THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
Gospel – εὐαγγελίζω – euaggelizō – preach, preach the Gospel, bring good tidings, show glad tidings, bring glad tidings, declare, declare glad tidings, misc – found 101 times in the New Testament KJV
Some things are essential to salvation. We can’t afford to get them wrong. One of those teachings is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is found only in the New Testament and concerning it Paul wrote…
“Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father. To whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from Him who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are troubling you and want to change the good news about the Messiah. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, a curse be on him! As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!”
Galatians 1:3-9 HCSB
So what is this gospel or good news?
“Now brothers, I want to clarify for you the gospel I proclaimed to you; you received it and have taken your stand on it. You are also saved by it, if you hold to the message I proclaimed to you — unless you believed for no purpose. For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.”
1 Corinthians 15:1-5 HCSB
In today’s English, the good news, gospel is that Christ has come into the world and after having lived a sinless life He died on the cross, was buried, and on the third day he rose again, overcoming sin, death, and the grave to redeem the lost.
THE GOSPEL IS VERY GOOD NEWS
Prior to the coming of Christ, YHWH, who never changes, revealed Himself in His fullness, but He was primarily known through His relationship with His chosen people Israel. They were led and provided for just as we are today. They were, however, required to offer animal sacrifices as atonement for their sins. Those who believed God obeyed Him. Foreigners and strangers could also serve the God of Israel if they believed in Him, trusted Him, and were willing. He promised to Redeem and Save and that there would be a New Covenant.
BIBLICAL INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING THE GOSPEL
““The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news! ””
Mark 1:15 HCSB
“Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness, then understand that those who have faith are Abraham’s sons. Now the Scripture saw in advance that God would justify the Gentiles by faith and told the good news (gospel) ahead of time to Abraham, saying, All the nations will be blessed through you. So those who have faith are blessed with Abraham, who had faith.”
Galatians 3:6-9 HCSB
“Then He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
Mark 16:15-16 HCSB
There are at a minimum 16 commands or verses teaching us to preach the gospel to others.
WARNINGS CONCERNING THE GOSPEL
But if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but glorify God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God? And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 1 Peter 4:16-16
“I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from Him who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are troubling you and want to change the good news about the Messiah. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, a curse be on him! As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!”
Galatians 1:6-9 HCSB
HOW LONG AND TO WHOM IS THIS GOSPEL PREACHED?
“Then I saw another angel flying high overhead, having the eternal gospel to announce to the inhabitants of the earth — to every nation, tribe, language, and people. He spoke with a loud voice: “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.””
Revelation 14:6-7 HCSB
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are present as Maker of heaven and earth. All things were created for and through Christ (the Word) and without Him was not anything created that was created and the Holy Spirit was an agent in creation (Genesis 1:2, John 1:3) Since the Hebrew word for “spirit” is often translated as “wind” or “breath,” we can see the activity of all three persons in one verse: “By the word of YHWH the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth” (Psalm 33:6). SEE – Is Jesus the Creator?
The gospel is preached to the inhabitants of earth and is eternal.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Matthew 24:14
WHAT IS TRUE WORSHIP?
“(for you shall worship no other god, for YHWH, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), Exodus 34:14
προσκυνέω – proskyneō – Worship – Bowing and humbling of self while lifting up and adoring the One who is above all others.
SEE – HOW DOES THE BIBLE DEFINE WORSHIP
Worship requires that our Creator/Redeemer God revealed in the Bible must have first place in our hearts and in our lives. We are to lift Him above all others, acknowledging that He is worthy of all glory and honor and praise, while acknowledging our own lack of worthiness .
“And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, you are God, which have made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is…” Acts 4:24
WHO IS WORTHY OF WORSHIP?
Recently I had a person who is close to me say this: “ I, personally, believe it is blasphemy to give anyone the place of God but YHWH.”
Certainly this is biblical, however, one must correctly identify YHWH to get it right. We are told to worship the Father and that God is Spirit. We are to worship in spirit and truth. Christ is Truth and He sent Holy Spirit!
But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him. God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”…John 4:23-24
YHWH then is Father and Spirit. Also, the New Testament fully introduces Jesus, who is Truth, who first appears in the Old Testament.
We should look at an important question and answer.
||WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION OR BASIS FOR CHRISTIAN FAITH?
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11
During the days of the early church, believer’s had a strong faith. The Romans allowed the Jews to practice their religion until Christ came, preached, was crucified and resurrected. At this time, because Christians worshiped Christ, persecution began and the apostles were ordered not to use the NAME of Christ or speak in His name. Acts 4 The Spirit was not quenched and in spite of the orders and persecution, the church grew.
Many people still live by faith in the only Begotten Son of God. Some, however, question His deity and even the identity of Christ.
We will consider the worship of YHWH here in light of the revelation given to us from God’s word of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
We read, concerning Christ who is called the Lamb in the book of The Revelation…
Saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.” Revelation 5:12
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Matthew 4:10
Satan sinned when he sought to unsurprisingly God and receive worship in heaven. It is written concerning Christ Jesus…
And again, when he brings in the first-begotten into the world, he said, And let all the angels of God worship him. Hebrews 1:6
The thing that caused Satan to be cast from heaven is ordered as a command for Christ. It is YHWH who will one day require those who now refuse to worship Jesus Christ, to do so:
For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth…Philippians 2:10
SO WHY IS THERE EVEN A QUESTION?
Why would anyone question the deity of a person who is worshipped by men and angels and that Person was conceived by the Holy Spirit when incarnation occurred. The most direct answer is that there are questions because there is an enemy of Christ (Satan) who goes about accusing the brethren. We know there are many today who question the Holy Bible and the accepted translations preserved over the centuries. More than a few people deny the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some go so far as to say that a “lie” was deliberately perpetrated to cause people to believe something that the early Christians never taught. Even as Christians know that God is in control and He has preserved His word and sent His Son, we also know that we should be ready to give an answer and we should search to see if these things are true so that we can give truthful and correct answers.
“Hear, O Israel! The LORD (YHWH) is our God, the LORD (YHWH) is one! “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:4-5It is the LORD (YHWH) your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. Deuteronomy 6:13“…‘You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.’” Matthew 4:10
Christ Jesus, who spoke the words in Matthew 4:10 received worship on many occasions. This reminds us that YHWH, Who is One, is a plural God. (Thus, the statement, “Let us make man in our image.)
When we worship our One God we are worshiping YHWH, (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). There is an excellent description of how we know the Trinity is true found at Hebrew Names for God and written by a Hebrew. The author has a PhD in Semitic languages and is able to explain how we know from the language of the original manuscript of the Bible that the Father, the Messiah, and the Holy Spirit are One.
While there are many scriptures which refer to Christ as God, one that is very clear on the issue is:
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1 Tim.3:16
According to scripture true worship is directed to Father, Son, and Spirit.
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A group of people out of an organization called Watchtower state emphatically that God’s name is Jehovah.
God says in the Old Testament…
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. Exodus 3:14-15
God spoke further to Moses and said to him, “I am YHWH and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, YHWH I did not make Myself known to them. “I also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they sojourned.…Exodus 6:2-4
I am YHWH [the LORD]; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.” –Isaiah 42:8
Why I Think the Pronunciation ‘Jehovah’ Could Be Wrong!
Almighty God reveals truth to mankind. He allowed the pronunciation to be lost. Men decided to put the vowels in, rather than use the name I Am, or God, Father, or Lord.
Man really does not know if the pronunciation of YHWH should be Jehovah, Yahweh, or maybe something else. God did not preserve that information for us. I can’t help but remember that…
Watchtower organization has a track record for getting things wrong. God doesn’t get anything wrong.
Christ told us to pray to our Father in heaven! Since God allowed the pronunciation of YHWH to be lost, but gave us the name of Christ and exalted Christ Jesus name above all names, we must consider why.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given Him a name which is above every name: Philippians 2:9
And when you pray say, ‘Our Father who is in heaven..’ Matthew 6:8
God’s name and Christ’s new name will be revealed when New Jerusalem comes down.
‘He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. Revelation 3:12
EXAMPLES OF WATCHTOWER GETTING THINGS WRONG
1. Watchtower has given six different explanations of the word “generations” found in Matthew 24:34, changing it each time to correlate with their teaching at the time based on when they say this present “system” will end. In 1914 Watchtower taught that “this generation applied to worldly people. They have switched back and forth six times and now say it applies to “the anointed class.”
2. They at one time taught this current system would end in 1914 and that generation would not pass away.
3. Prior to 1914 they published, “
“within the coming twenty-six years all present governments will be overthrown and dissolved … ” The 1889 edition of Studies In the Scriptures – The Time Is At Hand pp.98-99.
4. They have published what they prefer to call many predictions that never occurred. Among them were these statements…
“If you are a young person, you also need to face the fact that you will never grow old in this present system of things. Why not? Because all the evidence in fulfillment of Bible prophecy indicates that this corrupt system is due to end in a few years. … Therefore, as a young person, you will never fulfill any career that this system offers. If you are in highschool and thinking about a college education, it means at least four, perhaps even six or eight more years to graduate into a specialized career. But where will this system of things be by that time? It will be well on the way toward its finish, if not actually gone!” Awake! 1969 May 22 p.15
“But bear in mind that the end of 1914 is not the date for the beginning, but for the end of the time of trouble.” Zion’s Watch Tower 1894 Jul 15 p.226
“Our thought is, that 1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures. As to Noah, the Christian now has much more upon which to base his faith then Noah had upon which to base his faith in a coming deluge.” Watch Tower 1923 Apr 1 p.106
“… the remaining months before Armageddon.” Watchtower 1941 Sep 15 p.288
“Shortly, within our twentieth century, the “battle in the day of Jehovah” will begin against the modern antitype of Jerusalem, Christendom.” The Nations Shall Know That I Am Jehovah p.216 Quotes found at JWFacts.com
5. It is reported that Watchtower has taught incorrect facts as factual. For example, they taught, in 1924. (References are given although I can’t find original documents.) An example…”The bobbed hair craze is sure to lead to baldness, sooner or later. The reason for this is that human hair is like a tube sealed at the free end. When the hair is cut, the oils which are the life of the hair become dissipated. The reason why men grow bald so quickly is that they have their hair cut so frequently and, in addition, wear tightly fitting hats, which cut off the circulation of the scalp.” Golden Age 1924 Nov 19 p.100
6. On their website, Watchtower actually teaches ‘re-creation’ rather than true bodily ‘resurrection.’ The word resurrection is used, but they teach that even Jesus’s body remained in the grave and a god they call Jehovah destroyed it making it appear Jesus was resurrected, but they say only His spirit arose. Their teachings on resurrection have changed and many strange quotes have been published. See About Resurrection See “Who Does The Watchtower Say Will Be Resurrected.”
7. They currently teach Jesus is a son of Jehovah in some places, the Son of Jehovah in other places, Michael the Archangel, and a lesser god. They forbid worship of Christ. Yet prior to 1954, they prayed to and worshipped Christ. (Zion’s Watch Tower 1880 Oct pp.2-3, Zion’s Watch Tower 1892 May 15 p.157, Zion’s Watch Tower 1898 Jul 15 p.216, ) They changed this basic Christian doctrine and extremely important teaching in 1954. (Watchtower 1954 Jan 1 p.31) Yet the Bible teaches clearly that our Creator God who is Almighty never changes and Christ is the same today, yesterday, and forever! How does God’s organization get it wrong for centuries?
8. The gospel Watchtower preaches is not the gospel Paul, John, and Peter preached. In their own words, here is the gospel according to Watchtower: “Let the honest-hearted person compare the kind of preaching of the gospel of the Kingdom done by the religious systems of Christendom during all the centuries with that done by Jehovah’s Witnesses since the end of World War I in 1918. They are not one and the same kind. That of Jehovah’s Witnesses is really “gospel,” or “good news,” as of God’s heavenly kingdom that was established by the enthronement of his Son Jesus Christ at the end of the Gentile Times in 1914.”
The true gospel according to Paul is: 1 Corinthians 15:1-5 “Dear friends, let me give you clearly the heart of the gospel that I’ve preached to you—the good news that you have heartily received and on which you stand. 2 For it is through the revelation of the gospel that you are being saved, if you fasten your life firmly to the message I’ve taught you, unless you have believed in vain. 3 For I have shared with you what I have received and what is of utmost importance:
The Messiah died for our sins,
fulfilling the prophecies of the Scriptures.
4 He was buried in a tomb
and was raised from the dead after three days,
as foretold in the Scriptures.
5 Then he appeared to Peter the Rock
and to the twelve apostles.
The gospel according to Peter: Acts 2:“Men of Israel, listen to these words: This Jesus the Nazarene was a man pointed out to you by God with miracles, wonders, and signs that God did among you through Him, just as you yourselves know. Though He was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail Him to a cross and kill Him. God raised Him up, ending the pains of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it…God has resurrected this Jesus. We are all witnesses of this. Therefore, since He has been exalted to the right hand of God and has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit, He has poured out what you both see and hear…“Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah! ” Acts 2:22-24, 32-33, 36 HCSB
John’s testimony concerning Jesus:“He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God. The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:11-14 HCSB
Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.”Thomas replied, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”…
“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:27-31
Perhaps Jehovah is the proper pronunciation of YHWH, however…
Would YHWH reveal the pronunciation of His name to an organization that refuses to teach the gospel of life in Jesus name?
Obedience Requires Staying With What We Know
I see no way to know for certain about Jehovah. Certainly Jesus said we should pray to, “Our Father” and be baptized in the NAME of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The names given to us are YHWH, I AM, Father, and Jesus. I really see no reason for going beyond what God has given to us.
YHVH – YHWH Is Not Jehovah
“Is Jehovah the true name of God?”
Names of God
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