Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. (Acts 13:43-47)
The apostle Paul was a man who was a valiant preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul was once a notorious persecutor and murderer of Christians until the time when Jesus Himself confronted him, from Heaven above, while he was on the road to Damascus. [Acts 9:1-22] After Paul was converted he preached Jesus as the CHRIST [MESSIAH] wherever he went. That did not go over too well with the Jewish people and almost immediately, they sought to KILL him. [Acts 9:23-24]
Do you see the clash between the two kingdoms there? Remember that Paul was once an absolute tyrant until he received the Holy Ghost [Acts 9:17] and then there was a complete reversal in the message that Paul preached. It was the Holy Ghost (Spirit) that made the difference and nothing could stop Paul from preaching CHRIST.
In the passage above we see a similar pattern as the unconverted Jews were filled with envy as they saw the multitudes listening to Paul and Barnabas preach the word of God. Those people were hungry for the truth and they were glad to be sitting under the teaching that was coming from them. There was a great spiritual confrontation taking place there, and this also is the norm whenever the truth of the gospel goes forth. You must remember that Paul and Barnabas were delivering the message of eternal life to the multitudes of people which followed them. The devil is never happy when the gospel is preached because he has multitudes enslaved in his demonic headlock, and the gospel has the power to set them free.
Please note that Paul and Barnabas both grew bold and let their Jewish opposers know that they were the ones who were responsible for rejecting the word of God. They told them that they “judged themselves unworthy of everlasting life” and that they were going to take the word of God to the Gentiles. There is only one Gospel message of everlasting life and it is all about Jesus Christ. If you reject CHRIST then you are rejecting everlasting life. It is that simple. Any person that tells you that there are different paths to salvation and different ways to heaven cannot possibly know the Lord, because it is in direct contradiction to everything He said.
When I think of John Hagee, the founder of C.U.F.I. (Christians United For Israel) and a recent meeting that was held, I think of the great disservice that is done to the Jewish people in terms of the gospel. The Jewish people were not confronted with the lost condition of their souls, nor were they given the message of repentance and forgiveness of sins in the name of Jesus Christ, a message that the risen CHRIST commanded us to preach. [Luke 24:47] Compare the C.U.F.I. meetings and Hagee’s “Night To Honor Israel” meetings with the persecution which Paul and the other true followers of Jesus Christ repeatedly endured.
The message that Paul preached was one of repentance toward God, and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. [Acts 20:21] That is the message that we as Christians have been called to share also. There are no exceptions to the rule. That is the message for the Jewish person and that is the message for the Gentile [non-Jewish person]. To water down that message for the sake of pleasing people, or for any other reason, is a very dangerous thing to do. The apostle Paul made a most powerful statement in the book of Acts which is as follows:
Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the BLOOD of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. (Acts 20:26-27)
Do you see the connection that Paul makes here? Paul basically declared that his conscience was clear, and that the blood of no man would be held to his account, because he did not hold back the full counsel of God! Paul was most likely referring to the scriptures in the book of Ezekiel regarding the call of the watchman and the warning that God has given him:
Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of ISRAEL therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. (Ezekiel 3:17-20)
The Gospel of CHRIST is most definitely good news to lost souls all over the world, but we must not leave out the other side of the message. The other side of the message is that if you reject Jesus Christ then you will be damned for an eternity in a very real place called HELL. That is straight from the heart and mouth of Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus said that those who did not believe in Him were condemned already. [John 3:18] Jesus said that the believer was saved, but the unbeliever was damned. [Mark 16:15-16] Jesus also spoke of everlasting punishment [Matthew 25:46] and He spoke about the man who was tormented in HELL. [Luke 16:19-31] If we hold back hold back the full counsel of GOD then we fall into the category of those who present a bogus gospel.