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No Other Gospel

 

This evening I would like to preach to you out of Galatians chapter 1 starting with verse 6. 

 

Galatians 1:6  I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7  not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9  As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. 10  For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. 

 

The Apostle Paul in the beginning of his writings to the Galatians, spoke of some individuals preaching “a different gospel”. They were teaching, that to be saved, Gentile believers, or non-Jews, had to follow Jewish laws and customs.  Faith in Christ was not enough.  The message undermined the truth of the Gospel, or “Good News”, that salvation was a gift, not a reward for performing something.  Our Salvation is a free gift upon confession of Christ, but also based on repentance, and through repentance walking in new life. 

 

The Jews who pushed additional requirements for salvation, basically denied Christ’s power of His death and resurrection on the Cross. 

 

Those who had confused the Galatian believers with extra salvation steps were fairly zealous Jewish Christians; who believed that the Jewish customs of dietary laws and circumcision were required of all believers.  These so called teachers wanted to turn the Gentile Christians into Jews.  It reminds me of our denominational structures of the church today.  As we are prone to call ourselves by our denominational or other name.  Baptist, Methodist, or Pentecostal.

 

The Apostle Paul on the other hand was steering the Galatian Christians back to the truth.  In verse 11, Paul states, “For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel.  12  For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”

 

 

Today it appears we like during the days of this writing by the Apostle Paul have many Gospels.  Back during the Galatian’s day, they had to deal primarily with the Jews, where today, we have so many variations of thought, that it clouds the truth of Gospel that is really plain and easy to understand when you get back to the roots of Christianity.  Man it seems, loves to interject themselves into the Gospel and add things, or move away from Jesus’ and the Apostle’s teachings, but all it does is pervert the Gospel and the Word presented. The truth is clouded to many who are not grounded in Christ and it usually steers them into a complacent Christian walk.   I believe that is what we see today with such a falling away by those who used to be in the church.  We have strayed from the basics.  We have strayed because we no longer walk in the power of the Gospel.

 

So what is the Gospel message?  So in the Bradley paraphrased short version, and attempt to give it to you in the contexts of this message. 

 

It says in the Book of Matthew, that Jesus….

 

Matthew 4:23  “And he (Jesus) went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. 

 

There is a lot of stuff going on here with Jesus and what he was doing.  But let’s look at the word Gospel that is used in this verse.  Let’s look at its meaning and description.

 

The word Gospel represented in this verse in the Greek, with an English spelling is “Evangelion”.  The original spelling is “Euaggelion” from Strong’s Concordance, pronounced (yoo-ang-ghel’-ee-on). It means the good news, (many of us know that) but more than that, the definition increases to, “God’s Good News”, and it encompasses the entire Bible. I got that out of an extended Strong’s review of this word.  Continuing, “The good news of the coming Messiah, and it at times expresses God who is the giver, sometimes the gift, Jesus Christ, and even at times the human transmitter, the Apostle.

 

 

From Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, “the glad tidings of the kingdom of God”

 

Mark 1:15; Mark 8:35; Mark 10:29; Mark 13:10; Mark 14:9; Mark 16:15; Matthew 26:13; with a genitive of the object added: τῆς βασιλείας, Matthew 4:23; Matthew 9:35; Matthew 24:14; Mark 1:14.

 

Included in the words description from Thayer’s is “After the death of Christ the term τό εὐαγγέλιον comprises also the preaching of (concerning) Jesus Christ as having suffered death on the cross to procure eternal salvation for men in the kingdom of God, but as restored to life and exalted to the right hand of God in heaven, thence to return in majesty to consummate the kingdom of God; so that it may be more briefly defined as "the glad tidings of salvation through Christ; the proclamation of the grace of God manifested and pledged in Christ.

 

But there is more to this “word” Gospel. 

 

The truth contained in the Gospel, Galatians 2:5 speaks of it, and Colossians 1:5, it’s called the Word of Truth. 

 

Col 1:3  “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 

4  since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5  because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6  which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth,”

 

We also have “hope” in the Gospel stated in Colossians 1:23.

 

This Gospel, is a groundwork for our Christian life.  Our believe in the Gospel not only saves us, and has truth, but also hope, not only in our future life in Christ, but even now.

 

When you look back at Matthew 4:23, not only did Jesus preach the Gospel, he showed the power of the Gospel, what it represented, the Kingdom of God.   “and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.’

This Gospel was lifesaving not only spiritually, but also by being eternally saved from the wrath to come, and today brings spiritual as well as physical healing.  Our sins are removed, which brings freedom of mind and we have peace from fear of wraith, or other spiritual heaviness, and Jesus heals us physically because of the power in His name. 

 

Galatians 1:6  I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7  not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9  As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. 10  For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. 

 

Getting back to Galatians 6 and the purpose for this message, Paul speaking to the Galatians about them turning to a different gospel, or a distorted one.  Paul really hit it on the mark when he spoke in Galatians 1:11 that I referenced earlier.  “The Gospel is not something man made up” …...  and in verse 12, the Apostle Paul knew the truth because he had received it by revelation.

 

Today in the church I believe we have come up against a wall.  The wall of truth.  That is the Gospel in its entirety, what Jesus intended when He preached it, in its full power.  Then there is the wall of falsehood.  The wall where the Gospel and the Word of God is distorted. 

 

Today God is calling His church to shake off the dust of false teaching which is the teaching of the Word not in its entirety, but in pieces, to keep preachers safe within the powerless abilities they minister in, or to make them liked, or keeps them outside controversy. 

 

God is done with that. 

 

Back to Matthew 4:23 “And he (Jesus) went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. 

Jesus preached the Kingdom of God.  He preached freedom from this world.  He preached eternal life.  He preached an overcoming life.  He preached a life without sickness.  He preached a life free from spiritual bondage. He preached a life of peace.  A life of joy and unspeakable glory.  And he demonstrated it.  He lived it.

 

Going back to the Apostle Paul in Galatians 1:11, he specifically said, “I want you to know brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something man made up.” 

 

And today, we are believing men who preach a gospel and a word that has been made up to believe that the Word of God has been stripped of its power from the days of Jesus.  And I assure you that this has not happened. 

 

The Apostle Paul was correct in saying that he had received the truth by revelation, and it is time that we in the church receive the truth by revelation too.    I am no theologian, but I know what the Bible says, and by seeking God about the truth, I have received revelation of the truth, just like Paul.  Why, because like Paul and so many others, I have prayed to the Father for the truth and he has freely given it to me.

 

I don’t know if it is fear today of the unknown when it comes to the real spiritual and supernatural things of the Word of God, but God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and a sound mind. 1 Tim 1:7. He wants us to believe in the fullness of His Word.  This world depends on it.

 

Satan has done a wonderful job on the church and especially leading preachers away from God’s truth.  He really has brought confusion into the Word of God.  He is good at distorting things.  So he has distorted the Word of God.  “You know; part of God’s Word really isn’t relevant to this generation.  Some of it is really old.  The current generations really can’t relate.”  “People coming into church with your programs.  The church business is booming here.  We don’t need this Holy Spirit stuff here; it just scares people.  They don’t understand it. 

 

You know those spiritual gifts, prophecy, people really get wacky with that stuff, and people who get into that spirit stuff are a bit crazy.”  I have heard it all. 

 

Even from churches that operated in the gifts of the Spirit who now don’t, they all sound alike.  What it is, is that man’s ways have taken precedent over God’s ways. 

 

Just like the Christian Jews in Galatia, today the “and I will call them” the progressive church has identified with the ways of man to “do” church and really don’t need God anymore.  Hence they preach a different Gospel.  Actually this has been going on for over a thousand years or more.

 

Jesus’ Gospel was about redemption of man and about power of God to set people free.  The power to heal in many shapes and forms, but show how much God loves His people, His creation.  But today our false gospel makes man feel good, temporarily, but does not offer the total healing they deserve from the Full Gospel.

 

Really it is incumbent on the church to go back to the Word of God, and not only read it, but consume it.  Digest it, then go to our God and Father and pray for revelation of the truth.

 

Which brings me to scripture we recite here much:

 

Ephesians 1:17-23, “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18  having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19  and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20  that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,  21  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22  And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23  which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”

 

The Apostle Paul wanted the church to know.  To know God’s love, as well have wisdom and knowledge through revelation directly from God to know the truth of their salvation.

 

The Gospel is not rocket science that some may have us to believe.  The Word of God is plain.  Jesus laid it out, then His Apostles, primarily Paul gave some meat to the Gospel in this writings, so that this Gospel would be preached to all mankind and they could make a decision to believe in it and live in it out of their own free will. 

 

Today just as in the time of Jesus, we need to believe in all of what is written in this Book, the Bible, and live it out.

 

I challenge you to not only digest this Book, but if you hear a word by me or any other teacher or preacher of the Word, to examine deeply what it says, and if it doesn’t line up with what Jesus said, or his Apostles, throw it out.  And if needed, go somewhere else where the truth is being spoken.  The Holy Spirit Jesus said, would guide us in all truth.

 

John 16:13, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

 

So we hear a word, then we pray to God, and then we must listen.  The Spirit of Truth will then guide us.  Today is not a day to easily just believe what you hear from what a man or women speaks to you about God’s Word.  I question, do they even know God?  Have they even received revelation of who He is?  Have they been in His presence?  Have they manifested His presence?  If not….  Well, that is your decision.

 

We must take what we have heard and line it up with the Word of God.  Because we well know that if the Church of Jesus Christ today fulfilled what He said, we would be seeing the greatest revival since the church was established.  And guess what?  The earth today, especially this country and this city need that truth and the full expression of the Gospel.  It needs the fullness of the Gospel to set men and women free so Jesus can again:

 

“healing every disease and every affliction among the people.”  His people.  Our people.

 

Jesus wants to do just that.  He wanted to do that from the beginning.  Jesus said when He stood in front of Zacchaeus the tax collector in Luke 19, where Zacchaeus confessed to Him, and believed in Him, Jesus said:

 

“Today salvation has come to this house. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  Luke 19:9-10.

 

The lost is everyone who has not been set free by the Gospel that includes those even in the church.  The Gospel that has the power to heal, and bring peace and freedom from the bondage on this earth.  And we have a God who is saying today, believe it.  Believe my Word, and walk in it, live it, be it.  It has not changed since the foundations of the world.  I do not change, nor will I change my Word, or my promises.  Believe.  Believe, and be free, and give that freedom to others. 

 

There is only one Gospel, and there is only one God, one Christ, and one Holy Spirit, and they all work together, for us to be one with them to be free in this age, and the age to come.  We just have to believe that.

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