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Romans 1:1-5 (ESV)
1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,
2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh
4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,
2 Corinthians 11:3-4 (ESV)
3 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
4 For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.
Galatians 1:6-9 (ESV)
6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—
7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.
9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
Paul identifies that his life has been set apart for the Gospel!
Some of his strongest concerns, and words, are in reference to a different gospel being preached.
Paul’s Gospel includes the atoning work of Jesus and His resurrection, but His Gospel is even more.
His Gospel is “concerning his Son” - It is an Exalted Revelation of All that Christ is!
A short study of the second generation of leaders in the church or the “Church Fathers” reveals a sincere yet decaying mixture with the current world system - Rome.
Out of the fear of heresy, a sense of loss of the apostolic fathers, and a sincere desire to preserve the faith, the second and third generation leaders of the church borrowed systems from Rome to organize the church.
This led to a decay of the apostolic gospel and church. Many practices were adopted that neither Jesus nor the apostles prescribed.
God’s response at the end of the 1st century just before the Apostle John dies:
The Apostolic Gospel is the only answer when the 1st century Church was in devastating decline.
And I believe that here at the end of the Age, the Lord is Restoring this Apostolic Gospel for the "Final Kingdom Push" on Planet Earth.
The latest gospel to be written, and arguably the last book of the New Testament to be written, was the Gospel of John.
Oh, what a unique gospel.
Unconcerned with just “history” the book of John is written with a blazing passion to present an Exalted Christ!
The answer is not a new or old formula for how to do things, no, the answer is a Glorified Revelation of Jesus Christ!
John writes the Revelation and this Gospel last as purifying work of the Holy Spirit to rescue the church from its slide into institutional control and the development of a different gospel.
Note: We (I and we) talk a lot about “revival.”
What I mean by “revival” is the full restoration of the supremacy of Christ in his Church and then in the nations.
The gospel of John, along with the Revelation, seal up the first-generation apostolic age with the center piece message and the Apostolic Gospel.
The Apostolic Gospel is the full and powerful proclamation of the Supremacy of Jesus Christ!
Saul transformed to Paul through his exalted revelation of Jesus Christ not through the assimilation of Christianity.
His process went
- Jesus is a deceiving liar whose followers must be eradicated
- becoming a blinded Jew on the road to Damascus laying on the ground hearing the heavenly voice of Jesus
- a baptized, filled with the Spirit, follower of Jesus
- a suspicious yet passionate proclaimer that Jesus is the Messiah promised in the scriptures
- a preacher of the salvation through Christ work on the cross and resurrection alone
- an appointed vessel to reveal that Christ is more than Messiah, he is God, the very God who created all things and existed eternally
Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV)
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
John the apostle, old and weary, writes His gospel with the same Apostolic focus - the Exalted and Glorious Christ!
John 1:1-18 (ESV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.
8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
11 He came to his own, and his own peopledid not receive him.
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”)
16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
The apostolic cure for a life and a church in decline is the Apostolic Gospel which gloriously presents a very, very, very, Large Christ!
Your life, relationships, and eternity are most dynamically transformed through your gaining a gloriously high, high view of Christ that breaks the deceived self-obsession off of your mind and life.