ACCORDING TO THE APOSTLE PAUL, SOUND DOCTRINE CONFORMS TO THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF THE BLESSED GOD, WHICH WAS ENTRUSTED TO HIM. (1Tim 1:10b-11) “And for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.”
THIS GLORIOUS GOSPEL WAS REVEALED TO HIM BY THE RESURRECTED CHRIST HIMSELF. (Gal 1:11-12) “I want you to know brothers that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.”
IN FACT, HE DEDICATED HIS LIFE IN PREACHING THE “GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE” TO THE GENTILES.
(Act 20:24) “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the Gospel of God’s Grace.”
IN HIS ZEALOUSNESS TO PRESERVE THE INTEGRITY OF THE GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE, THE APOSTLE PAUL PRONOUNCED A CURSE (anathema) TO ANYONE WHO WILL PREACH A GOSPEL CONTRARY TO THE GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE HE RECEIVED FROM CHRIST.
(Gal 1:7b) “Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.
(Gal 1:8) 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.
(Gal 1:9) 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.”
NOTICE WHAT PAUL SAID TO THE CHRISTIANS IN GALATIA WHEN HE LEARNED THAT THEY TURNED THEIR BACK FROM THE “GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE” THAT HE TAUGHT THEM AND PERVERTED IT BY EMBRACING THE “LAW” AS WELL.
(Gal 1:6-7) “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.”
YOU SEE, MIXING THE “DOCTRINE OF LAW” AND THE “DOCTRINE OF GRACE” MAKES IT A PERVERTED GOSPEL, PAUL SAYS, “WHICH IS REALLY NO GOSPEL AT ALL.”
HE ASKED THEM TWO VERY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS THAT MIGHT AS WELL BE ASK TO MANY OF OUR CHRISTIAN BRETHREN TODAY.
(Gal 3:2) “I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?”
(Gal 3:5) “Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?”
BRETHREN, THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD AND IS USEFUL FOR INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS. HOWEVER, FOR US WHO ARE IN CHRIST, THERE IS A SPECIFIC DOCTRINE IN THE BIBLE MEANT FOR THE PEOPLE UNDER THE NEW COVENANT OF GRACE THAT CHRIST MEDIATED WITH THE FATHER. THE APOSTLE PAUL REFERRED TO IT AS THE “WORD OF HIS GRACE” OR THE “GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE” WHICH CAN BUILD OUR FAITH UP AND GIVE US AN INHERITANCE AMONG ALL THOSE WHO ARE SANCTIFIED.
(Act 20:32) “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the WORD OF HIS GRACE, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
THE “GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE” OR THE “WORD OF HIS GRACE” SPEAKS OF THE GRACE OF GOD THROUGH CHRIST JESUS AND HIS FINISHED WORK ON THE CROSS AND ALL THE BENEFITS THEREOF. IT SPEAKS OF THE NEW COVENANT THAT CHRIST MEDIATED WITH THE FATHER.
IF YOU ARE NOT BEING FED WITH THE “GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE” OR THE “WORD OF HIS GRACE”, THEN, WHAT ARE YOU BEING FED WITH?