"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 death and resurrection of Jesus as the gospel to believe and be saved. But, gospel is to love, fear, and obey God, in order to inherit his kingdom. Most Christians accept Jesus as their sacrifice for sins, but not as their king to reign their life. Jesus Christ will judge them to eternal damnation and he will reward his good servants, Luke 19:14-27.
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. 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 his disciples have preached the gospel while they were still alive, and so, to believe 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, you may click on these links: "Gospel", "Gospel Video."
Most churches preach to believe Jesus Christ for our salvation. If we ask them what to believe, they will tell us that if we 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.
Let us see a few more scriptures. "Romans 1:15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them." Her apostle Paul says that gospel is the power of God (it is not the information of his death and resurrection) to anyone, both Jews and Gentiles. The catch is that 'the Just' shall live by faith, the Just being those who live according to God's law. The wrath of God will be on all 'the unlawful'. "Romans 10:15 ..., How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?" Gospel must be obeyed, and so it is the command of God. But nobody believes it! "Revelation 14:6 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." Everlasting gospel is the preaching to fear God, give him glory, and to worship God the Creator, since God is the righteous Judge.
Luke 19:11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. 12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. 14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. 15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. 17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. 18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. 19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities. 20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: 21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. 22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: 23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury? 24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. 25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) 26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him. 27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. Most Christians want Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for their sins, but not for him to reign their life as their king. Jesus Christ will kill all of them eternally, punish the wicked servants and reward the good servants, in the kingdom of God.
Two lessons and one video are in these links. Please, you may like to listen to them. "Gospel", "Commandments", "Gospel Video", "Gospel short lesson". Thank you.
God Bless You