|Galatians 1 |
1 Paul, an apostle, (not from men, nor by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
2 And all the brothers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia:
3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
4 Who gave himself for our sins, so that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of our God and Father;
5 To whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
6 I marvel that you are so quickly turning from Him who called you by the grace of Christ, to a different gospel.
7 Not that there is any other [true gospel]; but there are some who are troubling you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed [anathema, sentenced to eternal punishment].
9 As we said before, so I say again now: if any man preaches any gospel to you other than what you have received, let him be accursed.1 [The gospel that the Galatians had received from Paul was given to Paul by Jesus, as recorded in Acts 26:17-18, (Jesus speaking to Paul): "...I (Jesus) now send you, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, release from sin's slavery, and an inheritance among those who are purified by faith in me." Acts 26:17-18]
10 For now, am I trying to find favor with men, or God? Do I seek to please men? For if I were still seeking to please men, I would not be the servant of Christ.
11 But I testify to you, brothers, that the gospel, which was preached by me, did not come from man.
12 For neither did I receive it from a man, nor was I taught it, but rather through the revelation of Jesus Christ.1
13 For you have heard of my conduct in time past in the Jewish religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and tried to destroy it.
14 And how I excelled in the Jewish religion in my nation above many of my equals, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my forefathers.
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him3 among the heathen; I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood.
17 Neither did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before I was; but I went into Arabia, and then returned again to Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and stayed with him for fifteen days.
19 But I did not see the rest of the apostles, except James, the Lord's brother.
20 Now the things that I write to you, I assure you before God, I do not lie.
21 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;
22 And was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ.
23 But they had only heard that he who persecuted us in times past, now preaches the faith that he once destroyed.
24 And they glorified God in me.
1 if any man preaches any gospel to you other than what you have received, let him be accursed.
Paul was sent by Jesus to preach the gospel (good news) as follows: "I [Jesus] now send you to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins, release from sin's slavery, and an inheritance among those who are purified by faith in Me." Acts 26:17-18.
In addition, Jesus is also recorded as promising that you can become one with him and God and that you can enter the kingdom of heaven while you are still on the earth; see John 14 with footnoted commentary (click) and then John 17 with footnoted commentary (click). Have you ever been told that you can and must enter the kingdom while you are still on the earth? Have you ever been told you can become one with God and Jesus, which is necessary for salvation to be achieved? Yet both events are part of the good news Jesus came to preach; and then he died on the cross to show us the extent of our obedience required to attain: 1) freedom from the slavery of sin, 2) purity, 3) the kingdom of heaven, and 4) to become one with him and God.
The gospel is the ministry of the Spirit to totally free you from sin, as you repent from your old ways of selfishness on the inward cross of self-denial; to be washed, cleansed, and purified; to then be translated into the kingdom of Christ; and then to live in union with Christ and God, on earth and forever.
Scripture tells us that the gospel is a mystery: "The mystery, which has been hidden from ages and generations, but now is made revealed to his saints." Col 1:26. And for certain Christendom, (without a saint to its name), has no idea what the gospel is. They are not even aware that the gospel is a mystery. They think the gospel is:
- Jesus Saves from going to Hell by believing in Him; or
- the Biblical books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; or
- the imminent, one-time coming of the kingdom,
(which imminent one-time coming has taken 2000 years so far).
From the Word of the Lord within: "The gospel is a mystery to the natural man; he cannot conceive it. The gospel is not a book to be read; it is to be revealed in your heart. The gospel is pretty radical; it is mind boggling — unity with Christ; this I offered free of charge to anyone. Unless I purify you, you will have no part of me."
Jesus never said you could be saved if you say the sinners' prayer, or be baptized with water, or eat bread and drink grape juice; that is just heathenish ritual, the wide and broad way of that leads to destruction. Today's deficit sects, still captive in slavery to sin and the power of Satan, believe in a God whose favor is presumed to be granted due to their heathenish ritual and form of godliness. They deny a God of power, who can and is eager to free us from the oppression and captivity of sin, so that we can secure his promises, which require our holiness and purity. These deficit sects have defined a false gospel that promises an escape from Hell after death to those still sinning, and a false Jesus, who supposedly accepts sin, disobedience, and disregard of his own commands. Jesus said, he who doesn't love me, will not obey my teaching. As Paul said, "cursed is anyone who brings you a different gospel," a different gospel and different Jesus from what Paul preached. The deficit sects falsely preach a different gospel and a different Jesus than Paul, while completely ignoring, totally dismissing, and failing to believe the Good News that Jesus announced he had been sent by God to proclaim:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to preach the gospel to the poor [in Spirit];
he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
[who mourn due to their slavery to sin]
to preach release to the captives [of sin],
and recovery of sight to the [spiritually] blind,
to deliver [free] those who are oppressed [in slavery to sin],
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
[Jesus] Saying: "The time has come,
and the kingdom of God is at hand [vert near];
repent and believe the gospel of God."
Notice, the time of the kingdom's beginning was then, when Jesus was alive. The New Testament is full of references to the second appearance of Jesus being then, not thousands of years later. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus is recorded saying that some then standing with him, 2000 years ago, would see his glorious coming in the clouds with the Kingdom before they died. Paul, Jesus preaching, Jesus in Revelation, Peter, James, and John, — all said, soon, the time is near, a little while, he stands at the door. Christendom blithely ignores this gaping incongruity between what the Bible plainly states vs. what they are taught by their blind guides. It would be a cruel hoax to be waiting on Him to appear if the past one hundred generations of believers actually had no hope of ever seeing Him. From the Word of the Lord within: "Six attestations prove the reign's existence. The second coming is a personal experience. The second coming is in the hearts of purified believers. The King is where He is king."
The gospel within this site argues for purity and a sinless state. Doesn't the gospel you have heard excuse sin, immorality, impurity, and ungodliness? Which gospel seems more godly? Which gospel seems like the narrow way that few will find, and many will try but not be able to enter through the narrow gate? Which gospel seems like the broad, easy way that leads to destruction where many go? Can you see Christ arguing for sin, imperfection, impurity, and unholiness? So which gospel is the true one; the one promising freedom from sin, or the one that offers freedom to sin without guilt, but which says that you have to carry your "sin to the grave?" Isn't this just making grace a license to sin?
From the Word of the Lord within:
2 But I testify to you, brothers, that the gospel, which was preached by me, did not come from man. For neither did I receive it from a man, nor was I taught it, but rather through the revelation of Jesus Christ. The gospel was preached to Paul by the Spirit of Jesus Christ through revelation. He did not learn it from man; he did not read about in a book; Christ preached it to him. If you continue in the faith, grounded and settled, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached in every creature under heaven; of which I, Paul, was made a minister. Col 1:23. What may be known of God only comes by revelation from the Spirit to you.
3 Jesus was revealed in Paul by God so that Paul could preach. This is the qualification of a true minister of Christ: to have the Son revealed in him before preaching. This is the personal experience of the Second Appearance of Jesus Christ, or the Return, or the 2nd Coming. Paul also said: Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. Col 1:13. And: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Gal 2:20. So here, Paul testifies to the Revelation (the second appearance) of Jesus Christ in him, being translated into the Kingdom, and Christ living in union with him; all the great promises, experienced by Paul while alive, and witnessed for our benefit.