THAT'S JUST YOUR OPINION! (PART 6)

 

 

The Gospel of God cannot be justly objected to for it is God's Gospel, it cannot be broken. The Gospel of God cannot be made null and void, it cannot disappear, for it is the uniquely eternal Gospel of God. No one but the foolish and ignorant would dare object to God's Gospel, knowingly or unknowingly. Believing what the Gospel is, and not what it purportedly is, is salvation. What the Gospel of God is, is not something which is legitimately open to debate for God's Gospel is what God says it is and not what a man believes it to be. Now, there are certainly many gospels but only one True Gospel. Only one Gospel which God puts His name to. This is made perfectly clear by Paul the apostle in Galatians 1. Consequently, we can definitively say Who God is, what God has done and for whom He has done it. The true Christian can definitively and unequivocally know, believe in, trust and teach the Good News, the Gospel, of God as the only Power of God unto salvation. God's Gospel is preserved by the power of God and all His people believe it by the power of God for they are all given the gift of Faith with which to believe it. God has appointed some of His elect to be teachers, not of false gospels but, of God's Gospel and no other (see 2 Corinthians 12:28). If God's elect did not believe and teach God's Gospel they would be no different to those the apostle Paul describes as, "...unruly and vain talkers and deceivers..." (see Titus 1:9,10).

 

 

For those who cannot see the true Gospel and who therefore argue about it ad nauseam, the Scriptures have this to say: "But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost" (2 Corinthians 4:3). This means that only those who do not know the Gospel of God will forever debate what it is. Those who say, 'No one knows what the Gospel of God is', reveal more about themselves than what they might imagine. Scripture says that if the Gospel is hid, meaning if the Gospel is 'veiled' so as to 'hinder the knowledge of it', it is hidden or unknown, and, therefore unrecognizable, only to those who are lost. So, those who claim that no one knows what the Gospel of God is show that they are among the lost, for no child of God in the Scriptures subscribes to such thinking, nor has any saved man of God done so. Those who are blind to the truth either believe there is no truth or believe in something else as truth. What else could the lost to whom the Gospel of God is hidden say, but, 'No one knows what the Gospel of God is'! God has in no uncertain terms proclaimed what His Gospel is. It is not up for debate, nor is it subject to what a man believes it to be or thinks it should be. THE GOSPEL OF GOD IS NOT HIDDEN TO THOSE THAT ARE SAVED, BUT ONLY TO THOSE THAT ARE LOST. If you do not know and believe the Gospel of God you are currently in a lost state. Its verifiableness does not await any man's point of view, but upon comparing Scripture with Scripture, "...comparing spiritual things with spiritual" (1 Corinthians 2:13). As with whom God will have mercy and upon whom He will not have mercy is not something which is subject to man's opinion of right and wrong (see Romans 9:20), so too, the Gospel of God is what God says it is and He reveals it to whomsoever He will. The Christian is, "...predestinated according to the purpose of Him Who worketh all things after the counsel of His own Will: that we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ" (Ephesians 1:11,12). Now how can anyone professing to be Christian, that is, professing to be in subjection unto the Gospel of God, possibly bring glory to God by trusting in a false christ of another gospel? If there is no belief in the Christ of  God's Gospel there can be no evidence of predestination but only a vacuum of grace. Predestination is inextricably linked with the good pleasure and purpose of God, with Who He is: "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved:" (Ephesians 1:5,6). SALVATION IS ALL ABOUT GOD, NOT MAN!! Salvation is all about Who God is and what He has done for His chosen people. Salvation is about the glory of God, the will of God, the praise of God and His great grace by which He saves His people from their sins. The will of God is in accord with predestination, not against it as so many would have us believe. It was the good pleasure of God to predestinate His chosen ones. Predestination was done TO THE PRAISE OF THE GLORY OF GOD'S GRACE!! ANYONE who denies predestination, according to the will and grace of God, tears at the heart of the praise of the glory due unto the grace of God, and, ANY TEACHING which stands in contradiction to predestination IS NOT to the praise of God's glorious Grace but to the detriment of it. Predestination is undeniably due to, and to the praise of, God's Grace. To praise God for His grace in salvation IS TO praise Him for His Sovereign predestination of all those He chose to receive that grace. Predestination is hated by the world, including the majority of those who claim to be Christians, even though the Scriptures clearly demonstrate that predestination has to do with the Will of God and the praise of the glory of His grace. Scripture says: "For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion....Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy and whom He will He hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, 'Why doth He yet find fault? For who hath resisted His will?' Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God?..." (Romans 9:15,18-20).

 

 

The apostle Paul's reference to the Jews and their failed search for Righteousness in Romans 10 is also the story of the world. "What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded" (Romans 11:7 cf. 2 Corinthians 4:3,4).What a man thinks about the Gospel and how sure a man is in what he believes the gospel to be, or should be, is completely irrelevant. GOD IS NOT INTERESTED IN WHAT YOU ARE SURE OF! THE QUESTION IS AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN: WHAT DOES GOD SAY HIS GOSPEL IS, AND, DO YOU BELIEVE THE GOSPEL OF GOD? Do you believe what GOD says His Gospel is? Do you believe in how God says He saves, or do you deny God and what God says and believe in another way? The Gospel of God is GOD'S Gospel. It is GOD'S property, it is HIS Business. It is HIS Truth. It is what HE has said it is and it is man's obligation to believe GOD'S Gospel or suffer the eternal consequences of not obeying it. The Lord Jesus will return "...in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that KNOW NOT GOD, and that OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the Presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power" (2 Thessalonians 1:8,9 cf. 1 Peter 1:2). Note the significant, and eternal, link here between not knowing God and not obeying His Gospel. Obeying the Gospel IS knowing God, and, to disobey the Gospel of God, to not believe it, reveals that person as someone who does not know God and who is, therefore, not a Christian. Those who believe in a false gospel are the very servants of sin for, "...to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey..." (Romans 6:16). To those who truly believe, the Christ of the Gospel is Lord and God and the True and only Messiah. But, the disobedient, those who believe in a jesus and not in the Jesus declared by God in His Gospel as His Son, having their faith in another, stumble at the Word of Truth, the Gospel, which teaches and reveals Him. They foolishly turn away from the true God just as did the Jewish leaders in rejecting the very Chief Cornerstone. "Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the Word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed" (1 Peter 2:7,8 cf. Psalms 118:19-24; Matthew 21:42; Acts 4:11,12). Christ speaks of giving eternal life exclusively to those the Father has given Him. Christ said of Himself "...that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him" (John 17:2). And in Hebrews 2 the writer, citing Isaiah 8:18, says: "...Behold I and the children which God hath given Me" (Hebrews 2:13). The stark contrast, in 2 Thessalonians 2:10-13, between those who did not receive the love of the Truth of God, and therefore salvation, with those who did obey the only true Gospel of God is quite confronting to those who are not familiar with such themes. "...they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved....That they al might be damned who believed not the Truth.." (2 Thessalonians 2:10,12). Of the brethren, the apostle Paul says: "But we are bound to give thanks alwayto God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the Truth: Whereunto He called you by our Gospel..." (2 Thessalonians 2:13,14). The elect of God are called only by the Gospel of God. Those who believe in a different gospel do not provide any evidence that the true God has called them, for their faith is in another (see 2 Thessalonians 2:13,14 cf. 1 Peter 1:2). You cannot obtain to the Glory of the true Christ if you have not been called by the true Christ's Gospel.

 

 

Some people think the Gospel of God is this and some people are of the opinion that the Gospel of God is that, whilst many think the entire Bible is the Gospel of God. What God's Gospel means to some people may mean an altogether different thing to others, but it only means ONE thing to God: how God saves His people, by His grace, from their sins, through His Son. The God of salvation and His Gospel of salvation. You see, if it wasn't for God and His Gospel then far from knowing the Truth, far from obeying and believing the Truth of God, all any man would be left with would indeed be mere interminable conjecture and opinion. This provides us with invaluable insight concerning those who forever speculate and opinionize yet never come to a saving knowledge of the Truth. The Word of God puts it this way: "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for IT is THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION to everyone that believeth..." (Romans 1:16 cf. Ephesians 1:13). The Gospel of God is not believed, it is not considered to be the power of God to save, by those who believe in any other gospel, or in no gospel at all: "For the preaching of the Cross is TO THEM THAT PERISH (who do not believe) foolishness; but unto US which are saved (who do believe) IT is the power of God" (1 Corinthians 1:18). The fact that all those from whom the Gospel of God is hidden are lost, is further confirmed by Paul's words to the Thessalonians: "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved....that they all might be damned who believed not the truth..." (2 Thessalonians 2:10,12 cf. Hebrews 3:12,18,19 see also Jude 5). "Unbelief is a source of sin, and cause of judgment, being greatly provoking to God." Again, there is no salvation for those who do not love the truth of God. Those who are enamoured with any one of man's many versions of the Gospel are lost. The Christian, by the Grace of God through the Faith of God, is the only one blessed with a bias for the Truth of God, for what God has said. Those who do not have the saving Faith of God, who have not had the Gospel of God revealed unto them, who have not received the love of God's Truth and who, therefore, are not saved, can only have a faith which is biased against the Gospel of God. Whilst this does not preclude them from acting like Christians and believing themselves to be Christians, loving their idea of God and calling their idea of who Christ is, 'Lord', it is nevertheless incontrovertible evidence that they could not possibly be Christians for they have not placed their trust in the True God, they do not believe His only Gospel. Instead, they have placed their trust in who they think God is, and in what they think His Gospel is. The true Gospel is hid from them. They believe another gospel. They have not received the love of the Truth. They have no love for God's Gospel.

 

 

One man said to me only this day, 'You have your dogma and that person has their dogma'. Am I then to assume that all is right with the world? What on earth is this supposed to mean? How does  this man's statement supposed to help anyone sort through the confusion, the dilemma, of who is right? Of what right dogma is and what false dogma is. Of who has the TRUE Dogma of God and who believes in lies? Is it enough to just have a dogma despite its origin and contents? Despite its being true or false? Are all dogmas, despite their differences, true? Are there no false dogmas, are there no false gods? People have just got it stuck in their brains that if you are a sincere and kind person and do good unto others then all is well despite what you believe! That what a person does, coupled with the kind of person one is, in some way validates what a person believes. That whilst what a man does is either good or bad, what a man believes is somehow all good and perfectly acceptable to a Holy God. That one set of beliefs is just as good as another whether or not they are in accord with God's Word! That believing in what God has said and what you believe God has said is the same thing! Apparently, as long as you believe something and are sincerely committed to it, you're ok! For man in his lost state, character and conduct supplants Truth. For the lost perception is reality! Such thinking promotes the flawed concept that there is no right or wrong, therefore, how one worships God, and what a person sincerely believes about God is a matter of personal preference and not Truth. What those who advocate such thinking fail to realise is that the Word of God does not teach that sincerity alone in whatever one wants to believe is enough, but that one must have sincerity AND TRUTH: "Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve Him in sincerity AND IN TRUTH..." (Joshua 24:14 cf. 1 Corinthians 5:8; 2 Corinthians 1:12). The Roman Catholic Church defends her use of pagan symbols, such as the cross and the rosary beads, by saying they are using these admittedly pagan objects in their worship of 'God'. They say they have adopted these pagan instruments for use in their worship of 'God' and to honor 'God', and that this is all quite acceptable to, and permissible by, a loving 'God'. Scripture, however, says God's people are not to worship God the way pagans worship their false gods (see Deuteronomy 12:30,31). For a person to think they are worshipping the true God despite what they believe about Him, is equal to thinking one may worship God as the heathen worship their false gods. Does this mean that one can believe in a false gospel and say, 'It's ok, because I believe it is the Gospel of God and, whether it is or not, God's Love is bigger than any false doctrine I may have inadvertently placed my trust in. And besides, God knows my heart'. God does indeed know your heart. He knows whether it is a believing heart or a disbelieving and disobedient heart when it comes to His Gospel. A heart that is filled with unbelief toward the true God is called, in the Scriptures an evil heart: "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God" (Hebrews 3:12). One cannot make up for having an evil heart of unbelief toward the true God by filling it with 'good intentions' and sincere belief in a false gospel with accompanying good works. With the heart ALL God's people believe all of God's Gospel wherein His Righteousness is revealed! "...if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto Righteousness..." (Romans 10:10). It is also a fact that if one confesses a false jesus and shall believe on one's heart in the resurrection of a false jesus thou shalt receive eternal damnation. Many folk believe they are safe and saved simply because they believe in resurrection. But, it is who you believe was resurrected and not simply that you believe resurrection is true that counts. Which jesus do you believe was resurrected? If you believe in a false jesus, you are not saved. To truly believe is to believe with the heart and any who fail to believe the true Jesus, the Jesus of the Gospel, and that the true God has raised this true Jesus from the dead, are not saved. The fruit of salvation is believing the Gospel of God from the heart. Those who seek refuge in the well-worn adage, 'God knows my heart', fail to acknowledge the fact that: the principle and paramount test of the heart is whether or not it believes the Gospel of God "...but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you" (Romans 6:17). The subsequent verses in Romans 10 all deal with salvation and believing the Gospel. In fact, immediately after all the talk of Righteousness, salvation and calling upon the name of Jesus, in Romans 10, Paul turns his readers' attention to hearing and believing and preaching the Gospel, closing with the indisputable declaration that saving Faith can and does only come by hearing, and that hearing can only be if it is the Gospel of God that is being preached. Those who rest their eternal futures upon their hope that because God knows their heart this, in some way, will cause Him to ignore their erroneous beliefs and pagan modes of worship etc., believe that God accepts any kind of worship from anyone, and that He will also accept whatever one believes about Him as long as there is sincerity. That sincerity is somehow the champion of the poor and the ignorant being some sort of magical key that will somehow right all wrongs and pave the way to Heaven. That a person is saved who believes in the Gospel but that one is also saved if one's faith is in another gospel, which is not God's Gospel at all. That regardless of what a person believes, if one believes with sincerity, one is saved. The error these people commit is that sincerity does not cover a multitude of sins. Sincerity of heart does not somehow absolve anyone from the eternal consequences of believing in a gospel of which God is not the author. In fact, sincerity, when it comes to belief in a false gospel, rather than working on the side of the believer further compounds their situation, for it is undeniable evidence of their guiltiness in not believing the Gospel of Truth. The fact that you have sincerely placed your trust in a false gospel is not something which is inadvertent because your faith in it is due to your sincere conviction it is of God. Those who believe in a false gospel do it not by accident but by intention. Simply because you are sincerely convinced of the veracity of a false gospel does not, nor can it in any way make up for, or in some way minimize, let alone cancel out the ramifications of having placed your trust in the lies which you have believed. If it did then all that would really matter in salvation would be sincerity of conviction rather than that which is actually believed. One does not honor the true God by believing in a false gospel. When a person believes a false gospel they are being disobedient to God and His Gospel. The consequences of  believing in a false gospel, which is to disbelieve God, are clear: "...unto them which are contentious, and do not obey the Truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and Wrath," (Romans 2:8). As friendship with the world is enmity with God (James 4:4), so too, any friendship towards false gospels, which are nothing more than products of the world, is enmity with God and His Gospel. Friendship with the world is, "...a conformity to, and compliance with, the sinful manners and customs of the world, and are so many declarations of war with God, and acts of hostility upon him; and show the enmity of the mind against him. Whoever is in league with the one must be an enemy to the other; God and mammon cannot be loved and served by the same persons, at the same time; the one will be loved, and the other hated; the one will be attended to, and the other neglected: this may be known both from reason and from Scripture, particularly from Matthew 6:24." To truly love God, according to the Scriptures, is to love and keep His Word and to eschew all false gospels which are nothing but lies about the true God. The Lord Jesus says of His people: "And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers" (John 10:5). Once saved, the chosen of God will not follow after, or believe, or look back on with any fondness, any false gospel. They will not count themselves saved, followers of the Good Shepherd, when they followed the voice of what they now know to be strangers. They will not turn back to false teachers of ungodly gospels but will only and faithfully follow the Truth of the Good Shepherd. They will utterly reject the ministry of false gospel preachers for they do not speak the Truth of God but the lies of the Devil and the fables of men. "They do not approve of their doctrine, nor take any delight in it, or receive any profit from it. The Persic version, as before, reads, 'Neither will the lambs ever go after strange sheep, and if they see them, they will flee from them'". The Christian follows the Voice of Christ and not ANY other's. "...the sheep hear His voice: and He calleth His own sheep by name...and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice" (John 10:3,4). Christ's sheep flee from false preachers and their false gospels for they are the voice of error and are not filled with the Spirit of Truth. Again a distinction is made between believing the true Gospel and a false gospel. One cannot believe both; one cannot follow both; one cannot follow the Voice of the Good Shepherd and the voice of strangers. One cannot rely on the voice of strangers for safety if one truly hears, recognizes and trusts in, the voice of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Those who follow the voice of strangers are of the world "...therefore speak they of the world..." (1 John 4:5). The apostle John states of Christians: "We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the Spirit of Truth, and the spirit of error" (1 John 4:6). THE CHRISTIAN REJECTS THE SPIRIT OF ERROR FOR HE IS FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH. The voice of this world is the one most people follow. Generally accepted 'truths', given authenticity by the conditioning tool known as the media, to name but one, rule most people's lives rather than the Truth about the True God. The world has a monopoly on the largest forums from which to promote its lies. Millions of books and pulpits,  television and radio, and a multi-million dollar industry of visual and audio recordings, all conducted by the spirit of error, have flooded the world with an endless supply of perverted views of God and His Gospel, of Christianity and its people. False Christianity has painted a warped image of God's reality and the reality of God. Those who are of the world believe the word of the world, those who are of God reject the world's word for they know and believe the Word of the Truth of God. To say one loves Jesus but believes in a false gospel is like saying one obeys the true Jesus whilst rejecting His Gospel. No false gospel has ever been selected by God to be the vehicle by which He has conveyed the doctrines of His grace, His Gospel, to His people. Belief in any false gospel is a belief in a false god. No false gospel, no false god has the power to save anybody. The Lord Jesus states: "...they that worship Him MUST worship Him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24), not with pagan objects or believing anything they want to about Him and calling it truth.

 

 

What you believe defines the one you believe in. The Lord Jesus says: "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH;  for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in Truth" (John 4:23,24). Obviously then if there are those who serve God in spirit and in truth there must also be those who do not serve the true God in spirit and in truth for they do not acknowledge the truth of God. The gift of repentance from God always brings with it the acknowledgment of the truth of God and does not leave anyone in a perpetual state of repudiation concerning it. "...if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth" (2 Timothy 2:25). A repentance which does not acknowledge the truth of God, is not the gift of repentance which God gives to all His people. No acknowledgement of God's Gospel=no true repentance. Moreover, our next Scripture shows that the Faith of God's elect is always after godliness for it always acknowledges the truth of God. Not acknowledging the truth of God is not following the way of godliness, in fact, it reveals a distinct lack of godliness as well as an insufficient and, therefore, unacceptable repentance. "Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to THE Faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness" (Titus 1:1). Notice that there is only one Faith which is common to the elect of God (see also Jude 3). "Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:4 cf. Romans 10:2; Philippians 3:8). There is no salvation without the knowledge of the Truth of God. To be saved is to pass from spiritual darkness to the Light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, the knowledge of His Truth (see 2 Corinthians 4:3,4). Look carefully at Titus 1:1-3 and notice the distinct connection between the FAITH of God's elect; the ACKNOWLEDGING  of the TRUTHGODLINESS; in hope of ETERNAL LIFE; and manifested His WORD through preaching. The Faith which is given to everyone of God's elect is given so that they will all acknowledge the Truth of God, not guess and play games concerning what it might be. To be a true Christian is to KNOW! It is to live a life of certainty concerning the Gospel of God and one of unity with fellow believers because they are fellow believers. They have all been granted the same Faith by the same God. There is no true godliness or eternal life without believing the Truth of God. There is no believing in God's Truth, there is no eternal life, no godliness without the acknowledging of the Truth of the Gospel of God. "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son" (Colossians 1:13 cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:5). The apostle Paul refers to the day of salvation as the day, "...we have received the knowledge of the truth..." (Hebrews 10:26 cf. 2 Peter 2:20; Ephesians 1:13,14; Colossians 1:4,5; 2 Thessalonians 2:10). It is in the reception of the knowledge of God's Truth, His Gospel, and never during the time of its rejection, that is the day of salvation. You cannot receive God as long as there is a rejection of His Gospel in your heart. Rejection of the Gospel is THE evidence that there has not been the work of God in a person's heart. Each and every one of God's people are chosen to be saved, "...through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the Truth: Whereunto He called you by our Gospel" (2 Thessalonians 2:13,14). "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). According to this verse of Scripture, those who truly love God are those who are called in accord with His Sovereign purpose. All the called of God love His Truth. They do not reject it but receive it with joy for they have been blessed with the love of the truth. Those who do not love the Gospel of the true God do not love Him, for how can they love Him when they do not believe what He has said. (see 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12). Those to whom the Gospel is veiled show they are amongst the lost and not those called unto salvation. God's people are described by the apostle Paul as those who, "...believe and know the truth" (1 Timothy 4:3). Faithfulness in, and accuracy concerning, the Gospel of God is what the Lord faithfully grants to all His children. If they were not accurate in their belief of the Gospel it would no longer be the Gospel of God they were believing in, nor the Faith of God they were believing with. Paul's words in 1 Corinthians are not only true for him but for all God's people, "...yet I give my judgement, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful" (1 Corinthians 7:25 cf. 1 Corinthians 4:2). If God's people were not accurate in their belief of the Gospel it would mean they would believe erroneously concerning Who God is, what God has done and for whom He has done it (see 2 Timothy 2:15). In other words, they would be believing in another god of another gospel. The true Church of God would no longer be called, "...the pillar and ground of the Truth" (1 Timothy 3:15), if it taught the Gospel of God inaccurately and therefore erroneously, if it was a haven for error as well as truth. As the people of God have not been called unto uncleanness but holiness, so too, the elect man is called unto the Gospel, to believe God's Truth and no longer resist it (see 1 Thessalonians 4:7). To believe lies about the True God is to believe in another god of another gospel. If God has assured the accuracy of the preaching of His Gospel then He must, with equal certainty, also have ensured the accurate believing of it. This He has done in the granting of the gift of Faith to all His people so that they all believe in and relay His one and only Gospel. For, if even one child of God did not believe the Gospel accurately how could he then teach it with accuracy to the next person. God maintains the wholeness of His Gospel by overseeing that it be preached with accuracy by His people, and believed wholly by grace through His gift of Faith thereby assuring that the preaching of it is also without error. Notice, in the following verse of Scripture, how Paul and those with him were entrusted with God's Gospel. This shows that the preaching of it would be with accuracy for without accuracy it would not be God's Gospel that was being preached. "...we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the Gospel..." (1 Thessalonians 2:4 cf. 1 Timothy 1:11). "For we can do nothing against the Truth, but for the Truth" (2 Corinthians 13:8). The people of God, "...are called, and chosen, and faithful" (Revelation 17:14). Called and chosen by God to be faithful to His Son and to His Gospel. One cannot in any way believe the Gospel of God erroneously and rightly consider oneself saved, for any error would deem a gospel a false gospel and not God's true Gospel. God's Gospel is preached accurately and subsequently believed in accurately because of the grace of God through the Faith delivered by God to His people. One cannot be in a saved state without the knowledge of the truth. To be a saved born again Christian and yet not know the true Gospel of God would be tantamount to being stillborn: dead at birth or dead when born, and yet claiming to be alive. The Christian is literally born of God's Word, born of the Gospel: "Of His own will begat He us with the Word of Truth..." (James 1:18 cf. 1:21). Speaking of those who believe in the name of Jesus, the apostle John said: "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" (John 1:13 cf. 3:3). The apostle Peter states that God "...according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again..." (1 Peter 1:3). As there is no true Christ without truth, so too, there can be no true Christian without truth for the believer is born of God's truth, born of the Gospel of God. The Gospel believer is the very fruit, the produce of His Word. "...we are of the Truth..." (1 John 3:19). The word ‘begat’ in James 1:18 is used metaphorically of spiritual birth by means of the Word of God and literally means, ‘to give birth to’, ‘to breed forth’, ‘to generate’ or ‘to bring forth’, terms synonymous with a beginning or birth. As sin is pregnant with, and brings forth, death (James 1:14,15), so, too, the Word of God brings forth eternal life in those who are born of it, born of His Gospel. The Bible states that Christ Jesus has "...abolished death, and hath brought LIFE and IMMORTALITY to light THROUGH THE GOSPEL" (2 Tim.1:10).

 

 

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