SANDERSON, TERRELL COUNTY, TEXAS. God's Words & Spirit Have Convicted Me & I Have Repented. I'm No Prophet & My Name Isn't Jonah, But Sanderson, Texas Has Always Been My personal 'Nineveh.' God Commands Believers To Share The Gospel. Some Verses, The Gospel And All Books Of God's Canon Are For Everyone To Read.
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Image courtesy - Wikimedia Commons. I'm no preacher. I'm glad because I wouldn't want to be a minister today. But for those of you whose inner conscience may be speaking, here's some of God's Words & His definition of "The Gospel" [ "Gospel" means 'Good News' or 'Good Tidings' ]. John 5:39-40 - "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: And they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life." John 14:16 - "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Mark 1:15 - "and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye [ "Repent" means to change one's mind & turn from sin ], and believe [ "Believe" & "Faith" are virtually the same & basically mean 'cling to', 'adhere to', 'rely upon', 'trust in' & 'obey' ] the gospel." John 3:7 - "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again" [ "Again" means 'from above' ]. Matthew 19:26 - "But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." Matthew 7 is very informative, but I'm especially intrigued by verses 13 - 14: "Enter ye in at the strait [ Among other things, "strait" means 'difficult' ] gate: for wide is the gate, and broad [ Among other things, "broad" means 'easy', 'attractive' & implies This Way To Heaven ] is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow [ Among other things, "narrow" means 'compressed' & 'stressful' ] is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Many pastors & teachers say that those who take this "broad" way aren't "Christians." Those who make this sales pitch are exposed in the next verse. Read Matthew 7:15 - "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's [ "Christian's" ] clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." Matthew 7:22 says they tell Jesus on Judgment Day: " . . . Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name ? and in thy name have cast out devils ? and in thy name done many wonderful works ?" Matthew 7:23 says: " . . . I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." That's right. Jesus was speaking to prophets. theologians & other hirelings who preached cunning & diverse gospels went to Hell screaming "Lord, Lord" after failing to convince Jesus to accept their works of Iniquity. Testing Dr. Graham's & similar teachings years ago, I asked myself: "Are many pastors, teachers & prophets deceitfully or unknowingly 'warping' & 'twisting' God's Word ?" Were some too busy running corporations, gathering followers or writing books lecturing God about His unsearchable judgments & ways past finding out while fleecing tickled ears out of their earthly fortunes & eternal souls ?
God's Word mentions several gospels, but let's see how God defines "The Gospel" that pertains to eternal life.
1 Corinthians 15: 1- 4 - "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, [1. - Emphasis mine ] how that Christ died according to the scriptures; and [2. - Emphasis mine ] that he was buried, and [3. - Emphasis mine ] that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures." Every Old Testament "believer" was saved -'delivered' - by this gospel of grace. Believers are priests commissioned by their High Priest to share this gospel. An upper cast clergy & lower cast laity is just one of man's many devices.
Isaiah 53:6 - "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."
Romans 3:10 - "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one."
Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
Romans 5:12 - "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned."
2 Thessalonians 1:8 - "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Romans 6:23 - "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
John 14:6 - "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
John 11: 25 - "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."
1st Timothy 1:15 - " . . . . Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."
Romans 5:8 - "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
1 Corinthians 3:11- " For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."
1 Peter 1:18-19: " Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed by corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ . . . "
John 3:16 - "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."
Romans 10: 13 - "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Ephesians 2:8 - "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast."
Romans 11:16 - " And if by grace [ unmerited favor ], then it is no more of works: other wise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: . . . "
Galatians 2:16 - " Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: For by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified."
Titus 3:5 - " Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost [ Spirit ]. "
Romans 10: 9 - 10: " That if thou shalt confess with thou mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Galatians 3: 26 - "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."
Acts 20: 25-29 - "And now, behold, I know that ye, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. "
Romans 4: 3 - " For what saith the scripture ? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness."
Hebrews 10: 25 - " Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
1 Peter 5: 8 - " Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: "
Ecclesiastes12:12 - " . . . my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh."
Psalms 62: 9 - "Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity."
1 Timothy 2: 5 - " For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ; "
Philippians 2: 12 - " Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."
John 6: 28-29 - "Then they said unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God ? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent."
John 6: 40 - "And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."
Revelation 12: 11 - " And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."
2 Peter 1: 20 - "knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation."
Acts 17: 11 - " . . . they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
Job 13: 15 - "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him."
Job 9: 33 - "Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both."
Job 17: 11 - "My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart."
Job 19: 25 - "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
Job 28: 12-13 - "But where shall wisdom be found ? and where is the place of understanding ? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living."
Job 40: 3-5 - "Then Job answered the Lord, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee ? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further."
[ The LORD speaking ] Job 40: 14 - "Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee."
Job 42: 2-6 - "I know that thou canst do anything, and that no thought can be withholden from the. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge ? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes."
Job 42: 7-9 - "And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. Therefore take unto you seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the Lord commanded them: the Lord also accepted Job.
Romans 1: 16 - 17 - "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation unto everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."
Romans 10: 17 - "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
1 Corinthians 1: 8 - "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness;but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."
Galatians 1: 9 - "As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."
Galatians 3: 11 - "But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident:for, The just shall live by faith."
Jeremiah 23: 1 - 2 - " Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord. Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord."
Jeremiah 23: 16 - "Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord."
2 Timothy 4: 3 - 4 - "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned into fables."
Matthew 23: 15 -"Who unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves."
Matthew 23: 25 - 27 - "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness."
2 Peter 2: 1 - 3 - "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."
Luke 21: 25 - 28 - "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring. Men's hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."
1 Thessalonians 5: 2 - 3 - "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape."
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