The Gospel of Peace is the most powerful part of understanding the Gospel. For me it is what revolutionized my understanding. It was after many attempts to try to be a good Christian, to win God’s favor, and trying to find God’s grace that I found the Gospel of Peace. I found something that quenched my soul and gave me everything that I needed to sustain my life.
I want to remind you of some of the things that Jesus said right before he went to the cross, “Now is the judgment of the world” and “if I be lifted up I’m gonna draw it all unto myself” (John 12).
Christianity still has God punishing sin now and in the future. I have good news for you, he came here to bring a cessation of all hostility and to make man righteous. “He who knew no sin became sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5).
In Romans 10:15 it says;
“And how shall they preach except they be sent? As it is written, ‘how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace’”
Now this doesn’t mean the Gospel of ‘you can have peace in your heart’. This means that there is a cessation of all hostilities between God and man. According to this verse you can’t say you’re sent unless you tell the world that God is not angry with anybody. Some may be going around telling people they’re sent by God but if you cannot tell the whole world that God is not angry with anybody God didn’t send you.
It doesn’t matter if your grandma, grandpa, or even your momma sent you. You cannot say you are sent unless you are preaching the Gospel of Peace. This verse says “how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of Peace and bring glad tidings about good things”.
If you have any bad news like, “God’s telling us he’s fed up with this and he’s not gonna tolerate this anymore. This coronavirus is God showing you that he doesn’t like the stuff that’s going on this planet”.
Oh just be quiet! You have stinky feet! The stinky feet of them that preach bad news!
Paul is quoting this from Isaiah and you know how easy it is to quote something and preach a whole sermon on it but out of context. I want to show you that Paul got it right about the Gospel of Peace. Isaiah says, “but they have not all obeyed the gospel”. What gospel? He has made it specifically clear not everybody has obeyed or believed the Gospel of Peace. For Isaiah says, “Lord who has believed our report?” Report about what? That God is not angry with everyone. To this very day almost no one has embraced that God is not angry with anybody!
I’m just looking down at my feet to see how beautiful they are! Oh my goodness folks, this is good news, the Gospel of Peace!
Now we’re going to go back to Isaiah which is where Paul is quoting from here. You are going to be very surprised what this connects to in Isaiah 55. We’ve already been through it but I get to go through it again because context demands that I do.
“Who has believed our report? And to whom hass the arm of the Lord revealed? He is despised and rejected of men, a Man of sorrows. Surely He has borne our griefs and he has carried our sorrows. But he was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was up on him” (Portions of Isaiah 53)
What is the good news that nobody has embraced that very few believe? It is this very statement ‘the chastisement of our peace’, between us and God, was upon him. The chastisement of our peace was upon him and with his stripes we are healed. The context of this isn’t talking about physical healing, as is preached in Christianity all the time. It is the healing of the relationship between God and man. There is no one that’s left out!
I want you to see the context. It goes on;
“He was oppressed and he was afflicted yet he opened not his mouth”
Just so you know for sure, we’re talking about Jesus.
“He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before his shearers is dumb so he opened not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment, who shall declare his generation?”
I am here to declare this generation! You see there’s only been two generations on the planet – the generation of Adam and the generation of the last Adam. The generation of the first Adam were people who were born in sin. The generation of Christ, the last Adam, was everyone who was born into righteousness (which is everyone born after the cross). I know we taught our kids and we were told our little kids that we were born in sin. That’s a lie! Your children were not born in sin. My mother was not born in sin either but that’s what she was taught and it had a profoundly negative impact on her life.
It goes on to say;
“He made his grave with the wicked and with the rich in his death because he had done no violence, neither was there deceit in his found in his mouth”
I’m going to share two more verses here
“Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief. When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied. By his knowledge shall My righteous servant justified many.”
The term many is used many times in the King James Version but it never means a limited number. It always means it is completely inclusive.
He justified everyone that’s why he’s not angry with anyone. Just because you don’t know that God’s not angry with you doesn’t mean that he is not angry with you. We have something very powerful to rejoice about – that is the Gospel of Peace.
The gospel of peace is so incredibly powerful. It is the foundation of the gospel just as Paul said in Romans that if you’re sent by God, you’re proclaiming the Gospel of Peace. The other side of that coin is if you’re going around telling people God’s angry you’re not sent by God.
Why would God tell you, “Oh Jesus failed, go warn everybody we had a real good plan to save the world. We had a real good plan for him to take all the judgement of the world but it didn’t work!”
Jesus knew he was going to the cross and said “now is the judgment of this world” and he said “if I be lifted up” speaking of being lifted up on the cross, “I want to draw all judgment and all men unto myself. The Jew and Gentile, all judgment, all in one body”. God was convinced he was gonna do it. Jesus was convinced he’s going to do it but Christianity says he didn’t do it!
You might be thinking, Michael you’re awfully audacious to say how much you disagree with Christianity on this point. I am so glad I’m not one of them because when people say that God is angry they’re insulting the very work of the cross! Don’t you be fooled by Christianity!
The gospel of peace is something that was established by God himself through the work of the cross. It is God who said I will never be angry with you again.
Look what it says in Isaiah 54;
“For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies I will gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from me for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on you. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me, saith the Lord, for as I have sworn that the waters would no more cover the earth, so I have sworn I would not be angry with the nor rebuke thee. The Covenant of my peace will never be removed”
I don’t care what anybody says. Islam along with Christianity teaches that the covenant of peace is not established. Christians do you enjoy the company? Islam says that there’s no covenant of peace, God’s mad but he’s on their side. Christianity says there’s no covenant peace, God’s mad but he’s on our side. I’m getting fed up with this foolishness!
There’s good news folks but you may have to break with what you’ve been taught all your
life. This is a powerful gospel! I tried to see what’s online, I Googled ‘Gospel of Peace’. Most churches don’t teach anything about the Gospel of Peace, at least in context. What they were saying was that the Gospel Peace means you can have peace in your heart. There’s no context of that. I’ve got peace in my heart but it’s a result of the Gospel of Peace. It’s the fact that God’s not angry with me or anyone at all any more. That’s why I have peace. I know who I am in Christ, that I have no doubts about.
I found two or three sites who agreed with the Gospel of Peace. They say is it a cessation of hostilities but it’s only for the believer. I’m sorry you can’t take this Gospel of Peace out of Isaiah’s definition. The comparison of the promise that comes out of the cross has to be compared to the promise that came out of the flood. How many people benefit from the promise that came out of the flood? The entire planet. Believer and unbeliever. Lovers of God and those who don’t love God. Everybody on the planet benefits from that promise!
Please don’t minimize the cross. Please don’t minimize the judgment that Jesus took upon himself. Please don’t let self-righteousness take over and say well I’ve got favor with God but somebody else doesn’t.
You cannot take away the Gospel of Peace from its partner, the promise that came out of the flood. The first judgment came and the entire world benefited from it. Everybody that lived on the planet benefited from that promise and the promise that came out of the cross you cannot say it does not benefit the whole world. If it only benefits believers then only believers could be the ones benefitting from God’s promise about the flood.
Thanks Michael God has blessed you with understanding and may he continued correct me if I’m wrong but did not you mean to write in this part____Just because you don’t know that God’s not angry with you doesn’t mean that he is not angry with you— just because you don’t know that God’s not angry with you doesn’t mean that he is angry with you —forgive me if I missed something thanks again for all your time and work
thank you so very much for this beautiful TRUTH. we shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall set us free. it sets us free from all the lies and misconceptions we have been taught. what a wonderful, blessed TRUTH. i love TRUTH thank you so very much for sharing. my eyes have been opened and along with PEACE comes LOVE. God bless
So….what is salvation? What is baptism? What is separating oneself to be holy? What is the work of refinement? Why are we told to confess with our month and believe in our heart? What of the Holy Spirit residing in us? According to your logic, there is no difference between a saint and a murderer, they are both clean before God whether they believe it or know it. The Jews separated themselves from the non-Jews. The early Christians were told, as we have been, to separate ourselves from the non-believer. Preach repentance, preach salvation. What of repentance?
I’m thinking…you can’t possibly believe that God loves you, at least not all the time. Is that right?
Mike, you know better. I know you had a terrible childhood. But that doesn’t justify what you’re doing.
You’re doing the same thing Darwin did. Making up a version of reality to justify what you want to do. I pray that you get your heart right before you run out of time. Eternity is a long time to spend in hell.
Just like me…you are a know it all. If you would do your homework properly you will discover there is no such place as hell. We have been lied to, and the question is, are we lovers of lies?
By GRACE are we saved, through faith (in Jesus)…You folks believe in the work of the cross, but say folks don’t have to believe to be saved. That is sad and contradictory. I have heard too many testimonies of radical life change for folks who accept Jesus as their Savior to believe what you folks teach. His heart aches for the lost, He doesn’t hate them, He died for them! God hates sin because of what it does to His people that He loves! He is moving mightily in the earth to restore truth and save the many yet to be saved!
Even the devils believe in Jesus.
But what did Abraham believe about Jesus? Abraham is supposed to be the father of faith.
Paul said he believed the gospel. The gospel was preached to Abraham long before it came to pass at the cross. He and his seed was given a promise that many nations would come out of his seed.
Paul said that his seed was Christ. So the promise was given to Abraham and Jesus.
Abraham believed and so did Jesus that the promise would be to everyone. Both Jews and Gentiles… (the Nations)
That is everyone. If you weren’t a Jew you were a Gentiles.
So Abraham believed what would happen at the cross. All would be included.
He did not believe to make something happen. He believed something would happen that would change the world.
He was seeing it from our side of the cross even though he lived long before the cross.
Out imputed righteousness came at the cross and resurrection. That was Jesus’ faith. He believed what was promised would come to pass.
If we believe the same thing it changes our perspective. That is salvation of the soul. That is the renewing of our minds. That is repentance.
Two kinds of saving going on here. Redemption happened at the cross. Salvation of the soul happens when we believe what happened at the cross.
By Grace you are saved through faith and that not of yourselves lest anyone should boast. It is the faith of God in Christ. And the faith of Christ in God his father. Read on a read in context. One verse out of context means nothing
So this shows God is our Father. we are seeds of Chirst. We are Sons of God. Once we are Son of God or seed of Chirst,we are always Son of God all the time.
The bottom line of the gospel is that God no longer holds sin against people. There is no other gospel.
If indeed One died for All, then All died. There is no argument to be had. Then what did the death of Christ do? We already knew all were dead in Adam, then why does everyone have to die in Christ if we are already dead?….As in Adam all die, even so all shall be made alive in Christ. It’s because Christ’s death and our union with Him in His death,cancelled out, defeated, destroyed, him who had (past tense) the power of death and our union with Him when we were quickened together with Him in resurrection made us alive together with Him in His life, not our own. So the Good News is whatever happened to Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection, likewise happened to us resulting in us being made one with Him so whatever He is, so are we in this world I John 4:17. Christ is our righteousness, sanctification, wisdom, and redemption. Hosea’s prophecy has come to pass- “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your death, O Grave I will be your destruction…!!! Paul said, it is no longer I that lives, but Christ liveth in me. Selah.
He hates the sinner (Psalm 5:5; Lev. 20:23; Prov. 6:16-19; Hos. 9:15).
His hatred is real and it burns against evil (Isaiah 5:25; Hosea 8:5; Zechariah 10:3).
Without JESUS sacrifice credited to us, His wrath and hatred remain on us because He hates our sin. The Bible never says He “hates the sin, but loves the sinner.” In fact, He is “angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11).
I believe Ps 5:5 is true. God hates all workers of iniquity. I believe Rom 8:7. All sinners hate God. God has no relational love with sinners. All sinners are under the wrath and displeasure of God. However, God’s love is extended to all sinners through the atoning work of Christ on the cross; yet they are not under that redeeming love and favor of God until they repent, confess and forsake all sin, and put their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.