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170 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
believe Him! Jesus said to him, " ... 1 have told you earthly
things, and ye believe not" (Jobo 3: 12).
Why didn't the Pharisee, Nicodemus, understand when Jesus
said to him: "Except a man be boro again, he cannot see the king–
dom ofGod"?
Why do people not understand those words today? How
many know, today, that Jesus' gospel was a sensational, never-be–
fore-proclaimed NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT?
Jesus Was a Newscaster
Those in Judea knew- or should have known- Malachi's proph–
ecy concerning this.
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was the gospel of God - and the word
"gospel" means Gooo NEWS!
Jesus was a NEWSCASTER. His news was something absolutely
NEW - never before proclaimed to mankind.
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was the most won–
derful NEWS ever reported, actually almost too wonderful for
humans to believe.
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was news of the utterly transcendent poten–
tial ofman.
The tremendous message that Jesus brought was nota report
of past events.
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was ADVANCE news of an almost unbelievable
UTOPIAN WORLD TOMORROW!
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was news of life after death. And
it was news that we may be BORN AGAIN! Yet almost nobody un–
derstands it!
Why has it never been recognized by the world as the stu–
pendous NEWS that it actually was?
Because first-century enemies of the gospel SUPPRESSED IT!
The Church of God, on the foundation of the original apos–
tles and Christ, was founded on the Day of Pentecost, A.D. 31.
About two decades later, when the apostle Paul wrote bis letter to
the churches of Galatia, it had aiready been suppressed, and false
ministers had turned the people to a DIFFERENT GOSPEL. Paul
wrote, "1 marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called
you into the grace of Christ unto
another gospel:
which is not an–
other; but there be sorne that trouble you, and
would pervert the
gospelofChrist"(Gal.
1:6-7). Again, in Romans 1:18: "For the
wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
wickedness of men who by their wickedness
suppress the truth"
(RSV). And in 11 Corinthians ll Paul speaks of false apostles of