John The Baptist And The Apostle Paul
Written by Ptr. Robert Reynolds on 02/04/2020
“Did John the Baptist, and the Apostles preach what Paul preached?” In looking at this thought let me say first that I’m referring to when they each were in their ministry, or sent forth by Jesus Christ, and then they went forth. Let’s notice first with John the Baptist. People today mistake John as the founder of the Baptist church simply because of his name having Baptist on it’s end, but why is that? Is it because he founded the Baptist church? Or was he simply called John the Baptist for a reason? It is the latter because John’s reason for his name was for a specific purpose. John 1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. His name was for the purpose that he was baptizing Israel to prepare them for their King so he could be made manifest to them. With that being said what was John’s message? Was he preaching what the Apostle Paul was preaching? Let’s look at John the Baptist’s message and see. Matthew 3:1-2,5-6 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. And then verse 8, Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: John was preaching do good works and be Baptized in water and get clean, because Jesus was about to be made manifest unto them. (For the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand) water and good works!🤔 What about the other Apostles? If you notice in Matthew 10:1 it reads, And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Verses 5-7 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. We see here that the Apostles were also preaching the kingdom of heaven as well. With John the Baptist he was preaching the kingdom so Jesus would be made manifest unto Israel, and then with Jesus manifest, he sent out his twelve to preach the kingdom so that Israel would believe that he was the King the “Messiah.” (“I” am he) Notice if you read in the context of Matthew 10 that John the brother of James, and then John the Baptist had to have been two different John’s. You say why is that? Well because with John the Baptist ministry it was for the specific purpose that he would be made manifest to Israel. Look at John 10:39-41 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand, And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode. And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true. And with John the Apostle brother of James there was miracles or “signs” that accompanied according to Matthew 10:1,8. But looking back what did Paul preach? Was he preaching repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, bring forth meat worthy of repentance, signs? Well Paul did have the signs of the Apostles at first in his ministry when he would preach first to the Jews. Notice an example. Acts 20:9,10 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.
And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. You’d say why is that? Paul had a desire to see Israel saved. Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. But, what did Paul preach? Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. Is this the same as the “gospel of the kingdom”? No, it is not because as mentioned in the gospel of the kingdom it’s a message of trusting in Jesus Christ as the Messiah. In other words believing in him that he’s who he says that he is God manifest in the flesh, whereas with Paul’s message of the gospel of the grace of God it’s believing in what Jesus did for you. What did Jesus do? He died on the cross and shed his holy blood for our sins! Hallelujah!!! But it doesn’t stop there! Notice 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: Note that John the Baptist wasn’t preaching this message, and neither was the apostles, yet! It wasn’t until Paul and Barnabas went back to Jerusalem in Acts 15 and approached Peter with the other apostles and elders that they got on board with Paul’s message. But Paul’s message, his gospel where he calls it “my gospel” (Rom. 2:16) was a mystery, a message entirely different than that of the others, because he didnt receive it from the others. Galatians 1:11,12 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. How could they be preaching the same thing when Paul said he didn’t learn this from man, and he wasn’t taught it by any man? They weren’t preaching the same thing, because if you look in Ephesians 3:9 it reads, And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the “mystery,” which from the beginning of the world hath been “hid in God,” who created all things by Jesus Christ: And then back in verse 5, “Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;” It’s clearly evident that “The Gospel of the Kingdom,” and “The Gospel of the Grace of God” are entirely different messages.