There seems to be a lot of confusion & misunderstanding as to what the True Gospel is… that in itself means that over many a long year lots of things have been twisted up in all of our understandings – but if we are people who walk in spirit & in Truth – accepting & believing on the Lord Jesus – we need to be clear on what the true Gospel is & who Jesus is.
Jesus was born fully God & fully man to redeem the world from sin. ( as all have sinned & fallen short of God’s original plan) Jesus was provided as a perfect sacrifice in our place. In his death – he bought us a way to (re) connect with the father (as our sin would separate us otherwise & cause us eternal death)
He died on a cross (crucifixion) of his own free will & was resurrected to life after 3 days. He now lives in heaven at the right hand of the father – He will return again to judge the living & the dead. The gift of this grace of salvation is free for all who repent of their sin, accept him; by their own free will & conviction believe in him & accept (confess) him as their living Lord.
In my Experience, Jesus was completely sidelined out of the picture in our River experience.. he was no longer or mentioned or referenced … in the nearly 3 years we were involved with Bethel I maybe heard the Gospel preached just once. It was almost as though we have moved on from all that whilst we seek the Glory of God’s presence. Our focus was very definately on daddy God all of the time
Here’s the thing- how can people respond to that which they have never heard?
Phillippians 2 v 5-11 (ESV)
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The issue is:
have I repented of my sin? – do I understand that I am a sinner saved by grace & that there is nothing I can do to be more or less favoured by God.
The price is now paid by Jesus’ perfect sacrifice – we have to realise that Jesus died on the cross & that we must die too- in a death to self in order to follow him.
Galatians 5 v 24 says: those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
I am now free in him to have relationship with God. – All I need now do is humbly accept this free gift of his death & resurrection that bring me new life . My acceptance of him insubmission– surrendering to His word & his leading.
The hard truth is that until we have reached that place of understanding & acceptance; we are not living in the fullness of believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. It follows then, (& I know this is extremely hard to hear) that until this realisation is actioned in our lives, We cannot biblically, legitimately even consider ourselves as saved, & thus call our selves a Christian.
If you are feeling conviction right now, From the Holy Spirit that things are off balance in your understanding or that you genuinely have responded to these truths for the first time – Email us. – It is quite important that you find someone you consider to be a genuine christian in these terms we have explained to talk these things through with
Certainly, if you are in shock right now you will be realising the things that you have been taught that you thought were sound & solid up to this point really haven’t been. Sadly you have been under deception. Now is the time to live in the truth.
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said: ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ John 8 v 31-32
please, whatever you do next, determine to walk in a place of freedom & truth from now on