Paul did not preach a different gospel

There is only one gospel that saves and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the same gospel that was preached by all the apostles, including the apostle Paul. Many suggest that Paul preached a different gospel, but that is not true.

Even during his time, there were people who claimed to be followers of Paul which he strongly resisted. He wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:11-17. “For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you. 12Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Cephas,” and “I of Christ.”13Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?14I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one would say you were baptized in my name. 16Now I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any other. 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void.”

Many people refuse to be baptized because Paul said that Christ did not send him to baptize. Paul Himself was baptized immediately after he was called by Jesus as he also testified in Acts 22:16. Paul only baptized some, but all those who believed were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

Paul wrote in 1 Cor.1:18 “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Paul was not talking about believing in the cross of Jesus as so many wrongly preach, he was talking about doing as Jesus commanded, denying yourself, picking up your own cross and following Jesus. He did not repeat the words of Jesus in his letters, as he had already preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Corinthians and were reminding them of the power of obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:1”And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2For I DETERMINED TO KNOW NOTHING AMONG YOU EXCEPT JESUS CHRIST, AND HIM CRUCIFIED. 3I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 4and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.“ Paul did not preach himself, or his own gospel, He preached Jesus Christ and obedience to Him.

Paul wrote in Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” The gospel of Jesus Christ manifests powerfully through those who believe and obey the words of Jesus, as Jesus said it would be. When people believe, repent and are baptized, they are forgiven of sin, delivered from addictions and demon possession. Jesus said to His disciples:“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16“He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17“THESE SIGNS WILL ACCOMPANY THOSE WHO HAVE BELIEVED: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”Mark 16:15-18. The absence of the manifestation of the POWER OF THE GOSPEL in modern day Christianity indicates that modern day Christians have never believed, because they do not OBEY the gospel of Jesus Christ. They refuse to repent, refuse to stop sinning and be holy. They refuse to be baptized in water and that is why the power of the gospel is not manifested through them.

Paul was a Jew, he was a pharisee when Jesus called him, but he did not preach or teach the Torah, the old testament Laws and Prophets. He preached Jesus Christ and His commandments, obedience to Him, His words, His Holy Spirit. He wrote in Romans 8:14 “Those who are being led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Jesus’ disciples were all Jews, but they did not preach the Old testament law. They preached the gospel of Jesus Christ, the things that He had taught and commanded them.

OBEDIENCE to the gospel of Jesus Christ is CENTRAL and ESSENTIAL for those who believe. Faith without obedience is futile Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 1 :7,8 “When the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire,8dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to THOSE WHO DO NOT OBEY THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS.”, not the gospel of Paul, the gospel of Jesus Christ, His words, His commands. Those who do not know and obey Jesus Christ will NOT enter heaven. They will be thrown into HELL.

The so called grace gospel that is preached by many is not the gospel that Paul preached. There is no room for sin, immorality and disobedience in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The words of Paul have been twisted to create a false grace gospel that leads to damnation. The apostle Peter warned against such deception in 2 Peter 3:14:18  “Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, 15and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18BUT GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Growing in grace and knowledge of Jesus only occurs when we follow Him closely.

We also have a warning regarding the so called Grace Gospel in Jude 1:4 “ 4For certain men have crept in among you unnoticed—ungodly ones who were designated long ago for condemnation. They turn the grace of our God into a license for immorality, and they deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. “

Paul also warned Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 “1But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.“

The so called Grace Gospel, once saved always saved, is a damnable heresy that many attribute to Paul. Paul preached, obeyed and followed Jesus Christ, until his death. Paul led believers to Jesus, holiness and obedience to Him and His words.

Paul did not preach a different gospel to the gentiles and he was not the only one that preached to the gentiles. Jesus commanded His disciples:“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19“Go therefore and make disciples of ALL THE NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;”Matthew 28:18-20.  He said:”Make disciples of ALL nations.”

There is only one gospel that saves, for Jews and gentiles, and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Those who disobey Jesus will perish. The words of Jesus are recorded in the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Obey Jesus. Repent and be baptized and He will reveal Himself to you and you will know Him for real. Follow Him until the end and you will have eternal life.

May Jesus bless you.

About Jan Boshoff - finalcall07

A bond servant of Jesus Christ
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