Dear Fellow Believers in Christ, (The Genuine Gospel focuses on the Liberating Truth of Christ in Us as Our Only Life)
Why is Paul so strong on the matter of preaching a true or genuine gospel? Why did not the Early Church preach the final or genuine gospel of 100% grace? Is this not why Jesus Christ called Saul (later called Paul), to be an apostle of His revelation of the genuine gospel? Did not Christ sent Paul, to bring His divine correction to the church with the genuine gospel? Can the church be deceived when it doesn't teach a clear and genuine gospel? Why is the resurrection an important point with the genuine gospel? How are born again believers identified with His resurrection? Does the scripture not say that we will be judged one day at the judgment seat of Christ by Paul's genuine gospel? Father, thank you for your genuine gospel of grace through your Son. Holy Spirit continue to open up the important truth of our ever preaching and focusing others on the genuine gospel.
"I ever marvel that you are ever deserting so quickly from Him who once then called you in the grace of Christ into a different gospel, which is not another; only there are some ever troubling you and ever wishing to once pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel out of heaven, should ever preach any other gospel to you than what we have once then preached to you, let him ever be accursed. As we have said before, so now I ever say again, if anyone ever preaches any other gospel to you than what you at intervals have received, let him ever be accursed" (Gal. 1:6-9, Expanded Greek Translation Ė EGT).
First, The Genuine Gospel Functions and Begins with a Spirit Birthing
Why is Paul so strong on this matter? This matter is what is affecting hundreds, thousands, and most probably millions of souls today. Think about it. This is probably a major reason many arenít truly saved, and why many who are saved donít really know who they are in Christ, and have such a difficult time trying to live the Christian life. We need to know the genuine gospel, and be assured we are living by that genuine gospel. Our heavenly Father wanted birthed Sons to live in His house, so that He could have a full birthed relationship with them, and also could have a full eternal fellowship with them. The Spirit birthing is extremely functioning part of the genuine gospel. Jesus said that we enter in by the narrow gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction (Matt. 7:13). Jesus also said that this is why few will find it (Matt. 7:14). Jesus said, "I am the door" (John 10:9). The Holy Spirit baptizes us into the Body of Christ (I Cor. 12:13), so that we are born again receive the fullness of Christ in us (I Pet. 1:23). At the Spirit birthing, Christ becomes our door of salvation into the plan of God.
Second, The Genuine Gospel Reveals We are in Christ and Christ is in Us
There is no question that the Holy Spirit came miraculously, and that the Church began with Spirit birthing of about 3000 on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13,41).
Jesus had prophesied that Pentecost would be the beginning of the Church seeing and knowing that Christ is in the Father, and that we are in Christ, and Christ is in us (John 14:20). The purpose of the Spirit birthing was to begin the revelation of this knowledge of the truth of the genuine gospel Ė that we are in Christ and Christ is in Us (Eph. 1:4; Col. 1:27).
Third, Christ Called and Sent Paul with the Genuine Gospel to the Church
There are some who desire to model their life or their church after the Early Church in the first part of the Book of Acts, because of the dynamic growth and miracles. However, the Early Church did not fully have the revelation of the genuine gospel, and yet our Father blessed the church with many signs, wonders, and miracles out of His marvelous grace. After about 2 years, Jesus Christ Himself came and called Saul (later called Paul) to be His Apostle of the 100% grace of Christ (Acts 9). Christ called Paul and the Father revealed His Son in him as the genuine gospel and His divine correction to the church (Gal. 1:16). Paul declares we are to preach this genuine gospel of Christ (Gal. 1:6-9).
Fourth, The Genuine Gospel Declares that Our Heritage is Only in Christ
Some were still commingling law with grace in the Early Church. Even 19 years after Pentecost, Paul withstood Peter to his face in Antioch for his hypocrisy against the truth of the gospel in compelling Gentiles to live as Jews (Gal. 2:11-14). Did not the Lord already show Peter 3 times in a vision at Corneliusí house about 14 years earlier that all men of all nations are now acceptable to God? (Acts 10:9-17, 34-36). Even some God called apostles were not preaching, teaching, and living the genuine gospel. Paul said, "for you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:26). "For there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:28). The completed Jew teaching is contrary to the genuine gospel of Paul. Paul tells us that the born again saints are a new creation race (II Cor. 5:17), and have no background or heritage with any race of Adam. The new creation race is founded only in Christ, before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). The genuine gospel declares our heritage is only in Christ.
Fifth, The Genuine Gospel will Focus on the Liberating Life of Christ in Us
We are in a spiritual warfare. Paul declared that "some will 1depart from the faith, giving heed to 2deceiving spirits and 3doctrine of demons" (I Tim. 4:1). Paul also declared, "for if he who comes preaches 1another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive a 2different spirit, which you have not received, or a 3different gospel which you have not accepted, you may well put up with it" (II Cor. 11:4). The church should not be deceived! When you are preaching another Jesus from the one who lives His resurrection life in and through you as you (Gal. 2:20), then you are departing from the faith. This is promoted and comes from different and deceiving spirit to get you to preach a different gospel, which is actually a doctrine of demons. The devil doesnít want us to proclaim the liberating life of the genuine gospel. We are free from doer religion. We live by a completed 100% finished work on the cross. We are liberated by the Son living His 100% life in and through us as us (Gal. 2:20).
Sixth, The Genuine Gospel Focuses on the Fatherís Resurrection of Christ
Our message needs to be clear and plain. Certainly, the gospel cornerstones on the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (I Cor. 15:3-4). However, we are saved and live by the resurrection life of our Lord Jesus Christ living in us, from the Spirit rebirthing (Rom. 5:10, Gal. 2:20). We are made righteous by believing that our Heavenly Father was 100% satisfied with Jesusí atoning death, when our Father raised Him from the dead (Rom. 4:22-24). Our mouth focuses on the confession of the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord, with our heart believing that our Father raised Jesus from the dead with 100% satisfaction in His atonement for us (Rom. 10:9-10; Eph. 1:19-20).
Seventh, We will be Judged by the Genuine Gospel at the Judgement Seat
Paul clearly declares, "in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel" (Rom 2:16). Christ will one day ask us how much we allowed Him to live in and through us for His Father and for others on this earth. Our teaching, discipleship, faith, and other programs MUST focus men upon the genuine gospel of Christ living His resurrection life in us as us, according to Paulís revelation, not just practical or religious works of self-effort!