Gospel Apostles Preached:
Gospel Apostles preached – Suffice it to say that spiritual entities dissipate information or messages that reveal their core values to the public. And they expect the public to know them by these messages they preach. So their messages invariably become their identity because they point to what they are and represents. Also, it is important to point out that it is their message that brings people to them. And as many that they bring, among them are established by the same message they preached and teach. However, it is important to note that Christianity as a spiritual entity has its own message. And this message is called the message of salvation.
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This message of salvation is the gospel apostles preached. This implies that the right Christian message should be that message that can save people from condemnation. And it must be rooted in the gospel apostles preached. To ascertain the right message therefore it is worthy to align any message preached by anyone with the gospel apostles preached. And if such message doesn’t align properly it should be discarded.
Verification Of What They Preached:
On this note, it is important for us to start looking at what the gospel apostles preached. And then align them with gospel preached in this dispensation. Like stated earlier, the gospel apostles preached is called the message of salvation. This implies that it is geared towards saving man from dome or destruction. The Christian message therefore, must be a message that is capable of saving a soul or souls if accepted in the heart of the receiver. The unique purpose of the Christian message is purely to save a dying or better still to reconcile man back to his Creator. Anything negating this purpose is not the message but an addendum.
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The Message Of Salvation Is The Gospel:
Jesus speaking in the gospel of John made known to us what the message is and He said as I quote
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
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The quotation clearly states that God gave because of His Love for the world. And in it there’s a reciprocal reactions as regards to its acceptance or repudiation. There are two offers inherent in the message and these offers are depended on the response of the receiver. The onus is not on the one who has made the offer to decide what the receiver should do. But it is laid on the receiver to decide what to do with the message. And whatever he does with the message decides what his destination and destiny should be. Is as a result of this, Jesus commissioned His disciples to go preach this gospel to sundry tribes and races.
Notice that before He commissioned them to go preach this gospel, He asked them to wait in Jerusalem. The purpose was for them to receive power from above to do this job. The source of the gospel apostles preached is very unique. This implies that this job is not a mere job but one that needs to be certified with power from above for its efficiency and approval. This must be approved with the seal and power from above and the sealer is The Holy Spirit.
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Holy Spirit Revealed The Gospel Apostles Preached:
Let’s see what Jesus told them about this message,
“I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
The revealer of what to preach is the Holy Spirit. And when He comes He will make the content of the message known to the disciples. This is why He asked them to wait in Jerusalem.
What Happened On The Pentecost Day:
On the Pentecost day the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples, and they were moved to preach. And the gospel apostles preached was nothing but Christ, this is because In Christ the message of salvation is revealed. This affirms the words of Jesus that the arrival of the Holy Spirit would mean His revelation. The revelation of Christ was not a New Testament thing.
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It’s the deduction of the Holy Spirit from the writings of the Scripture as revealed to the Apostles (Ephesians 3:5). It’s factual to say that the Apostles caught the revelation and the message they had was Christ and nothing included. The gospel apostles preached was Christ and they did that from every Scripture verse(s) of the Old Testament.
“And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.”
In the crusade and personal evangelism the gospel apostles preached didn’t change.
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The Gospel Apostles Preached Was Christ:
“Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.”
And in their gatherings
“Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.”
Apostle Paul in his rendering of the gospel declared that
“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;”
1 Corinthians 1:23
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
2 Corinthians 2:2.
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All Revealed In The Scripture:
The gospel apostles preached was a revelation from the scripture as revealed by Apostle Paul. He said it was not taught him by any man (Romans 16:25, Galatians 1:12). The message of Christ was consistent in their mouth and they didn’t veer from it and even when some among them started going astray they reminded them of what the gospel apostles preached must be. Let’s see what Apostle Paul has to say here
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“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that 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”
1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
The Death, Burial And Resurrection Was The Gospel:
This however, implies that the gospel apostles preached is encapsulated in preaching the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Therefore, the implication of this is that anything outside preaching of Christ is not the gospel! On this note, anything preached that is not within the periphery of His death, burial and resurrection is another gospel not the gospel.
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The gospel apostles preached is the power of God unto salvation, because salvation is received by hearing the message of Christ. Another gospel is not the power of God unto salvation. And therefore anyone who has believed another gospel though a ‘Christian’ is not saved! So the gospel apostles preached is the message of Christ. As they were preaching the message of Christ, God was with them and was confirming their message with signs.
“And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen”
It is interesting to know that the Lord was confirming the word (message) the preached not them. This shows that the messengers were not considered important than the message. Therefore, instead of confirming the messengers the Lord confirmed the message.
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Gospel Apostles Preached Wasn’t Themselves:
The order of the day in the days of the Apostles was that they preached Christ. And as they did so people were saved into Kingdom of God. The gospel apostles preached wasn’t themselves, they didn’t preach their father in the Lord, they didn’t preach angels. Also they didn’t preach how one can become rich because he believed in Christ, again, they didn’t preach how someone’s enemy can be destroyed. They didn’t preach altar verses altar, they didn’t preach family foundational problem, they didn’t preach generational curses.
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And mostly they didn’t preach hell fire rather they preached Christ through the ministry they have received. The ministry they received and ministered is called the New Testament ministry. It is the ministry of the Spirit that gives life (2 Corinthians 3:6). For this reason through their ministry life was given to many who were dead. So when Christ is preached the dead men are quickened unto life
“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience”
When Christ is preached sin is judged and righteousness is established and sons are brought unto glory.
The Negative Side Of Preaching Another Gospel:
Dishearteningly, the reverse is the case in our nowadays messages, we have left Christ, and we are preaching another gospel. And this another gospel is not the gospel,
“For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
2 Corinthians 11:4.
Another gospel is adding or attaching something to the gospel of Christ, for instance, Christ plus the Law of Moses I mean observation of the provisions of the law. Inspiring believers to have faith in physical ordinances which are things that perishes in the using, see Colossians 2:20-23.
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These are things like handkerchief, oil, water, salt, honey, sand from the family compound, sowing monetary seed in order to become millionaires, etc. And these have become the order of the day in our Churches today. The adverse effect of these things is that it allows and gives opportunity for the believers to attach their faith on these and believing in their potency and their eyes are taken away from Christ. In other words, the situation in the Church is like how Apostle Paul described it below
“And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.”
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In the church of Jesus Christ, Christ should be the center stage and all focus should be on Him. Hence, every message should be centered on what He has done to sin and delivered man from condemnation. That is to say that every message should be how He has saved man and the position He has placed man and how He’s coming back to receive man in glory. This was the gospel apostles preached!
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