Good News (Gospel)

Gospel Part 1: Knowledge and Understanding of the Gospel

Series Part 1: Knowledge and Understanding of the Gospel

Without knowledge, how do we understand faith? Without understanding, how practical will the knowledge be? Knowledge is more valuable than gold, yet people prefer gold. Knowledge and understanding both work profitably. Knowledge without proper understanding can lead to errors. Wisdom works perfectly with knowledge and understanding. Anything perfect and good is from the Spirit of God.

It is undeniably sure that faith gives the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, and believing that the Spirit of God exists within us.  We feel the presence of the Spirit of the merciful and graceful God in our hearts, and He rewards the people who seek after Him. Faith involves knowledge of God to depend on. The full understanding of His word establishes the foundation of the great hope about the kingdom that all kinds of lies and deception cannot shake from the lost souls who are not enlightened of the word of truth or by the rejectors that prefer to stay out of the light. Many centuries had come to pass, and countless generations flooded with opinions only to find out that it’s a human error to interpret the word of God without the blessings from the Spirit that guide and protect it. The word of God is in full protection by the Divine power and will only humiliate those who will attempt to interpret it with malice and by guesswork when the time comes.

The true interpretations of the Divine Word are in the innermost part of the written word surrounded by codes that only love, persistence, and resiliency can possess the truth revealed to the chosen ones. We can understand it in literal form, but the proper application is in the form of the divine. We are witnesses today that many still reject the doctrine of the Trinity but accept the Bible and believe the contents. The wisdom given to every believer regarding knowing God’s word is to ask, seek, and knock. These three influential acts will guide knowing the right path of growing and achieving the hidden truth that will be delivered to the souls, and to be confirmed by the hearts.

No man is an island; we are not alone in this journey.  When you hear someone preaching the word of God, ask if there is no understanding on your part, seek when you get home if what you heard is accurate, and when still in doubt or confused, seek the others’ heart until your heart feels the connection to the truth. It took me ten years to find what I was looking for. Understanding is made possible through the preaching of the gospel. Jesus commanded the followers to preach the word as recorded in Matthew 28:18–20: “to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit,” and Acts 16:14 says,” the Lord opened the hearts of those who attend to worship God but this does not mean that we are forcibly in group or congregation. Worshipping God is fellowshipping with Him and as your heart desires one on one with God is also biblical.

We are instructed to go to our sacred room to do it. Matthew 6- “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your unseen Father…” This is a great revelation for those who were brainwashed with fear that we need to go to the building to worship God with fellow believers. This defeated what Jesus said that God is a Spirit and we should worship Him in spirit and truth, while in John 6:63,  the Spirit gives life… It is not only the spirit of our existence that is given but also the spirit of fellowshipping with Him—Our life and our life with Him.

Many disagree about the house church and say that the house service is more on convenience and not worth the absence of the body of Christ. They support corporate worship more than a well-needed prayer with the LORD. Jesus’ followers came together in one place to pray and celebrate Sabbath Day. Sometimes, they were in the field, in the mountains, in the villages, anywhere their feet led them. While Paul and Luke started the church as recorded in the “Acts of the Apostles.” Paul described the process that leads to a proper understanding of the gospel: preaching, which leads to knowledge through hearing, and believing, which leads to enlightenment, which brings us to understand the calling on the Lord for salvation. The profit of hearing is knowledge and understanding; faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. If the preaching is not understood, it did not connect to the hearer.

The content of the preaching must be easily understood by direct to a pointed message that the source originated from the gospel. Many preaching nowadays is more entertaining to the soul and not focused on bringing the spirit to the center of worship. Many messages start from the gospel, then to the epistles of Paul, and some reference other books in the New Testament; then at the end of the message, no matter how they tried to avoid it, the message ends in salvation, that Christ died for our sins and He rose again from the dead ascended to heaven and now seated at the right hand of the Father. If people hear this every Sunday, how many more Sundays must they attend to hear the salvation doctrine?  No one is saved without understanding the truth expressed in John 3:16.

According to the Scriptures, John 3:17 tells us that through Jesus the world may be saved—KJV. Scripture by itself is life, and we are also aware that for many centuries this has been tarnished by people of many colors. Whatever they did, the gospel message is very important to preserve the quality of being divine. If our understanding of the gospel is obscure, then, how can you defend your faith when it is moving towards insolvency? God did not force Jesus to die for our sins, but he did it anyway. John 10:17-18 is clear— On this account, the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may retake it. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to retake it. I have received this commandment of my Father. Free will is a gift from God; it is our authority to have a choice, and God will not interfere, but the consequences of our actions are upon us.

if we don’t understand that Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior sent by the SAVIOR, our LORD, then the death of the Lord Jesus has no bearing as far as salvation is concerned. Jesus means God saves, God rescues.  If this is not simple enough to understand why did he come,  only to be humiliated and die? Then maybe the gospel still needs to be closer to your heart. But, if rejection to this truth weighs more than the acceptance, either give yourself more time or just shrug off, ignore it and continue with your life the way you want it to be.

However, to be saved, knowing is not enough; it is necessary to understand the saving grace of the gospel. Love alone cannot justify knowledge and understanding without work, but the purity of love with clean hands is a resounding joy acceptable by the heart where the throne of the Spirit sits. We will never fully understand the riches of God’s grace unless we are entirely in submission to His glory. The wisdom and knowledge of God are unsearchable and His judgments are beyond our reach— Romans 11:33).

God is all in all.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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