At the time I am writing this, I am 52 years old, spent more than half my life in organized religion, heard hundreds of sermons and messages from Pastors, Priests and Rabbis. But one thing I have never heard in my life was the complete Gospel of our Messiah, Yeshua. Here was what I came to believe the Gospel to be in the past several months to a year: Man had a sin problem, and sin is when you disobey what God tells you to do. If he tells me to do something and I don’t do it, I sin and the wage of that sin is death. Corollary, if God tells me not to do something and I do it, I have committed sin. Sin is a direct violation of the commands of God.
Another aspect of my definition of the Gospel is that, after the fall, mankind was no longer able to have fellowship with God as in the times before the fall and only a select few ever heard that still small voice of His, telling them what to do. When Yeshua gave up his spirit, the temple curtain was torn in two, from the top to the bottom, this meant that because of Messiah’s death, we no longer had to go through a Priest, Prophet or High Priest to gain access to our Father in Heaven. Yeshua opened the door so everyone could access the Father, through Yeshua’s sacrificial blood and obedience to the Torah of God.
This was my definition of what the Gospel meant according to me, Paul Moore.
Here is what I learned on Shabbat, 09-26-2015: God promised in His word, (Jeremiah 31:31 – 31:34
Jer 31:31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,
Jer 31:32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD.
Jer 31:33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Jer 31:34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”)
that the time would come that instead of having the Law written on tablets of stone, He would write his Torah on our hearts. This happened after Yeshua died on the cross and stated, “It is finished” There were three things that Yeshua finished that becomes the focal point of His Gospel: 1) After Messiah’s death, God would write His Torah on our hearts. 2) When Messiah returned to the Father, He sent his Spirit, the Holy Spirit to us from Heaven who would be a comforter, counselor, and helper. God’s Spirit would comfort us with the Torah, counsel us about the Torah and help to teach Torah to us and everyone who would believe our message.
This is the Gospel in part, the third part is that for those who had God write his Torah on their heart, who had received the Holy Spirit, and diligently set out to keep God’s commandments, God would remember their sins no more, as if they had never happened.
From the moment a believer, a true believer, comes to the understanding of these three aspects of the Gospel, their main desire should be to get baptized. Once baptized, they truly enter into Covenant with their God and Father and no one can snatch them from His hand.
It should be noted that the only one who ratified this covenant was Messiah Himself. Once ratified, this covenant would be in effect forever.
This is my understanding of what the Gospel truly means as of September 26, 2015 at 10:19 pm.