« Your Organizational Ecosystem: Making it Thrive | Main | How the Rich Portray Their Lives - The Role of Fundraiser or Advisor as Mirror »

June 18, 2007


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Malachi Leopold

Very thought-provoking! I’d like to invite you to republish this entry as a posting on the SRI Open Forum. My firm, Marc J. Lane Investment Management, Inc., hosts the online community bulletin board called The SRI Open Forum (just Google the name to find it) which was built as the central location for the free exchange of ideas and experiences around everything related to socially responsible investing, corporate governance, environmental issues, social enterprise, etc. I invite you to visit the site, and feel free to republish this article as a posting. Hope to see you there!


Thanks, I will do that.


Paul’s gospel
Galatians 1:8-12
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. He felt so strongly about the lost statement that it is repeated again. 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. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Paul’s gospel
“Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to ‘my gospel.’” (2 Timothy 2:8)
The word gospel originally came from godspell, which meant good story, or good news. Later the word was rendered gospel and assumed the meaning of God’s story. Specifically, it is the good news of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. This good news embraces both the existence of salvation, and the conditions one must meet to receive it.
There is only one true gospel
Paul boldly used the words “MY gospel.” This he could do because his gospel was Christ’s gospel. The apostle declared, “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after men. For I neither received it of men neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” There is only one true gospel – the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The gospel preached by Paul was this one true gospel.
The true gospel of Jesus Christ
Paul received the gospel through revelation in 34 A. D., when he was saved. Fourteen years later he was led of God to go to Jerusalem and confer with the other apostles. He later testified that those with whom he conferred added nothing to him (his knowledge of Christ). This proves that the gospel he had been preaching was exactly identical with what the other apostles had preached. All were preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is easy to find in the Scriptures the gospel that Paul preached, the gospel that he received by revelation, the true gospel of Christ.
In Ephesians 1:13 Paul said, in whom he also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.” Paul, writing to the Christians in Ephesus, reminded them of some things that had occurred when they were saved. These things came as a result of their hearing and obeying what he called the word of truth, the gospel of their salvation.
God, in His divine omniscience, saw fit to record in minute detail what Paul preached to the Ephesians – that which the apostle later called the gospel of their salvation. God did this simply and plainly, so that any mature person with unbiased mind can understand it.
The gospel of salvation that Paul preached to the Ephesians is found recorded in Acts 19:1-6. Paul, on his travels, went to Ephesus, where he found twelve men who were disciples of John the Baptist. They were not Christians in the real sense of the word. They had heard John’s message, probably through some of his followers, and had been baptized with John’s baptism.
Paul immediately detected a lack in the lives of these twelve men. Consequently he asked them, “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” This question clearly reveals that one does not necessarily receive the Holy Ghost when he believes. Some erroneously assume that all who believe, do, by virtue of their believing, automatically receive the Holy Ghost. If this were true, Paul’s asking the twelve men if they had received the Holy Ghost since they believed, would have been utterly absurd.
The twelve Ephesians readily admitted that they had not even heard of the Holy Ghost. Paul immediately asked them, “Unto what then were ye baptized?” He knew that every believer, properly baptized, was promised the Holy Ghost. Since they had not received this experience, he concluded that they had not been properly baptized. His conclusion was justified; they replied that they had (only) been baptized with John’s baptism.
Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish
“Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance.” With that statement, Paul confirmed the vital doctrine of repentance. He did not there enlarge upon it, for the twelve men had already repented. The doctrine of repentance is generally ignored by most preachers today. To repent is to turn away from all sin, and to turn to God, in believing prayer, for forgiveness. Jesus said, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
According to Paul, John had also taught the people “…that they should believe on him which should come after him (John), that is, on Christ Jesus.” Thus Paul sanctioned John’s teaching of the necessity of believing on Christ. Such faith is an integral part of the gospel.
“When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Do not lose sight of the fact that Paul, later writing to the Ephesians, designated these various things collectively as the gospel of their salvation. Water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is, therefore, an essential part of the gospel. The apostles always baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (see Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48). The words “in the name of” Jesus Christ are a part of the actual baptismal formula. They are not to be construed as “by the authority of” as some erroneously teach. If the words, “in the name of” actually means “by the authority of,” then these words would necessarily have the same meaning in Matthew 28:19. Baptismal candidates would consequently not be baptized IN any name. History plainly states that the words “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” were not used in the baptismal formula until many years later.
Have you received the Holy Ghost?
“And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” These men had believed, repented, and had been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Still Paul was not content with their spiritual state. They needed to be baptized with the Holy Ghost. From this we see that laymen should receive the Holy Ghost as well as ministers. There is no record that these twelve men were called into the ministry. And remember, Paul’s first question to them was this: “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” This shows the extreme importance of this experience. Have you received the Holy Ghost?
They spoke with tongues
When the Holy Ghost came upon these men, they spoke with tongues, and prophesied. The original for tongues is glossa, and means languages. To put it simply, these disciples spoke with languages they had not learned, and also prophesied. There is no intimation that they, or Paul knew what they were saying, when they spoke with tongues. Many teach that believers spoke with tongues in New Testament times for one reason: to preach the gospel to foreigners in their (the foreigners’) own language. But there were no foreigners present on this occasion. According to the record, Paul was the only listener present, and he was already saved. The undeniable fact is that they spoke with tongues as evidence that they had received the Holy Ghost. (See also Acts 2:38; 10:45, 46)
To sum it all up – Paul, either directly or indirectly, preached to the Ephesians the following: (1) believing in Christ; (2) repentance; (3) baptism in water in the name of the Lord Jesus; and (4) the receiving of the Holy Ghost; with the evidence of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.
Taken collectively, these are the things, which he later, in writing to the Ephesians, entitled THE GOSPEL OF THEIR SALVATION. This was Paul’s gospel; this was the apostolic gospel; this was and is the gospel of Christ.
In different dispensations God has made varied requirements of men if they would be redeemed. These requirements change only as dispensations change - never during any dispensation. The dispensation of the church began on the day of Pentecost; it will continue until Jesus comes again. Therefore, there can be no change in the gospel plan of salvation during that period.

Need the Holy Ghost? Need to be baptized?
Free home bible study
For a list of all our churches visit our website


Right, do you also carry herbal remedies for depression?

The comments to this entry are closed.


Wealth Bondage Premium Content

  • Castle by the Sea
    Provided as a professional courtesy at no extra charge to those with net worth of $25 million or more and/or family income of $500,000 a year or more, and to their Serving Professionals of all genders.