There is a distinctive difference between the Gospel and the rest of the Bible. All the Bible (not just the New Testament) points to the Gospel (that's why the Bible is generically called "good news"), but there is a definite distinction between the specific Gospel of Christ (Rom. 1:3- 4) and the other points of New Testament doctrine (or teachings). Paul still shows there is a difference between them when he said, "For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel..." (1 Cor. 1:17). It is interesting to see how Peter distinguishes them by pointing out that when one obeys a particular point of doctrine called the "Gospel," it places one initially into the "house of God" (1 Pet. 4:17); and all faithful Christians must admit, since they were added to the house of God (the church), they certainly have learned more points of doctrine (milk, then meat, 1 Cor. 3:2; Heb. 5:12; 1 Pet. 2:2); as Christians, the saved learn more to obey. Paul again shows there is a difference when he explains the gospel was not taught to him by man but came through the revelation of Jesus (Gal. 1:11-12; yet when you read Acts 22:12-16, you learn it was a man who taught him baptism. The Gospel, thus, is distinguished from other points of doctrine (teach- ings).
"Without minimizing either the Gospel or baptism Paul still shows there is a difference between them..."However, in his very next sentence he contradicts himself by saying,
"It is interesting to see how Peter distinguishes them by pointing out that when one obeys a particular point of doc- trine called the "Gospel," it places one initially into the "house of God" (1 Peter 4:17);..."But since baptism is one of the commands of the gospel, it has to be considered a part of the gospel. Therefore, his view of the gospel is contradictory.
"Our not understanding the Gospel (and right responses) [by responses he means acts of obedience, including baptism] has caused, first, too many Christians not to know what to teach the lost to save them. They fear. Thus, it hinders rescue. Second, it has made others teach doctrines not Gospel at all and they, thus, are making unauthorized demands on people for heaven."
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