospel, it is not only a diversion from the true gospel, but their main intent is to hide the true gospel from people, particularly from Christians.
God has created the whole universe and all the things in it with its microscopic details. We are his creation. God has made us, our souls, in his image and put it in the body that he has made from the dust of the ground. Our body will return to the dust. But again, the soul is given a holy spirit, not only to guide the soul in holiness, but also to be his glorious body at the resurrection. And the souls will receive rewards according to whatever we have done while we were living on earth. Our life on earth is considerably short when compared to eternal life. If we have perfect obedience in this short life, as Jesus has suffered in obedience until his death (i,e; if we suffer with Jesus), then we will reign with Jesus Christ throughout eternity. Won’t it be marvelous? Is it not the good news? This is the true gospel.
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