Dear Fellow Believers in Christ, (The Final Gospel of Christ in You as Your Life is the Father's Focus and the Holy Spirit's Primary Revelation to the Church)
Paul said there are some who preach another gospel. What does it mean to preach another gospel? What does it mean to preach and teach the Gospel of the Christ-life? Did you know that Paul refers to this final gospel as "my gospel"? Does not Paul declare that Father can once then establish the church by this final gospel? Did you know that this final gospel is the criterion that we will be asked about at the judgement seat of Christ? Wow! Perhaps, we might honesty examine what we preach and teach, in light of His importance, direction, and consideration for eternity. . . . Father, we thank You for Your Son and Your 100% grace all based on Your Son's full atoning work on the cross. Thank You that You made Christ our life, our ONLY life! May the Holy Spirit reveal and open up more of Your glorious truth that You so dearly want us to know in this area, for our liberation, and for Your sake and glory.
THE FINAL GOSPEL
"Now to My Father who is ever able to once then establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery having already been kept secret since the world began, but now has once then been made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures has once then been made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the eternal God, for obedience into the faith" (Romans 16:25,26, Expanded Greek Translation - EGT).
First, Jesus is the Teacher of His Disciples and Peter with the Initial Gospel
Jesus came to be revealed to Israel (John 1:31). Jesus came under the law and to fulfill the law (Gal. 4:4; Matt. 5:17). Jesus then went to the cross to put to death the Adamic nature, sin, the penalty of sin, and the law (Rom. 6:6; Eph. 2:15,16; Col. 2:13,14). Jesus began preparing His disciples in the upper room discourse, recorded in John chapters 13 through 16. Jesus clearly emphasized to the disciples that the Holy Spirit was going to be sent to be their teacher (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:13-15). Jesus is the teacher of the initial Gospel of Circumcision to Israel given primarily to His disciples and Peter (Gal. 2:7,8). However, this initial gospel was under the law and was given for Israel and those that were not yet Spirit birthed sons of God.
Second, The Holy Spirit is the Teacher of the Apostles for the Final Gospel
Again, Jesus emphasized in the upper room that the Holy Spirit would be sent to become the new teacher to His disciples (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:13-15). Jesus commanded His apostles after His resurrection and before His ascension, to "wait for the promise of the Father" (Acts 1:4). The promise of the Father was the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Jesus was preparing His apostles for the transition and change that would take place. Jesus knew that His apostles would be Spirit birthed on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 1:5). Jesus also knew that the apostles would then be taking the gospel forth to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). There would be a transition time that the Father would permit this initial gospel to be given to Israel and others. The Holy Spirit was sent to Spirit baptize us into Christ as birthed sons (I Cor. 12:13). Then, the Holy Spirit's job was to teach and lead the apostles through the transition time by renewing their minds to accept and receive the final gospel.
Third, God committed The Revelation of the Final Gospel to Paul
The Lord miraculously called the Apostle Paul (then named Saul) on the road to Damascus to prepare him to receive the revelation of the final gospel from the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:1-19). This final Gospel of uncircumcision was committed to Paul for the Gentiles (Acts 9:15; Gal. 2:7,8). Paul clearly declares, "But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ" (Gal. 1:11,12). The Holy Spirit revealed and taught Christ to Paul. The Holy Spirit renewed the mind in Paul over a three year period to know, preach and teach this final gospel of 100% grace to and for the Gentiles, with no conferring with man (Gal. 1:17,18).
Fourth, The Final Gospel is a Revealed Gospel Taught by the Holy Spirit
The initial Gospel of Circumcision was learned by the disciples by the natural and unrenewed mind before they were born again at Pentecost. The initial gospel was taught by Jesus for Israel the covenant sons living under the Law and by the Law. The final Gospel of Uncircumcision was revealed to the Apostle Paul after his Spirit rebirthing. The Final Gospel is a Spirit revealed gospel taught by the Holy Spirit of the 100% grace to and for birthed sons of God. Paul calls this final gospel, "the gospel of His Son" (Rom. 1:9). We call it the message of the Christ-life. It is the revealed gospel that Christ lives in you as you (Gal. 2:20).
Fifth, The Lord and the Holy Spirit Retrains Peter with the Final Gospel
Right after Paul was called to this final gospel, the Lord and the Holy Spirit began retraining and renewing the minds of the other apostles to this final gospel. The miraculous events before and after Peter met Cornelius is a prime example of this (Acts 10:1-48). The Lord lets a net down out of heaven three times with all kinds of animals and birds (Acts 10:11-16). The Lord speaks to Peter and states, "What God has cleansed you must not call common" (Acts 10:9-15). With Divine miraculous working, Peter went to speak to Cornelius. While he was talking of Christ and His death and resurrection for whoever believes in Him, the Holy Spirit fell on those who heard the word and they began to speak with tongues and magnify God. The Holy Spirit was right on target with the exact part of the message that Peter spoke. This was the final gospel of 100% grace for whosoever will and believes will be saved (Rom. 10:13). Peter was reluctantly embracing the message of the Lord and the Holy Spirit about the final gospel.
Sixth, The Final Gospel is the ONLY Authorized Gospel for the Church
The final gospel of 100% grace of the Christ-life is the ONLY authorized gospel for the Church today. Paul said, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek" (Rom. 1:16). The initial gospel involved the restoration of Adam. The initial gospel had a history that dated back to Adam. The final gospel is the gospel of reconciliation (II Cor. 5:18-20). The final gospel has no history in man. It is founded only in Christ. We were chosen in Christ "before the foundation of the world" (Eph. 1:4). All other dispensations God depended upon man to make things work. With this dispensation and the final gospel, God alone makes all things work. Paul strongly declares twice, that if anyone preaches any other gospel or perverts the gospel of Christ let him go to hell (Gal. 1:6-9).
Seventh, The Final Gospel Criterion Used at the Judgement Seat of Christ
Why do you think Paul is so strong about preaching only the final Gospel of Christ? Paul declares that we will be established according to His gospel (Rom. 16:25). The final gospel is according to the revelation of the mystery (Rom. 16:25). The reality of the Christian life is Christ living His life in and through us as us. The Christ-life truly is our Life (Gal. 2:20). We are saved by His resurrected life now Spirit birthed in us (Rom. 5:10). One day we will be asked at the Judgement seat of Christ, "What have you done with My life in you as you?" I think that is the only question, and the pinnacle of His concern. It is my prayer that we will live only according to the final gospel. By His 100% grace, Christ on the cross put to death, the Adamic nature, sin, and all law condemnation. Christ is our life, our ONLY life, to now be lived and expressed through us for others.