"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
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. Christians accept that Jesus Christ is the author of the gospel because he has died on the cross for them. It seems to make sense, but it is not right. He is the author because God has anointed him to be the author of the gospel. They disqualify the authority of God, and give authority to their own feelings. If a preacher teaches a gospel other than what Jesus Christ has preached, then he is a deceiver. Jesus Christ was crucified, died, buried, and was raised from death. This is true and so we all must believe this. But, believe this will take no one to heaven, since Jesus Christ did not preach it as gospel of salvation for eternal life. Preachers, who preach to believe this truth for eternal salvation, are deceivers and liars. Do what Jesus Christ told you to do for eternal life, that is the ONLY gospel for eternal salvation, and all other gospels are false.
Isaiah prophesied that the Holy Ghost has anointed Jesus Christ, who was sent from heaven, to preach the gospel. Isaiah 61:1 says "The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,..." Here, the prophesy is that Jesus Christ is the only one person, who was anointed and sent to preach the good tidings, which is the gospel. Jesus proclaimed to Jews that it is he, who will preach the gospel in Luke 4:18. It says, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,.." Jesus Christ did preach 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 the 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 did preach the gospel, taught his disciples to preach the gospel and send them also to preach the same gospel that he has preached. The gospel is the good news that tells us how can we inherit the kingdom of God. Jesus Christ preached that good news, and called it as the gospel.
The Lord Jesus Christ came to his disciples after his resurrection and told them to preach the gospel. Mark and Matthew recorded this. 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." Matthew 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 obeying his commandments is 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:" Scripture says that we must obey the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is not to believe a story or a fact about Jesus Christ, but it is to obey what he tells us to do for our eternal life, that is to inherit the kingdom of God. Romans 10:16 says, "they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?" Again, they did not obey the gospel since they did not believe the word of God. But, if we believe God, we will obey the gospel.
Hebrews 5:9 says: "he (Jesus Christ) became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" Jesus Christ is the author of salvation and he gives that salvation to all those who obey him. Our obedience to Jesus Christ is the key for our salvation. It is not what we believe about him. Many people believe the right things about him, but they will not obey what he says. According to the scripture they will not have his salvation. John 6:68 says: "Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life." He has preached the words of eternal life, which is the gospel, which brings eternal life to those who do according to his words. Most preachers believe the devil and preach that nobody can obey the commandments of God. But the word of God says that it is not grievous to obey his commandments in 1 John 5:3 "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." So, we can obey the Laws and Commandments of God, if we do love him. Please click this link for this lesson: "Commandments."
From the beginning of Christianity, there has been a constant battle of the devil to corrupt the gospel of Jesus Christ in so many ways. Even from the garden of Eden, the devil uses very subtle (elusive, crafty, devious) methods to deceive people. He talks very boastfully about Jesus Christ and at the same time pollutes his gospel. Religious and sentimental teachings hide the gospel very effectively from Christians by showing the emotional exhibit of crucified Jesus, in the place of the gospel. Preachers give more and more emphasis to the crucified Jesus Christ and to his cross, and prevent people from focusing on the gospel that is preached by Jesus Christ for our salvation. It is the trick of the devil and it has fooled every Christian. Preachers (who are influenced by Satan) are showing the exhibit of the crucified Jesus, and preaching deceptive gospel by eloquence and with enthusiasm. It is very slick, to show the emotional picture of the scene of crucified Jesus, in the place of the gospel that is preached by him, and call the crucified scene as the gospel to believe, but not to obey (there is nothing to obey in their gospel). They say that if we believe that Jesus is crucified for our sins, we will be saved. It is a total lie of the devil. Christians are tricked into believing another gospel that we do not have anything to obey. 1 Thessalonians 1:8, Romans 10:16, 1 Peter 4:17, etc, say that we must obey the gospel to be saved,. Look at this link for: "False Gospel".
Hebrews 5:9 says: "And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" 2 Timothy 2:10 says: "... they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory." Preach Jesus Christ and also preach the gospel that he preached. In Matthew 28:18, "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." After his resurrection, Jesus Christ came to his disciples. He began saying to them that all power was given to him. That is, now he is omnipotent and he is God. Then he told them to teach his commandments to people so that they may obey them. The gospel of Mark recorded as, preach the gospel. Only to those who obey his commandments, he will become the author of their salvation, according to Hebrews 5:9. The disciples should baptize people and preach Jesus Christ as the author of the gospel and of salvation. In verse 20, Jesus Christ told them that he will be with all his true disciples until the end of the world, as they preach to obey his commandments as the gospel, and preach Jesus Christ as the author of the gospel and the author of salvation. Acts 3:26 also says that Jesus Christ is with all the disciples. Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. Then, verses 22 to 26 say that we must obey what Jesus Christ says, or God will destroy those who do not obey, that is, they will face eternal damnation. "Acts 3:22 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." Then, we see that the disciples has taught and preached his gospel that is his commandments to obey, as well as they preached Jesus Christ as the author of the gospel and salvation. They are preached throughout the New Testament. Let us see just two verses. "Acts 3:20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Acts 4:2 ...they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead." So, Jesus Christ as well as resurrection was preached. If we obey what Jesus Christ tells us to do to inherit the kingdom of God, then we will inherit his kingdom, that is heaven and salvation.
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 people will be different from person to person, 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. In 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.
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. This link for grace: "Grace." Please read this link for more information. Links: "Commandments", "Gospel Video", "Saved by Works".
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