Thursday, July 9, 2015

THE TRUE GOSPEL

Written by Allison Sylvester-Conliffe
In the Book of Acts Chapter 10 the Scripture tells us that Cornelius was a centurion, meaning that he was a Roman soldier in charge of one hundred men.  He was not a Jew, yet the Scripture records that he was devout in his worship to God and that he feared God.  Cornelius proved to be a wise man.

Cornelius had a God consciousness which propelled him to be diligent in giving to the poor and doing good deeds, and no doubt God saw his heart.  God saw that his motives for acting out goodness and kindness and his devotion to doing what was right were pure.  God saw that Cornelius was not weary in well doing and was earnest in his commitment. However, God also saw that Cornelius did not have the full truth of the Gospel. Cornelius was worshipping God without the inclusion of Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit. God therefore took the necessary steps to teach him the truth. This is the very nature of God towards those whom He would call His own.  (John 14:26)

As we search the Scriptures, we would recognize that God desires worship only if it is in spirit and in truth (See John 4:23-24).  Permit me to add here, that God would have what He says He wants!  After all, He is God!  He is Supreme and above all else!

I am reminded of the account of Cain and Abel in the Book of Genesis chapter 4.  God required a first fruit offering from the brothers, and both Cain and Abel brought their individual offerings to Him.  God accepted one offering and refused the other.  That tells me that the thing that God requires is always specific, and therefore believers have to have a close relationship with Him in order to perceive what He desires – not only in spirit but in truth as well.

Some of us may be contented to say, "I love praying to the God the Father, and I do not need Jesus nor the Holy Ghost – God hears and answers me when I pray!"  Others may say "I just need Jesus, I do not need the Father nor do I need the Holy Ghost!"  Saints, this might be our perception, and God, in His divine mercy, may allow some things to pass us by.  However, according to what is recorded in the Holy Scriptures, worshipping in our preferred choice could run the risk of walking in a deception which could ultimately cost us life eternal. We have to embrace the entire gospel, in truth, in order to reap the benefits that have been earned for us by the Lord Jesus Christ through His Death and Resurrection.  The Word of God is truth.

The truth is that no-one can go to the Father except through Jesus Christ – (John 14:16).  The Father, Jesus and the Holy Ghost are One! (John 14:9-17)

God the Father saw that Cornelius was going to Him with his prayers and devotion without acknowledging the Person of Jesus Christ. Maybe Cornelius was doing this in ignorance, so Peter was sent to give him the true gospel – in its very fullness.  Subsequent to that, Cornelius had the responsibility to accept what he had heard as truth, and then to make the necessary adjustments to his thinking and his actions to conform to that truth.

Interestingly enough, as we read the account in Acts Chapter 10, we would discover that even before Peter was sent to Cornelius, God had to fix some misconceptions that Peter himself had believed.  God had to bring Peter into even more revelation of the truths that he would have already had – and Peter had to receive that truth before going to Cornelius. 

We are all a work in progress as we allow God to dispense the truths of His Kingdom to us while we fellowship with Him.  It is therefore, our responsibility to receive His teachings.

Friends, this is the hour when the spirit of deception has been unleashed from hell in greater dimensions than ever before, with an aim to take us off the pathway that has been carved for us by Jesus Christ.  Jesus gave us knowledge and caution of the day that would come, and now is, when the deceptive work of the devil will present itself.  Jesus' caution concerning this evil is recorded in the Book of Matthew Chapter 24.  As the devil tried to deceive Eve and cleverly succeeded, he will be relentless as he tries to de-rail the believer into believing lies and half-truths.  In these closing days, it is noteworthy to keep uppermost in our minds that any doctrine that deviates from what is written in the Holy Bible is being taught by a deceiver.


We must not shift away from the following foundational truths –

•    Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the Truth - John 14:6. 
•    Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the Word of God - John 1:1.
•    If you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead you shall be saved. - Romans 10:9
•    The enemy, satan, is the deceiver - John 8:44

As believers, we should be donned with the armour of God as told to us in Ephesians 6:11-18 so that the lies of the enemy would be unable to penetrate our heart and take root.  This is indeed the age of deception and the Church of Jesus Christ must stand firmly upon the Word of God and nothing else.  Failing that, what would have seemed wrong to us before, would be cunningly crafted to appease to our senses so that we could find ourselves in a relaxed state of stupor and be duped into believing a lie.  What is written in the Word of God is the truth that, when believed, is our ticket to life eternal.

The true gospel does not need any additives to make it more potent.  The gospel in itself when preached, is the most powerful force against anything that would negatively confront us.


The Word of God as written in the Holy Bible is the true gospel.

I dare you to believe it.





15 comments:

  1. What a great word about the truth of the Bible and the gospel.

    This quote stands out to me: "The true gospel does not need any additives to make it more potent."

    I came over on Mondays at Soul Survivor, and I'm glad to find your site.

    Thanks for holding up the truth~
    Blessings,
    Melanie

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  2. It is truly heartening and sustaining to receive once more good food from :Wisdom from the "Throne".It was sorely missed .

    It is indeed the hour when the believer has to uphold the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Religious warring and the persecution of the Christian are sadly threatening to strangle the truth of the True gospel around the nations of the world.
    I am also reminded of the facts of your message:
    "That God desires worship only if it is in spirit and in truth". And that believers must yearn to commune closely with the Trinity to discern what God requires.

    For myself I have had to determine to make adjustments to my own thinking and actions to conform to the true gospel in its fullness. Only The Word and responding to the teaching of the God- appointed messengers of the Gospel will do it! I am working towards that responsibility!

    Many thanks for the inspiration of the teaching of this message.Yesterday I started reading the email,which I completed this morning.. Now that i am refreshed and renewed, I have started singing with purpose " Onward Christian Soldier.". That's just the way i feel !

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  3. This article rings so true. Many people do not believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and that he died and rose so that we can have eternal lives. They simply believe he was just a prophet. The thing is, if he was just a prophet and he died and did not rise from the grave we are all doomed. So, I am glad that he rose and I am glad that I know he rose so that I can live.

    Christians have to ground themselves daily in the word or as this article says we can be duped by false prophets especially in these what we call the last days. The bible says in Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Thank GOD. We as Christians know that, that verse is so true, just look at how time is 'flying', that alone should jolt us into the fact that the end time is near.

    I always appreciate these articles, thanks for sending them to me.

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  4. I too believe that the Father, Son, and Spirit are all important in our spiritual growth and receiving and giving of Love. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this truth! Our world is rife with partial truths about having one's own relationship with God...how false is the notion that we could come to God in our own desired way! Your reference to the offerings of Cain and Abel make that perfectly clear, as well as the "strange fire" offered up by Aaron's sons. It is clear that we are to face God on His terms alone, and we can only do that by repenting and believing. Thank you for providing this Biblical post in the midst of so much nonsense!

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  6. Truth here! I am currently studying Jesus Continued, about the Holy Spirit and His role. You can't separate God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. Thank you for sharing! Joining you today from #testimonytuesday

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  7. It always fills me with awe that God love the world - and all the children in it - and that because of Jesus - I can be a part of His family - and sit at the table with Him. The story of Cornelius is a beautiful example of that! So glad you shared it!

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  8. God is no respecter of persons, and the Gospel is open to the Jew first and then to all others including you and me. It is often helpful to read a good book that helps us to understand the Bible, but no other book should be placed along side of the Bible and declared as God's word. I agree that there are many who would water down the Gospel, even tear out portions and make grace greasy and too easy. May we take the True Gospel as presented in the Bible and live it, share it and preach it. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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  9. I need to read more on Acts. But thanks for sharing the story in details here. So many inspiring and interesting stories in the Bible that we need to discover.

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  10. Thank you for the thought you have gleamed from the Word. I remember when the power of the trinity clicked in my head. How each one is connected yet with different functions and then connected again. Good post.

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  11. Thanks for putting the truth out there and linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday. We're glad to have you!

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  12. The Bible puts it's own word out there, doesn't it? And we don't need to embellish it. The whole truth is in there. :) Love this!

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  13. What a powerful and bold testimony of faith! We do need the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Spirit, and to walk in truth and spirit. I do agree with you, there is definitely a spirit of deception out there trying to deter our tracks. Thank you for this reminder and for sharing on #SocialButterflySunday this week! Glad to have had you stop by and hope you will link up again this Sunday :)

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  14. Yes, friend. Yes. Such powerful TRUTH here (with a capital T!) I also appreciate your heart to share the True Gospel and with such strong spiritual and scriptural foundation.

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  15. Very good and very needed information in today's society. Too many people think if you just believe there is a higher power out there somewhere that you are a believer and that's all you need. Thank you for sharing this truth.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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