Chapter 40, Part 1 Preview: Is the gospel message strictly the announcement that Yehovah (God) is going to set up His earthly kingdom? Yeshua commissioned His followers to preach the gospel, so it is imperative that we understand exactly what it is! Also, if the “church” must reach the whole world before the “end”, then why did Yeshua say that “you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes” (Matthew 10:23). Is this a contradiction? Has “the Church” missed it’s mission? Could “the gospel of Christ [include] SALVATION for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16) This chapter primarily debunks some highly exclusivist misconceptions, still being promoted by scores of splinter groups spun off of the Worldwide Church of God.
Mark 16:15-16 He told them, “Go into all the world and announce My Good News to the whole creation! 16 Anyone who believes and is immersed will be Rescued, but anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. —The Gabriel Version
“I have often said it is much more difficult to unlearn an erroneous supposed truth than it is to learn a new truth.” —Herbert W. Armstrong, Mystery of the Ages page xii.
I am very grateful that I learned truths about obtaining eternal life from Herbert W. Armstrong. The connection between keeping the Ten Commandments and eternal life was rare in the United States when I learned of it as a teenager in the 1960’s. Also the extreme importance of keeping the Sabbath and the seven annual Feast and Festival days among Believers in Yeshua was almost the exclusive understanding of the Worldwide Church of God then. I learned several other diverse things from him that were known among other religious groups, but only “here a little, there a little”. Had I not encountered these truths when I did, I may have become distracted by some other religious philosophy and missed my opportunity to become a true disciple.
Yet there are many other truths to be discovered including many more extraordinary truths presently understood by only a few, that are yet to be acknowledged by the vast majority. There is also a great deal of “erroneous supposed truth” “to unlearn”. A primary example of this was his teaching regarding the very definition of the term “gospel”, and even whose job it is to take the message to the world! In this particular example, understanding took a giant step backward. Tho HWA died 1986, and many of the people who actually believed the truths that he taught have abandoned his now apostate incorporated “church”, I feel that it is important to encourage the thousands of commandment keepers who were once encouraged by him, as well as the many Hebrew Roots groups that adopted so many of his teachings, to continue to grow in truth and knowledge.
Does the “gospel” have NOTHING to do with SALVATION or EVERYTHING to do with it? Is the “gospel” ALL of the Good News or only a part of the Good News? Many thousands of Yehovah’s people—those who “obey the commandments of Elohim [God] and have the Testimony of Yeshua” still do not understand that the “gospel” of Yeshua the Messiah principally regards BOTH how to obtain salvation thru Yeshua AND the truth about the earthly Kingdom of Aloha [God] (that is the “destination” of salvation)! Before going on, I want to make it clear that HWA understood how to obtain salvation and what the Kingdom of Elohim really is, but he did not consider both of these concepts as part of the gospel. To him, the “gospel” was exclusively the message that Yeshua (Jesus) brought—but excluded everything about the life and death of “the Messenger” Himself. To him that was a totally separate matter. That is quite an oversight for someone who claimed to be the only person to come along in “nineteen hundred years” and preach the “true gospel”!
This clarification of what the “gospel” really is, is a comprehensive exposition. It is painstakingly detailed because of the seriousness of the topic and because it was the primary message of the WCG. It was to be the most dramatic claim that HWA ever made—his purportedly unique understanding of the “true gospel” that was supposedly lost “for over nineteen hundred years”. Every effort should be made to clarify this basic teaching.
To begin with, I’d like to quote an instance where an accurate definition of “the gospel” was eloquently stated by one of the Plain Truth Magazine contributors. I don’t know how this slipped thru or even if the writer was fully aware of the magnitude and uniqueness of his statement; given the magazine it appeared in:
Jesus claimed to be “GOD’S Son.” We, too, may be called GOD’S Sons (John 3:1). The Supreme, Divine, All-ruling Family is the GOD Family! It is the Family or Kingdom OF GOD! Yeshua’s “gospel” —His entire Message—was about the Kingdom or Family OF GOD and how you may be born into it!”... “Jesus whole message—which He spoke “in the name of the Lord” or “by His Authority” —was to explain that the name “God” —the Hebrew ELOHI—is a family NAME! His “gospel”, or Good News, is the message that we may be called the Sons of God and be ‘born again”. —The Plain Truth, Herman L. Hoeh, October 1965 (Caps mine).
The essence of the above “definition” that explains “His ‘gospel’ and its relationship to being “born again” is the direct connection of Salvation to hearing the full “gospel” message. Just knowing that Yehovah is going to set up an Earthly Kingdom will not remotely help you to enter that Kingdom!
Here are some quotations from Herbert W. Armstrong’s booklet entitled: What Is the True Gospel? Copyrighted in 1955 and 1972. After this there are numerous other Bible references from Matthew to Revelation that shed light on the “gospel” message.
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other ‘gospel’ unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” And it is made a double curse! For the next verse says: “... So say I now again, if any man preach any other ‘gospel’ unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed! [Page 3]
This is an astounding, incredible situation! It ought to shake you out of passive indifference. YOUR eternity is at stake! This is not a non consequential, unimportant matter! 
Jesus Christ said it is necessary to BELIEVE THE GOSPEL to be saved! Yet the many—the hundreds of millions— today, do not know what that gospel is! Again, His parting commission to His apostles, being sent out as His ministers to build His church, was this: ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the ‘gospel’.’ They were to preach THE ‘GOSPEL’. ”
Jesus then said: “He that BELIEVETH and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:15). Notice! Jesus said, “He that BELIEVETH.” Believeth what? Why, BELIEVETH that which they PREACHED, of course—THE GOSPEL! Not a gospel. Not any gospel. THE gospel! On the authority of Jesus Christ, it is necessary to believe THAT PRECISE IDENTICAL GOSPEL in order to be saved! And to BELIEVE the true gospel, we must first come to KNOW what it is! 
“The Message Sent from Heaven”
“God the Father had promised to send a Messenger into this world from heaven, bearing a message from Him for all mankind. This promise is recorded in Malachi 3:1: ‘Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me [and that messenger, as explained in Mark 1:2, was John the Baptist, preparing the way before Jesus the Messiah]; and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, EVEN THE MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT, whom ye delight in.’ 
“But, one may ask, don’t we need to believe on Jesus? Of course. Other Scriptures teach that. But at this particular time Jesus said we must believe Him—believe what He said—believe the gospel of the Kingdom of God! 
Other Bible passages teach that! Here we unmistakably see HWA’s differentiation between believing on Yeshua, to obtain salvation, and the ‘gospel’. While I disagree with this limited rationalization of what the ‘gospel’ is, I do believe that he understood each of the Biblical components that constitute it. I do not fear for those who also share his viewpoint, as if they believed some “other gospel,” yet we have no excuse not to search out everything that the Bible has to say about such an important topic.
The ‘gospel’ of Jesus Christ IS NOT man’s ‘gospel’ ABOUT THE PERSON of Christ. It is CHRIST’S ‘gospel’—the ‘gospel’ Jesus PREACHED—the ‘gospel’ GOD SENT by Him, and therefore it is also called, in Scripture, the gospel of God. The ‘gospel’ of God is God’s GOSPEL—His Message—His Good News, which He sent by Jesus. 
HWA said that the “gospel” is what Yeshua (he said Jesus) preached, while it excluded the things that He did. Yet had He not died for us, the “message” would have been of no value!
I can understand the frustration that HWA had with millions of “ministers” who preach incessantly about a “sweet Jesus”, and who teach their followers that there are absolutely no absolutes, particularly concerning Yehovah’s Torah, and who teach about no purpose for the redeemed other than for them to be plucking on harps for eternity. All that these “Christian leaders” say that Yehovah wants us to do is say some magic words about “accepting Jesus” and that supposedly fulfills every desire that the Elohim family wants for Their offspring. How ludicrous that premise really is!
We hear a great deal today of the ‘gospel’ of MEN about the PERSON of Jesus Christ—confining the message solely to the things ABOUT JESUS. As a result, millions believe on Christ, who do not BELIEVE CHRIST! But Jesus’ gospel IS HIS MESSAGE! 
Could totally omitting all mention of the person of Yeshua from the ‘gospel’ message be the other ditch? Here is the paradoxical part of HWA’s teaching: He understood perfectly well the way to obtain eternal life AND he was one of the tiny minority of teachers who understood to a large degree what the Kingdom of ‘Aloha’ [God] (as Yeshua would have said it) is, yet it takes the whole truth that was preserved by His Apostles, and even the Prophets, to constitute the true ‘gospel’ message. He seemingly rejected the all important account of Yeshua’s life, death, and resurrection as being a part of the ‘gospel’ message!
Yes, the Lord SENT Jesus bearing a Message, which is the Good News of THE KINGDOM OF GOD. Jesus is God’s spokesman—the WORD that was made flesh and lived, and taught, on this earth! In John 14: 24 Jesus said, ‘The word which ye hear is NOT MINE, but the Lord’s which sent me. 
Here is the definition of the “Gospel” in English:
One definition for “spell” according to the Living Webster dictionary, (not the listing having to do with letters), is as follows: spell, spel, n. [O.E. spell a saying, tale, or a charm; Icel. spjalla, O.G. spel, Goth. spill, a tale. Hence the later part of GOSPEL.] A charm consisting of some words of occult power; an incantation; any magic charm. [Emphasis mine]
“God’s spell” is sufficient reason for me to prefer an alternative rendering of “evangelion”, such as “Good News”, since the Greek word “evangelion” has absolutely nothing to do with Yehovah, without clarifying context such as it is phrased in the Testimony of Yeshua (“the New Testament”), nor with magic spells. Could it be that the same twisted being who clandestinely appropriated the very name of Elohim (see The Name Lucifer) and who laughs every time that someone is immersed into the Trinity, (see also Constantine wrote Mattlew 28:19 into your Bible!), also laughs every time the “Church” (a counterfeit name derived from the name of a pagan goddess) could be taking Elohim’s name in vain when teaching that “God’s [occult?] spell” will be “cast” “into all the world”! Is this only coincidental?
Here is another true “definition” of the “gospel”: “I am not ashamed of the Good News; because it is the power of Yehovah that leads to eternal Life, for everyone who believes in Him ...” (Romans 1:16)
Conditions of Entering: Continuing “What is the True Gospel” quotations:
“Now, HOW do we enter into that glorious KINGDOM? Jesus came preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God, and saying, “REPENT”, and “BELIEVE THE GOSPEL”. 
“Just TWO things we do—REPENT, and BELIEVE. We must BELIEVE the gospel, and that means also believing on JESUS CHRIST, the KING of the Kingdom of God, and coming KING of kings over all the families of the earth. It means believing in Him as personal SAVIOR, as High Priest now, and as coming KING. 
Here he mentioned, “REPENT” and “BELIEVE” as being two entirely different concepts. Then he again boldly emphasized that the ‘gospel’ message is confined to the words that Yeshua said. Notice:
“It’s about time that SOMEONE speaks out, in this world, and tells the world that the very GOSPEL of Jesus Christ was the advance ANNOUNCEMENT of this very world GOVERNMENT—a government, NOT by selfishly motivated man but by the living all-powerful God ... Jesus Christ’s message—His “gospel” —was the Kingdom of God —the GOVERNMENT of the living God! 
The “gospel” is far more than “the advance ANNOUNCEMENT”. The “gospel” includes every truth that is revealed in the Testimony of Yeshua, popularly known as “the New Testament”. Its central message is meaningless if it does not include the very things that were accomplished by the life of the “Messenger”.
Here is the “gospel” message that Paul preached:
1 Corinthians 15:1-14 Friends, I want you to know that the Good News that I heralded to you, and that you acknowledged, and that has established you, 2 will result in your Life—if you hold firmly to the message I heralded to you, otherwise your belief was worthless. 3 I delivered to you the primary teachings that I was given, that the Messiah died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried and that He was resurrected on the third day, according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, and afterward by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by more than five hundred Friends at once, many of them still alive, yet some of them have died. 7 Then James saw Him, and later all of the other envoys. 8 Last of all, I saw Him, as if I were born prematurly [stunted]. 9 I’m the least of the envoys. I’m not even worthy of being called an envoy because I persecuted the assembly of Aloha. 10 But by Yehovah’s compassion I am what I am, and His compassion toward me didn’t prove to be wasted, because I worked even more than all the others,—yet not I, but the compassion of Yehovah that was with me. 11 So whether it was I or someone else, this is what we announced and what you believed. 12 Now if we announce that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, why do some of you claim that there’s no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead then the Messiah hasn’t been resurrected. 14 If the Messiah hasn’t been resurrected then our heralding is worthless and your faith means nothing.
The Bible actually incorporates announcing the “gospel” INTO every other aspect of what Yeshua Himself first did, and then later what the disciples did. The Good News is not a message isolated from the rest of the purpose of Yeshua or His Assembly (Church)!
Matthew 9:35-38 Yeshua traveled thru all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaimed the Good News of the Kingdom, and healed all diseases and debilities. 36 When Yeshua saw the crowd, He pitied them because they were troubled and dispersed, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then He told His Disciples, “The harvest is vast and the laborers are few.” 38 So ask Yehovah the harvester to send laborers out to His harvest.
The ‘gospel’ is also associated with Yeshua’s burial.
Matthew 26:12-13 She has poured the ointment on My body as if to prepare Me for burial. 13 I am certain that wherever My Good News is proclaimed anywhere in the world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” (Also Mark 14:9)
Why should an unusual act of kindness shown to the “Messenger” be so integrally tied to the “gospel” if only the “message” was pertinent?
In this passage, Yeshua associated Himself AND His “words” with the “gospel” —twice!
Mark 8:34-38 Yeshua called the crowd together along with His disciples and told them, “Whoever wants to follow Me must deny their own ambitions, pick up their cross and follow behind Me. 35 Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever looses their life for My sake and for the sake of My Good News will save it. 36 How would a person [Gr. anthropos] benefit if they gain the whole world but forfeit their eternal Life? 37 Or what could a person pay as compensation for their Life? 38 If anyone is ashamed of Me and of My teachings in this sinful and adulterous nation, then the Human Son will also be ashamed of them when He comes in the splendor of His Father with His spirit messengers.”
Again, the person of Yeshua and what He said are both emphasized!
Mark 10:29-30 Yeshua said, “I am certain that no man who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or ‘farms’ for My sake, and for the sake of My Good News 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much here in the present time, including houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and farms, along with persecution, and in the world to come, eternal Life.
Miraculous signs must accompany the “gospel” message. This should quell any boasting!
Mark 16:15-18 He told them, “Go into all the world and announce My Good News to the whole creation! 16 Anyone who believes and is immersed will be Rescued, but anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they’ll cast out demons, and they’ll speak in new [to them] languages. 18 If they happen to pick up a snake or if they drink a deadly poison it won’t hurt them. They’ll lay their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”
This is Yeshua’s “mission statement”. Preaching the “gospel” was only a part of His mission.
Luke 4:18 “The spirit of Yehovah is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim Good News to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the oppressed and to herald release from bondage to the captives, to give the blind vision, to assure the penitent by liberating them from their sins,
The result of the “gospel” being preached was that “many disciples” were made. This was far more than the public being given a warning witness. Many people accepted “the whole deal” and were converted! In this instance, the Kingdom of Aloha is associated with the “gospel”, as a bonus:
Acts 14:21-22 As they were heralding to the inhabitants of the city, they made many disciples. Then they returned to the towns of Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 22 establishing the spiritual lives of the disciples and encouraging them to persevere in the faith, and saying, “It is thru much tribulation that we enter the Kingdom of Yehovah.”
When Peter taught the “good news” people believed it and received the kadosh spirit. If they had only “believed” the fact that the Kingdom of Aloha is going to be set up, why did they receive the spirit? The truth is that the “gentiles” were not just given a part of the good news; they were given all of it!
Acts 15:7-8 After much discussion, Simon got up and said, “Men and Friends, you know that since the earliest days, Yehovah chose me to bring the Good News to other ethnicities so that they could believe. 8 Yehovah, who knows every mind, confirmed that He accepted them by giving them the kadosh spirit, just as He did to us.
Acts 16:6-10 They traveled thru the regions of Phrygia and Galatia, but the kadosh spirit prohibited them from proclaiming the Word in Asia Minor. 7 When they came into the region of Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the spirit of Yeshua didn’t allow them. 8 After they bypassed Mysia, they went down to the region of Troas. 9 In a vision one night, a man from Macedonia appeared to Paul. He stood pleading with him, “Come to Macedonia and help us.” 10 As soon as Paul had seen this vision, we immediately decided to leave for Macedonia, because we were convinced that our Master had called us to announce the Good News to THEM.
Yehovah knows who will benefit from hearing the “good news” and directly discriminated against the Envoys (Apostles) wasting any time on infertile ground! What happened when the “good news” was preached in Macedonia?—“And when she and her household were immersed ....” Yehovah is NOT going to preach the “good news” to the whole world, or any portion of it for the purpose of being able to say “I told you so”, just before He starts “wiping people out”. The “good news” is preached for the sole purpose of enticing “a few good men” and women to repent. This account is a wonderful example of Yehovah’s selectivity in bringing the “good news” to just where it is of benefit. Massive expenditures of money that was dedicated to Yehovah in an attempt to warn “the whole world” only brings in lots of tares with the wheat that would be harvested anyway! A modest public presence is sufficient.
This is a very significant verse:
Acts 20:24-27 Yet I don’t place any value on my life other than to finish my course, and the service [Gr. diakonia] that I have received from our Master Yeshua of telling others about the Good News of Yehovah’s compassion. 25 I also know that none of you who have traveled with me heralding the Kingdom of Yehovah will ever see me again. 26 So I declare to you today, for the record, that I’m innocent of the shed blood of any of you. 27 I have never failed to declare to you everything that Yehovah wants you to know.
As Paul was about to finish his life’s work he emphasized that the ‘gospel’ concerned “Yehovah’s compassion.” Certainly it includes the little known truth concerning the earthly Kingdom of Aloha to come, as he mentioned, but notice carefully: Why was Paul saying that he was “innocent of the shed blood of any of you”? Surely he was responsible for the deaths of some, as he himself said: “I persecuted this Way to the death” (Acts 22:4) and “Saul, whose every breath was a threat of slaughter against the Master’s disciples ...” (Acts 9:1) By the compassion of Aloha he had been forgiven of literal murder. Everyone knew of his vicious past. But the point that Paul made at this somber point in his life was that because he had not failed to declare “the whole council of Aloha” he was therefore “innocent of the shed blood of any of you”. The converse of this would be that had he only preached part of the “council of Aloha” [such as only the Kingdom of Aloha] he would have been a murderer!
Romans 1:1-4 From Paul, a servant of Yeshua (Jesus) Messiah, invited, sent with orders and dedicated to the Good News of Yehovah 2 that He had promised long ago thru His Prophets in the kadosh Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son Yeshua, who was born a physical descendant of David’s family. 4 He was acknowledged by His Resurrection to be the Son of Yehovah, by power and by the kadosh spirit, when He arose from the dead—Yeshua Messiah, our Master.
The “the Good News of Yehovah” CONCERNS “His Son, Yeshua”, His birth, His power, His death and His resurrection!
Here is a “gospel” reference that includes an interesting phrase. Was the Roman assembly—an assembly of scattered individuals who gathered in houses on Sabbaths, (Romans 16:5)—really a topic of conversation “heard of thruout the world”?
Romans 1:8-9 In the first place, I give thanks to my Aloha thru Yeshua Messiah on behalf of you all, because your faith is heard of thruout the world. 9 Yehovah, who I serve with my spirit in spreading the Good News [evangelizing] of His Son, attests to how constantly I mention you in my prayers.
Was Paul lying or exaggerating, or was he simply referencing the “thruout the world” of those who Yehovah was calling in that age? Keep this figure of speech in mind the next time you read Mark 16:15 about going into “all the world” and preaching “the ‘gospel’ to every creature.”
Notice that the “gospel” was preached to the Roman brethren. Certainly this “gospel” was not a “warning witness”, it was about faith and eternal life.
Romans 1:15-16 to spread the Good News to them. I’m also eager to bring the Good News to everyone in Rome. 16 I’m not ashamed of the Good News, because it is the power of Yehovah that leads to eternal Life for everyone who believes in Him, whether to the Jews first, or to every other ethnicity,
The following verse associates the “Good News” with JUDGMENT DAY!
Romans 2:16 on the Judgment Day, when Yehovah, thru Yeshua Messiah, will judge the secret behavior of humanity as My Good News declares.
Here ministering the “gospel” is associated with salvation of the nations.
Romans 15:16 thru powerful signs and wonders, and by the power of the dedicated spirit, so that from Jerusalem I have traveled all around, as far as Illyricum and have fulfilled [caused to abound] Messiah’s Good News.
To have “fully preached the ‘gospel’ of Christ” must actually include “mighty signs and wonders”!
The Good News was not for a witness—it was taught so that people “will understand”!
Romans 15:20-21 I was careful not to proclaim the Good News where the name of the Messiah was already known, so as not to build on someone else’s foundation. 21 As it is written in the Scriptures, “Those who haven’t heard of Him will see Him, and those who haven’t heard will understand”.
Notice two things in these verses: “Preaching the gospel” is about “the preaching of Yeshua the Messiah”proclaiming the good news! Secondly, those who understand this “good news” will understand “the revelation of the mystery”. At this time Yehovah is only seriously interested in having the ‘good news’ heard by the people He is calling!
Notice that Paul called the “Good News” “my Good News”:
Romans 16:25-27 Now to Yehovah, who is able to establish you according to my Good News that is heralded concerning Yeshua Messiah thru the revelation of the mystery that was hidden from all ages past, 26 but is now finally revealed by the Scriptures of the prophets, and by the commandment of the everlasting Aloha, so that all nations can believe and be obedient to the faith 27 of the only One who is wise. Splendor belongs to Him thru Yeshua Messiah forever and ever: Aw-main.
Was Paul trying to “steal” the “gospel” that allegedly was Yehovah’s message; or was Yehovah’s “gospel” the same as Yeshua’s “gospel”, that is the same Paul’s “gospel”, which is the same as ours? Also notice that the “Scriptures of the prophets” by themselves are sufficient “so that all nations can believe” the “good news”. That “mystery” was only made understandable, in hindsight, by looking at the entire life of Yeshua.
Here is another plain association between the ‘Good News’ and Yeshua Himself.
Shouldn’t Paul have mentioned Yehovah, since Yeshua was “just the Messenger”
1 Corinthians 4:15 Tho you have thousands of guardians in the Messiah, you don’t have many fathers, because in Yeshua Messiah, I have fathered you by announcing the Good News.
How could one be a “partaker” of an announcement?
There is no mention of the Kingdom of Aloha in these and most other “gospel” contexts.
2 Corinthians 2:12 & 15 Furthermore, when I came to Troas proclaiming the Good News of the Messiah, and a door was opened to me by the Master ... 15 Those of us who live, and in those of us who die are a sweet fragrance to Yehovah because of the Messiah.
I wonder where he explained this one?
2 Corinthians 4:3-6 So if our Good News is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 those whose minds the aloha [god] of this age [or world] has blinded so that they don’t believe, otherwise the radiance of the Good News of the Messiah (who is the likeness of Yehovah) would dawn on them. 5 We aren’t heralding about ourselves, but the Messiah Yeshua, our Master, and as for ourselves, we’re your servants for Yeshua’s sake. 6 For the Aloha who said, “Light must shine thru the darkness”, has personally shone in our minds, so that we would be illuminated with the knowledge of the splendor of Aloha in the presence of Yeshua Messiah.
We are admonished not to accept an apocryphal (bogus) “Yeshua”, or “spirit” or “good news”.
2 Corinthians 11:4Because if someone had come to you heralding another Yeshua—who we hadn’t heralded, or you had received a different spirit than the one you received, or a different Good News than the one you have accepted, you would have been very persuaded!
The true “good news of the Messiah” includes proclaiming “HIM among the nations!”
Galatians 1:6-16 I’m shocked by how quickly you’ve turned from the Messiah who invited you by His compassion to another “Good News” [or message], 7 a non existent hope, yet people do ‘exist’ who would wreak havoc on you, hoping to turn you from the Good News of the Messiah. 8 But if we, or an angel “from Heaven” were to herald to you any message, other than what we have, they’ll be rotten meat. 9 As I just said, I’ll say again, if anyone proclaims to you anything other than the Good News you have already accepted, consider him rotten meat. 10 Am I now seeking the favor of people, or of Yehovah? Do I want to please people? If I were still trying to please people I wouldn’t have become a servant of the Messiah. 11 Friends, I want you to know that the Good News I announced didn’t come from people. 12 I didn’t accept it or learn it from others, but I got it by a revelation from Yeshua Messiah. 13 You’ve heard of my former way of life in Judaism, how I persecuted the assembly of Yehovah greatly, destroying it. 14 I went much farther in Judaism than many of my contemporaries who were of my nation, and was peculiarly zealous for the written teachings handed down from my ancestors. 15 But when it pleased the One who set me apart from my mother’s womb, and called me by name by His compassion, 16 to reveal His Son by me, so that I could proclaim Him to the nations, I didn’t immediately consult with any human being,
The ‘good news’ concerns justification of the all of the world’s nations—just ask Abraham!
The “Good News of your eternalLife” concerns believing in “HIM”.
Ephestians 1:7-14 He paid our ransom and forgave our sins by His blood, due to the abundance of His loving kindness 8 that was lavished on us in great wisdom, and with complete spiritual understanding. 9 He revealed to us the secret of what He had determined to do, that He had already determined would be done. 10 He is managing the affairs of His household until the time comes when everything is fulfilled, then everything can be unified again by the Messiah—things in Heaven and things on earth. 11 We have obtained our inheritance because to Him, as He predetermined according to His good will and purpose concerning everything that He had determined would be done, 12 so that those of us who were first to believe in the Messiah would be able to honor His magnificence. 13 You’ve also heard the true doctrine about Him, and that is the Good News of your eternal Life, and you have believed in Him, and have been sealed with the kadosh spirit that was promised. 14 That spirit is the downpayment of our inheritance, until the redemption of those who are given eternal Life, to the praise of His majesty.
Yeshua is the “promise” of the “good news” !
Ephestians 3:6 To be specific, all nations should be fellow heirs in His inheritance, fellow members of the body sharing the promise that He revealed thru the Good News,
The “good news” certainly seems to be a part of the “full armor of Yehovah” package! You may stop reading this when you see that the point is made with overwhelming evidence. However, if you have been deceived, then I would recommend that you continue reading as an exercise in ‘I must have been asleep for years’. Call it the Rumpelstiltskin principle.
Ephestians 6:13-18 So put on the full armor of Yehovah so that you’ll be fully prepared to meet the Wicked one and remain unharmed. 14 Take a stand! Fasten the truth around you like a belt and put on the breastplate of righteousness 15 and shield your feet with the Good News of peace. 16 In addition, take the shield of faith so that you’ll be able to quench all of the fiery darts of the evil one. 17 Also take eternal Life as your helmet, and take the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of Aloha [the Tanak]. 18 Pray with unceasing prayer and requests in the spirit, and in your prayers be continually alert and pray for all the kadishea, [saints].
Now for Part 2