The Beginner’s Introduction to the Bible (Part 5)

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Although I cannot say who is saved and who is not saved, my concern is that individuals who mix the gospels, and really have no real understanding of each of them, may in fact NOT be saved, even though they think they are, because they believe something other than the gospel that has been prescribed for today!! This is why I believe that it is of utmost importance to properly understand right division of the Scriptures and have them firmly established in our mind from the outset, so we will not be led into believing something that is not true for today. Since Satan has been able to confuse and confound so many preachers and people today, most Christians believe a mixed gospel and are being led by what the Apostle Paul calls “ministers of righteousness” (2 Cor. 11:15). Unfortunately this is what is being preached in the majority of churches out there today!

Now perhaps God will bend His rules at the judgment, and save all those who have believed this mixed message being preached by so many today, messages of health, and wealth, healing, special baptisms, observance of rituals, ordinances that were all nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14), and programs that have no Biblical basis or place in the church, the Body of Christ today. He may bend the rules, but I cannot find anywhere in His Word where He has ever done so. This is why my concern is so great. I would be totally crushed if many of my dear friends, family and loved ones, who believe that they are saved, are left behind because they have believed a mixed message, another gospel, a fable in other words, that they thought was right, just like Cain. They didn’t “study to show themselves approved unto God, workmen that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim.2:15). I believe that it is imperative to believe what God has prescribed for us to believe for today alone, and not mix the gospel for today with anything else.

Seeing all the false teaching in the churches today weighs heavily upon my heart and grieves me greatly. Many members of my own family refuse to believe this message of the risen Christ given to the Apostle Paul, just as most people refused to believe Noah and as it ended up only 8 were saved!! Maybe, just maybe, when the Rapture (catching away, 1 Thess. 4:13-18) occurs, there will be so few people on the earth that believe the true gospel for today, that the few who are taken will hardly be missed! So many people believe that there will be a mass exodus at the Rapture, but it is just possible that it could be so very few! Please consider this and think about it a bit. Your eternal future may well depend upon it!!

At this point, it might be a good time to lighten up and look at an overview of the Bible so you can get a little better idea of how it is laid out, and how it all unfolds. The Old Testament or Old Covenant (both are the same thing) deal with the creation, and early man on earth who was created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27); the flood, Noah’s ark, and the establishment of Israel as a nation and chosen people of God. The nation of Israel chose to have the Law imposed upon themselves. They told God “And all the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD” (Exodus 19:8). Now God knew that they could not keep the Law, but because they had chosen it, He allowed them to make the attempt so that they would eventually see that they could not keep it, no matter how hard they tried, and would need to rely on Him and Him alone. Being a prideful nation and headstrong, as we all are (the Jews don’t have a corner on the market when it comes to this), they failed miserably, and in their pride continued to reject God and His attempts to woo them back to Himself.

At the end of the Old Testament God went silent for a period of about 400 years. Then He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, born of a Virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit, to minister to man in person. The four Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John give the Jews, and us all, an insight into the earthly ministry of Jesus. Jesus Himself said, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:24; not to the Gentiles, in other words). If you read through the Gospel accounts you will notice that when a Gentile was involved with Jesus, He treated them as a dog! Why? Because He had not been sent to them. He was sent only to Israel. Most Christians today read the gospels as though they were written for themselves and us all today, but the truth is that THAT “mail” belonged to Israel and the Jews. NOT US. And even in this parenthetical period of Grace, it has even been set aside for the Jews until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in (Rom. 11:25).

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