Truth in Teaching

We are taught things in Christianity, that are Biblically not what Scripture says,
they are in fact Scripturally not fact, or the truth.
They sound true, good, and right, but in fact cause us to look into the opposite direction, and away from the truth.

An example of what Scripture truly does say, but is not taught.

Mat 24:14
14) And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

An example of a teaching, that is truly not Scripture.

“The Gospel of Salvation shall be Preached unto all the world, then the end shall come.”

The question therefore exists, where does this teaching come from, and why?
This is clearly contrary to what Scripture in fact does say, so why is it taught as truth?
If you look in Scripture, you will find, the entire phrase “The Gospel of Salvation”, does not exist within the pages of the Bible, at all.
The point being, we as the Church, while looking the other way, have missed any teaching about the Kingdom of (God, Heaven).

I am not saying that we should not “Preach Salvation,” Jesus shed His blood for our Salvation, but He also came to establish His Kingdom, that is where Jesus wants us to live, and we have not been taught anything about it.

The first thing Jesus Preached, after His wilderness experience of 40 days, and His Temptation.

Mat 4:17
17) From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Jesus Himself taught.

Mat 6:33
33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

How do we seek His Kingdom, where is His Kingdom, how, and when do we enter His Kingdom?

What do YOU think?

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  1. jesseedavis says:

    Can you elaborate on what the difference between the Gospel of salvation and the Gospel of the Kingdom? I see them as the same message put under two different titles just as many other things in the Bible. I know that the “Gospel of salvation” preached today is rarely accurate in that it has been prettied up to be acceptable among men, but as for the Biblical Gospel of salvation, I don’t see a difference. Please clarify what you mean.

    • lookinforacity says:

      Hi Jessee

      I’m sorry about the slow response, this is to let you know, I am in the process of Elaboration for you.
      You said, you saw them as the same message, can you explain how you came to “that” conclusion? Was this something you were taught, or was it your own conclusion?

      Answer in progress:>)
      Be Blessed
      JIM

      • lookinforacity says:

        Hi Jessee

        The Kingdom is a Place, Salvation is an Event “that takes Place.”
        When we receive Jesus into our lives, we can only accept Him as SAVIOR.
        After Baptism, we can then acknowledge Him as KING, and LORD.

        1 Cor. 12:3
        3) Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that (NO MAN CAN SAY THAT JESUS IS LORD), but by the Holy Ghost.

        A person can receive Salvation, and never enter the Kingdom.
        No one can “See”, or “Enter” the Kingdom, until Salvation has taken place.

        Paul himself said
        1Cor. 2:4,5
        4) And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
        5) That your “FAITH” should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

        The demonstration of power to the Corinthians, was the demonstration of the Kingdom of God.
        This demonstration of the Spirit, convicted the Corinthians about the reality of God! Thereby helping to bring about their Salvation.
        The Gospel of the Kingdom is preached, by demonstration of the Spirit, and power.
        The Gospel of Salvation is preached with words, convincing the hearers, of their need for a Savior.
        How is the power of Salvation demonstrated to non-believers?
        In the Bible, how many times does it say, “the Kingdom is likened to?”
        You cannot liken Salvation to anything else, “Salvation, is Salvation”.

        We are told by Jesus Himself.

        Mat 6:33
        33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

        Why would Jesus tell us to seek something that we have already received? ie, (freedom from sin), or the Kingdom.
        The Kingdom is the place where “ONLY” Christians, can, and should abide (live).
        The Kingdom is a Spiritual Place, “We” are Now Spiritual beings.

        Gal 5:25
        25) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

        The Kingdom of God is exactly that, “God’s Kingdom” !!
        It isn’t mine, I can’t give it to you, or bring you into it, but I can tell you, “IT DOES EXIST”, I can point the way, but it takes “YOUR” seeking to be where the King, sits on His Throne.

        Mat 7:7
        7) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

        Heb 11:10
        10) For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

        The Kingdom is a Spiritual place that can only be seen through the eyes of Faith, by those believing it exists.

        Heb 11:6
        6) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a (REWARDER) of them that (DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM).

        Pro 8:17
        17) I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

        Jer 29:13
        13) And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

        John 14:21
        21) He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

        Once we become born again, Our Hearts Desire, is to be where He is, to be in the presence of our Lord.
        In keeping His commandments, we are doing the will of God, we are automatically in the presence of God, “The Kingdom”.
        The only thing that keeps us from being where we are meant to be, is “OUR FAITH”.

        1Sa 8:7
        7) And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

        So in essence, God Hid His Kingdom in plain sight, that only those looking for it, will find it. Only those that want Him as King, will find His Kingdom, or we can keep Him only as Savior.
        A person that is not looking for it, or does not believe it is for now, will walk right through it, never knowing.
        Whenever you see Healing’s, or Deliverance’s, that is the DEMONSTRATION of The Kingdom.
        We are all looking for ways that we can make Him KING, LORD, MASTER the first thing is to be within HIS Kingdom.
        Salvation gives you availability, but it doesn’t Guarantee access, “WE all have the desire to be there but we just don’t know how, because we have not ever been told “YOU CAN HAVE IT NOW”!!!
        We have only been told “you must be born again'”, even being born again doesn’t place you in His kingdom, you “MUST” diligently seek it!

        Mat 5:10
        10) Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

        The question still stands. Why is it taught?
        “This Gospel of Salvation shall be preached unto all the world?
        When scripture clearly says something else?

        Be Blessed Jessee
        JIM

        • jesseedavis says:

          Let me just start by saying this, I agree completely. It’s rare that I can have a peace fall over me as I read something that draws me into praising our Father. Thank you for elaborating.

          The other thing I wanted to say is this. You asked, “You said, you saw them as the same message, can you explain how you came to “that” conclusion? Was this something you were taught, or was it your own conclusion?”

          The reason I see them as one and the same rather than two different messages is because that is what they ought to be. It is the will of God that one be born again, but not to be born again just to pass up the very Kingdom of God. No, it is the will of God to be both born again AND enter into the Kingdom. With your elaboration, I do now see them as two different things, but yet still as one two-fold message. This is not something I was taught, but it is what I read. Whenever there is a call towards salvation, or trusting/believing in Christ, there is ALWAYS at least an implication of them moving (or supposed to be moving) forward in Christ in obedience and submission.

          The message of salvation preached today is strictly evangelistic, that is, it is “fire insurance.” I have read many methods, strategies, etc. and almost every one of them present a message that frankly does more harm than good. Please do not misunderstand me, I am not saying that telling someone to believe in Christ alone is wrong. I am saying that telling them to believe in Christ and then lead them in a prayer in which they say nothing of their own is absolutely wrong. Many reasons and convictions I have towards my hatred of today’s gospel are due to experience with preaching it and watching others preach it, but I would say even more of my convictions come from Scripture. Did you know that with today’s gospel, the power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost is not even needed? In fact, we can go ahead and declare the miracles, signs, and wonders that confirm the Word of God as inoperable for our day. We can even go ahead and get rid of Mark 16, we don’t need it, right? Dead wrong! I want everyone reading this to do me a favor. For one moment think about every Christian you have ever met, think about churches you have been to and messages you’ve heard. How often do you hear the old “I’m just human and no one’s perfect” line? How often do we hear that perfection and holiness and purity is unobtainable? Now, read Hebrews 5:11-6:3. Read Matthew 5:48, Ephesians 1:4, 1 Peter 1:15-16. Tell me are we to sit back and make excuses or have we not only been made perfect and holy in Christ by faith, but commanded to walk in that even here on earth? The message preached today does not even properly lay a foundation of repentance from dead works, how can we trust it to lead anyone to go beyond that? One last thing about today’s gospel. Does God care about our problems, our sufferings, our infirmities, like right now? If he does, why do we skip this part?

          Now, on the other hand, the message preached in the Bible is so much more than the salvation of our souls. No, the Bible preaches a message proclaiming that Jesus is not on that cross or in that grave, but is sitting on His throne and that we should not only dwell on that FACT, but walk in it. It is a message that calls us to a life of obedience, submission, love, hope, and faith. The real message is a call to perfection and holiness in Christ alone and includes the baptism of the Holy Ghost, healings, miracles, and other things that take place apart from and subsequent to our salvation.

          I went lengthy as usual, forgive me, but yea, I agree with you Jim, we’re on the same page as far as I can see. I gots to get some sleep, so night!

          • lookinforacity says:

            Dear Jessee

            As far as Perfection, Holiness, and Purity, here are some scriptures addressing your concerns.

            Romans 6
            There is not anything in that whole chapter, that anyone can refute, or gainsay against.

            Or this one.
            1 John 3

            Or this
            Romans 8

            Joh 8:34-36
            34) Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, WHOSOEVER COMMETH SIN, IS THE SERVENT OF SIN.
            35) And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

            36) IF THE SON THEREFORE SHALL MAKE YOU FREE, YE SHALL BE FREE INDEED.

            Those scriptures, should give you something to think about.
            They describe “why” we can live in the kingdom.

            Blessings in the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords
            JIM

        • lookinforacity says:

          Hi Jessee

          In actuality, they are Two sides of the same message, but the message isn’t Salvation, or even the Kingdom,
          they are two completely different messages, that make the Completed message, “GODS PLAN OF REDEMPTION”!
          The problem arises, by “OUR” concentrating solely on the Salvation side of this message, then forcing everything that has been written in the Bible, to fit into that Salvation Mold. Thereby taking the teachings which are clearly about the Kingdom, and dragging them into the Salvation message, causing confusion. At this point I won’t say False Teaching, because that denotes, purposeful lying. So I will only say
          wrong teaching, ignorant teaching.

          Going all the way back to Genesis, God created Man, placing him in the garden.
          The garden being a representation of Gods “REST”.

          Heb 4:9-11
          11) There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
          10) For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
          11) Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

          God’s plan for mankind is to place us back in the garden, into His Rest, where we can commune with Him as He did with Adam.
          When Jesus came to the Jewish People, His Message was.

          Mat 4:23
          23) And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

          The Jews, were expecting (looking for) a King, someone who would defeat the Romans, thereby Restoring the Kingdom of Israel to it’s former glory.

          Jesus was restoring the Kingdom to Israel, but not a Kingdom likened to it’s former glory, His Kingdom was
          to have a New Glory, one never before witnessed by man. A Kingdom that would Subdue all of the Kingdoms of the Earth.

          At the same time, God was dealing with Israel, the Jewish people. He blinded them to the reality of what Jesus was accomplishing. The actual fulfilling of Prophesy by Isaiah against them.

          Mat 13:13-15
          13) Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
          14) And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
          15) For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

          Luk 8:10
          10) And he said,”UNTO YOU IT IS GIVEN TO KNOW THE MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD”: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

          So rather than accepting Jesus as their Messiah they rejected Him. Thereby SALVATION passed on to all the world, simultaneously however, God made provision for the Salvation of the Jewish People, as a Nation.

          Isa. 53:3
          3) He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

          Rom 11:7
          7) What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
          Rom 11:11
          11) I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

          The Rest of God which we seek, is our return to the garden, the garden of God, is His Kingdom, where we can cease from our labors.

          Mat 11:28
          28) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

          Jesus coming 2000 yrs. ago, provided His Kingdom, for the Children of God, a Spiritual returning to the garden, where we could cease from our labors, by entering into the Gods Rest.
          By Jesus speaking these last words, while on the Cross, He was declaring.
          Your Kingdom Father has been established in the Earth, all that You have sent me to do is finished, I offer this sacrifice, for the Salvation of the world.

          Joh 19:30
          30) When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

          The Establishing of the Kingdom, had to be accomplished first, in order for those receiving Salvation, would have a place to live.
          The Bible is the Owners Manual for living “IN THE KINGDOM”, not just for living a Christian life.

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          Everything we understand to be “The Gifts of the Spirit”, Healing, deliverance, are Kingdom ministries.
          These ministries, are primarily for the demonstration of Gods power, to a lost world.

          Gospel of The Kingdom Hypothetical.
          Would an Atheist with Cancer, continue to deny the existence of God, after receiving a healing?

          Gospel of Salvation Hypothetical.
          Would an Atheist with Cancer, accept Jesus as Savior, without receiving a healing?

          Preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, can result in Salvation!
          Can Preaching the Gospel of Salvation, result in healing?

          Was there an understanding, in the first Church, that the Church of today has lost?
          Does the following scripture, describe the Christians of today?
          Jesus said, “this is to be the norm”.

          Mar 16:17,18
          17) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
          18) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

          Notice there weren’t any specifics, as to Denomination, Doctrines, or Beliefs, it only says, “them that believe”, which denotes all Christians.

          After were saved, what do we do? We attempt to lead a life that is pleasing to God, walk in the Spirit,
          don’t sin.
          How can we accomplish this task unless we walk, in His Spiritual Kingdom.

          Blessings
          JIM

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