Introduction to Good News (Gospel) Series

Introduction to Good News (Gospel) Series Corrected 4/22/2022

As we all know  Gospel means good news.  We also know that anything good is from God; and so when God speaks about judgment, it must not be treated to be as a scary message but as a piece of advice for us to rethink, refocus, repent, and ask forgiveness for all the sins we have committed through prayers and meditations.  Paul said that we all sinned and the wages of sin is death and death is the separation from God, therefore, we need to be sanctified to be back to our holy walk with Him.  There is nothing to be joyful about after the sacrificial work of the Son but to be a partaker of the Divine nature of God that gives us the right to be called children of God.   

When Jesus said that He came for the lost sheep of Israel, the Israelites rejected the good news from the Son of God.  Jesus said that he and the Father are one, but many interpreted this passage as stating Jesus is the Creator God and the Savior, hence, it omitted the existence of the LORD the Father Almighty. Even though Jesus claimed that the Father is mightier than him, The Jesus Oneness movement was still created. Jesus also said, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him. He who doesn’t love me doesn’t keep my words. The word which you hear isn’t mine, but the Father’s who sent me.” John 14:23-24(World English Bible).

The Oneness doctrine also ignored the indwelling of the Holy Spirit because the doctrine is more focused on worshipping Jesus. The LORD is distinct from the Lord, and the SAVIOR from the Savior. Jesus means God saves or God rescue and the greek word Jesus, the Son of God, the Saviour of mankind, God incarnate is IESOUS in Greek and Yehoshua shortened to Yeshua in Hebrew. Jesus’ name is dependent on God’s authority. The gift of salvation came from God delivered with His grace by the Mighty Son.

The Holy Spirit is within us and we must always acknowledge Its presence in our life. It is part of our shadow, the opportunity to see and touch even though it might not have the fleshly feelings because it is part of the spirit and beings (souls) existing as one. Ignoring the Holy Spirit to use us can lead to blasphemy.  Luke 11:13- “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father.  Jesus said that the Father is a Spirit and must be worshiped in Spirit and truth, and the truth shall set us free. Jesus is a Spirit, he is the Son. We must give ourselves time to nurture this.  The Father God is a Spirit, and therefore Jesus is a Spirit as he seats at the right hand of the Father and he is acknowledged as the Son God.  Therefore, we claim and believe in it with an open mind free from the slavery of fundamentals, by faith, we will see them both face to face with glorified bodies.

Jesus said that it is to our advantage that he is not with us now. It is the will and purpose of God for him to go away so that the Helper will come to take over in his place—John 16:7. “By this, we know that we abide in Him and He in us because He has given us of His Spirit.”—1 John 4:13. Prayerfully the passages above will clarify the doubts we have that the Spirit within us must be acknowledged to be effective in our spiritual walk. Paul said as recorded in Philippians 3:19-21—“whose end is destruction, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who think about earthly things.’ ‘For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,’ ‘who will change the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working by which he is able even to subject all things to himself.” (World English Bible).

We have more than enough confirmation that the Holy Spirit of God is working if only we acknowledge his presence in our life. Acts 5:32—“And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

2 Corinthians 5:5—“Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.”

Galatians 3:5—“So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?”

Ephesians 1:17—“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.”

There are more passages to mention, but we will let the faithful believers receive the spirit of revelation as they read the word of God. When we read the Bible we can experience that God is talking to us.

 God is all in all

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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