Rom. 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
Multiple Scriptures testify to the fact that the Gospel existed before the coming of the expected Messiah.
Gal. 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
And, from Hebrews,
Heb. 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
We also have multiple references of Yeshua preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom before His death…. Here is one of the above linked verses,
Mark 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Yeshua came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Clearly, there is much to dig into here.
Here are a few questions to ponder:
- Are there different Gospels, or is there one everlasting Gospel?
- What is the Gospel of the Kingdom? Is it other than, or maybe more than simply death, burial and resurrection?
- Repent and believe the Gospel? Obey the Gospel? Repent to and obey what??
- What is the Hebraic understanding of ‘faith’ and ‘believing?’ Is that different than the western Greek mindset we were raised with?
- Is the Kingdom a literal/physical or figurative/spiritual Kingdom? How does Scripture overwhelmingly portray the Kingdom?
I don’t really have the time to write an extensive post detailing all the parts of the answers to these questions, but they are all addressed at points on this blog.
I will say this: Until I came to Torah and understood what it means to restore the Kingdom, I did not understand nor was I able to rightly preach the Gospel. In a nutshell, here is the Gospel:
God’s plan, from the beginning of Creation, was a nation of priests who would be obedient to His instructions (Torah) in righteousness. Abraham believed and obeyed (Gen. 26:5), while his descendants disobeyed in unbelief. This resulted in the divorce of the house of Israel, while the house of Judah, even though disobedient, was shown mercy that the Messiah might come and God’s promise of always having a people would be fulfilled. The call of the Messiah was to faith and repentant obedience to God’s Torah, His everlasting instructions in righteousness.
Today, in the final stages of His redemption, as prophesied, the Gospel of repentance and obedience to be restored to YHVH is being preached to the four corners of the earth and millions are awakening from divinely induced slumber to become a mighty nation that walks as He commanded, leaving the pagan traditions of men behind and being grafted back into the olive tree.
Rev. 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Yeshua.
Please note: TWO marks identify who the saints are. And, it doesn’t say “faith IN Yeshua,” it says “faith OF Yeshua.” This two part theme is repeated explicitly several times in the book of Revelation and implied a thousand times in Scripture.
Got Torah? (It is a prerequisite for the Kingdom. Ez. 37:24-28; Isaiah 2:1-5 (3); etc…)