Rightly dividing the Word of truth
This is part 26 in a series of 53 articles about RIGHTLY DIVIDING GOD’S WORD OF TRUTH. All scripture quoted will be from the King James Bible.
Part 26 continues with the gospels rightly divided.
In Galatians 1:6, Paul refers to another gospel: I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Paul was referring to the Gospel of the Kingdom which the Judaizers preached to the Galatian believers, but it was not a ‘false gospel, only another gospel. The Gospel of the Kingdom is also the same as the gospel of the circumcision.
In Galatians 1:7-8, you have ‘the gospel of Christ,‘ which is another name for the Gospel of the grace of God or the same as the gospel of the uncircumcision, 7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
And yet another gospel in Galatians 3:8: And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, in thee shall all nations be blessed. The ‘gospel preached unto Abraham’ is what Jehovah God told him in Genesis 12:2-3: 2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Then in Genesis 15:5-6, we see that Abraham believed God, and God counted it to him for righteousness: 5And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. This was Abraham’s gospel, and was saved just by believing what God told him.
Besides these three gospels in Galatians, there is ‘the Everlasting Gospel’ of Revelation 14:6: And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people. So, there are at least four Gospels which are clearly mentioned in the Bible. It doesn’t take a whole lot of study to see that they are different from one another. But it takes a lot of human ingenuity to make them all the same.
The theory of ‘one gospel’ needs to be seen as a major problem because so much hinges on it. Are we saved today by the gospel revealed to Paul, or are we saved by the Gospel preached by Peter? We can’t be saved by both of them together. The Gospel of the Kingdom will make you religious today, but the Gospel of the grace of God alone will prepare you for heaven in God’s spiritual realm. Paul, for the last two thousand years, has been the apostle of the gentiles, and was given a different gospel or different instruction from God Himself, which was different from the instructions Christ gave to the twelve apostles. Paul did not appoint himself to be an apostle, nor any man, but God Himself.
To be continued