Yes. Two gospels. At least, I’ll be talking about two in this post. There are more then two in our Bibles. Noah’s gospel (good news) was “build a big boat and thou shall be saved“; please pardon my paraphrase. I have been dancing around this concept by saying that Paul and the twelve were not, could not, have been preaching the same things. Lets examine three verses of scripture in order to nail this down securely.
Galatians 2:7-9… “But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.” Cephas is Peter, by the way.
If we allow the words to say what they mean and mean what they say, there are two distinct gospel messages contained within these verses. How different is the circumcision from the uncircumcision? The Jews were Gods chosen people and everyone else was not. That’s about as different as people can be. Is Ted’s dog the same as not Ted’s dog? Of course not. There was a specific gospel message “of” each; as Ted’s dog is specific to Ted. Things that are different cannot possibly be the same.
I know… you have never heard of such a thing. That’s okay; just because a thing is not popularly known does not preclude it from being true. It is also not your fault for not knowing this. This simple and most basic Bible truth is not taught in denominational churches, as the implications are more than profound. This simple truth is the absolute key to Bible understanding.
Denominational churches (not understanding nor acknowledging the mystery kept secret since the world began) teach that Peter and Paul preached the same thing “to” two different groups of people. Check these verses in any other “bible” you may have in your possession. Nearly every one (and all “modern” translations, er, perversions) reduce the specific intent Paul (the Holy Spirit) had for writing these verses, and combined them into one single “kingdom” gospel message preached unto two groups of people; as if both groups are to follow the same instruction from God. The King James maintains Paul’s literal meaning, and that is: 1) a specific gospel (good news) message was given to him that he could give to the uncircumcision (the heathen), and 2) a specific gospel (good news) message was given to Peter and the twelve that they could give to the circumcision (the Jews).
Both gospel messages were delivered to each man (Peter and Paul) by Jesus Christ. To Peter, during Christ’s earthly ministry to Israel (see Matt, Mark, Luke and John); and to Paul during Christ’s current Heavenly exile (due to His friends (Israels) rejection, as He is currently seated at His fathers right hand in Heaven, till His enemies are made His footstool – Heb 10:12-13) on the road to Damascus in Acts 9 and expounded upon in Gal 1:11-12.
“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.”
Emmanuel (Christ with us) on earth for His earthly ambassadors, Israel, to bring in “thy Kingdom come ON EARTH as it is in heaven” (read those words carefully again); and the Risen and Glorified Lord Jesus Christ for His Heavenly ambassadors, the church – the body of Christ; you and me, today’s believers. Our hope is in Heaven. The Jews hope is Heaven come to earth.
These verses in Galatians also say something else quite extraordinary. If the “great commission” was given unto the twelve in Matt, Mark, Luke and Acts, that they should go unto all the world preaching the Kingdom, why did Peter and the twelve just agree with Paul to confine their ministry to the circumcision (the Jews) alone? They must have recognized something very profound. That grace given unto Paul must be remarkable and powerful if it prevented them from fulfilling that which Christ commanded them.
There is no denying the existence of these two distinct messages if we believe the Bible as we say we do. The words on the page say what they say. In the next post we will examine some of the specifics as to what makes the two messages different to hopefully help flesh out the WHY of all this. Why did God have two separate messages for these two groups of people? Would it not have been far more simple to have only one? As appetizing food for thought, look at Genesis 1:1…
“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” A question… how many things did God create in the beginning? Two! Interesting, no? Coincidence??? Not at all.
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