Last post I asked four simple questions.
>What does the gospel of John 3:16 say
>Who said it
>What does it mean
>What is the gospel (chapter and verse).
The reason I have asked these questions is because over the years I have observed first hand the decline in the spiritual temperature of the church. Meaning the understanding of scripture is a lost art.
I get a lot of belching of verses to defend some dogma not related to the gospel, which is the lamp to our feet, and lights the path to salvation. If we do not understand the very basics, the milk of the word, how can we walk in the paths of righteousness? How can we truly obtain to salvation?
I am going to answer these questions. If you have not read the original post, go to it now then come back and read the answers. https://preparinganarkii.wordpress.com/2015/01/04/what-is-the-gospel/
I truly believe if you understand where you stand in your basic knowledge of the gospel you will be better off. We are warned to be proficient in the word.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
In the very next verse, Paul admonishes: But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
The point here is that arguments tend towards “babbling.” In other words, arguments of things not relevant to salvation or the gospel, i.e. the nature of the “Godhead,” the “essence of Christ,” et al lead to division and confusion. God will reveal himself to us as he sees fit. Now these subjects may be interesting or have some small measure of merit, however, focusing on these topics tends to division and takes away from the weightier matters of study and understanding the gospel and Godly living. These topics became the object of maximum debate in the early history of the church soon after the Judaism movement promoted by the Pharisees which had “converted”. We even see this today, where a so called true believer must dress like a “Jew” act like a “Jew” and worship like a “Jew.” The Messianic movement is driven by the modern day Pharisee. I will address this issue at a later time.
There are even those who rail against the Pharisaic rituals in the Messianic movement, yet have their own “Jewish” customs. Brothers and sisters, those of us who are Gentiles, are under N O obligation to become Jewish.
I had a friend who has become so wrapped up in this movement, he wears all the garb of the Pharisee and teaches as does the Rabbi in a synagogue. Back in the day, we both were in the ministry together. He has a very large following, in the thousands. I do not, and I don’t care. My ministry is to teach truth and to help the needy, and I do that.
I have observed that if you want a large following and make a lot of money, all you have to do is promote the latest and greatest dogma and advertise on facebook, put up a website hawking someones books and salt it with one or two of your own, vomiting out the same dogma. I refuse to prostitute myself. If I live in rags, then better to live poor in this world then obtain riches with my precious Lord.
1.John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
2.Jesus. He was speaking to Nicodemus.
3.The following verses which Jesus speaks gives us a hint into the meaning of the verse in question.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of *the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
*Many new translations have changed the wording here or eliminated it all together.
4.Meaning. These verses ARE the cornerstone of the gospel. This is the fulfillment of the promise given to our mother Eve by God as he spoke to the serpent:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
5.What is the gospel? Remember I needed chapter and verse which clearly states it.
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,
>how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
>And that he was buried,
>and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Now, here is the final exam questions.
Do we obey the gospel? Chapter and verse.
Explain your answer.
Carefully consider your answer. Do NOT parrot some teaching from what you have heard.
Look to the scriptures. What does the bible say?
Do you understand the gospel? Where does it come from? In other words, what is its ancestry?