Let us look at the big picture of the TRUE GOSPEL which Apostle Paul warned us is being perverted:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD: [Eph 2:8]
How to go about that?
[Romans 10:9-13] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
It is so simple…yes, GOD MADE THAT SIMPLE FOR US;
The final purpose or the end game is as follows:
“[John 17:24-26] Father, I will that they also, WHOM THOU HAST GIVEN ME, BE WITH ME WHERE I AM; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, AND I IN THEM.”
“…AND I IN THEM” is explained by Apostle Paul as follows:
“[1Co 3:16-17] KNOW YE NOT THAT YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD, and that THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLETH IN YOU? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; FOR THE TEMPLE OF GOD IS HOLY, WHICH TEMPLE YE ARE. “
Another example of the indwelling of God in believers.
[John 4:20-24] A Samaritan woman said: “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. (Note: The Lord Jesus was referring to Himself; a Jew).
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. “
WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
The following video presentation guides us with the following admonishment:
“[Philippians 2:5-11] Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Published on Jul 17, 2014
JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES COMMANDED PEOPLE TO BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL, and Christians have been preaching the Gospel ever since. But what is the Gospel? The word “Gospel” means “Good News.” The “Good News” found in the pages of the New Testament is that GOD DID SOMETHING FOR US THAT WE COULD NEVER DO FOR OURSELVES.
And the heathens’ (non-Jews) justification through faith has a purpose:
[Romans 10:19] But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I WILL PROVOKE YOU TO JEALOUSY BY THEM THAT ARE NO PEOPLE, and by A FOOLISH NATION I WILL ANGER YOU.
Apostle Paul warned us about the danger of following a different gospel!
“Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into THE GRACE OF CHRIST unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. BUT 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. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. [Gal 1:3-9]”
First let us get a true understanding the nature of a different gospel:
[Act 15:1] And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, EXCEPT YE BE CIRCUMCISED AFTER THE MANNER OF MOSES, YE CANNOT BE SAVED…
Here is A GOOD EXAMPLE of what had transpired in the early period of Christianity, a teaching WHICH WAS REFUTED BY ELDER PETER AND JAMES!
WAKE UP CHRISTIANS! YOU MUST KEEP THE LAW (TORAH) ???
Published on Apr 7, 2013
BIBLE TEACHER Lex Meyer deposes the myth that the Torah is only for Jewish people. Lex Meyer has been a Christian for many years and is now a Torah observant, Messianic, blogger teaching others about the Hebrew roots of our faith.
From the preceding video, the presenter TRIED to bring forth the following verse:
[Gen 12:3] And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and IN THEE SHALL ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED.
However, in the last phrase he changed it to IN YESHUA SHALL ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED of what He did.
While in Genesis 12:3 God made the promise to Abraham, Apostle Paul elaborated the true intent of that verse as follows:
“[Galatians 3:6-9] Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. KNOW YE THEREFORE THAT THEY WHICH ARE OF FAITH, the same are the children of Abraham. 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. SO THEN THEY WHICH BE OF FAITH ARE BLESSED WITH FAITHFUL ABRAHAM.”
The above teaching video more or less is patterned after the following event:
“[Act 15:5-10] But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to COMMAND THEM TO KEEP THE LAW OF MOSES. And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; AND PUT NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US AND THEM, PURIFYING THEIR HEARTS BY FAITH. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?”
The above passage came from Messianic believers who, I should say, still PLACE THEMSELVES UNDER THE BONDAGE OF THE LAW OF MOSES!
[Gal 2:4] And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, THAT THEY MIGHT BRING US INTO BONDAGE…
Yes, at the time God brought slaves out of Egypt, there were also contingents of non-Jews or heathens or goyims, who sojourned (travel together and lived) with them. So, if Moses were to judge them as well, the whole gang should observe only one law (standard of behaviour). Fast forward to these days: how would any multicultural nation apply a standard unit of measurement if Hindus ask to exert their own law; the Muslims exert the Sharia law, etc?
Thus our “Just” God established a one PERFECT law system for Jews and other nations (goyims) that SOJOURNED out of Egypt into the promised land!
Exodus 12:49 ONE LAW shall be to him that is home-born, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.
Numbers 15:16 ONE LAW AND ONE MANNER shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you… Ye shall have ONE LAW FOR HIM THAT SINNETH through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.
The key word is “sojourned”! And we are not sojourned with the Jews!
Moses further clarified:
“[Deuteronomy 5:1-3] And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. The LORD our God MADE A COVENANT WITH US in Horeb. THE LORD MADE NOT THIS COVENANT WITH OUR FATHERS, BUT WITH US, EVEN US, WHO ARE ALL OF US HERE ALIVE THIS DAY. ” It was tailored made for specific people at specific time for specific land!
In this Chapter 5 verses 6 to 21, Moses re-iterated the content of the “Old” Covenant which listed the Ten Word (Commandment), WRITTEN BY THE FINGER OF GOD ON TWO STONE TABLETS!
The closing verses of Chapter 5 are as follows: “[Deuteronomy 5:31] But as for thee (Moses), stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them IN THE LAND which I give them to possess it.”
We (goyim) are not sojourning with the Jews; we are not given nor live in the land!
Then the presenter mentioned that the non-Jews are wild olive branch grafted to the tree along with the Jews.
Romans 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert GRAFTED IN among them, AND WITH THEM partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree…”
Both Jews and goyims are branches of the olive tree. Granted, we BELIEVING goyims partake the benefit of the roots and fatness of the tree, so are THE BELIEVING Jews; the unbroken branches! Then come the question, what is the olive tree? The following verses eliminate the KEEPING OF THE TORAH!
[Ephesians 2:13-16] But now IN CHRIST JESUS ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made BOTH (Jews and gentiles) ONE, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; HAVING ABOLISHED in his flesh the enmity, EVEN THE LAW OF COMMANDMENTS contained in ordinances; FOR TO MAKE IN HIMSELF of twain ONE NEW MAN, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby…” The root and trunk of the tree is CHRIST JESUS!
The purpose is: to make Jews and gentiles (goyims) into ONE NEW MAN!
How about the law?
Dan 9:11 Yea, ALL ISRAEL HAVE TRANSGRESSED THY LAW, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; THEREFORE THE CURSE IS POURED UPON US, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him…”
TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW BROUGHT ON THE CURSE UPON THE TRANSGRESSORS. We learned in Acts 15:10, Elder Peter said: Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke (keeping the law) upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?”
The only way to dispel the curse is through the Lord Jesus Christ; His sacrificial death on the cross:
[Gal 3:13-14] CHRIST HATH REDEEMED US FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: THAT THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM MIGHT COME ON THE GENTILES THROUGH JESUS CHRIST; that we might RECEIVE THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT THROUGH FAITH.
FOR BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED THROUGH FAITH; and that not of yourselves: IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD: [Eph 2:8]
We have the law: it is not written on stone tablets but in our hearts.
[2Co 3:3] Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, BUT WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD; NOT IN TABLES OF STONE, BUT IN FLESHY TABLES OF THE HEART.
The “teacher” brought forth the question of the feasts: all of the Spring Feasts had already been “fulfilled” by the Lord Jesus Christ. To keep on celebrating the feasts denotes that one rejects the complete work of Christ. Apostle Paul said it well:
[Colossians 2:16-17] Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Why would anyone in his right mind lingers on the shadow when the subject had come and gone? We are left with one particular celebration: the Lord’s death for the forgiveness of our sins:
[1Co 11:23-26] For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. FOR AS OFTEN AS YE EAT THIS BREAD, AND DRINK THIS CUP, YE DO SHEW THE LORD’S DEATH TILL HE COME”.
“TILL HE COME” to rapture His Church; His second coming (Feast of Trumpet), to judge the world (Yom Kippur) and FINALLY Emmanuel (Sukkot). It is all there; there is nothing more to celebrate. The Fall Feasts will be fulfilled by the heavenly hosts: angels, the Lord Jesus, the Judge, and the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven; not flimsies huts behind the house!
If one continues to teach the keeping of the law, which is impossible to obey, in other word to pervert or teach another gospel the scripture says:
[Gal 1:6 -9] I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would PERVERT THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. But 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. AS WE SAID BEFORE, SO SAY I NOW AGAIN, IF ANY MAN PREACH ANY OTHER GOSPEL UNTO YOU THAN THAT YE HAVE RECEIVED, LET HIM BE ACCURSED.