ARE THERE TWO GOSPELS?

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ARE THERE TWO GOSPELS?


Are the two separate distinctly different gospels being taught in the New Testament of the Bible? In other words, did the Apostle Peter preach a DIFFERENT gospel to the CIRCUMCISION from that of the gospel that the Apostle Paul preached to the UNCIRCUMCISION?

What does the Bible ITSELF teach us? Let us COMPARE what the Apostle Peter actually preached to the circumcised children of Isreal in Acts chapter 2 with what the Apostle Paul actually preached to the uncircumcised Gentiles.

We will begin this study in God’s word by reading God’s word. I will emphasize words and phrases in God’s word and I will add my own comments in parenthesis to point out some things that were in the GOSPEL that the Apostle Peter actually preached to the circumcised children of Isreal.


Please read Acts 2:22-41.


You men of Israel, hear these WORDS; (Or you circumcised children of Israel hear the GOOD NEWS of the TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God) Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as you yourselves also know: (Because some of you were also eyewitnesses of some of those miracles, wonders, and sign yourself which God did by this man named Jesus of Nazareth who was approved and anointed by God)

23  Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, (Which is prophesied in the Scriptures) you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: (So the Apostle Peter’s GOSPEL preaches that Jesus was CRUCIFIED)

24.  Whom God has raised up, having loosed the pains of death: (And Apostle Peter’s GOSPEL also preaches that Jesus God raised Jesus from the dead) because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. (Because God prophesied that he would not leave his soul in hell or in the grave)

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For David speaks (Or prophesies in the Scriptures) concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved

26.  Therefore, did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover, also my flesh shall rest in hope: 

27.  Because you will not leave my soul in hell, neither will you suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 

28.  You have made known to me the ways of life; you shall make me full of JOY WITH your countenance. (Speaking of the JOY set before the Son of man, Jesus to endure the cross. See Hebrews 12:2) 

29.  Men and brethren, (Speaking of the children of Israel of which Peter was also a Jew) let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, (Or allow me to explain to you that what Kind David wrote in the Psalms is a PROPHECY of the one prophecied to come to save his people from their sins. King David was not speaking of himself for you see, King David) that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. 

30.  Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; (Here we see that the gospel that Peter preached ALSO included Jesus being the fulfillment of the Scriptures which is what Jesus preached to the Jews as well in John 5:39)

31.  He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption

32.  This Jesus has God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 

33.  Therefore, being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he has shed forth this, which you now see and hear. 

34.  For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he says himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit you on my right hand, 

35.  Until I make thy foes thy footstool. (Here we see that the gospel that Peter preaches included the Son of man, Jesus, being highly exalted by God after God raised him from the dead. And part of his being highly exalted is God setting Jesus on his own right hand to rule on God’s throne until God places all the enemies under his footstool)

36.  Therefore, let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ. (So the Apostle Peter preached that God made the Son of Man, Jesus, to become both Lord and Christ which you had the Roman soldiers crucify on the cross)

37.  Now when they heard this, (Speaking of hearing the TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ that the Apostle Peter preached) they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men, and brethren, what shall we do

38.  Then Peter said unto them, (Or Peter still yet PREACHING the TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ unto the children of Israel concerning what they must do in order to be SAVED, Peter said) Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost

39.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 

40.  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation

41.  Then they that gladly received his word (Or those who gladly BELIEVED the TRUE Gospel thar the Apostle Peter preached) were BAPTIZED: and the same day there were ADDED unto them about three thousand souls. (So then, right after the very first gospel message preached by the Apostle Peter AFTER the first 120 souls were saved to become followers of Jesus to OBEY his teachings to wait until they receive power from on high before preaching the GOSPEL. In other words, there were 120 disciples of Jesus in the upper room waiting for the promise of the Holy Spirit that was saved under the preaching of the gospel by Jesus, but they were not endued with power from on high until the Day of Pentecost. So on the Day of Pentecost Almighty God ADDED to the CHURCH about three thousand MORE souls to the body of BELIEVERS in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior)

42.  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine (The word doctrine simply means teaching. And the ONLY teaching that the ALL Jewish Christians Apostle of Jesus had at THIS TIME in the BUILDING and GROWING of the ONE church of Jesus Christ was the teaching of the FULFILLMENT of the PROPHECIES of Jesus from the Old Testament Scriptures) and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Other things that the apostles taught the disciples to do which they learned from Jesus WHILE he was still yet WITH them face to face BEFORE he ascended into heaven. BUT Jesus had yet much MORE to teach them that they were NOT YET able to bear or understand to receive and OBEY those teachings as yet. I will talk more on what Jesus mean in John 16:12-14 further on in this study in God’s word.)

43.  And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. (Things that we should also be doing in the church of today. See the words of Jesus himself in John 14:12)

44.  And all that believed were together, and had all things common; (Meaning that the early church LIVED together in a single community at first. But it appears that after they started growing in such great numbers that this having all things in common was no longer possible. But the very early church, for the most part, did indeed sell everything that they had and gave it to the poor. Later in Acts, we see that this selling all that they had was indeed taught as an OPTION and NOT as a must be kept required commandment in order to receive eternal life in the world to come.)

45.  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 

46.  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 

47.  Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord ADDED to the CHURCH daily such as should be SAVED.” 


So then, the GOSPEL that the Apostle Peter preached was the same TEACHING that Jesus taught ALL of his disciples during his ministry and AFTER his being resurrected. For you see, Jesus CONTINUED to TEACH his disciples for forty days after God raised him from the dead and gave him immortality. After the resurrection of Jesus, our Lord EXPLAINED the Scripture to his disciples so that they could understand that all that happened at the cross was PROPHESIED in the Scriptures to happen and why it would happen. And that is the SAME thing that the Apostle Peter did in his preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Please read Luke 24:23-27.


“And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. (So clearly, anyone can see that this is speaking of AFTER the RESURRECTION of Jesus)

24.  And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulcher, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. 

25.  Then he (Speaking of the now glorified Son of man, Jesus) said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe ALL that the prophets have spoken: (Yes, they believed SOME of the PROPHECIES to know and understand the Jesus was indeed the Messiah. BUT when Jesus DIED they failed to understand that his death and resurrection was PROPHESIED in the Scriptures. So it is VITAL for Christians to understand that the disciples of Jesus were still YET LEARNING new revelation of the Old Testament PROPHECIES concerning Jesus as the FULFILLMENT of those prophecies. EVEN the HIDDEN prophecies that the Apostle Paul called SHADOWS and FIGURE of the TRUE. I can not stress enough for Christians to UNDERSTAND this VITAL truth that Jesus CONTINUED to TEACH his disciples AFTER his resurrection. Keep reading the words of Jesus himself to see that I am telling you the TRUTH)

26  Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory

27.  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he EXPOUNDED unto them in ALL the scriptures the things CONCERNING HIMSELF.” 


Also, it is VITAL that all Christians know and understand that Jesus promised his disciples that he would CONTINUE to TEACH them EVEN AFTER he ascended into heaven.

Please read John 14:25,26 along with John 16:13-15. I will quote them together as one passage of Scripture so you can see that Jesus was still yet TEACHING his disciples NEW REVELATION all the way through to the revelation that the Apostle John received on the Island of Patmos to write the Book of Revelation.


John 14:25,26 along with John 16:13-15.


“These things have I spoken (Or taught or PREACHED) unto you, being YET PRESENT WITH you

26.  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you

Continue reading with John 16:13-15.

...I have YET MANY THINGS to say (Or to TEACH or to PREACH) unto you, BUT you can NOT BEAR them NOW

13.  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. (In other words, the many things that I have YET to PREACH to you which you will not be able to understand and obey right NOW. But later I will TEACH you THROUGH the Holy Spirit when you will be able to RECEIVE what I have to PREACH to you so that YOU can preach to others)

14.  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. (Or what I give to the Holy Spirit to teach to you what I NEED you to LEARN. And then the Holy Spirit will take what I say to him and he will teach it to you. And also know that an evil spirit will not glorify me. So that is how you will know the Spirit is of God and not an evil spirit. For you see I know what I still NEED to teach you will be HARD to receive at first, BUT you still need to believe and receive what I NEED to teach to you even though it will indeed be hard to understand and to receive that it is truly of God)

15.  All things that the Father has are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you.” 


So again, it is VITAL that all Christians know and understand that Jesus was still YET TEACHING his church THROUGH the Holy Spirit and through visions even AFTER he ascended into heaven. And that teaching of NEW REVELATION knowledge that Jesus taught the Apostle Peter and the Apostle Paul first is INDEED a PART of the TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ. For you see, Jesus CONTINUED the give new revelation to his church all the way up to the revelation that Jesus gave to the Apostle John on the Island of Patmos. The Apostle Jon received new revelation from Jesus while he was in the spirit on the Lord’s Day to write down the book of Revelation. So then EVERYTHING from the time that Jesus was baptized by John the baptist all the way through the end of the book of Revelation is what Jesus himself TAUGHT ALL of his disciples to BELIEVE and OBEY. And IF you do not believe, receive, and obey all that Jesus taught his disciples under the NEW COVENANT written in the NEW TESTAMENT then you are NOT believing and obeying the TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The next thing that I want you to see is that the CHURCH began ON the Day of Pentecost. Not because that is my opinion but because that is what the Bible ITSELF states as a FACT with no interpretation needed in Acts 2:47. Now, most Christians already understand this very SIMPLE TRUTH. But there are some Christians who have been DECEIVED to believe and follow some FALSE teachings that are known as MID-ACT Dispensationlisn and POST-Acts Dispensationalism that is also called Acts 28- Dispensationalism. Both of these false teachings wrongly teach that the church did NOT BEGIN in Acts chapter 2.

But what does the Bible ITSEFT clearly and plainly teach in SIMPLICITY? For those of you who believe in either of thee false teachings, I implore you to read the Bible for yourself and OPEN your eyes to see the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God. QUIT cherry-picking verses OUT of their CONTEXT to be deceived by false teaching. My four-year-old granddaughter who is just beginning to read can understand these SIMPLE words in Acts 2:47.


Please read Acts 2:47 again.


“Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord ADDED to the CHURCH daily such as should be SAVED.”


Now, how could have God ADDED to the church that Jesus built in Acts chapter 2 IF SO BE that the church did NOT actually begin until MID-Acts, according to the teaching of Mid-Acts Hyper-Dispensationalists? And how could have God ADDED to the church that Jesus built IF SO BE that the church did NOT actually begin until POST-Acts 28, according to the teaching of Post-Acts Hyper-dispensationalist, also called Acts 28 Dispensationalism?

The TRUTH of the matter is that the Bible ITSELF does NOT teach TWO distinctly different gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible itself teaches just ONE TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ and it is MEN who wrongly INTERPRET the Scriptures who are CLAIMING that the Bible teaches two gospel.

Yes, the ALL Jewish church kept right on keeping many of the Laws of Moses contained in ordinances UNTIL Jesus began to TEACH them the new revelation that was HARD for Jews who were raised all their lives to believe and follow. Paul’s teaching was HARD for the all Jewish church to receive and obey. And that is why Jesus told them in John 16:12-14 that he had much more to teach to them but he could not teach them at the time that he was with them face to face because that teaching would have been TOO HARD for them to receive, believe and OBEY at that time.

And even later at the time when Paul came on the scene, the teaching that Jesus taught the Apostle Paul was still yet HARD to be understood by the ALL Jewish Christians church. But through the VISION that the Holy Spirit gave to the Apostle Peter he finally did understand that the Jewish Christians were to NO LONGER keep the Law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES because they were NAILED to the CROSS and taken OUT of the WAY. And then after this New revelation of the TRUE Gospel is revealed to the Apostle Peter them Peter DEFENDS the true God of Jesus Christ that Paul is teaching and he WARNS Christians who are NOT OBEYING what Paul teaches that they are TWISTING they teachings of Paul to there OWN DESTRUCTION.


Please read 2 Peter 3:14-18.


“Wherefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless

15.  And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is SALVATION; EVEN AS OUR BELOVED BROTHER Paul ALSO according to the wisdom given unto him was written unto you; (Now here we see that the Apostle Peter AGREES WITH and fully SUPPORTS what the Apostle Paul teaches. So those Christians who CLAIM thatPaul is a FALSE teacher must ALSO throw the teachings of Peter out of the Bible as well because they BOTH taught the exact SAME ONE and ONLY TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel that Paul preached)

16.  As ALSO in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things HARD to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable WRESTLE (Or TWIST), as they do ALSO the other SCRIPTURES, unto their OWN DESTRUCTION

17.  You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, BEWARE lest you ALSO, being led away with the ERROR of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. (Being evil or wicked in the Biblical sense means do the opposite of what God say to do. In other words, IF God would have said brush your teeth every day and you disobey God by not brushing your teeth every day then you would be doing EVIL or wickedly in the sight of God. For you see God told the children of Isreal to go and POSSESS the land. But instead, they sent out twelve spies to SEE IF they were able to possess the land. Now, ALL twelve spies saw the SAME thing that there were GIANTS in the land but only TWO spies came back to give a GOOD report that they could indeed possess the land. Nd the other spies gave and EVIL report saying that ye could NOT possess the land because there were giants in the land. There were not evil wicked sinners like we understand the word wicked to mean. They were wicked because they did NOT BELIEVE God to OBEY what God instructed them to do. And under the New Covenant we are commanded to obey what Jesus himself teaches us to do and NOT what Moses taught the children of Isreal to do)

18.  But GROW IN GRACE, and in the knowledge OF OUR Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.” 


Now, we have already seen from Acts 2:22-47 that the Apostle Peter preach the gospel of Jesus being the one who FULFILLED the Scriptures. Peter quoted or rather referred to verses of Scripture that we already known to the JEWS what had been taught the Scripture from a small child. And then Peter EXPLAINED those Scriptures as being FULFILLED by Jesus which is the SAME thing that the Apostle Paul did when he preached the SAME EXACT Gospel of Jesus Christ to BOTH the Jews and also to the Gentiles. Sometimes, both Paul and Peter preached the ONE on ONLY SAME TRUE Gospel of salvation to bothe jews AND Gentiles together. And both Jews and Gentiles were saved by the SAME Gospel whether Paul was doing the preach or whether Peter was doing the preaching.

In other words, you cannot “CHERY=PICK” certain select verses OUT of their CONTEXT and interpret them to mean that Peter preached a DIFFERENT gospel than the gospel the Paul preached. For example, those who teach MID-Acts Dispensationalism and Acts 28-Dispensationalism use to try and support what they teach which is that there is TWO distinctly different gospel being taught in the New Testament, the gospel of Peter and the gospel of Paul.


Please read Galatians 2:7-9 OUT of it CONTEXT first.


“But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter

8.  (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) 

9.  And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen and they unto the circumcision.”


Now, those Christians who teach that there are TWO different GOSPELS being preached in the New Testament which they have INTERPRETED the above verses to mean as being two DIFFERENT gospels, one gospel to the Gentiles and a DIFFERENT gospel to the Jews, will go to the Scriptures where Paul says the words, “MY gospel” and Peter says “MY words” as being further PROOF to them that there are TWO different gospel being taught in the New Testament. Let us read those two verses first and then I will explain what all these verses TRULY mean when they are left IN their CONTEXT.


Please read Acts 2:14,


“But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, You men of Judaea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:...

...22.  You men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:” 


Now read Romans 2:16 where Pauls calls the gospel his own gospel by saying the words, MY gospel or MY words.


Romans 2:16.


“In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to MY gospel.”


Then they will go to verses where supposedly ONLY Paul was revealed the MYSTERY of a DIFFERENT gospel which is the WAY that they INTERPRET those verses.


Please read Romans 16:25,26.


“Now to him that is of power to establish you according to MY gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 

26.  But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:”


And they INTERPRET ALL nations to mean ONLY the Gentile nations and NOT the NATION of Israel as if Israel is NOT a nation or nationality of people, the Hebrew RACE of people. Those who teach there are two different gospels INTERPRET these verses that the revelation of the MYSTERY of the GOSPEL was given ONLY to the Apostle Paul as if Paul was somehow forbidden to preach this completely different gospel ONLY to the GENTILES because Paul was called by Jesus to be his Apostle to the GENTILES. And supposedly, Jesus meant that Paul was NOT to preach this REVELATION to the JEWS because PETER was sent to SUPPOSEDLY the preach the JEWISH gospel to the Jews. 


NO! A thousand times NO! Just because Paul was called to go preach the gospel to the Gentiles does NOT mean that Paul’s gospel was different from the gospel the Peter preached to the Jews. It simply means that Peter was sent to a different group of PEOPLE who had previously been taught to keep the Law of Moses and Paul was sent to the Gentile group of people who had NOT been taught the Law of Moses.

The gospel that Paul preached was the SAME gospel to repent and BELIEVE on Jesus as the Messiah that Peter preached from the very beginning of the church in Acts 2. But Jesus taught to BOTH Peter and Paul NEW REVELATION that was to be ADDED to the ORIGINAL Gospel of Jesus Christ. And that NEW revelation is that the Law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES was NAILED to the CROSS and taken OUT of the way.

Now at the first church council to settle this matter once and for all time the WHOLE church agreed that the GENTILES must NEVER be taught to KEEP the Law of Moses. BUT SOME of the all Jewish church still yet KEPT the Law of Moses. And at the END of the book of Acts, the Apostle Paul says that he is DONE with trying to get it through the thick-headed stubborn Jews AND the Jewish Christians that the Law of Moses has ENDED for righteousness. So the Apostle Paul turned all of his attention SOLELY to the Gentiles and ONLY preached to the Jews when the Jews came to HIM to hear the TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ.


So then, it was the SAME Gospel OF Jesus Christ that Peter preached to BOTH the Jews AND to the Gentiles that Paul preached to BOTH the Jews AND to the Gentiles to be SAVED. And that SAME Gospel was ADDED TO By Jesus Christ HIMSELF by his teaching BOTH Peter and Paul the SAME revelation. Now, it is true that Paul seemed to have MORE visions and more revelations but that does NOT mean that Paul KEPT those new revelations away FROM the Jews. 

If fact, the MORE Paul preached this new revelation that the Law of Moses was nailed to the cross the more he was persecuted by the Jews and SADLY also by his Jewish brethren in the Lord Jesus Christ who kept FIGHTING AGAINST this new revelation that Jesus foretold would be HARD for them to BEAR.

I even though I am not a Jew I was taught all my younger life that the Roman Catholic Chruch is the ONE TRUE church and if I ever LEFT the Roman Catholic Church I would be LOST and I could not be saved OUTSIDE of being a Roman Catholic. And when I heard the TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ it was HARD for me to LEAVE the Roman Catholic Church. I had to make a decision to believe the Bible OVER what I had been TAUGHT all my younger life growing up in the Roman Catholic religion. So I can understand how HARD it was for the ALL Jewish church to TOTALLY LEAVE the Jewish faith of being UNDER the Law of Moses.

And I can even understand about WEAK Christians being DECEIVED to follow blind leaders into the error of keeping the Law of Moses But what is hard for me to see is how Christians who read and study the word of God for THEMSELVES can REMAIN being deceived by their blind leaders who led them astray to keep the Law of Moses. Unless they are NOT TRULY studying the word of truth on their OWN but rather they are studying ONLY what their blind leader are hand feeding them their OWN PERSONAL interpretation of god’s word which is keeping them from seeing the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.

RIGHTLY DIVIDING the word of TRUTH does NOT mean to DIVIDE the ONE and ONLY TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ into TWO different gospel of SALVATION where the Jews can be saved by OBEYING the laws of Moses and the Gentiles can be saved by FAITH ALONE without keeping the Law of Moses. Please read the study “WHAT DOES RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH TRULY MEAN?”

And  if you are a seventh day of the week Sabbath-keeping Christian or you know someone who is then I implore you  to read all the studies under the heading >>>WHAT IS THE TRUE SABBATH?<<< You will learn in those studies that the weekly Sabbath was a SIGN point to Jesus as being our TRUE Sabbath REST the same way that the SIGN of circumcision in the flesh was pointing to Jesus as our TRUE circumcision that is not made with hands.

Thanks for reading and may God bless you richly as you continue to seek the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.

Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Brother Mark.


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