“THE TRUE GOSPEL WEB
Endeavoring to publish
“the truth of the gospel” of Jesus, the Christ.
2:5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not
for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly
according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If
thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of
Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou
the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in
heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
Which term is
The message of the Cross?
The message of the Christ?
The gospel of the Cross?
The gospel of the Christ?
If you chose the latter, you are correct; and it is the gospel of THE
that we endeavor to preach to all the world. Mark 16:15; Luke 9:20
word message is used only three times in the New Testament. In it’s first usage, the Greek word is akin
to the word ambassador, or embassage; a message or commission entrusted to an
Luke 19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We
will not have this [man] to reign over us.
other two usages are in the First Epistle of John and are very close to the
meaning of “gospel” and is probably referring to the “kingdom of God” of which
Jesus taught and preached.
1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and
declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
I John 3:11 For this is the message that ye
heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
two messages which John mentions could be considered portions of the broader
good news or gospel message,” i.e., “the gospel of Jesus, the Christ.”
We began this segment by
copying every verse where the word cross is used in the New Testament,
KJV. We then deleted some of the most
repetitious verses. The
cross as mentioned in these next four verses deal with the literal cross which
Jesus would bear, and die upon.
John 19:17 And he bearing his
cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
John 19:19 And Pilate wrote a
title, and put it on the cross. And the
writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s
sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary
Magdalene. *(three women; all named Mary.)
John 19:31 The Jews therefore, because it was the
preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath
day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
cross as used by Jesus in these four verses deal with the persecutions and
physical sufferings that those who would follow Him would endure for His and
His gospel’s sake. Of the original twelve apostles only Peter as far as we know
literally died on a cross, and that upside down of his own choosing.
Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh
not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy
Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto
his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding
him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell
whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in
heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Luke 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his
cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
cross is an integral part of the gospel
of Christ but it must not in any way share equal or greater importance with
“Christ.” It seems that in the
scriptures “our cross” is in sharing with Christ, the persecution of Him and
His gospel and whatever that may entail.
Even if that persecution comes down to literally dying on a cross, or by
any other means, for His and His gospel’s sake; then let it be so.
I Corinthians 1:17-18
Christ sent me not to baptize *(with
water), but to preach the
gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of
none effect. *(But what is this
none effect of the cross of which the apostle Paul speaks?)
the preaching of the cross is to them that perish *(all who are yet lost; all who are yet of
this world) foolishness; but
unto us … *(who) are
saved it is the power of God. *(The
question we must ask at this point is; the power of God to do what? Primarily it is to express, metaphorically,
the “crucifixion [death] of our old man of sin [our old sin nature] which Jesus
bore to the cross [in union with] himself, as he stood in the gap for us [Romans 6:6 below; Ezekiel 22:30].)
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in
sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to
sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so *(as) many of us
as were baptized into Jesus Christ *(not
water!) were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism
into death: that like as Christ was raised … *(JDG) from the dead by
the glory of the Father *(the
Holy Ghost), even so we also should *(would)
in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted *(buried) together in the likeness of his death,
we shall be also *(be) in the likeness of his resurrection:
Knowing this, that our old man *(our
old sin nature, was, and) is crucified with *(Strong’s Greek
#4957 - to impale in company with [literally or figuratively: crucify with]) him, that
the body *(the whole; the all; the entirety; the root) of sin might
be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe
that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the
dead dieth no more; *(because) death *(which
is the end; the result; “the
wages of sin;” Romans 6:23) hath no more
dominion over him *(Jesus, who [was] and is sinless, and those
who were [and are] crucified with Him; which is every person on this planet who
can and will believe it).
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once *(to save us from sin): but in
that he *(and all those who are of and in Him) liveth, he
liveth unto God *(John 14:20; Colossians
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead
indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 … … *(Strong’s Greek #G3361 [conjugationally] - Lest) sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the
And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision *(which was a customary religious thing to do
in those days, and yet is in some religions; along with many other customs and
traditions), why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of
the cross ceased. *(There IS an offence of the cross, but WHY
is the cross of Christ so offensive to some?
Could it be that they don’t want their sin, and sins, “taken away”
is an old saying, “Go along to get along,” which is always the easiest way
(especially in this case) because there is an offence in Jesus Christ and His
cross, and the truth as it is in Him; where SIN and THE DEVIL were
defeated. Why wouldn’t the devil
persecute those who would declare the truth of the gospel of Jesus the Christ,
against him? Therefore, as always, it is
easier to go with the flow; but God will judge those who do such things, both
male and female.
As many as desire to make a fair … *(show) in the flesh, … *(JDG) constrain you to be circumcised *(as well as to
be baptized in water, and/or, anointed with oil, and/or, so many other customs
and traditions of men; including other carryovers from the law of Moses [Colossians 2:14; below]
in that, IT [the cross] was an instrumental part in the shedding of Jesus’
blood and taking His natural, physical life from Him. These are the things the
sacrificial Lamb of God suffered that we could be made free from sin, and in
that, receive God’s eternal life); only
lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus
Christ, *(by which and) by whom the world is crucified unto
me, and I unto the world.
And that he might reconcile both *(Jew
and gentile) unto God in one body *(the
natural, physical body of Jesus, the Christ) by the cross, having slain the enmity
*(the division between the Jew and the
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became
obedient unto death, even the *(despised)
of the cross.
true are all these things of which we have just written; but I must point out
that in the following verse the word THINGS, which is used three times, are
translator added words which should NOT have been added in these three
particular places. The apostle Paul is
NOT speaking here of THINGS, but, of human beings and their souls.) I have replaced those three words in this
verse with three ellipses (…). Please read the following verse with the
understanding that there should NOT be an English WORD used where the three
And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him *(Jesus, the Christ)
to reconcile all … *(mankind) unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be
… in earth, or … in heaven.
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you
often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of
19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their
belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances *(the law of Moses and all other men’s
religious laws, ordinances, and traditions) that … *(were,
and are) against us, which was contrary to us,
and took it *(the law of Moses) out of the
way, nailing it *(and all other religious
laws of men) to his *(Jesus’) cross;
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our FAITH *(which is the complete and
true gospel of Jesus, the Christ); who for the joy that was set before him *(the salvation of all those who can and will
believe it) endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
There is an offence in the cross, but it’s because of Jesus, the Christ:
John 15:20 “Remember
the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If
they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my
saying, they will keep yours also.” Anyone and/or anything that has to do with
Jesus Christ and the true gospel of Him; the one who made an end of sin and
sins *(Daniel 9:24),
IS subject to persecution. But the cross
without Jesus Christ was and is absolutely NOTHING but a piece, or pieces of
wood. The same goes for all other
crosses, whatever they may be made of.
Though they be made of the most precious of metals set with the most
precious of stones which many choose to wear upon their bodies and/or display
in other settings. Spiritually speaking
they are all NOTHING in the eyes of God concerning salvation or anything
else. Nonetheless, I see many people
wearing them that appear to me to be in great need of salvation. JDG
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