Friday, February 20, 2015

The Saving Gospel for Sinners AND The Edifying Gospel for Saints - Pastor David


Let us compare 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 WITH Romans 16:25-26, Ephesians 6:19-20, and Ephesians 3:8. Here we go...

Here is 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures: And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”

Now, Romans 16:25-26, “Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my Gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the Mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.”

And here is Ephesians 6:19-20, “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the Mystery of the Gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds, that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Now, Ephesians 3:8, “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this Grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”

Now, look, how can any intelligent spiritual student of the Bible fail to see that there is a difference between a sinner being saved by the Gospel of 1 Corin­thians 15:1-4, which was in fulfillment of prophecy (Acts 13:29-30), and a saint being ESTABLISHED by the Apostle Paul's “MY GOSPEL” which was according to the revelation of the Mystery, not prophesied, but kept secret during those years and centuries that the prophets foretold the death and resurrection of the LORD Jesus Christ? Any such student of the Bible should be ready to acknowledge that there MUST be a difference between the SAVING Gospel for the sinner and the EDIFYING Gospel for the saint. So, again, read and compare Acts 13:29-35 with Romans 16:25 and Ephesians 3:8.

The Apostle Paul wrote of “my Gospel” in Romans 2:16, 2 Timothy 2:8-9, and in Romans 16:25-26. Paul wrote concerning the Dispensation which was committed unto him, (1 Corinthians 9:16-17); the “Grace” Gospel which Christ revealed to him, (Galatians 1:11-12); “the Gospel of the Grace of God,” (Acts 20:24); “the glorious Gospel of the blessed God,” (1 Timothy 1:11); “the Gospel of the uncircumcision,” (Galatians 2:7); “the dispensa­tion of the Grace of God for Gentiles,” (Ephesians 3:1-4); “the unsearch­able riches of Christ for Gentiles.” (Ephesians 3:8).

According to this Grace, it was the Apostle Paul who was the LORD's chief masterbuilder, who laid the foundation. (1 Corinthians 3:10).

As we read these Scriptures, we certainly should learn that something was committed to Paul MORE than the fact that Christ died for our sins; that Christ was buried and rose again. A “good news” PROGRAM was committed unto the Apostle Paul, a program DIFFERENT from any program that God had ever deposited with any of His other servants. Read Ephesians 3:8; Ephesians 3:1-5; 1 Corinthians 9:16-17; 1 Corinthians 3:10. This is one reason why even the Apostle Peter wrote 2 Peter 3:15-16, ”And account that the longsuffering of our LORD is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given unto him, hath written unto you; As also in all his Epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrestle, as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction.”


In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.

So There You Have it!

Spread this message to everyone you know, far and wide.

Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.

In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry

Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)

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