I lost all my work, blogs, databases, photos, forum, when my hosting provider pulled the plug and went bankrupt.
So, in starting again I will try to assemble all my notes and restart from the beginning. I was able to find an old forum database but had to transfer everything over manually as my new hosting did not recognize the database.
I guess the first thing I have to do is explain why Unveiling the Bible? I particularly liked Paul’s passage titled “The Light of the Gospel” in his second book to the Corinthians. A portion of chapter 4 from the NKJV:
1 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.
2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,
4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.
6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
I can fully concur with his first line “since we have this ministry” and he continues to explain it.
Because Paul preaches the Gospel of Grace, I believe he is telling us here that the gospel is corrupted by combining it on the Law and Satan would love to have the church put back in subjection.
So why is it only veiled to those that are perishing you ask? Have you noticed that when you are witnessing to non-believers that they quote the Old Testament? The Law? The 10 Commandments? The eye-for-an-eye doctrine? The kill the sinners by stoning? But, Paul goes on to say that this veil is hiding the Light of Christ’s Grace.
Unfortunately there are still a lot of churches that either teach the OT or try to blend the two into a gospel that Paul warns about in Galatians chapter 1:
6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,
7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
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.
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.
Paul’s Gospel is different then the Jewish Gospels which are the ‘Good News’ that the Messiah has come for His people, which are the Jews. The Good News of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John is “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matt 16:16; echoed in Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20; and proclaimed by Martha in John 11:27 and in Acts 8:38 confessed by the Ethiopian eunuch after a lesson by Philip.)
Paul, who is the Apostle to the gentiles of which I am one, was a chosen vessel of the Lord after being knocked off his high horse on the road to Damascus as described in Acts chapter 9:
15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
As we read further we see that Paul did not receive the gospel from the other Apostles but by revelation directly from the risen Christ. “11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Gal 1:11,12)
Paul’s gospel is the Gospel of Grace because it is about the risen Christ, not the life of Jesus. In Acts chapter 20 verse 24 Paul says it this way:
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.
This is the unveiling of the Gospel. Jesus died on the cross, was buried, rose from the dead and LIVES. The Gospel of Grace is simple. Christ did it all! He paid our debt in full, our sins, past, present and future are expunged, IF we accept His Grace. How simple.
Just remember what Paul says about works and Grace;
“Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. (Romans 4:4)
And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. (Romans 11:6)
…who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, (2 Timothy 1:9)”
We now know that there is 2 Gospels (Gal 2:1-8) which occurred when Paul went to Jerusalem in Acts 15 and I believe that this was when he wrote the book of Hebrews which is actually his dissertation or critique to denounce the Jewish teaching of the Good News rather then Paul’s Better News.
There is also 2 Testaments. The theologians that attempt to combine the Law with Grace are corrupting the true Gospel. The Law was given by Moses a servant and Grace was given by Jesus the Son. Paul in Gal 4:1-6 states that Jesus came under the Law (that was delivered by the servant, Moses) and when His work was done He fulfilled the Law by paying all our debts and delivered Grace. As His bride we are all sons through His inheritance.
The Apostle John recognized the difference of Works (the Law) and Grace (God’s unmerited favor) wrote in 1:17 “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John witnessed our Lord continually correcting the preaching of the Pharisees about their interpretation of the Law and the traditions they practiced. He knew that the Law was works and giving but Grace and Truth was faith and nothing but receiving. As Paul put it “Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.” (Romans 4:4)
“And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.” (Romans 11:6)
“our Lord, …according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,” (2 Timothy 1:9)
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