The word ‘gospel’ was originated from the Old English, which means good spell or good news. Since sinners on this earth who are destined to die can receive the forgiveness of sins and eternal life, how good news (or gospel) it is! That is why the very first thing Jesus did was preaching the gospel of the heaven.
Matthew 4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
The Blessings Contained in the Gospel
Then why is the gospel so important? It is because all the promises of God for our salvation is contained in the gospel. And special blessing are given to the gospel workers.
Ephesians 3: 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
First, through the gospel the Gentiles, who were once not considered as God’s people, can be the people of God and they can be heirs of God who can inherit the kingdom of heaven; and also they can become the members of the body whose head is the Christ and they can become one body with Christ; and finally, they can share the promise of God, that is, the eternal life in Christ. Since the gospel is such an important task, God allows this gospel work only to the people who he has chosen and he also guaranteed salvation for the gospel workers.
Philipphians 4: 2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
The True Gospel
Since the gospel contains such great blessings, many people who believe in God want to work for the gospel and also there are many Christians who proudly call themselves as gospel workers, preaching a gospel with a sincere heart and genuine mind. However, what we have to make sure is what the true gospel is, not a gospel. However diligently and fervently may we work, if we do not preach the true gospel, what good it may bring to us. All the effort and work would be meaningless and futile. More significantly, it can bring us a punishment rather than reward for preaching a false gospel. For these and other reasons we have to know what the true gospel is before we preach a gospel. Then what is the true gospel? Is the Sunday worship the true gospel? Or is the Christmas the gospel?
Since the true gospel was preached by Jesus and his disciples, we have to look at their testimonies to find out what true gospel is. Since most people who are working for the gospel today consider themselves as the believers of and workers for Jesus Christ, it is natural for us to look at the teaching of Jesus in the bible. Luckly enough Christ and disciples left enough evidences to make us sure of what the gospel is. The most fervent gospel worker was Paul, who was even ready to sacrifice his own life for the gospel. By looking at the work he was doing, we can surely confirm what the gospel is. Then what was he working for?
Colossians 1:23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant
Paul testifies that there was a gospel which was proclaimed to every creature and he was working for the gospel as servant or minister in King James Version. Let us take a look at a mated verse to find out exactly what he was working for.
2 Corinthians 3:6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life
In this verse, he says that he is working for a new covenant as minister. Did he had many different works or ministries that he was doing as worker of Christ? No, he was working for one thing: preaching the gospel of good news of the kingdom of heaven like Christ who he was following. Then if he was working for just one thing, what can we say the true gospel is? The true gospel is the new covenant that he was working for as minister. Then what is the new covenant?
The True Gospel, the New Covenant of the Passover
To find out the new covenant we must look at the teachings of Christ. What was the new covenant given to the disciples to preach to all the creatures of the earth?
Luke 22:19 14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. … 19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
On the night of the Passover, Jesus and his disciples kept the Passover and on the night of the Passover he established the new covenant. He gave bread as his body which was to be crucified on the cross, and he gave wine as his blood that he would shed for the forgiveness of sins of people. By eating and drinking the Passover we can receive the flesh and blood of Christ for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life which is the promise of God in the gospel too. Therefore, the true gospel is the Passover of the New Covenant.
Let us confirm this through the blessings of the gospel. Paul said that we can receive a lot of blessings through the gospel. First, even though we are once a Gentile, we can be heirs of God. What is the Passover? The Passover is a ceremony through which we can receive the flesh and blood of Christ and become His children. Just as a child has the flesh and blood of his physical parents, God’s chidren must have the flesh and blood of God. Even though once we were Gentiles, once we keep the Passover and receives the flesh and blood of God, then we can become God’s children and as children the heirs of God. Second, just as through the gospel we can become one body with Christ, through the Passover we can become one body with Christ as member of the same body.
1 Corinthians 10:16 16 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.
How can we take part in the body and blood of Christ? It is through the Passover and Paul says when we keep the Passover, we can become one body in Christ even though we are many. And the third blessing of God in the gospel was the sharer of the promise of God. The promise of God to children is the eternal life. (1 John 2:25) And this eternal life is actually given through the Passover of the new covenant.
John 6:53 53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.
How does Jesus grant eternal life to the disciples? Through his flesh and blood. Then what was the way for us to take part in his flesh and blood? Through the Passover. Therefore, the Passover of the new covenant is the way we can have the promise of God, eternal life. And through all these things we can be sure that the true gospel is the new covenant of Passover.
The Fate of Those Who Preach A Different Gospel
This much clearly the bible says the true gospel is the Passover of the new covenant and this new covenant was the work Paul was doing in Christ. Then without having the Passover which is the core of the new covenant, is it possible to say that I am preaching the gospel? No. Preaching the gospel without the Passover is meaningless. And the gospel they are preaching is not the true gospel at all, rather it is a false gospel. God said that he would punish the people who are preaching a false gospel because they are doing something detestable in the eyes of God
2 Thessalonians 1:6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction.
Galatians 1:6 6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
What does he say about people who are following or preaching a different gospel which is no gospel? They will be punished and cursed by God. The good news they have been preaching and following actually turn out to be a horrible news for them in the time of a rude awakening. Let us think this seriously if we trust in the words of God and believe in Jesus Christ. Did Jesus and disciples preach the Christmas? Did Jesus and disciples attend the Sunday worship service? Did Jesus and disciples carry literally cross and put crosses on and around their church? Did they keep the Easter with bunnies and decorated eggs? Did they dress like Santa Claus and gave gift to the kids?
God gave mission to preach the gospel of the new covenant to save the souls, but there are so many who are working to destroy the souls of people. We should have spiritual eyes to distinguish what is true or not. Otherwise, just as Jesus said we might fall into a pit along with others who were blindly following false things.
In these last days to save us and give us eteranl life, Christ Ahnsahnghong came and restored the new covenant of the Passover which was abolished by the work of Satan in 325 AD. He opened the way to eternal life and salvation again. And Heavenly Mother Jerusalem who is the reality of the new covenant came to give us eternal life. Even though once we were following false things out of ignorance, now we must turn our evil ways and come back to God, following the true gospel.