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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
and Lord of lords, in all the supreme power and glory of the great
God.
What gospel did the apostles and Paul proclaim?
Did Apostles and Paul Preach a Different Gospel?
After Christ's resurrection, the disciples were with Him forty days.
Were they talking among themselves about any
other
gospel dur–
ing that time than the Kingdom of God? Notice, just befare Jesus
ascended into heaven. Luke had previously recorded what Jesus
had done and said "until the day in which he was taken up, after
that he through the Holy [Spirit] had given commandments unto
the apostles whom he had chosen: to whom also he showed him–
self alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of
them forty days, and
speaking of the things pertaining lo the king–
dom ofGod .
.. "(Acts l :2-3).
Notice after His resurrection Christ was speaking to His disci–
ples about "the things pertaining to the kingdom of God."
They, then, just befare He ascended into heaven, asked him:
"Lord, wilt thou at this time
restore again the kingdom
to Israel?"
(Acts
l
:6.) The apostles seemed never to understand that the
Kingdom of God was not to be set up on earth in their lifetime,
even though Jesus' teaching - especially the parable of the
pounds (Luke 19, quoted above) - should have made it clear to
them.
After two years, from the inception of the Church of God on
the day of Pentecost,
A.D.
31, .the counterfeit movement set in,
headed by Simon the Sorcerer. The historie book of Acts records:
"And at that time there was a great persecution against the church
which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad
throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apos–
tles.... Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every
where
preaching the word.
"What word? Continue:
"Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria ... but when
they believed Philip
preaching the things concerning the kingdom
of God,
and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized" (Acts
8: l-12).
The apostle Paul spoke boldly at Ephesus for three months
"disputing and persuading the things concerning
the kingdom of