The real Gospel opposes the deception,
and the deception opposes the Gospel.
The deceiver can make use of anything
as long as it suppresses the Gospel:
in fact, the more religious sounding,
spiritual sounding, popular, influential,
the more it is used in the deception.
This world is full of prisons that
are not recognized as such,
but they hold their captives,
blinding their minds to the real Gospel,
so that the people do not suspect
what their real situation is,
captivated by false "gospels".
(2 Corinthians 4:3-7; 5:18-21; 11:1-15; 12:1-9)
Captives are sure that they are
blessed, secure, rich, seeing, and clothed,
but they are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, naked:
That is because without the imputed righteousness of Christ,
no one is eternally blessed, secure, rich, seeing, and clothed,
but rather they are lost, wandering, destitute,
deceived, and filthy.
Christ told his disciples at the Last Supper
that they were not then ready for all truth,
but that he would show the truth from heaven.
Christ would convince the world
of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
>From heaven, he showed the Gospel (to Paul),
and later again, but with the emphasis on
the imputed righteousness of Christ (to Luther),
and finally with the emphasis on victory (at the Rapture).
(John 16:7-16, 33)
Christ gave the Gospel of Grace by revelation to Paul
to preach to the nations,
and that is the standard by which
all Scripture must be interpreted,
and by which the captives come out of the prisons
unto eternal life.
(Romans 1:16-17; 3:21-26; 4:3-11; 5:17-19;
Galatians 1:6-17; 2:1-9; 3:1-9; 4:19-31; 5:1-9)
This is the Gospel of Grace, the Scriptural Gospel,
as it was the very moment that Christ showed it
to enable the Reformation:
The moment Christ gives us faith to stop trusting our
"righteousness" and start trusting him to be our Righteous
Substitute so he regards his righteousness and victory ours,
we have eternal life.
(Romans 4, Ephesians 2, Philippians 3, Colossians 1,
John 6, 1 Peter 1, Preface to Luther's Latin Works)
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