"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA
Churches preach the story of Jesus Christ as the gospel; but there is nothing to obey. Apostles preached about Jesus Christ also. He is the author of the gospel. Obeying the gospel that Jesus Christ preached will save us, but knowing or believing about his death and resurrection will not save anyone and it is not the gospel for eternal salvation.
Jesus Christ is the first person to preach the gospel so that we may inherit of the kingdom of God. He was anointed as the author of the gospel, it was prophesied in Isaiah 61:1 and Jesus himself declared it in Luke 4:18. So, nobody else can start a gospel message other than what was preached by the Lord Jesus Christ. But, preachers may preach what he has preached as the gospel, since that is the only true gospel, and all the rest of the gospels are false gospels. According to Matthew 7:24, Hebrew 5:9, Jesus Christ became the author of eternal salvation and he will save only those who obey him. 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9, say that Jesus Christ will take vengeance on those who did not obey his gospel, on the day of judgment. There are many scripture verses say that if we do not obey the commandments of Jesus Christ, we will not be saved. The Bible shows that to preach his commandments to obey is to preach his gospel. Jesus Christ also sent his disciples to preach the gospel, as in Luke 9:6. Jesus Christ and also his disciples have preached the gospel while they were still alive, and so, the message of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, could not be the gospel message. You may read the details of what the true gospel is and more, you may click on this link: "Gospel", "Gospel Video."
Most churches preach to believe Jesus Christ for our salvation. If we ask them to what to believe, they tell us to believe that he died for our sins and was resurrected, and then we are saved. Saved means that we will be in heaven after this life. But, there is not even a single scripture says what they say. So, they take a most vulnerable passage, give a simple twist, and present it as there support, of their false gospel. They quote this: "1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" They pick up "I declare unto you the gospel" and connect it with this, "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" So, this information that Jesus died for our sins and was resurrected, became the gospel. But, this is a false gospel. This verses do not say what they say. They add that if we believe this we will be saved, that is we will go to heaven. Let us see the verses.
Verse 1 says "I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;" So, apostle Paul has preached to them the gospel, and they are standing in the gospel, which means that they are living by the gospel preached. In verse 2, He says that they are save by the gospel, and also implies that they will have the salvation, if they continue in the gospel that they have preached. Apostle Paul is not preaching the gospel in this passage, but just made a reference of the gospel, that he has preached before. What was the gospel that he has preached before? This could be the preaching he wrote just before this chapter, which was the preaching of Jesus Christ, or it may be the preaching of Jesus Christ that were repeated by Paul in different times. "I Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. 2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit." It was Jesus Christ told his apostles to preach what he has preached. Jesus Christ told apostle Paul also the same thing. "Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 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." Let us see a few scripture from Corinthians. "1 Corinthians 7:17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. 18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God, etc,. 1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. 24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain." Such as these are that apostle Paul referred as he preached before for their salvation. But, many churches and false preachers take the next verse, which tells about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and call it gospel for our salvation. It is a trick of the devil to deceive. Knowing the information will not save anybody. "1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee." Apostle Paul advising Timothy to follow the doctrines of Jesus Christ and of the apostles, in order to save himself and to preach others so that they may also be saved. "Colossians 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;" Apostle Paul has preached the gospel of Jesus Christ through out the epistles, but it is not the information of his death and resurrection. Knowing the information will not save anybody.
Two lessons and one video are in these links. Please, you may like to listen to them. "Gospel", "Commandments", "Gospel Video." Thank you.
God Bless You