At "New Perspective" we do church different than you may ever have experienced it before.
"I declare unto you the gospel... 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". 1 Corinthians 15:1,3,4.
After Jesus appeared to Saul on the road to Damascus he gave him a "New Perspective"
You know how we receive news bulletins? As a news item comes through we may be initially told one thing which is later updated by the next bulletin. If you mention the first to someone who has heard the latest he/she will say "Oh, that's old news!" There was a news bulletin released after Jesus rose from the dead but, so stuck in tradition, most have not noticed.
That meeting on the road to Damascus changed Saul so much that they gave him a new name, he became Paul, the designated messenger to the gentiles (non Jews) and he wrote about a secret (mystery) that was hidden by God "from the beginning of the world" (Eph 3:9 & Rom 16:25).
This "good news" is offered without any conditions and it is offered to the ungodly (Rom 5:6), that's you and me.
Sadly it remains a mystery to most of Christendom today. It is an entirely different gospel to that found in Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, which is old news now and besides, it was not for us anyway (Matt 10:5-7). The 'old news' said we must sell all, give to the poor and obey the commandments (Mark 10:17-21). This is the religious repression so prevalent today. The 'old news' was "spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began" (Acts 2:21).
Tell me! Is there a difference between something that was… 'spoken' (about) since the world began (Acts 3:21) and something that was… a 'secret' from the beginning of the world (Romans 16:25) ?
You see!! The 'old news' was presented before Jesus died, the 'latest news' was given after he rose from the dead.
During Jesus' time on earth a "certain ruler" asked Jesus "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" (Luke 18:18-22)
His reply?... "Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother." And he said, "All these have I kept from my youth up." Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, "Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me."
At that time and right up to the time of Jesus' resurrection there was a secret, a mystery or hidden wisdom which Jesus Himself revealed to the apostle Paul AFTER His resurrection.
How have we missed this?
In 1 Corinthians 2 Paul wrote... "but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2:7,8
... and there is the reason for it, they were insistent "Away with him, away with him, crucify him." (John 19:15) but had they known that the conditions to eternal life, "The commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother" and "sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor." would be swept away to be replaced with a new message, going beyond Israel to the ends of the earth, BELIEVE! just believe.
Satan must have kicked himself, in destroying one gospel another, far greater free gospel had taken its place.
"God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them" 2 Corinthians 5:19.