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The True Gospel 4/25/2011 11:59 AM
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Minister Ty Alexander
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An edited excerpt from 2/6/2011, Marching From Behind The Veil...

The True Gospel in 1 Timothy 1 and 2 Timothy 2:

1 Timothy 1 - Warnings against false teachers: The Law is good if used lawfully or properly. It was not made for the righteous but for those opposing God and anything else contrary to the sound doctrine of the Gospel that Paul was given to keep.

2 Timothy 2 - Rightly dividing the Word and Remembrance (KJV, NKJV); translation is very important but men have slipped in it because they do not know God's thoughts behind His Word and lean on their own understanding, as well as are mislead in spiritual warfare.

1 Timothy 1 talks about true sound doctrine, which Apostle Paul knew. Each and every sect of Christianity thinks they have sound doctrine, but they don't realize how deep their misconceptions go because of spiritual warfare and not understanding how our spirits are reborn in the first place, so that we can be guided by God's Spirit. The church is also lost in bad interpretations and error from worldly mentalities and influence from the enemy. All of this has created a messy, aggregate Christianity with translations of God's Word that perpetuate unsound doctrine and false teaching.

2 Timothy 2:13 is in the middle of "faithful and trustworthy" sayings that Paul says are important to remind the church of. We are not to quarrel over the meaning of these words because arguing is fruitless (Titus 2:13). We are to correct those in error by presenting what we were taught and nothing more, so let's go over these sayings with the correct knowledge to understand them. These sayings are all about eternal salvation as Paul is talking about "his gospel" (2 Timothy 2:8), the True Gospel of Jesus, that gives salvation with eternal glory (2 Timothy 2:10).

"Of these things, put them in remembrance..." (2 Timothy 2:14 KJV)

"If we died with Him, we will also live with Him;" - This is about being reborn with His Spirit. This rebirth puts to death the condemnation of our sinful nature and lets us live with Him by His Spirit and eventually in His Kingdom. It is a requirement for entry into the Kingdom of Heaven and it happens right at the moment we confess our belief in Jesus to someone else (John 3:3, 1 John 4:15, see also Transformation in Treasure Hunting). This confession is the fulfillment of the first covenant promise Jesus spoke in Matthew 10:32, "Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven."

"If we endure, we will also reign with Him;" - This is about persevering through all hardship and persecution with our confession of faith ("dying with Him" in the first saying). We must hold fast to our confession and never let go (Hebrews 10:23). We are not to change our mind about our belief in Christ because it is the justification that makes our confession valid (Romans 10:9). That confession needs to remain valid because it will keep our eternal salvation through any act except for one thing, which is given in the next saying.

"If we disown Him, He will also disown us;" - This refers to fulfilling the second covenant promise Jesus spoke in Matthew 10:32, "But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in heaven." Denying Jesus before others is the ONLY way we lose eternal salvation once we attained it. Jesus reinforces this in John 12:42-12:50 where He says the Word He spoke (referring to Matthew 10:32), will condemn anyone who does not adhere to it (both parts of it). He was speaking about people who did not confess their belief in Him, so we see He is saying, "No confession, no eternal salvation." This doesn't mean sinning has no effect on us. It just does not affect our state of eternal salvation. See SPARKED and Marching From Behind The Veil for more details.

"If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself." - This says God is faithful to bring spiritual growth to us even if we don't believe in Him or all of His ways. Many won't reign with Him in the end, but His commitment to having us mature and prosper won't ever change.

If we continue in 2 Timothy 2:15, Paul says to "be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (NKJV translation). I quote the NKJV because it uses the correct words to convey what Paul and God meant by "RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD." This meaning is lost in more modern translations that say "correctly or accurately handling the word".

The original Greek for "rightly dividing" or "accurately handling" here means literally "cutting it straight," which is a reference to trades where cutting with precision is important, such as carpentry, masonry and Paul's trade of leather working and tent making. He used that reference to note how the Word must also be cut or divided with precision, because understanding salvation as a whole (both eternal and physical) requires dividing the word, "saved," correctly. It's no accident he is using the "cutting" analogy just after speaking about eternal salvation.

In the original Hebrew and Aramaic Old Testament, there are several words that are translated into "saved," but only one of those words is used with eternal salvation. In the New Testament, the original Greek only uses one word for "saved" (sozos), which is the same for English and most modern languages. This naturally combines the three notions of salvation (eternal salvation, deliverance, and healing) into one group the church simply calls salvation. However, there are really two kinds of salvation we must distinguish between or rightly divide - eternal and physical. Deliverance and healing are physical or temporary forms of salvation, while eternal salvation is just that. The New Testament uses one word for all kinds of salvation because that is how the language is. The result of this is the distinction between the different kinds of salvation was lost.

We must rightly divide the word "saved" to understand how eternal and physical salvation operate together. We've been talking only about eternal salvation when we talk about the Gospel and the New Covenant of Grace. That is the salvation we get when we acknowledge Jesus and confess our belief in Him. It gives us access to the Kingdom of Heaven and cannot be lost unless we deny Him, but it is the other physical or temporary kinds of salvation that are lost when we commit sin.

This helps us understand why people think we lose eternal salvation when we sin. That isn't correct, but persistently sinning can put someone on a path that leads them to lose eternal salvation because they either change their belief in Christ or they deny Him. It is paths like apostasy or rebellion against God and His laws and blaspheming the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:29) that are cursed to bring eternal condemnation. Losing eternal salvation is a progressive failure and slipping through sin until the slope ends in an eternal fall. This is clearer in Hebrews 6:8 where it says people going away in faith are in danger of being cursed and end up being burned.

See Marching From Behind The Veil for more details.

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