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Is There A Hidden Gospel?
The Gospel of the Kingdom
is an often omitted portion of the Great Commision: Making
disciples from all nations. Disciples are called to continue Jesus'
earthly ministry. Every born
again believer becomes a disciple and is empowered by the Holy
Spirit Through "Grace."
calls sying, "Come" and faith receives the message and
responds by saying, "I will come to you, my Father." We
do not need to be perfect to answer the call of God. When we say
"yes" the parable of the prodigal son is reenacted and
the father receives us into his family in a restorative act. Our
spirit-self is made to conform to the heavenly; we are adopted as
a Son of God's love after which we begin to gradually be transformed
into the image of Jesus the Messiah. He has called us out of
the fallen world into the kingdom of the eternal One, the God of
the Universe. Religion has lost the understanding of the supernatural
aspect of becoming a newly born "son of God."
This entrance into the spiritual life is the act of Grace, the
grace that makes new, the gift of God.
Now the church age had begun and the manifestation of the power of God to change the vary nature of a human being. The church age of the called has continued since that day and the required enduement has not been changed for it was required to continue the ministry of Jesus.
great commission was announced by the resurrected Messiah. It was
to make disciples and empower these disciples with the Power of
the Holy Spirit. To repeat, this empowerment enables us to accesses
the things that belong to Jesus and makes them available to us.
Any teachings that the Holy Spirit is limited to the days of the
first apostles is promoting a false and anti-christ doctrine. The
gospel is the Power of God. It was then and it is today.
life begins with an encounter with God through the experience of being
"born again" (John 3.3). This refers to the supernatural
regeneration of the dormant human spirit, literally reborn from above.
This is a distinctive supernatural event, not just an emotional moment
nor a mental assent to a belief or ideology. It is a divine transformation
in which ordinary persons are begotten by God through the
are living with a religious Christianity overburdened
by tradition, an institutionalized religion with written and unwritten
doctrinal rules and formalities. The original Church, called out
ones of God, bore little resemblance to Christianity today. First
century believers had a fresh knowledge and witness to the Risen
Jesus. They were directly connected to the apostle's doctrines and the
purposes and power (dunamis) of the Holy Spirit which made them
witnesses. The Hidden Gospel connects us to the family and fellowship
of Jesus who came so we too could call God "Abba" Father,
for truly, before the Resurrection and the commissioning of a believer
to become a Disciple and a Son or Daughter of God, we were in fact cut
off to the fellowship of God, the fellowship of Israel. We had no access
to the God the Father Almighty. The Hidden Gospel is the Gospel of The
Apostles, The Hidden Gospel is the Gospel of the Kingdom the rule of
the present and future King of the Heavens and the earth. That king
presides over the affairs of the whole earth and has been given The
Name and the authority above all gods and all human authority. The
authority of his name and his position in heavenly places has been given
to all those who believe. Not just a select individual or body
of religious authority.
The Hidden Gospel expands the the role of God's sons and daughters who now inherit the same role in this world as Jesus himself in his earthly ministry. This is what I call the Gospel of "Extension." It extends the hand of God through each believer. The great commission extends Christ's authority to all who believe. Intimacy of being in the Father and in Christ, is allowed for all who believe.
The authentic Christian life that is modeled by the Scriptures, can only begin with an encounter with God through the experience of being born again or born from above. This is a supernatural event not an emotional moment. Nor is it A mere mental acceptance of a belief.
Following this beginning, we face three alternatives: We can either continue to grow toward the fullness of Christ, as we learn of him through the word of God; we can sidetracked into religious traditions and formalities of one variety or another; or, a third possibility is that we can be seduced back into the world from which we were delivered.
The Gospel of the Kingdom
We are told by the Gospel writers that Jesus, Yeshua of Nazareth, came teaching and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom. The Lord frequently made references to the "Kingdom of God" and the "Kingdom of Heaven." I was always intrigued about the double usage and found it confusing. With the Kingdom of Heaven being at hand it was clear that God's Kingdom was being demonstrated and experienced with results of a special divinely empowered kind: The blind were healed, the lepers cleansed and the good news was taught to the poor. (Isa. 61:2) The disciples had been sent out by twos to the people of Israel and were to declare, "The Kingdom of heaven has come to you." The sent disciples were acting under the command and authority of the King, the Messiah of Israel. It is this Messiah who came unto his own but was not received by them. The King was in their midst.
On that day we commemorate as Palm Sunday, the children heralded Jesus as Messiah. His coming was prophesied by Daniel and could be calculated to the very day he made that triumphant entry into Jerusalem, seated meekly on the foal of an ass. The religious authorities, panicked at the sight of the multitude waving palm fronds which symbolized the acclaim to a ruling dignitary. The rulers of the Jews panicked at hearing the laud and acclaim that the people offered Jesus. They acted with alarm to hush and settle the crowds. The Roman authorities must not be led to believe that a political revolt might be brewing. It was a week of fateful decision for Israel and Jerusalem.
Jesus already had foreseen what the outcome of that week would be. He wept deeply at the destiny that lay ahead for Jerusalem, and for Israel. He knew what the future would hold. Jesus knew that His Day would eventually come. The King would not be entering meekly seated on a donkey but would come in a blaze of heaven's power and glory. Old Testament prophecy is filled with the time of the "Second Coming." This long awaited day will preceed the arrival of the King of Kings who will return with fiery judgment over all evil and destroy all that offend. Then he will take his seat upon the throne of David. The "Meshiac David" will come in glory and power as the conquering Lord of Sabbaoth. We do not have an inkling of the immensity of that power which will be deployed against the proud and defiant idolators who hold on to their last moments of receiving the honor of men and oppressing the simple. Satan's character which infused the earth for six thousand years is about to be extinguised.
Praying for the Great Day of God's Kingdom to Come
Each day Christians are asked to pray, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Who knows that we are actually adding our petition for Jesus' return and his kingdom rule to be hastened. Do you have this urgency in your heart? Have you had enough of crime and immorality? Have you had enough of lies and deception? Have you had enough of political corruption and intrigue and the tyrannical rule of despots? Are you growning within yourself yearning for the day that evil will be vanquished forever from the face of the earth? Then you have God's heart when you pray the prayer Jesus asked all of his disciples to pray. How sad it is to imagine that some are so connected to this present life and its pleasures that it is only this world's life style they long to preserve. (Remember Lot's wife! Luke 17:32,33.)
The Kingdom of God, at the present, has been given to us only as a token, a down payment. It is a token of better things to come. We await a day when righteousness shall reign and peace shall be the heritage of every child in every nation. We are seeing through a darkened lense but soon that darkened view shall be replaced by the glory and splendor or our complete redemption. Then we shall know even as we are known.
Jesus is the Promised Messiah,
The Son of David, Jesus Christ the Son of God
Jesus submitted to the Father's Will
Jesus Christ, The Word Made Flesh
Reincarnation or Resurrection?
No Resurrection means no Gospel!
Jesus Was the Lamb of God
Abraham's Faith to Sacrifice his Only Son
Jesus Blood purchased our Souls
Blood bought the Provisions of the Gospel
Notable Encounters with Jesus
Liberty to the Children of God
A New priesthood, A New Form of Leadership
GOSPEL IS ABOUT ONE MAN Jesus
of Nazareth, The Jesus of the Gospel It seems that in the course
of living a "religious" life, we tend to lose ight of some of the
most basic essentials of Christianity, essentials which contain within
them foundational truths and indispensable revelation. Among these
essentials truths is the fact that the Christian faith is built upon
a man, one man who is the only begotten son of God..
Who is this man and
what makes him special? Did he come to teach about love? Did he come
to model a moral lifestyle? Did he come to found a religion replete
with ritualistic protocols? Who do men say that I am?, Jesus
asked his disciples. If we do not get the correct answer to that question,
you can not avail yourself of the 'gift of God' which he brings.
Since the Spirit
of Prophecy is the testamony of Jesus, (Rev.19) God's prophets
were afforded no misses in their predictions. A prophet who missed
only 10% of the time was declared a false prophet and subject to death
by stoning. There
are many interesting books and commentaries which biblical scholars
have written which detail the hundreds of specific prophetic scripture
and their fulfillment pertinent to the life of Jesus. Though the study
of prophecy per se goes beyond the scope of this writing, it is important
to note that the birth, ministry and death of the Messiah was foretold
Who is Jesus?
The Son of God.
One day, we will
all fall before Christ, the Righteous Judge. But for now Jesus still
offers to bring us gentle compassion, forgiveness, restoration and
blessing to those of us with a need. He is extending a hand of friendship
to those who need a friend. Jesus'
friendly and compassionate personality is described as a friend to
sinners, one who went out of his way to meet and have fellowship with
those that the religious community had excluded (Matthew 9:10-13.)
Jesus was known to have been in the middle of fun and frolic where
there was feasting and drinking. He said of himself, that he was accused
of being a glutton and a wine bibber, but in spite of this Jesus,
declared that wisdom is known by her offspring. (Matthew 11:19
are numerous where men or women who were considered 'the wrong sort,'
received mercy from the Lord's hand of compassion and acceptance:
OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD
body of believers comes together for mutual edification.
This is how
Paul describes this gathering and its purpose: "How is it
then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a
psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath
an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying." (1
"Let us therefore
follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith
one may edify another."
Leadership according to Jesus, should not be like that of the
rulers of the gentiles, (worldly rulers) scribes or Pharisees. These
"Lord it over" or dominate their subjects. Rather, true
leaders are to recall the principle of gentleness and meekness and
- -They who would be great in the Kingdom shall be the servants
of all. Churches today assume different degrees of control over
the membership. Great leaders remember that they are not the
source of truth but one of the gifts whose purpose is to facilitate
the growth of the body toward maturity and ministry.
Jesus' Blood: Shed for Us
( Was shed, when He sweat drops blood in the Garden of Gethsemane, gripped with the terror of separation from his Father, who turn from him, abandoning to death; and the prospect of being made a Curse separated from God by the sins of the world.
- -Was shed, when the servant of the high priest smote him upon the face.
- - Was shed, when the Roman soldiers ridiculed him, mocked him, stripped him, buffeted him and torn out His beard.
- - Was shed, When he was flogged with the Roman flagellum, the deadly scourging with the lash, Each of the nine strands were tipped with an object which cut or wounded.
- - Was shed, when the crown of thorns was plaited upon Jesus' head.
- - Was shed, when Jesus hands and feet were penetrated by the spikes which would hold him suspended above the earth upon a Roman cross (the curse of hanging on a tree.)
- - Was shed, when the Roman officer pierced his side with a spear and blood and water flowed out upon the ground.
Discussing the blood of the lamb may strike you as something primitive, strange or disgusting but it is the fact that it is the living bloodwhich makes a sacrifice spiritually effectual. From the writings of Moses we learn that the Life is in the blood. Blood is the life of the soul and holds potential for both blessing and for defilement. Innocent blood is said to cry out from the earth. The blood of victims of war and of violence cry out with a certain voice from the earth.
Jesus' blood was blood untainted by sin or the curse or death. It is 100 per cent imbued with the power of life. This blood had within it perfect eternal life; it still has, in the present, perfect eternal life. That blood that sprinkled the earth from the Mount of Olives, to Pilate's hall of judgment, to the via Dolorosa, to the hill called Golgotha, is still nurturing the whole earth. As Jesus was dying the death of crucifixion upon a cross, he declared the sentence which his blood would continue to enforce, Father forgive them, they do not know what they do. Jesus blood purchased the price for our sins, sins past, sins present, and sins future.
forgive them, Among the last words spoken by Jesus upon
the cross is the legacy which any person whose soul is in want
can appropriate as his or her own personal blessing and legacy,
It is written in the law of Moses that we should make no graven image. Among all of the ten commandments this one may not lend itself readily to application although the first references seem to figure in the question of idolatry. I think, however, it has much more to apply to our present knowledge or lack of knowledge about God. One of the characteristics of human nature is to draw inferences and conclusions based upon things we see with the natural eye. The life of God draws its strength, faith, through not relying on the eye to inform or validate our understanding. Portraits of God or Christ become in a real sense a kind of icon. This icon restricts our knowledge of God's reality.
Throughout the nearly two thousand years of Christian tradition we become the victims of iconography, Icons which in some manner or another depict God or the Son of God. Any of us who have ever been to a major museum have seen depictions of Jesus Christ created during different historical eras. The characteristics of portrayal is to make a presumptuous statement about the personality, the humanity or the divinity of the subject that is being portrayed. Iconography has colored our interpretation of who Jesus is. Some of these images are very static with a very narrow portrayal. A sense of Jesus Christ's humanity was not apparent for centuries. When he was depicted by the first Christian artists there was not a trace of life or humanity. For the period from the 4th century until the 14th, he was no more than an stylized icon, lacking any features which would make him like us. Later, after the fifteenth century, he was portrayed as very human in works by Rembrandt, or Caravaggio, Rubens, and others. The point that I am making is in respect to narrowness and misunderstanding of who Jesus was. Religious traditions sometimes portray Jesus in such a narrow light that we can not associate him in all of his attributes, human and divine.
The human quality of Jesus needs to be preserved. I think the phrase "Jesus was a nice guy," may strike a negative chord among some who are religious and formalize so much of Christian life into liturgy. But I say it for a reason. We need to de-mystify Jesus and make Jesus accessible to people, especially in the now of the Gospel rather than the then of religion. The Lord is not someone who placed himself out of the reach of humanity.
To think of Jesus as a friendly, loving and kindly person does not interfere with his divinity nor his sovereignty.
There are other aspects to Jesus too, as depicted by the Hebrew names of Jehovah: Nissi, Tsidkenu, Rapha, Shamah, Jireh, Sabaoth, and numerous others, as well as: the 'Righteous Judge', the 'Captain of the Army of God', or as the 'Ancient of Days', and many other powerful and illuminating titles. One day, we will all fall before Christ, the Righteous Judge. But for now Jesus is still bringing gentle compassion, forgiveness, restoration and blessing to those of us with a need. He is extending a hand of friendship to those who need a friend.
Jesus' friendly and compassionate personality is described as a friend to sinners, one who went out of his way to meet and have fellowship with those that the religious community had excluded (Matthew 9:10-13.) Jesus was known to have been in the middle of fun and frolic where there was feasting and drinking. He said of himself, that he was accused of being a glutton and a wine bibber, but in spite of this Jesus, declared that wisdom is known by her offspring. (Matthew 11:19 paraphrase).
Stories are numerous where men or women who were considered 'the wrong sort,' received mercy from the Lord's hand of compassion and acceptance:
Zaccheus the publican; (described in Luke 19:2-10)
The Samaritan woman at the well of Sychar; (John 4:5-30).
The woman taken in adultery; (John 8:4-11).
Mary, a former prostitute anointed Jesus feet at the house of Simon the leper; (Luke 7:37-47).
Jesus who came to the grave side of Lazarus and wept; (John 11).
Jesus who consoled the man healed of blindness after the church council expelled him; (John 9).
At a certain future day when Jesus will be the host at a great feast and serve all of those attending. (Luke 12:37).
The friendship factor as it pertains to the person of Jesus is something that must not be lost. There is a proverb that states, There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24) This is the love and friendship of Jesus Christ.
so many hurting, there are man who are bruised, and there are
man needing a friend. The love and power of the Spirit of Christ
Jesus can supply this. It is a kind of supernatural miracle
that someone who needs and asks believing can receive.
some indicators which we can use in testing Christian beliefs
and doctrines. Use these to gauge when in doubt? Perhaps these
are a little like the saying, "trust your gut."
. Since we
are promoting a doctrine which is based upon Jesus the Messiah,
Church Doctrine needs to conform to foundational Biblical standards,
and not a system of human understandings or philosophy, it would
be appropriate and good to go back to the ministry which he
himself practiced and defined. What kind of ministry was it?
How was it enacted or exercised? If we need a point of reference,
we need to compare the person to person ministry and relationships
to people that Jesus modeled, for these are the model not only
of spiritual fellowship, but also loving service.
I think it
is time to tune up our discernment as the final days approach.
It has always been a quirk of human nature to be misled. Charismatic
leaders both Christian and Non Christian rise up and deceive
many. The problem with making judgments is that we have our
eyes on Religion, men or ministries more than our eyes upon
Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. 2Cor11:19,20
Evangelicals are typically guarded toward anything that expresses a "spiritual" manifestation, for fear that it is demonic or out of order. They "resist the Holy Spirit" as Stephen declared to the Religious leaders who stoned him calling him an apostate. Their discernment was totally inaccurate!
Charismatics, on the other hand, may allow Spiritual manifestation but have difficulty discerning that which is Soulish and that which is Spirit. High emotion or energy has come to become itself an indicator of Spirituality. However, Spirit is not of the mind or emotion though it may be viewed as very emotive.
the True Apostles must always be the role model and the rule
of character. Paul's letter to Ephesus, in Chapter 4 indicates
that we one day grow and mature into a perfect man in the exact
facsimile of Jesus Christ. This is a key Scripture!. Jesus declares
2. Denying self and taking up the cross:
Any person who becomes a big name or a superstar, a kind of spiritual idol is quickly on the road of becoming a false prophet or false teacher. Jesus corrected the early disciples who he sent to minister in "his name" they came back full of self exaltation, Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. Jesus took the focus off themselves. They had learned their lesson by the time Peter and John met the crippled man at the Gate: Acts 3:12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
3: Selling out to the world and FAME (The error of Balaam
was a false
prophet who "sold out" to the pagan world system. He was willing
sell his gift for gain and bring a curse to the people of God.
NT writings remind of this danger. Peter, (2Peter 2:15)Jude
and the Revelation
4. False prophets bring in Doctrines of Demons
Any of the
varieties and flavors of worldly behaviors or motivations which
are not governed by the meekness and gentleness of Christ and
Jesus' selfless love of . There is a list of behaviors called
the works of the flesh probably* are demonically inspired. Galatians
5: 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are
these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,