What is the Real Gospel?

face3I recently did a Google search for the keyword phrase “What is the real gospel?” I was amazed to get a return of 20,600,000 results for that search. As I began to read some of the information presented on these websites I began to become very disturbed by what I was reading, and overwhelmed by the extent of deception and false information.

I’m sure somewhere contained in those 20,600,000 results there was some accurate and truthful information. However I was not able to find any before I simply got to the point that I could not read anymore of the barrage of false gospel that would overwhelm anyone.

How can so many people, churches, or denominations have so many interpretations of what the gospel message is, or how can someone be saved, with everyone reading from the same book we call the Bible?

Out of the now almost 7.5 Billion people in the world, 31% claim to be Christian. That’s 2,173,180,000 people as I write this. That’s just the ones that are alive at present!

Jesus said “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13). I’m sorry but ⅓ of the world’s population does not sound like a very narrow path to me, in fact it sounds pretty broad.

Why is this?  The answer is Satan influenced deception on a massive scale! The Apostle Paul said of those that preach a false gospel in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  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.”

With so many religions in the world, and so many denominations and beliefs just in the so-called “Christian” faith alone, how could anyone ever come to know what is truth except God reveal it to them?

I don’t care about what disagreements you may have with other people, Christians, Pastors, Church groups, or denominations.  However, on this one subject matter, or this one doctrine of salvation, you must get it right.  Your soul and where you will spend eternity depends on it!

Jesus said in Matthew 11:25 “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of the heaven and earth, because thou has hid these things from the wise and the prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

After many years in my youth of not understanding why people could not see what I, a simple man, could see so clearly right in God’s Word, and in plain english, it became clear to me that the Gospel is hidden.

Then in 1 Corinthians 4:3,4 we read what the Apostle Paul wrote: “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

Therefore I pray that you search your heart.  Do you want to know the truth, no matter the cost? If so, then I would ask that you pray right now before you continue that God would reveal the truth to you of who He is and the true gospel. Pray in earnest before you read another word.

There is Only One God

Isaiah 45:20-22 “Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”

There is Only One Church

Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

This is a very powerful scripture. Notice first that Jesus said I will build, and not man will build or some denomination or man made Church organization. Then note that he says my church. I does not belong to a pastor, or any organization. Notice that the word “church” is singular and not churches.  There is only one church that Jesus built and continues to build. You are part of it or you are not. The rest are satan influenced and man made.

There is Only One Gospel

Galatians 1:6-9  “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 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.”

There is Only One Salvation

John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

There is only one way to salvation.  It does matter what you believe, and how you respond.

So what is the prevalent basic, orthodox fundamental plan of salvation that the vast majority of “Christians” adhere to?  It is to simply believe that Jesus died for your sins and you will be saved, and to simply accept Jesus into your heart, or to simply say a prayer for Jesus to come into your heart.  All of which are not found in the Bible, anywhere!

Acts 16:30,31 “…Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” 

But Jesus also said in Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved…”

Most say that we really don’t need to do anything because that would be a “work”, and we are not saved by our works.  To attempt to prove this they quote Titus 3:5.

Yet the Apostle James says in James 2:14 “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works?…” Our faith requires a response, therefore we act on our faith and obey the gospel.

While it is true that we cannot earn our salvation by doing works of righteousness or good works, we still need to obey the Word of God concerning it, and obey the gospel. Yes, that required response in itself could be considered a work, because it requires a response from us. The difference is the wrong response of doing good works to earn a ticket to heaven, or the correct response that is required, which is obedience to the Gospel.

Romans 10:16 talks about obeying the gospel, so does 1 Peter 4:17. Then in 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 it says that the Lord Jesus will take vengeance on those that do not obey the gospel.

Then in John 3:3 Jesus said to Nicodemus; “Verily, verily, (Truly, truly) I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

When Nicodemus questioned what Jesus was saying in John 3:4, Jesus made it even more clear in John 3:5 saying; “Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

Then before the risen Jesus was taken up, the last commandment that He gave His disciples in Matthew 28:19 was to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name (singular) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. That one name that they were to baptize in was the name of Jesus.

Then in Luke 24:49 Jesus gave His disciples the promise that He (Jesus) would send the promise of the Father. They were to tarry in Jerusalem and wait for it. This was the promise of the Holy Ghost so that they would be born of the Spirit, or born again (John 3:3).

Then in book of Acts which is the history of the early Church, they received this promise of the Holy Ghost in Acts 2:1-4.

So when it came time to share this with others, the gospel message was given for the very first time. In Acts 2:38-39 when the Apostles were asked what they should do, the Apostle Peter said to “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

The gospel is again highlighted in Paul’s letter to the Church in Corinth in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. Jesus does not ask us to die a physical death on the cross as He did, but He asks us to die to ourselves through repentance and follow Him.

He does not ask us to be buried three days in a tomb as He was, but rather in like figure we are buried with Him, and in His name, in the waters of baptism, rising out of the water to newness of life, even as He rose from the dead.

Peter tell us in 1 Peter 3:20,21 that in fact just as eight souls were saved by water in the ark, in like figure does baptism now save us.

To be saved we must obey the gospel, and to obey the gospel we must repent. This is about-face, or a turning from sin and our own way to God’s way.  We must be baptized (submerged in water) in the name of Jesus for the remission, or forgiveness of sins. Then He promises to fill us with His Spirit (Holy Ghost).

Now in each of these things there is a great undeniable evidence.  When we repent, we know in our heart that we have fully repented, and God sees our heart (1 Samuel 16:7). When we are baptized in His name we hear with our own ears that name of the Lord being called over us, and we know that we have been fully submerged in water for we are wet.  It is no less deniable when we have been filled with the Holy Ghost for we, as well as all those around us. Not only is it a glorious experience unlike one that you will ever experience again on this earth, but you will also speak in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance.

Jesus said: “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8).

When someone is filled with the Holy Spirit you cannot tell where is comes from, but you can hear the sound of the evidence of its presence flowing from the tongue of all those that receive it.

Salvation is not about works, and it is not about the law or legalism, but it is about obedience.  However Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments from a sincerity to know the truth.

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