Gospel and Grace of Jesus Christ

   

"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.

Jesus Christ is author of the gospel, he preached the gospel, he told his disciple to preach the gospel. Galatians 1:6 to 9 says that there is only one gospel that was preached by Jesus Christ and whoever making another gospel are cursed by God. So, there is no other gospel than the Gospel that Jesus Christ has preached. All other gospels are fake or false gospels.

 

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Gospel and Grace of Jesus Christ

Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you.

I have already made articles and videos about the gospel and grace. Yet, since they are very important topics of the Bible, I want to give another try to do a better job. That is what I am going to do now.

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; Here the good tidings is good news, which refers to the gospel. And it is to be preached to the meek. Humble and lowly people are called meek. So, gospel is to lowly humble people. Luke 4:17-21 tells that Jesus went to the temple and so on. 17 there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; 21 he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. Isaiah prophesied it and it was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. So, Jesus is anointed to preach the gospel and it is to the poor, which is the same as to the meek. It did not fulfill on anyone else. So, Jesus Christ is the only one, who has the copyright to the gospel. Jesus Christ originated the gospel, and he is the author of the gospel. He is the one, who preached the gospel to his disciples and to others a/c to Mt 4:17&23, 9:35, 11:1&5, 24:14, Mark 1:14, Luke 7:22, 20:1, and Heb 2:3. Jesus Christ taught and told his disciples to preach his gospel and they preached it, a/c to Luke 9:2,6 & 60. So, all other gospels are counterfeit gospels. Can we tell the true gospel from the counterfeit? Ask, whether it is the same gospel that Jesus Christ preached? If the answer is yes, then it is the true gospel. If the answer is no, then it is a false gospel. One more side to this is: Only the meek, poor in spirit, humble & lowly people will receive the gospel. A proud person will neither understand it nor accept the gospel. God has designed the gospel that way. So, we must become humble and lowly before God in order to understand the gospel.

Matt 4:23 Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom,... The gospel is the good news that tells us how we can inherit the kingdom of God. Matt 9:35, 24:14, Mark 1:14&15 say that the gospel is the gospel of the kingdom of God, it must be preached, and people should repent, believe, and obey the gospel in order to inherit the kingdom. Matt 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. That is, only the poor in spirit, will obey the Gospel and inherit the kingdom of God. But the proud people will neither accept the true gospel nor obey the true gospel, but they follow false gospels. Matt 15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Such hypocrite Christians will obey the commandments of men. They will be after ceremonial worship, bible studies, church attendance, tithes and offerings, and so on. But, they will be against obeying the commandments of God.

Let us see what is grace. 2 Cor 12:9 My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Here, God tells apostle Paul, that his grace is sufficient and it is the strength of God that makes him perfect, in his weakness. So, here Paul responds: Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. So, grace is the power of Christ that will rest upon him. Put the two sentences together: grace is the power of God and the presence of Christ that convert a week person into a perfect person. So, if grace is given to a man, he becomes a perfect holy man. So, grace saves him. This is what is called 'by grace we are saved.' But, fake grace is deception. Most Christians are buried under the sewer of sin, but say that they are saved by grace. There is no salvation under the sewer. The true grace pulls sinners out of the sewer and clean them with the blood of Jesus Christ. Then they are saved. Fake grace is of the devil and it deceives most Christians.

Why Christians do not receive grace from Jesus Christ? It is because they are proud. So, God tells them to be humble. 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: The highlight is to be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. So, to receive the gospel, we must be meek and for grace, we must be humble. So, the humble & meek will receive the gospel with grace.

Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: God is amazed and perplexed that you are pulled out of the grace of Jesus Christ, which is his power. As you go out of his grace, you go out of his gospel also and so you went to another gospel. 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. Since there is no another gospel, they pervert the gospel. That is, they preach the story of Jesus Christ, as the gospel of Jesus Christ. God says, it is perverting the gospel. 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. God curses those, who preach any other gospel, that is different from the gospel preached by Jesus Christ. 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. God curses them twice. So, they will be damned in hell. So Believe Jesus Christ and the gospel he has preached.

John 1:17 says grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. God gives his grace as he gives his truth. His truth is the gospel for our salvation. He gives his truth and his grace side by side. They come as one unit from God. We have just studied what grace is. And we saw, if we left the grace of Jesus we will leave his gospel also. See, how grace and gospel are united together. We have seen that Jesus Christ preached the gospel. Now, let us see what is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is in the first four gospels as well as in the book of Revelation. If you like to see the high lights only, they are in Matthew 5,6&7 & in Revelation 2,3&22. If you like to see it in one sentence, it comes from Matt 28:18-20 & Mark 16:15&16. I have to explain this. After his resurrection, in Matt 28:18 Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Please notice this: His gospel is backed up by his power and his presence, which is grace. Most Christians do not know that his power is behind his gospel. 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: He tells them to teach and to baptize. What is to teach? 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: It is not what he told them to do, but what he has commanded them to do. That is to obey his commandments. And lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. So, as the disciples teach people to obey his commandments, Jesus Christ, as God, will rest his presence and power upon the people, who obey his commandments, and will make them perfect in holiness. This is the true grace. In Mark 16:15 he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Here, he says 'to preach the gospel to every creature.' In Matthew, he said the same thing as, 'to teach his commandments for them to obey, even unto the end of the world.' Baptism is included in both. Both are the same mission. So, preach the gospel is to teach his commandments for people to obey. Grace, that is his power and presence of God, will be imparted on those, who obey. So, this is the gospel of Jesus Christ in one sentence. It is to teach the commandments of Jesus Christ to people to obey. As they obey, Jesus Christ promises that he will rest his power and presence, which is his grace, will rest upon them, leading them to holiness and to everlasting life and to the inheritance of the kingdom of God. But, those who do not obey, will be punished in hell. 2 Thes 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: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; So, God will take vengeance on those who do not obey Jesus Christ, in flaming fire, which is hell and then destroy them on the lake of fire for ever.

Among Christians and churches, there is a saying that Paul has the final say in the gospel, because God put him in charge and so on. Those are lies of the devil. They do that in order to promote false doctrine among Christians. That is the work of Satan. After apostle Paul was martyred, and after all the disciples of Jesus Christ, except apostle John, were martyred, Lord Jesus Christ came to apostle John, at the isle of Patmas and gave messages, not to the Jews, not to the world, but to the churches. So, Jesus Christ gave the final messages to the churches, but not Paul. If you think that you are a member in God's church, these following verses are to you personally from the Lord Jesus Christ himself. Rev 22:11-14 is the grand finale of the messages of the Lord Jesus Christ to his church. Vs11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: Notice, Jesus Christ says that if you are unjust or filthy person, being a member of his church, he tells you to stay as the same unjust or filthy person. He does not beg or plead you to change. In a way he tells you that he has rejected you. I am not telling this. Jesus Christ told this. But, Christians are in denial. So, be careful not to come to this level to get his wrath. The Bible says that his wrath is upon the disobedient. And he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

That is, there will be righteous and holy people present in his church all the time even though they are very few in number. He tells them to hang in there because he knows that it is difficult. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. His rewards, which is heaven or hell, is according to our works. But, preachers say, it is not by works. These preachers are liars. Believe what Jesus Christ says. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Here, Jesus Christ signs his name. 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. Jesus Christ tells us to obey his commandments, if we want to enter into heaven. If you belong to his church, Jesus Christ is telling you that this is the only way. This is his final message, directly from Jesus Christ, to everybody in his church, including you and me. There will be no messages to supersede this. This is the truth of God and it is not wise to be in denial. Accept the truth.

Grace is the power and presence of Jesus Christ that converts people from sinning to righteousness and holiness. True gospel is the gospel preached by Jesus Christ. As we obey them, God will give us grace.

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I have written a few things on the board that is covered already. Yet, let us go through them as a recap.

Isaiah 61:1 has a prophesy to anoint Jesus Christ as the author of the gospel. It is fulfilled in Luke. Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; 21 he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. It did not fulfill on anyone else, but on Jesus Christ. So, he is the only one, who has the copyright to the gospel. So, it is rebellion against God to preach any other gospel other than the gospel that Jesus Christ preached. All other gospels are counterfeit gospels.

2 Cor 12:9 Jesus Christ told Paul, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Paul responded, Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. The grace of God is the strength and power of Christ, that rest upon a person to make him perfect in his weakness. This is the true grace.

Gal 1:6-9 say that Those who have left the grace of Jesus Christ will also pervert the gospel. God curses them all, they cannot escape hell, and eternal fire.

John 1:17 says grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. The grace of God is the power & presence of Christ that is given to those who obey him. The truth of God is the gospel preached by Jesus Christ. As the disciples teach his commandments, Jesus Christ gives grace so that people will be able to obey them and inherit his kingdom.

Jesus preached the gospel a/c to Mt 4:17&23, 9:35, 11:1&5, 24:14, Mark 1:14, Luke 7:22, 20:1, & Heb 2:3. He told his disciples to preach his gospel and they have preached it a/c to Luke 9:2,6, & 60.

Matt 28:18-20 tells us to teach the commandments of Jesus Christ to all people to obey; Mark 16:15-16 calls it as his gospel. Grace, which is the power & presence of God, will be imparted to those, who will obey them.

2 Thes 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, God will take vengeance on those who do not obey Jesus Christ, in flaming fire, which is hell and then the lake of fire.

In Rev 22:14 Jesus Christ says 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., that is heaven. The final instruction of Jesus Christ to his church is that they must obey his commandments, to have eternal life and to inherit his kingdom.

Thank you for listening.

May God bless you.

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Written on the Board

1 Cor 6:20 ye are bought with a price:

1 Cor 7:23 & Acts 20:28... says the same.

So, you are God's property. Do what God says.

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1 Cor 3:16,17 ye are the temple of God

If any man defile (make it impure, commit sin)

him shall God destroy;

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1 John 1:7,9 if we walk in the light, as he is in the light (if we confess our sins), ... the blood of Jesus Christ... cleanseth us from all sin, (and all unrighteousness) (which is the instinct to commit sin).

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2 Cor 5:14,15, 1 Peter 2:24, Col 1:22, & Heb 9:14 Jesus Christ died and shed his blood for us, his love of Christ constraineth us; that we being dead to sins, should live holy, unblameable, & unreproveable.

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