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Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
I just want to start off by saying to all who have visited my blog that I feel blessed and fortunate to be able to share with you what the Holy Spirit puts in my heart. My desire is first and foremost that Jesus Christ would be glorified and exalted and that the truth of His word would find the good soil of your heart's. My prayer for you is that his word would persuade you and change your life completely from the inward man and that you would be conformed to Jesus Christ and not Adam. Thanks for stopping by.
On my last blog post I started to share with you concerning the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Today I want to continue the same subject matter. Paul warned the Galatians of ANOTHER GOSPEL (Gal. 1:6 - 12) which is not another. In other words there is no other gospel but the gospel of Jesus Christ.
There is only one true gospel and Jesus Christ preached it, Apostle Paul and the apostles preached it , and of course His Church should preach it as well.
Now Paul was astonished that these Galatians, new converts to the faith of Jesus Christ, were "removed" so soon from him that called them into the grace of Christ , unto another gospel. Paul said that there were some that troubled them and would pervert the gospel of Christ. Specifically, we will look at what the Galatian believers encountered as pertaining another gospel. Let's continue though in what Paul proclaimed to them on this matter.
Paul said in Gal. 1:8-9 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. 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.
Now it is very important that we discern with God's understanding what Paul is saying here because I believe it is applicable to modern Christendom today. We need to understand that Paul was a true man of God and proclaimed the truth by the Holy Spirit, we can depend on what he proclaimed ("Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I LIE NOT" Gal. 1:20). He said if any of the apostles, or any angel (messenger from God) from heaven preach any other gospel other than the one they (Apostles) preached LET HIM BE ACCURSED. In the NIV translation "eternally condemned" is used. This is a very strong indictment of anyone past or present who attempts to pervert and deceive the masses with any other "gospel" other than the one that declares the DEATH, BURIAL, RESURRECTION and ASCENSION of JESUS CHRIST. People of God , it is a crime under God to preach things that God does not ordain and cannot be confirmed or verified by the word of God. If the present false preachers of our day do not repent of preaching half truths and lies they will be condemned eternally it's that serious to the Lord.
In the case of the Galatians the problem was circumcision. There were FALSE BRETHREN in their midst. Look at Galatians 2:4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out OUR LIBERTY which WE HAVE IN CHRIST JESUS, that THEY MIGHT BRING US INTO BONDAGE. The problem was an attempt by these false brothers to bring in again circumcision as a requirement for salvation. Notice that Paul called this bondage as oppose to what they were experiencing and enjoying freedom in Christ and true spiritual liberty.
In Gal. 5:1 - 13 Paul said Stand fast therefore IN THE LIBERTY wherewith CHRIST HATH MADE US FREE, and BE NOT ENTANGLED AGAIN with THE YOKE OF BONDAGE.
You see the true gospel of Jesus makes people free and does not enslave them with endless rituals, rules and religious practices that do not have a bearing on our salvation or delivers us from the real issue which is sin and death in our Adamic nature. God made it simple for us. He requires faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus fulfilled and obeyed fully the whole law perfectly for us.
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if YE BE CIRCUMCISED, CHRIST SHALL PROFIT YOU NOTHING. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, WHOSOEVER OF YOU ARE JUSTIFIED BY THE LAW; YE ARE FALLEN FROM GRACE. In verse 6 For in Jesus Christ NEITHER CIRCUMCISION AVAILETH ANYTHING, nor UNCIRCUMCISION; but FAITH which worketh BY LOVE.
God has no interest in fleshly foreskin but he does care greatly that the foreskin comes off our hearts. God is an inward heart God, not an outward superficial God. We can spend our entire lives attempting to get God's approval and try hard to please him with all our outward religion and then justify our self righteousness and still end up short of His glory and eternally lost. God requires that we believe the Gospel and then OBEY the Gospel. 1 Pet. 4:17 . . . what shall the end be of THEM THAT OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL OF GOD? 2 Thess. 1:8 tells us what will happen if we don't obey the true gospel of Jesus Christ "In flaming fire taking vengeance ON THEM that know not God, and that OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
As you see here the gospel has to be obeyed and when we look in the book of Acts people were instructed by the apostles to repent (crucification), be baptized in water in the name of Jesus (burial), and be filled with the Holy Spirit (resurrection) Acts 2:38, Acts 8:35-38, Acts 9:17-18, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:1-6. They never preached to people to repeat a "sinners prayer" or "repeat after me and they'll be saved". Modern Christendom is filled with false preachers misleading people with these false methods of giving there life to Christ. Another false method is where they tell you "accept Christ as your personal saviour" or "accept Jesus into your heart". They claim the gospel but unless you have spiritual discernment and understand the word of God many will be duped by these methods. We have to keep in mind that Satan has a counterfeit for whatever God does and he transforms himself as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14-15) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore IT IS NO GREAT THING IF HIS MINISTERS also be TRANSFORMED AS THE MINISTERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS; whose end shall be according to their works.). He does this to DECEIVE people and keep them from receiving the truth and their spiritual inheritance. I challenge anyone out there to try the spirits to see if they are of God. Beloved, believe NOT EVERY SPIRIT, but TRY THE SPIRITS whether they are of God: because MANY FALSE PROPHETS are gone out INTO THE WORLD (1 John 4:1). I have given you the four most widely used methods of many "churches" today, for so called giving your life to Jesus or joining the church as they say. None of these methods are biblical and that makes this the spirit of error or anti Christ.
All of the aforementioned false gospel methods leave people still in the flesh and adamic nature. These poor souls go about to live for God but they never have the power to live it because they have not truly been converted. We have to die people. Let's look at Romans 6: 1- 12 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, THAT ARE DEAD TO SIN, LIVE ANY LONGER THEREIN?
Apostle Paul saids should people that have been converted to the faith of Jesus Christ continue to live in sin so that we can get more grace. He said GOD FORBID. People who say they are Christians should not be living and willfully practicing sin, Jesus did not die for our sins in vain, so that we could turn around and live in it again. He died to give us the power to overcome sin. Verse 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as WERE BAPTIZED INTO JESUS CHRIST WERE BAPTIZED INTO HIS DEATH? Paul is teaching the saints in Rome, don't they know that when they were baptized into Jesus that they were baptized into His death as well. Part of a real believers conversion is that they have to die with Jesus and here is why verse 4 Therefore WE ARE BURIED WITH HIM BY BAPTISM INTO DEATH: that like AS CHRIST WAS RAISED UP FROM THE DEAD by the glory of the Father, EVEN SO WE ALSO SHOULD WALK IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE.
Paul explained that we are buried with Jesus in baptism into DEATH, so that just like the glory of the Father raised him up or resurrected him WE TOO are raised from the dead with Him. This resurrection will manifest itself in the NEWNESS OF LIFE. Jesus was crucified, buried, resurrected and then ascended. We too must go through the same and in this chapter Paul explains wonderfully the revelation of TRUE CONVERSION. No sinners prayer or false Christian conversions here.
Look at verse 5 For if we have been planted TOGETHER IN THE LIKENESS of HIS DEATH, WE SHALL BE ALSO IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS RESURRECTION.
Knowing this, that OUR OLD MAN IS CRUCIFIED WITH HIM, that the BODY OF SIN MIGHT BE DESTROYED, that HENCEFORTH WE SHOULD NOT SERVE SIN.
For HE THAT IS DEAD IS FREED FROM SIN.
Let's break this down the Bible saids that if we (those coming to Christ) are planted or united with Him like this in death, than in like manner we also will resurrect with Him. KNOWING this that our old man (sinful adamic nature) is crucified with Him. Why? so that this sinful body could be destroyed and for now on we don't have to be a slave of sin. We cannot righteously serve God with a fleshly nature still in tact it must die, those who want to keep it alive are in for an eternal rude awakening. This is why there is so much world wide rebellion and contention against what Paul and the apostles preached and us today who understand this and preach it as well. People every where say they believe in Jesus but they won't repent and they reject water baptism in Jesus name and also many reject the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the manifestation of speaking in tongues.
To those who are reading this who do you believe Jesus and his apostles or the traditions of men and this present gentile Babylonian religious system of false priests and their Pharisee Christianity. This is the Biblical Gospel and not the other gospel which is not another because there is only one true Gospel. We have to stand for the true Gospel or we will sink in lies.
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel. (Ephesians 6:19)
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be glory forever and ever. Amen.