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(Q) Is there a 5th Gospel in the Bible?
(A) The great majority of believers, in the world today, are quite familiar with the three synoptic gospels and especially John’s gospel, in other words the four gospels in the so-called New Testament. But comparatively few have ever heard of the “fifth gospel,” despite the fact that Paul himself, three times employs the term “My Gospel” in his own epistles addressed to the “Body of Christ” – According to “my gospel” (Rom. 2:16) 16In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.– According to “my gospel’ (II Tim. 2:8) 8Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: – According to “my gospel” (Rom. 16: 25) 25Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, Verse 25 just quoted is of supreme doctrinal significance. The late W. R. Newell said: “He that remaineth ignorant of Paul’s epistles, or readeth them lightly, will not become established.
The term “My Gospel” is not limited to the gospel of salvation, by grace through faith, apart from human merit, but it incorporates the doctrine, the exalted heavenly position, the spiritual walk and the eternal destiny of the CALLED-OUT of God in the present dispensation of Grace, in other words, the entire spiritual program for the life of every member of the “Body of Christ.”
“THE BODY OF CHRIST”
Here likewise, the word church is a most popular term, the world over, but relatively few
have ever heard of the above distinctive title given to the CALLED-OUT of God in the present
dispensation of Grace. The believer who recognizes and understands “Paul’s Gospel,” will
also understand that: the “Body of Christ” was a MYSTERY (sacred secret) hid in God
(not hid in scripture) during all past dispensations (Rom. 16:25 quoted above), (Eph. 3:1-9) 1For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,2If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:3How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,4Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)5Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;6That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:7Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.8Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;9And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: and ( Col. 1:26) 26Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: and this MYSTERY was first revealed, by the Risen Christ, to and through the Apostle Paul. Incidentally, this is the secret to a scriptural approach and application of the book of Revelation. The entire book is a prophecy, related to the future.
One should not think of the true church as a man-made organization, but a Divine spiritual
organism. Briefly, it is the work of the Triune God: The Father chose us “In Christ” before
the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:3,4) 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: (2 Tim. 1:9) 9Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, and ( Titus 1:2,3) 2In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; 3But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; the Son redeemed us, not by His life, nor by His example, but through His blood (Eph. 1:7) 7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (Col. 1:14) 14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: the Holy Spirit sealed and baptized us, not into water, but into the “One Body” (Eph. 1:13) 13In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, ( I Cor. 12:13). 13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. There is (but) “One Body” (Eph. 4:4). 4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; “For we are members of His Body, of His flesh, and of His bones” (Eph. 5: 30). 30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. This is the all important membership. For a true concept of the “Body of Christ” (which is the true church), it was God’s good pleasure to reveal it to us through His chosen vessel, the Apostle Paul.
“HIS SECRET COMING”
Here again, the second coming of Christ, to earth, is a most popular theme in the entire Bible and in christendom, but relatively few have ever heard or seldom hear anything, whether in literature or from the pulpit, concerning the Lord’s secret coming in the AIR, not to earth, for the members of His Body. This is exclusively Pauline gospel and the next great event in God’s Grace program (I Cor. 15: 51-54) 51Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. (Phil. 3:20-21) 20For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (II Cor. 5:1) 1For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. (Col. 1.5) 5For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; (Col. 3:4) 4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.( I Thess. 4:13-18). 13But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18Wherefore comfort one another with these words. The pre-tribulation secret coming of the Lord is imminent and may occur at any moment. Whereas, His second coming, when every eye shall see Him, is preceded by the Anti-Christ, the great tribulation, signs and wonders, etc.
“PAULINE AUTHORITY UNHEEDED”
Have you given serious, thoughtful consideration to the following most imperative question? If the Body of Christ had its historical beginning at Acts chapter two, on a Jewish Feast Day, with the twelve apostles ministering to Israel only, as many believe and teach: Why the Apostle Paul with a unique and distinctive message, by revelation, direct from the Risen, Glorified Christ, some seven or eight years after the Cross? Only the Apostle Paul could say “Follow Me As I Follow Christ” (I Cor. 11:1) 1Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. (II Tim. 1:13) 13Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. (I Thess. 1:6) 6And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: ( Phil. 3:17) 17Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (Phil. 4: 8-9) 8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (I Cor. 14:37-38) 37If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. 38But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. (Rom. 16:25). 25Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,: So, under the dispensation of the Grace of God, the believer is to follow Christ, not with Moses and the Prophets, not with John the Baptist, nor with the Twelve Apostles including Peter, James and John, but with the Apostle Paul – the Christian’s pattern (I Tim. 1:15-16) 15This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. (I Cor. 4:15-16) 15For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.16Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. Paul’s epistles, from Romans to Philemon, vitally concern every member of the Body of Christ. Let us remember that Satan is the chief adversary of the marvelous, infinite, matchless Grace of God, and that he presents a spurious, counterfeit gospel.
The obvious absence of “Paul’s Gospel” in the Christian curricular, down through the ages since the days of Paul, presents the clue to the present day, fully demonstrated, religious dilemma: the biblical illiteracy; the denominational confusion with its divisions and sub- divisions; the Liberals with their social gospel; the present day drifting, compromising Evangelicals; and the numerous Cults with new ones appearing on the scene continually. All resulting from failure to recognize Pauline authority in the Word of God. Paul’s gospel is the antidote for all the ills and isms in the world.
Frequently, we hear someone say: “Why don’t we hear Paul’s gospel preached, when it’s so simple and makes everything so clear?” One has expressed it very well this way: “Paul pleads to be considered, even in fundamental churches (Phil. 4:9) 9Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. “Yes, he pleads for brethren to think … about these things” (PhiL.4:8) 8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
One has appropriately stated: “We must dismiss from our minds the word c-h-u-r-c-h, if we are to understand the truth concerning the Body of Christ.” Consequently, today the so- called church is in the world and the world is in the so-called church.
Assuredly without controversy, there is a great need of getting back to the Pauline concept of true Christianity.
YES, THERE IS A 5th GOSPEL IN THE BIBLE! IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO SALVATION! YOUR ETERNAL DESTENITY DEPENDS ON IT! DON’T TAKE IT LIGHTLY!!