THE WORD “GOSPEL” IN THE HOLY BIBLE

 

 

What is needed when discussing Scriptural issues (i.e. doctrine) is a clear understanding of the words being discussed. I believe that the meaning of the word “Gospel” is misunderstood by the vast majority of Christians, in that most Christians think and believe that there is ONLY ONEGospel” – and therein lies all of the confusion.

 

The popular (or acceptable) definition of the word “Gospel” amongst most Bible scholars is “God’s spell”, “good spell”, “good message”, “good news” or “glad tidings”; however, a careful review of the 104 times in the 98 verses where the word is used in the New Testament in the Holy Bible indicates that “a declaration (or proclamation) of the truth of God” would be better suited to define the meaning of the word. 

 

The Apostle Paul wrote (and spoke) about “my gospel”:

 

Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

 

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

 

2 Timothy 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

 

The Apostle Paul also wrote (and spoke) about “our gospel”:

 

2 Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

 

1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

WHY the emphasis on “MY” (or “OUR”) “GOSPEL”? IF Paul’s “Gospel” was the SAME as the “gospel” that was preached BEFORE he was called - WHY call it “MY GOSPEL”, unless Paul’s “Gospel” was DIFFERENT from the “gospel” preached BEFORE he (Paul) was called?

 

Wouldn’t it be extremely presumptuous of the Apostle Paul to claim exclusivity for his (i.e. MY) “Gospel”, if Peter, James, John, Philip, Stephen, etc. had been preaching the SAME “gospel” all along (BEFORE Paul showed up on the scene)? Amongst those of us who preach and teach God’s Holy word, do you know of anyone who would have the audacity to claim that the “gospel” that we preach is “MY Gospel”? Cults might do such a thing, but genuine Bible believing people wouldn’t dare!

 

I wouldn’t DARE call the “Gospel” that the Apostle Paul preached - “MY GOSPEL”; not under any circumstances, not on my life! And yet the Apostle Paul proclaimed that the “Gospel” that he preached was “MY GOSPEL”, in contrast to the “gospel” that was preached BEFORE he was given the revelation of the mysteries of God - one of which was that the “church of God” (i.e. the “body of Christ”) was to be made up of both Jews & Gentiles.

 

{See my Thread on “Rightly Dividing God’s Words” and the definition of the word “church”}

 

When I teach the word of God I am always careful to distinguish between Paul’s “Gospel” and the “gospel” that was proclaimed in the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (and the “gospel” that was proclaimed by the Apostle Peter and the rest of Christ’s disciples and followers in the first few Chapters of the Book of Acts). I am also careful to distinguish Paul’s “Gospel” from that “gospel” spoken of in the Book of Revelation - i.e. the “everlasting gospel”.

 

The problem that we encounter when we discuss this issue is our (Christians’) pre-conceived idea as to WHAT the word “Gospel” means. To most Christians the word “Gospel” has only ONE meaning, i.e. the declaration (or proclamation) of the truth of God concerning the Lord Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary for our sins (or sin). But (within the historical context) the truth is when the Lord Jesus Christ was here on earth preaching, teaching, and ministering exclusively to the nation of Israel (i.e. His people: Hebrews/Jews/Israelites – Matthew 15:24) the “gospel” that the Lord Jesus Christ spoke about was the declaration (or proclamation) of the truth of God concerning the fact that He was the nation of Israel’s Messiah and King – NOT that He (Christ) died for our sins, and was buried, and rose again the third day [1Corinthians 15:1-4]; after all, He hadn’t died yet. Paul’s “Gospel” = “the Gospel of the Grace of God” [Acts 20:24]; and his “Gospel” is NOT THE SAME as the “gospel of the Kingdom” [as found in Matthew 4:23; 9:35; 24:14], which was “the Messias” is come [John 1:41; 4:25] to “save His people (i.e. Hebrews/Jews/Israelites) from their sins” [Matthew 1:21], and to set up His earthly KINGDOM [Matthew 3:2; 4:17; 10:7].

 

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. {Hebrews/Jews/Israelites - ONLY}

 

Luke 1:68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, {Hebrews/Jews/Israelites - ONLY}

 

Luke 1:77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, {Hebrews/Jews/Israelites - ONLY}

 

Luke 7:16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. {Hebrews/Jews/Israelites - ONLY}

 

Is there even a hint that this “gospel” applied to any other people other than Jews (Hebrews-Israelites) and Jews ONLY?

 

John 1:41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.

 

John 4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

 

Now HOW did these ignorant Jewish fishermen know WHO the Messiah was? And HOW did the ignorant Samaritan (part-Jew) woman know about the Messiah? They knew because they had enough familiarity with the Hebrew “Oracles of God” (i.e. the Hebrew Scriptures) to expect the “Messiah” – NOT as the HEAD of the New Testament church (with both Jews and Gentiles), but as the Jews’ exclusive Saviour & King.

 

Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

 

What none of them knew (or refused to believe) was that the Jews’ Messiah & King was going to be “CUT OFF”.

 

Matthew 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

 

Mark 9:31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.
32 But they understood
not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

 

Luke 18:31 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.
32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:
33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.
34 And they understood
none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

 

John 20:8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.
9 For as yet they
knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

 

What none of Christ’s disciples knew was: that although Peter James, John, Philip, Stephen, and the rest of the disciples (under the guidance of the Holy Spirit) preached the RETURN of Israel’s Messiah and King to the nation Israel from Acts Chapters 2 through 7; that the RETURN of the Lord Jesus Christ to Israel was dependent upon the nation of Israel’s REPENTING of killing the Lord of Glory; and that upon the nation of Israel’s REJECTION of Peter’s call for National REPENTANCE for murdering their Messiah and King, that God would TURN TO THE GENTILES [beginning at Acts Chapters 8-10] and establish His church (the church of God - the “mystery” of the body of Christ), made up of Jews & Gentiles, (a “mystery” which was first revealed to the Apostle Paul [Ephesians 5:32] – and NOT to Peter, James, John, etc., until after Paul’s revelation.)

 

What all of the Jewish disciples were expecting AFTER Christ’s resurrection from the dead was the “RESTORATION” of the nation of Israel to its former ‘glory’ [Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?] – They weren’t thinking about (or expecting) the individual salvation of both Jews & Gentiles in one body (that was the furthest thing from their minds).

 

Luke 24:13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in
Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

 

Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

 

Did you get that? The Disciples weren’t concerned with a person’s individual salvation (i.e. Paul’s “Gospel” – 1 Corinthians 15: 1-4); they were concerned about “the Kingdom”, or the restoration of “the Kingdom” to its former glory – because that is what the Holy Scriptures (i.e. the Jewish “Oracles of God”) had emphasized from the days of King David up to the days of the Lord Jesus Christ! They had every right to expect “the Kingdom” to be “RESTORED”; but what they couldn’t foresee was that the nation of Israel (of that time - through its leaders) would REJECT (for the last time) the “gospel” that Peter and the others were presenting – which was the declaration (or proclamation) of the truth of God concerning the denial and murder of Israel’s Messiah and King, and the fact that Almighty God had raised Him (the Lord Jesus Christ) from the dead:

 

Acts 3:12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

{ONLY JEWS}

 

13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. {ONLY JEWS!}

 

14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; {ONLY JEWS!}

 

15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

{ONLY JEWS!}

 

16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. {ONLY JEWS!}

 

17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.

{Luke 23:34 - ONLY JEWS!}

 

18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. {ONLY JEWS!}

 

19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; {ONLY JEWS!}

 

20 And he shall SEND Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: {ONLY JEWS!}

 

21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. {ONLY JEWS!}

 

22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. {ONLY JEWS!}

 

23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. {ONLY JEWS!}

 

24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. {ONLY JEWS!}

 

25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. {ONLY JEWS!}

 

26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. {ONLY JEWS!}

 

In the foregoing 15 verses - WHO was the Apostle Peter speaking to, or addressing? ONLY JEWS! If you can find ONEGENTILE” (or “Christian”) I’d like to know WHO it would be. At this point in time (i.e. historical context) Peter is NOT preaching Paul’s “Gospel”:

 

1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that
Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

There may be elements of Paul’s “Gospel” in Acts 3:12-26 (and also in Acts Chapter 2), but the words that Peter is speaking here are addressed exclusively to Jews (i.e. Hebrews/Israelites) and specifically for the benefit of their “RULERS” – there isn’t one single Gentile mentioned in Peter’s whole discourse and the discourse is NOT about “individual salvation”! This is a “messagefrom God, prompted by the Holy Spirit, which specifically spells out to the nation of Israel:

 

Ye men of Israel” – “The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied” – “ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you” – “And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses” – “And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers” – “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” – “And he shall SEND Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you”.

 

NOTICE: I did not ADD ONE WORD to the “message” that Peter (under the guidance of the Holy Spirit) delivered exclusively to the nation of Israel (i.e. Hebrews/Jews/Israelites - ONLY).

 

The “message” was simply: You (Israel) “delivered up” and “killed” the “Holy One”; the “Prince of Life”; God’s “Son, Jesus”; “whom God hath raised from the dead”. You (and your “rulers”) did it “through ignorance”. Now “REPENT” (of killing Him), and be “CONVERTED” (change your hearts and minds) so that your “SINS” (of delivering & killing God’s Son) may be blotted out; and IF you “REPENT” (of killing your Messiah) – “He (GOD) shall SEND Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you”! Did you get that?

 

The message (i.e. "gospel") that Peter delivered was NOT Paul’s “Gospel”; it was simply: you killed the Lord of Glory; REPENT of this SIN and God will SEND Him BACK! BACK to do WHAT? To “RESTORE” and establish “the Kingdom” that all of the Jewish Disciples were rightfully expecting. So WHAT HAPPENED? The Jews (the “Rulers” of the nation of Israel) REFUSED TO “REPENT” (of killing the Holy One of Israel) and because of their REFUSAL God turned to the Gentiles; and called the Apostle of the Gentiles (Paul); and “revealed” to Paul “the Gospel of the Grace of God” – Paul’s “Gospel”, that “Gospel” which he called: “MY GOSPEL”, to distinguish it from the distinctly Jewish “gospel” which preceded it.

 

For approximately 2,000 years God has been dealing with the Gentiles through His Holy word and the “church of God[Ephesians 3:10; 1 Timothy 3:15]. I believe that we are close to the “fulness of the Gentiles” [Romans 11:25]; and if I am right, then God is preparing to pick up with “His people” (Hebrews/Jews/Israelites) where He left off nearly 2,000 years ago. I believe that God is just about done with His “Gentile church”. It (the church) has proven to be just as rotten and corrupt as the nation of Israel was at the time of Christ (and maybe even more so).

 

If I am right, then all of the troubling “events” occurring around the world are just a PRELUDE to the “Time of Jacob’s Troubles” (The Great Tribulation). I believe that Almighty God is just about done with His church and that He is getting ready to “translate” us out of here, so that He can get on with his plan to “RESTORE AGAIN THE KINGDOM to Israel, as He promised by the mouth of His Holy Prophets (ALL JEWS) long before we (Christians) came on the scene.

 

ACCORDING TO THE HOLY BIBLE: The word “Gospel” is NOT limited to just ONE GOSPEL. 

 

THE MINISTRIES OF THE APOSTLES PETER AND PAUL

 

First off, let’s settle the matter of the Apostle Paul’s “relationship” with the brethren (apostles, prophets, elders, and the whole church) in Jerusalem:

 

The Apostle Paul & Barnabas accepted by the brethren in Jerusalem [Acts 15:1-35]

 

Acts 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.
2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to
Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and
Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.
4 And when they were come to
Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.

22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:
23 And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:
24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:

25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.
28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
30 So when they were dismissed, they came to
Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle:
31 Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.

The Apostle Paul (& his friends) accepted by the brethren in Jerusalem. [Acts 21:17-26]

 

Acts 21:17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.

 

The Apostle Peter’s assessment of Paul’s Epistles [2 Peter 3:11-18]

 

2 Peter 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.


To answer the questions:

 

In reference to Paul's "my gospel", what did the rest of the apostles and other missionaries preach wherever they traveled?” Paul and his companions (including Apollos) preached Paul’s “Gospel” throughout the Mediterranean area.

 

Did Peter and John keep silent other than the letters they wrote?” Of course not! But according to the Scriptures they didn’t travel around that much, and so they didn’t have much opportunity to preach and teach outside of the Jews immediate sphere of influence (Jerusalem, Judea, Galilee, the rest of the land of Israel, Samaria and Caesarea.)

 

The DIFFERENCE between the “Apostleships” of Peter and Paul [Galatians 2: 1-21]

 

Galatians 2:1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.
2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them
that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.
3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:
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:
5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:

 

7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

 

8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

 

9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

 

According to the testimony of Scripture:

 

1. The “gospel of the uncircumcision” was committed to the Apostle Paul.

 

2. The “gospel of the circumcision” was committed to the Apostle Peter.

 

3. God “wrought effectually” in the Apostle Peter to the “apostleship of the circumcision”.

 

4. God also “was mighty” in the Apostle Paul in the apostleship toward the Gentiles.

 

5. Paul and Barnabas were approved to “go unto the heathen”.

 

6. James, Cephas (i.e. Peter), and John were approved to go “unto the circumcision”.

 

What is clear from the Holy Bible is that Peter and Paul had TWO DIFFERENT “apostleships” (i.e. the Apostle Paul: the apostleship of the “uncircumcision”, and the Apostle Peter: the apostleship of the “circumcision”); or TWO DIFFERENT ministries (i.e. Paul unto the “heathen” and Peter unto the “circumcision” – Jews/Israelites).

 

At this point in time [Galatians 2: 1-21] while Paul and Barnabas were ministering unto the Gentiles (i.e. the “uncircumcision”), Peter, James, and John were ministering to the Jews (i.e. the “circumcision”) and still observing the Law of Moses, and attending the Temple [Acts 5:42]). In other words they had a distinctly Jewish form of Christianity, which practically disappeared with the destruction of the Temple and the scattering of the Jews in 70 A.D. {This distinctly Jewish form of Christianity is now being resurrected by modern day “JUDAIZERS” (Jews & Gentiles alike) who think that they can “please God in the flesh” by observing some (but of course NOT ALL) of the Jewish “customs” and Laws that were in effect at the time of Christ}

 

Have you ever asked yourself - in the face of the Lord Jesus Christ’s clear Commandment?

 

Matthew 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

WHY is it that almost all of the Disciples, who were present at “the great commission”, stuck around Jerusalem, and Judea, and Israel proper, and didn’t go out and do what the Lord Jesus Christ commanded them to do? The indisputable fact is (according to the Scriptural record), most of the Lord Jesus Christ’s disciples either ignored His clear commandment (and were disobedient to Christ’s will for them - and were out of the will of God) – or they were obeying God (and were in His will) by sticking around Jerusalem, WHICH is it, and WHY?

 

What happened to alter His commandment? Could it possibly be that once the priests, and the scribes, and the Pharisees REJECTED the message preached by Peter in Acts Chapters 2 – 5, and by Stephen in Acts Chapters 6 - 7 that THAT “COMMISSION” has been temporarily set aside until God deals with the Jews again in the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble”? How else can someone account for the fact that most of Christ’s disciples failed to obey the “great commission”, unless that “commission” had been put in abeyance until the Lord starts to deal, once more, with the nation of Israel during the Great Tribulation?

 

THE WORD “GOSPEL” IN THE HOLY BIBLE

 

The popular (or acceptable) definition of the word “Gospel” amongst most Bible scholars is “God’s spell”, “good spell”, “good message”, or “good news”; however a careful review of the 104 times in the 98 verses where the word is used in the New Testament in the Holy Bible indicates that “a declaration (or proclamation) of the truth of God” would be better suited to define the meaning of the word. 

·   The word “Gospel” can not be found in the Old Testament

·   The word “Gospels” (plural) can not be found in the entire Holy Bible

·   The word “Gospel” is found 17 times in 17 verses in the Four Gospels

·   The word “Gospel” is found only 6 times in 6 verses in the Book of Acts

·   The word “Gospel” is found 75 times in 69 verses in the Apostle Paul’s Epistle’s

·   The word “Gospel” is found 4 times in 4 verses in the Book of First Peter

·   The word “Gospel” is found only once in the Book of Hebrews [Hebrews 4:2]

·   The word “Gospel” is found only once in the Book of Revelation [Revelation 14:6]

·   The word “Gospel” can not be found in the Gospel of John; or in the New Testament Books of Titus (only Epistle of Paul to omit word); James; 2Peter; 1 John; 2 John; 3 John; & Jude

·   The phrase “the gospel of” is found 29 times in 28 verses in the New Testament

 

Matthew 4:23 ¶ And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

Matthew 9:35 ¶ And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Mark 1:1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

Mark 1:14Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

 

Romans 1:1 ¶ Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

Romans 1:16 ¶ For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Romans 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

Romans 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Romans 15:29 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

2 Corinthians 9:13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;

2 Corinthians 10:14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:

2 Corinthians 11:7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?

Galatians 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

Galatians 2:7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Ephesians 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Philippians 1:27Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.

1 Thessalonians 2:8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

1 Thessalonians 2:9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.

1 Thessalonians 3:2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:

2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

 

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

 

VARIOUS DESCRIPTIVE USES OF THE PHRASE “GOSPEL OF” IN SCRIPTURE

 

“the gospel of the kingdom”

 

[Matthew 4:23; 9:35The phrase is found only in the Book o Matthew]

 

 “the gospel of the kingdom OF GOD

 

[Mark 1:14]

 

“THE GOSPEL OF GOD”

 

[Romans 1:1; 15:16; 2Corinthians 11:7; 1Thessalonians 2:2, 8-9; 1Peter 4:17]

 

“THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD”

 

[Acts 20:24]

 

“the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God”

[Mark 1:1]

 

“the gospel of HIS Son”

[Romans 1:9]

 

“the gospel of Christ”

[Romans 1:16; 15:19, 29; 1Corinthians 9:12, 18; 2Corinthians 9:13; 10:14; Galatians 1:7; Philippians 1:27; 1Thessalonians 3:2]

 

“the gospel of OUR LORD Jesus Christ”

[2Thessalonians 1:8]

 

“the gospel of YOUR SALVATION

[Ephesians 1:13]

 

“the gospel of PEACE

 

 [Romans 10:15; Ephesians 6:15]

 

“the gospel of THE UNCIRCUMCISION

[Galatians 2:7]

 

“the gospel of THE CIRCUMCISION

[Galatians 2:7]

 

QUESTION: Are the phrases “the gospel of the kingdom”; “the gospel of the grace of God”; “the gospel of the circumcision”; and “the gospel of the uncircumcision” all speaking about the samegospel”? Or does the individual phrase “the gospel of” describe a declaration or proclamation of the truth of God concerning different subjects? Concerning “rightly dividing the word of truth” in the Holy Bible [2Timothy 2:15], the phrase “the gospel of” is descriptive of a particular declaration or proclamation of the truth of God concerning a specific subject or issue being spoken of or written about.

 

COMPARE THE DESCRIPTIVE USE OF THE WORD “GOSPEL” WHEREVER IT IS USED IN THE ENTIRE NEW TESTAMENT TO DISCERN THE particular declaration or proclamation of the truth of God concerning THE specific subject BEING SPOKEN OR WRITTEN ABOUT.

 

For example: Compare “the gospel of the grace of God” (i.e. the Apostle Paul’s “Gospel”) with “the everlasting gospel”:

 

1 Corinthians 15:1 ¶ Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

Revelation 14:6 ¶ And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

 

According to the Holy Bible:

·   The Apostle Paul’s “Gospel” = “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

·   The “everlasting gospel” = “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters

 

I rest my case – for now.