[Gospel is that we must believe Jesus Christ, with proof that we obey his commandments, for our everlasting life. Any other gospel is perverting the gospel of Christ. The Bible invariably says that we must believe and obey the gospel, in order to escape the vengeance of our Lord Jesus Christ, in flaming fire.]
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.
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