Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Simplicity of the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST


1 Corinthians 15:1-4

King James Version

15 Moreover, brethren, 

I declare unto you the gospel 

which I preached unto you, 

which also ye have received, 

and wherein ye stand;

2 By which also ye are saved, 

if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, 

unless ye have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all 

that which I also received, 

how that Christ died for our sins 

according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, 

and that he rose again the third day 

according to the scriptures:

From that, you can gather the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ was three things, according to apostle Paul:

1. "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;"

2. "And that he was buried,"

3. "and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

How the fallen one makes sure we forget the simplicity of CHRIST's Gospel and legacy, ensuring our salvation.

2 Corinthians 11:3 

King James Version

3 But I fear, 

lest by any means, 

as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, 

so your minds should be corrupted 

from the simplicity that is in Christ.

We are subject to confusion, and obfuscation, for those are the ways of the evil one.

We must hold fast to God, and the WORDS of Jesus, through SCRIPTURE.

The teachings of Jesus are simple, often delivered as parables, so everyone may understand.

Parents and teachers often teach children, through stories, so they may understand life's lessons.

In the same manner, we must be teachable, too.

We must be like little children, completely trusting in the LORD.

Matthew 18:3-5 

King James Version

3 And said, 

Verily I say unto you, 

Except ye be converted, 

and become as little children, 

ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself 

as this little child, 

the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5 And whoso shall receive 

one such little child in my name receiveth me.

Let us not be wise to the ways of the world, and thus, end up being foolish:

1 Corinthians 3:18-19 

King James Version

18 Let no man deceive himself. 

If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, 

let him become a fool, 

that he may be wise.

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. 

For it is written, 

He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

We all labor for God, making sure we get the GOSPEL of Jesus CHRIST right, as could be shown in the life we live, and the work we do -- only if we are CHRIST's.

1 Corinthians 3:9 

King James Version

9 For we are labourers together with God: 

ye are God's husbandry, 

ye are God's building.

Apostle Paul cautions:

1 Corinthians 3:10 

King James Version

"...But let every man take heed 

how he buildeth thereupon."

And in the same vein, he continues, and emphasizes:

1 Corinthians 3:11 

King James Version

11 For other foundation can no man lay 

than that is laid, 

which is Jesus Christ.

JESUS is our ONLY foundation.

The GOSPEL of Jesus Christ is the one which we must build our lives and work from -- our belief that the LORD Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose on the third day. 

Let no one distort, nor pervert, the Gospel of JESUS Christ, for the wrath of God is sure upon us:

Galatians 1:6-9

King James Version

6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed 

from him that called you into the grace of Christ 

unto another gospel:

7 Which is not another; 

but there be some that trouble you, 

and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

8 But though we, 

or an angel from heaven, 

preach any other gospel unto you 

than that which we have preached unto you, 

let him be accursed.

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.

The warning has been sounded, may we take heed, for God knows ALL we think, say, and do.

May it glorify Him, and not ourselves.

Why are we so beholden to the world, when there is only God?

1 Corinthians 3:19-20

King James Version

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. 

For it is written, 

He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

20 And again, 

The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, 

that they are vain.

If we wish to have eternal life with Jesus, then we follow Him alone.

We must drop anything, and everything, that is not of Christ.

Again, Jesus says it so SIMPLY here:

John 14:15 

King James Version

15 If ye love me, 

keep my commandments.

Of course, we cannot accept the simplicity of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ, much less love Him, unless we have been born of water, and spirit -- only then can we understand SPIRIT.

John 3:3-8 

King James Version

3 Jesus answered and said unto him, 

Verily, verily, 

I say unto thee, 

Except a man be born again, 

he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4 Nicodemus saith unto him, 

How can a man be born when he is old? 

can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, 

and be born?

5 Jesus answered, 

Verily, verily, 

I say unto thee, 

Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, 

he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; 

and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, 

Ye must be born again.

8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, 

and thou hearest the sound thereof, 

but canst not tell whence it cometh, 

and whither it goeth: 

so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Then, and only then, upon embracing Christ in full, can we know this, and be this:

1 Corinthians 3:23 

King James Version

23 And ye are Christ's; 

and Christ is God's.


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Updated 7 July 2022