Paul Preaching Gospel in Antioch

Acts 13:38-39
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38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

  • Paul didn’t use the word repent
  • Many of those People wanted to hear the message again, Obviously people have repented.

Peter didn’t use “Repent” in Cornelius House

Repentance to Life

  • In this below passage Repentance was not used

Acts 10:43-44
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43 To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”

44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.

Peter in Jerusalem regarding reaching to Gentiles

Acts 11:1-4
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11 Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision contended with him, saying, “You went in to uncircumcised men and ate with them!”

But Peter explained it to them in order from the beginning, saying:

Acts 11:15-18
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15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?”

18 When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”

Many times in Gospel the word “Repentance” is not there. 

Does that means Repentance is not happening? 

  • Repentance means Metanoia, which means Change of Mind
  • Changing of Mind is still happening.

New Covenant Curse

Double Curse

Galatians 1:6-9
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I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

Because

  • God love the People
  • And the curse will stop them from Preaching another Gospel

The whole counsel of God

Acts 20:24-27
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24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself,[a]so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

25 “And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27 For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.

Preaching of Paul in the Synagogue

Acts 13:38-44
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Unconditional Gospel

38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.40 Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you:

41 ‘Behold, you despisers,
Marvel and perish!
For I work a work in your days,
A work which you will by no means believe,
Though one were to declare it to you.’

Blessing and Conflict at Antioch

42 So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. 43 Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.

The Grace of Christ is the THE Gospel

Galatians 1:6-9
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I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

The whole counsel of God

Acts 20:24-27
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24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

25 “And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27 For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.

I am not Ashamed of The Gospel

THE power of God to salvation

  • THE power : THE Means It is the ONLY power : THE ( Definite Article )
  • Power : Dunamis in Greek

Romans 1:16
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16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

The righteousness of God is Revealed

Romans 1:17
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17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”[a]

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 1:17 Habakkuk 2:4

Witnessed by the Law and the Prophets

Romans 3:21
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God’s Righteousness Through Faith
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,

In the Mount of Transfiguration

  • Moses : Represents The Law
  • Elijah : Represents The Prophets
  • Jesus : The righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed

Hear Him

  • Him ( Singular ) : Jesus ONLY
  • NOT THEM

Luke 9:35
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35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!”

The Present Truth

Various Times

The Present Truth is different at each Time

  • Time in the Garden of Eden
  • Time when 10 Commandments was given
  • Time after Jesus Resurrection ( CURRENT )

2 Peter 1:1-4
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Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

  • knowledge : epignósis –> Feeds your heart and makes you humble
  • Other words of Knowledge used in bible : gnósis, ginóskó
  • Peace : Shalom in Hebrew , eiréné in Greek
  • Grace : checed in Hebrew, Charis in Greek

2 Peter 1:12
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12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.

Time in the Garden of Eden

The Present truth at the Garden of Eden is

  • Not to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

Time when 10 Commandments was Given

The Present truth when 10 commandments was given

  • To follow all 10 commandments
    • Even if you miss 1 of those 10 Commandments, you will be cursed

Time after Jesus Resurrection ( CURRENT )

The Present truth after Jesus Resurrection is

  • whoever believes in JESUS should not perish but have everlasting life

John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

 

Gospel is THE power

THE power

  • “THE” means definite article
  • ONLY power, NO OTHER power
  • Power in Greek means Dunamis, from which the word “Dynamite” comes from

Redemption and Provision

  • THE power to redeem us from sickness
  • THE power to redeem us from poverty
  • THE power to redeem us from lack
  • THE power to give us health
  • THE power to give us wealth
  • THE power to make us prosperous
  • Gospel is THE power, which reveals the Righteousness of God as a gift unto us.
  • It does not reveal the sinfulness of man revealed.
  • Biggest problem in the Church is the sin consciousness

Jesus our Foundation

Ministry of Judgement

  • Olive tree, fig tree and vine tree are happy on what God had made them to be.

Judges 9:7-21
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Now when they told Jotham, he went and stood on top of Mount Gerizim, and lifted his voice and cried out. And he said to them:

“Listen to me, you men of Shechem,
That God may listen to you!

“The trees once went forth to anoint a king over them.
And they said to the olive tree,
‘Reign over us!’
But the olive tree said to them,
‘Should I cease giving my oil,
With which they honor God and men,
And go to sway over trees?’

10 “Then the trees said to the fig tree,
‘You come and reign over us!’
11 But the fig tree said to them,
‘Should I cease my sweetness and my good fruit,
And go to sway over trees?’

12 “Then the trees said to the vine,
‘You come and reign over us!’
13 But the vine said to them,
‘Should I cease my new wine,
Which cheers both God and men,
And go to sway over trees?’

14 “Then all the trees said to the bramble,
‘You come and reign over us!’
15 And the bramble said to the trees,
‘If in truth you anoint me as king over you,
Then come and take shelter in my shade;
But if not, let fire come out of the bramble
And devour the cedars of Lebanon!

16 “Now therefore, if you have acted in truth and sincerity in making Abimelech king, and if you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and have done to him as he deserves—17 for my father fought for you, risked his life, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian;18 but you have risen up against my father’s house this day, and killed his seventy sons on one stone, and made Abimelech, the son of his female servant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is your brother— 19 if then you have acted in truth and sincerity with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you. 20 “But if not, let fire come from Abimelech and devour the men of Shechem and Beth Millo; and let fire come from the men of Shechem and from Beth Millo and devour Abimelech!” 21 And Jotham ran away and fled; and he went to Beer and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

No shadow under Jesus ministry

James 1:16-17
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16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Two types of Foundations

1 Corinthians 3:10-17
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10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles (phtheiro) the temple of God, God will destroy (phtheiro) him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

  • Incorruptible in fire : gold, silver, precious stones,
  • Correptible in fire : wood, hay, straw

2 Corinthians 11:3
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But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted (phtheiro) from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Gold and Silver

  • Gold speaks of Righteousness
  • Silver speaks of Redemption
  1. Tabernacle, outer side. Wood coated with Gold : speaks of God making us Righteous ( its a picture of all believers standing together ) ( wood speaks of humanity )
  2. Foot of those Gold coated wood stands on silver : speaks of us standing on the ground of redemption
Tabernacle
Tabernacle

See others as Gold coated

Matthew 7:2-4
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For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?

Wood, Hay and Straw

Isaiah 40:7-8
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The grass withers, the flower fades,
Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.”

  • Grass : Normal People
  • Flower : Popular People

What is the Gold and Silver Foundation?

1 Peter 1:23-25
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23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because

“All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,
25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.”[1]

Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 1:25 Isaiah 40:6–8

Relevant Verse about Grass

Jeremiah 17:5-8
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Thus says the Lord:

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear[a] when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

What about Ministries which goes through Fire?

1 Corinthians 3:14-15
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14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

  • Endures –> Reward
  • Burned –> Suffer Loss

Everlasting Salvation for Ministers of Burned Ministeries

Despite of Ministers bad foundation

  • he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire
  • Because the Salvation what a Believer ( One who Believes in Christ ) receives is an everlasting Salvation, which can’t be removed or changed by his deeds or actions.

Other Relevant Points

Everlasting Arms of God

Deuteronomy 33:27
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27 The eternal God is your refuge,
And underneath are the everlasting arms;
He will thrust out the enemy from before you,
And will say, ‘Destroy!’

  • At the tabernacle, the outer side is grounded on to ARMS
  • Arms Implies the Everlasting arms of God
  • Arms of Redemption, thats why it is made of silver.

Don’t mix 1 Corinthians 3:16 into 1 Corinthians 6:15-20

1 Corinthians 3:16
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16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

  • 1 Corinthians 3:16 speaks about the Ministry

1 Corinthians 6:15-20
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15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.”[a] 17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

  • Despite of what they are doing/done, their bodies are still the members of Christ
  • Glorify God in your body by having a healthy body.
  • How to Glorify God in your body? – read more

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 6:16 Genesis 2:24

Other Irrelevant points

Promises to Abram

Genesis 12:1-3
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12 Now the Lord had said to Abram:

“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

  1. I will bless you
  2. Make your name great
  3. You shall be a blessing

I will bless you –> Make your name great –> You shall be a blessing

Notes

  • Gold speaks of Deity