There is only ONE Savior who gives eternal life and that is Jesus and there is only one GOSPEL that leads to eternal life and that is His words. Jesus Himself delivered the Words of Life, His teachings and commandments. He did not entrust it to anybody else, so that there would not be a matter of personal interpretation of the messenger. His message was absolutely clear that it is only through following and obeying Him that men can bwecome born again children of God and have eternal life.
The life, words, teachings, commandments and miracles of Jesus were recorded by many, also by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, which were preserved and included in the Bible. Following His crucifixion and resurrection, before He ascended to heaven Jesus commanded His disciples to: 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 28:19,20.
Jesus also promised His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit to be with them and teach and guide them into all truth and be with them for ever. It was not just for them but for all those who would believe in Jesus as result of their preaching. He promised them His Spirit, the Comforter, not a book, a Bible or other messengers and teachers. He commanded them to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to be given. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the subsequent Acts of the apostles were recorded in the book of Acts, by Luke, the writer of the gospel of Luke.
That is the full gospel of Jesus Christ and the account of how the first believers received the Holy Spirit and functioned under guidance of the Holy Spirit. That is God’s plan of how Spirit filled born again children of God would function. That is also what the apostles did, those who were with Jesus from the beginning, His disciples. Those who were born again and received the Holy Spirit would go forth under guidance of the Holy Spirit. The gospel of Jesus is the gospel of the kingdom of God. Jesus did not preach the Law of Moses or the Torah as some wrongly teach. Jesus said that: 16“The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John (the Baptist); since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.” Luke 16:16.
Jesus’ disciples, the apostles, preached the gospel of the kingdom, the words and commandments of Jesus, as is seen in their Epistles, those of Peter, John, James and Jude. They did as Jesus commanded making disciples of Jesus, not of themselves. Further they did not start churches or build churches. “And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,” Acts 2:46. The Jewish temple was soon to be destroyed, never to be rebuilt.
Saul of Tarsus was persecuting the followers of Jesus, when he met Jesus on the Damascus road. Jesus called him and he became the Apostle Paul. Paul preached Jesus Christ, holiness, righteousness and obedience to Him.
Many false teachings were developed from the teachings of Paul, and many have been led astray from Jesus because they followed after the false teachings. These are teachings like the false “Grace Gospel” and “Once saved always saved.” Many false doctrines have been developed by Bible teachers who twist the words of Paul, as Peter also testified in 2 Peter 3:14-17. “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 is Lord. His words are the words of eternal life, not the words of Paul or of any of Jesus’ followers. Many believers have become followers of Paul, or rather of a false image of Paul, that they have created in their minds. Jesus Christ is the STANDARD. His words are the requirement to enter the kingdom of heaven and have eternal life. It is our relationship with Jesus and our obedience to Him, that will determine whether we will enter heaven. We will be judged by the words of Jesus, not the words of Paul.
Many compare themselves with Paul. We must each work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. We will each give account to Jesus for our own deeds. No sinners will enter heaven. There is no grace for Christians that disobey Jesus and keep on sinning. Without holiness no one will see the Lord. Paul did not preach any tolerance for sin. He warned in all of his writings. We read in 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Paul was a man of God, who was called by Jesus and received many revelations from Jesus. Paul preached and wrote many things, some of them his own commandments. Neither were Paul, nor his teachings complete. He was the one that said:”9For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:9-12.
It is a grave mistake to follow after anybody else but Jesus. We must not follow after Paul, the apostles or any other person, even if they are men of God. We must follow Jesus and obey His words and commandments, as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, to have eternal life. Jesus alone is the WAY. Follow Him.
May Jesus bless you.