Read brightfame52 thread "Preaching the Gospel" which will answer those questions and much more !
Is the Gospel, the things of God ? cont
As we continue the thought of Lk 1:77, the knowledge here is a Spiritual Knowledge that brings experiential knowledge by Spiritual comprehension, which is only possible by having been given already the Spirit of God !
Now notice in 1 Cor 2:13a
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
Which things we speak ! The Gospel things he spake ! Now what are the things the Apostle has been speaking to the Corinthians ? Its the Word of the Gospel; for Jesus told Paul in a vision to speak the Word to them because He had much People [to be converted] in that city Acts 18:9-10
9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:
10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.
That same word speak is used in 1 Cor 2:6,7,13
Hence this proves that the Gospel is considered " the things of God" and so considered, before it can be believed or received it must be revealed to us by the Spirit ! We must be already given by New Birth a Spiritual capacity to comprehend the things of God !
Amen exactly Brother !Believing the Gospel is not as false teachers project it to be, that of accepting an bogus offer, after Christ has supposedly offered up Himself for all without exception, to the so called freewill of men ! But no, it is the spiritual reception of the Divine Testimony about Christ and His Redemptive Work through His Cross for His Church, the Sheep, or His People ! 1 Tim 2:4-6
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
It is then those whom Christ is Mediator of, they are sent a Testimony Via the Gospel !
This Testimony is received or Believed by those it is designed for as here 2 Thess 1:10
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony[Of the Gospel] among you was believed) in that day.
We receive this Testimony of the Gospel only as it is by the Power of the Holy Spirit and it is then confirmed in us as per 1 Cor 1:6
Even as the testimony of Christ[Or Gospel of Christ] was confirmed in you:
All for whom Christ died, it will be personally testified to them by the Gospel and the Power of the Holy Spirit so they will believe in their Salvation by Him !
So exactly what is the gospel . Can you or @brightfame52 give us a definition and please don’t give us the cop out read the thread because there is no definition anywhere from either one of you . The only ones you are fooling on this forum is yourselves not us . You even gave the new member the run around .Amen exactly Brother !
I have been asking them for months but always get the run around. Its best to just ignore their posts then maybe they will get the hint that no one is buying what they are selling. Most everyone here will answer direct questions with the exception of a few posters that you have already experienced their run around and evasiveness with those questions . Its their modus operandi.I am still waiting for them to tell me what faith and the gospel means. A person needs to understand them to be saved.
Amen Brother, not only Called and Saved according to God's own Purpose, but also by His Grace given His Elect in Christ Jesus before Time;Saved by His Purpose and Grace !
2 Tim 1:9
9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Now exactly just what is this purpose and grace given us in Christ Jesus and which the saved are saved by before the world began ?
First of all its God's Eternal Purpose of Election which Paul mentions here in Rom 9:11
11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth )
This Purpose of Election concerns the Chosen in Christ the Beloved before the foundation of the World Eph 1:4
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
And secondly, this Purpose of Election is a Election of Grace Rom 11:5
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
Now its of Grace that it cannot be of works Vs 6
6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Which means, this Election of Grace cannot be based upon anything the ones elected did or did not do, for all such doings constitute works. If one falsely teaches that Election is based upon God foreseeing they would believe or accept or repent or be baptized, or obey, then they lie against the Truth, for Paul clearly writes this about the purpose of election Rom 9:11
(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth)
Nothing can be more clearer that God does not elect based upon anything a person does, or did not do !
Also that this is a Salvation Issue being discussed is plain by #1 that Paul denies Works involvement in Election in Rom 9:11 and Rom 11:5-6
And #2 Thats Salvation is the matter in Rom 9:11,24 is clear by Paul's contrast of Works and Calling, which calling is again mentioned in Vs 24
24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
Which is the same called of 2 Tim 1:9
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Amen, exactly what i was thinking. Gods Gift of Faith He gives His people will believe a Gospel that God sent Jesus Christ into the world to save Gods Chosen people. Isa 53:8Amen Brother, not only Called and Saved according to God's own Purpose, but also by His Grace given His Elect in Christ Jesus before Time;
for it is only God-Given Faith in New Birth that receives this Truth !