The Gospel Paul Preached –

 

            Acts chapter 19, starting in verse 6:

 

   And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying. There were in all about twelve men. And he entered the synagogue and continued speaking out boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading them about…

 

Reasoning and persuading them about what? What was Paul preaching? The disciples, when they were with Jesus, were preaching the gospel of the kingdom. The disciples, after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, were preaching the gospel of the kingdom. What did Paul preach?

            The particular reason I’m making this point is that there is a man out on the west coast who has written a book about the Apostle Paul. He is saying that the gospel that Jesus preached was only for the Jews and when He died the Father sent Paul to bring us ‘the gospel’ of salvation – death, burial and resurrection, and the exchanged life. But what this man, in effect, is saying is that everything Jesus did and taught for 3 ½ years had nothing to do with the gospel that we are now to be about, and in reality that’s how most Christians are living today.

Mt. 24:14

            But that’s a false gospel. To suggest that Jesus spent 3 ½ years teaching and the Holy Spirit recording for us upon this generation that which died with Him, is ludicrous. Because He Himself said this gospel that I am preaching is to be preached as a witness to all the nations before the end can come. He’s talking about a message that lives long after He died, was buried and raised. But here we see Paul himself is preaching the kingdom of God.

 

 

            Let’s go to Acts 28, verse 23:

   When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus…

 

            Can you see the truth? Paul is at the end of his ministry, he’s in his own lodging, he’s in Rome under house arrest, and what is he still preaching after many of the epistles have been written? He’s at the end of his ministry; he’s at the end of his time, and he is till preaching this gospel of the kingdom, and the things concerning Jesus.

 

            Go to the end of the book down to the very last two verses:

 

   And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.

 

            I’m suggesting to you that this, which the Holy Spirit and Jesus Himself called the gospel of the kingdom that must be preached to all the nations, includes, most certainly, the death, burial and resurrection, because Jesus did share that before He died in Luke 18. But, it’s far more than that; it’s far more than that. And until we understand what this gospel is that Jesus preached, we will not be able to enjoy the power of God that’s unto salvation.

            Saved from – yes! Reconciled – yes! Power to live…?? Be honest with yourself, how many Christians do you know that are really living the victorious life? It is this gospel that is the power of God unto salvation – living the Life.

 

The Disciples’ Gospel –

 

            Go to Luke 18. We’re down to days before the death of Jesus. Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem with his twelve. Beginning in verse 31:

 

   Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things which are written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be handed over to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon, and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again.”

 

            This is the death, burial and resurrection that Jesus is preaching before the cross, but only days before the cross. Notice the response of the disciples. Now remember, these are the disciples who have been hearing Him preach for three to three and one half years, the gospel of the kingdom. They themselves have known the gospel so well that they themselves had been sent out with power and authority to preach this same gospel. And yet when He tells them about His death, burial and resurrection, what is their response?

 

   But the disciples understood none of these things and the meaning of this statement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.

 

            There are three distinct phrases in this verse to say they had no idea about what He was talking about. I want to ask you a question: If they could preach the gospel that is the power of God unto salvation and had no idea what He was talking about when He was telling them about His death, burial and resurrection, what were they preaching? What were they preaching?

 

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21 Responses to “The Gospel Paul Preached –”

  1. Marie Says:

    Oh yeah! Gettin’ good!

  2. darla Says:

    I left you a comment on my post that you commented on…I am and have been delivered through the fire…and come what may..to live is Christ and to die is gain…love and peace brother

  3. Jerald Says:

    You may just be the example we must have to survive through the fire that is coming. I pray that the “gospel of the kingdom” will be preached in all the world soon. Maranatha!

  4. brotherjohnny Says:

    They were preaching “Kingdom of God”. For them, the 12 before Christ’s 3 day work, it had not yet come. It was near, but it had not yet come.
    His reign was “in heaven”, but the prayer that he gave the 12 was for it to also be “on earth”, and this could not take place until the 3 day work of Jesus the Messiah.

    This is why, for us Gentiles, whom Paul in fact was the Apostle to (although the message is the same for Jew or ‘Greek, etc…), we were given the good news of “first importance”.

    This primary good news is the way in. Not only is it the way in, but it is also the way of “maintenance”.
    To me, Watchman Nee covers this very well in the first few chapters of ‘The Normal Christian Life’.

    While there is much to be said about “the Kingdom Now”, there is also much to be said about the ultimate hope for Christians; the resurrection in the new heavens and new earth.
    The way we understand the end has a lot to do with the way we live now.
    In the end, Jesus is Lord. Hands down.
    Let’s discover this for ourselves now.
    “May your will be done ON EARTH, as IT IS in heaven…”
    Jesus is Lord!!!

  5. Jerald Says:

    Thank you Johnny for your insightful comment.

    I believe that “the Kingdom of God” that the disciples were preaching was more about the the ‘right to rule’ than a ‘place to rule’ or a ‘people to rule.’ In other words it’s the “reign of God” in the heart of man that Jesus was preaching – not sometime future, but right now.
    It’s “Jesus is Lord” and “believe in your heart” that Paul wrote about to the Roman church that is the issue. It’s not just ‘sweet by-and-by” – “when we all get to heaven” that Jesus and the Apostle were preaching.
    Granted that the redemption of everyone is only by the blood. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. But it’s the Life that is lived from the point of entering in that reveals and produces the fruit of righteousness.

    Of course I pray that I’ll see the perousia with my own physical eyes and enjoy a wonderful time in eternity with the Lord but my ultimate wish is to hear the words from His mouth, “Well done Jerald – good and faithful servant.”

  6. darla Says:

    Had to read this again… AMEN!! good writing..and TRUTH. yes, I love some Truth!

    Happy Thanksgiving Brother!

  7. 757packerfan Says:

    So, time to get an opinion from the other side. i agree with the man from CA. and let me point some things out:
    true- both paul and jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom
    But, paul preached the gospel of the kingdom of heaven and jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom on earth.
    According to Paul we are saved by grace through faith. Paul even uses thw word grace 87 times. How many times does Jesus mention grace? 0 times. so why would paul preach that we are saved because of God’s grace if Jesus never preached that? Because they were talking to different people. Jesus to the Jews and Paul to the Gentiles.
    Another fact: Paul uses the phrase “my gospel” 3 times. which means that the gospel he preached was given only to him.
    Fact: Jesus didn’t preach that his death and resurection would take away all the sins of anyone who believed in his sacrifice. Jesus never said “i am going to die and rise again so that every sin committed by man may be forgiven if they believe in my finished work.”
    Also, what does Paul tell us we need to do to be saved? “for by grace we have been saved, not by works, so that no one can boast.” he also said “for by observing the law, no one shall be declared righteous.” But when asked “what must i do to inherit eternal life Jesus says “keep the commandments”
    The fact that the disciples did not understand what jesus was saying also shows that they did not preach that Jesus’ death meant slavation for all. This is why “the mystery that has been revealed” (as paul states many times) was revealed only to Paul. So, since paul uses the word “mystery” bunches of times, what mystery is that? the mystery that Jesus’ death was planned and necessary to take away all of our sins, so that by grace we are saved.

    hope this helps to shed some light on the other side.
    2 timothy 2:15 “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

  8. Jerald Says:

    757packerfan – Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comment and I’m taking some time to study what you’ve said so I can reply with grace (there’s that word again).
    By the way, I’m a Packer fan too, at least when the Falcons are not in the game.

    Blessings brother.

  9. J.D. Says:

    Hello,

    I don’t agree with everything 757packerfan had to say as I am a former Mid Acts Dispensationalist, but I do agree with over 98% of it. Here are some more things to ponder. Jesus said to forgive to be forgiven, but Paul said to forgive because you already have been forgiven. Jesus did not start preaching His death until His final year in ministry. Even the disciples did not understand Him when He was preaching about His death/resurrection as Peter was even rebuked at one time because of that. The gospel in Matthew through Luke was relating to the kingdom. The kingdom was a promise made to Israel (Davidic covenant). Another thing to look up in the concordance besides “grace” that packerfan requested of you is the word “sheep.” The word “sheep” is a reference to Jews and NEVER a reference to Gentiles. Gentiles are not called sheep so this ought to make people question their doctrine when they have claimed that the “other sheep” in John 10 are Gentiles when it has to do with the gathering of the two sticks as stated in the OT. You can’t make it Gentiles there when Gentiles are never once referenced as sheep.

    Packerman did a good job so I wanted to add a couple more points on top of that.

  10. Chuck Says:

    Jerardd, Read Matthew 10:5 and Galatians 2:7.. KJV not the watered down NIV or any other version. Keep studying bother!

  11. Chuck Says:

    i meant brother!

  12. Jerald Says:

    Well Chuck, you want to explain why you chose those two particular passages?
    And they would mean the same if we read them in the original Greek.

  13. Chuck Says:

    I wanted you to read those two verses to show, that Jesus indeed orginally came to earth to preach the gospel to Israel first. (read Romans 15: 8) I’m not trying to defend the person you wrote the article about, but Paul’s ministry was to the Gentiles, because the Jews rejected Jesus and the 12 or 11’s message. When you read in Acts, when Paul is preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, you have to recognize who his audience was, they were Jews. Paul revelations were gradual, so of course that’s who he would take the message to first. Several times through out his writing he refers to the gospel as, “My gospel” it wasn’t the disciples gospel, it was a different gospel revealed to him by the ascended Lord, Jesus Christ. (Read Galatians 1: 11 & 12) When you learn these truths the Bible becomes really exciting, and rightly dividing the word is the key, its the same God, just different disspensations. Everone has always been saved the same way and that by FAITH! Hope that helps.. Chuck

  14. Chuck Says:

    Not sure why the smiley face came up, its Romans 15: 8.

  15. Jerald Says:

    Chuck,

    Thanks Chuck. I really appreciate your insight into these things. (I think that it should be Romans 15:8 & 9 and the verses following.)

    But anyway…the premise of “A Revolutionary Gospel” is not who Jesus or Paul preached to but what they preached. And you are right in saying that it’s about the gospel of the kingdom that we should be concerned about. I believe that they both preached a similar gospel. Let me explain briefly.
    Paul preached the 3 day work or the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In other words he preached the atonement. 1 Cor. 15: 3 and 4 is an example. And Paul is very eloquent in preaching the atonement for the remission of sins (or the sin, depending on where you look in scripture). But that’s not all he preached. See what Luke says Paul preached in Acts 28: 23 & 31. Notice that Paul “expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus…” and “Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ…” Notice the ‘and’ in verse 31. In other words, it seems to me that the atonement is one thing and the kingdom of God is another. But, of course they fit together like bones and ligaments.
    But Jesus didn’t preach this 3 day work because it hadn’t come to pass while he was free to preach. It was in the future or at the end of His earthly ministry. But the scripture is clear that Jesus did preach the gospel of the kingdom and He sent His disciples and others out to preach it too. In Mark 1:14 – 15 is a wonderful reference to what Jesus was preaching. “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye, and believe the gospel.’”
    Thing about this is, the kingdom that Jesus preach here was not a place in the ‘sweet by-and-by.’ Jesus preached something new that was to take place right then because He did say that it was “at hand.” The word for kingdom is translated from the Greek word basileia which, means royal power, kingship, dominion, rule. See Blue Letter Bible here – http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G932&t=KJV.
    And it also means – not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom.
    Jesus explains this in His parable within a parable recorded in Luke 19: 12 – 27 which many will says is a parable about money but if you look closely, it’s also a parable of the kingdom or the reign. See especially verses 14 and 27. The word used for reign here is the word basileuo which is translated many places ‘kingdom’.
    My point here is to show that it’s the reign of Christ in the heart of man that makes a man that which God intended for him to be in the beginning.
    I pray this in not too long. If you’d like more about this issue, please read the rest of “A Revolutionary Gospel” and see if it doesn’t bear this out.

    Than you again for reading this blog. I appreciate your taking the time and energy to post on it too.

    Now I’m involved in something that has me sort of preoccupied which is the reason that I haven’t posted on this blog in some time. It’s about a prayer that Jesus prayed. It’s recorded in John 17: 20 – 23 and it’s called The 17:23 Initiative. Take a look at our provisional website at http://www.1723initiative.org and let me know what you think about it.

    Blessings to you Chuck.

  16. Meeting Says:

    Meeting…

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  17. Gerald Collins Says:

    The message that Paul brought was that the wife could be remarried to the Lord. Ephesians 5:27 that he was going to present HER glorious to himself being the ones invited out of the hated rejected gentiles where they had been scattered by the Father in Jeremiah 3. At no time did Paul preach to the gentile for they would not have understood the things he was talking about. Jesus came to die willingly for the wife that he had divorced Isaiah 50-54 Hosea had to live out the drama in real life. God told Hosea to go buy Gomer who had returned to the street as a whore and he was to buy her back and take her home and love her. The same for the people of Jesus he was to buy them back and take them home and love them. Jesus came only for the Hebrews and no one else in the whole world. salvation is only for one race and it is to the one who were biologically and genetically related to the Father. The seed of Satan were rejected from the foundation of the earth and wait the wrath of God as John said to the Pharisees at the river bank. you seed of the Serpent who has warned you of the wrath to come. Jesus did not come with a plan for conversion of the seed of Satan to the seed of Adam. Revelation 21 only the ethnee are the ones being saved.

    Jerry Collins

  18. Buddy Smith Says:

    I agree with the man out west. I know you gave verses to back up what you say, but you left out verses too. verse 29. He was talking to Jews only. In verse 28 salvation of God is sent to the Gentiles. Paul knew about the covenant promise.

    Buddy Smith

  19. ALFONSO P. AUSTRIA JR. Says:

    I fully agree with what the writer said about what Paul has preached during his entire ministry for the Gentiles whom God called him to reach out. Citing Acts 28:23 is a vivid picture of Paul’s “gospel” , the very center of the Lord Jesus Christ’s teaching and the purpose of the Father sending Him (Luke 4:43) – THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM (Matt. 24:14). Paul mentioned 1 Cor 11:1 “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” If Paul was obedient in everything for the Lord Jesus Christ how much more of the message that the Lord has preached which is far above important than anything else?
    The teachings of Paul are not exclusive for the Gentiles (though he was apostle to the Gentiles) nor the message of Jesus Christ for the Jews only. Remember the Syrophoenician woman? the Roman Centurion, etc. It is only for the Jews when Jesus was mentioning about the Laws of Moses, and for the Gentiles if there are specifics for them.
    Go back to the “gospel of the kingdom”, what man lost in the garden of Eden, it was not heaven but dominion, and kingdom is about dominion. That’s the very purpose of the Lord Jesus Christ when He came in the flesh – to restore to man what he has lost and that is dominion over earth. His disciples including Paul continued that teaching in Acts 8:12, 19:8, 28:23, 28:31. John the beloved mentioned of us “And hath made us KINGS and priests UNTO GOD…” (REV. 1:6). Why not rejoice that through our believing in the Lordship of Jesus Christ – we are restored, saved, empowered and able to rule over the earh’s domain (Psa. 115:16). Rulership is based on relationship. If we are children of God (John 1:12) then we can dominate now in this time until the coming of the KING OF KINGS and the LORD OF LORDS. THIS IS THE KINGDOM NOW!!!

  20. StillLearning Says:

    Paul made a statement concerning “The Gospel”. He said (I believe it was to everybody, Jew and Gentile) I fear you have departed from the “simplicity” which is in Christ Jesus. KISS implies spiritually ,Keep It Simple Saints…….!. My understanding of the gospel is this and may the Holy Spirit correct me if I’m wrong. God’s grace did not begin until Jesus died and was resurrected. Jesus’s preaching of the gospel was predictive based on His fulfilling the New covenant of His grace which was completed upon His crucifiction and resurrection. There’s no doubt many Jews and Gentiles were born again during His ministry. But as Paul states in Galatians, He was given the Gospel of salvation by grace alone to preach to the unredeemed,(the whosoevers, Jews and Gentiles), even tho he was well qualified to preach and teach the gospel of the Kingdom of God, which I believe is for discipleship after having been redeemed.

  21. Don Taylor Says:

    The Man you talked about that taught of a different gospel was correct ,we (gentiles ) when we are completed in number that God has chosen to be saved in the mystery gospel Ephesians 3:1-3 and we will go with Jesus in rapture Romans 11:25-26 or you can study the whole chapter, Matthew 10:5 Jesus commanded the original 12 not to go to the Gentiles Or the Samaritans but go only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel…Matthew 15:23-24 Jesus said to the Gentile woman asking Jesus to heal her Daughter and Jesus replied “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel” also 25 years after Jesus death and resurrection Paul went to Jerusalem to try to get the Law keeping Jews that believed to leave the Gentiles alone and James Peter and John Perceived (understood) the Grace (the free gift of salvation ) that was given to Paul So they agreed Paul would go tell his message to the Gentiles and the other Apostles would go give there different message to the Jews

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