Good evening family. Happy Sunday to everyone. How was service today? I was blessed in church and I believe we all were. This evening we are going to be talking about THE GOSPEL. What is the gospel? What does it mean to preach the gospel?
I assume that we all might have at one point or the other had the Gospel preached to us, probably in church or on the sidewalks or on buses. As a matter of fact, if you live in the same part of the world I live in, I’m pretty sure at one time in your life or the other, you must have had an experience with one of the ‘bus preachers’ while travelling. Often times than not, we hear the preachers assuring people of fire and brimstone if they don’t stop smoking and drinking, fornicating or even using hair extensions. We see fear being instilled into the hearts of many who are guilty of such practices. I remember while growing up, after listening to these ‘bus preachers’ talk, would have unrest and sometimes be scared to sleep because I didn’t want to have nightmares about the hell that was so grotesquely described. I always wondered if God wanted to scare us into salvation and trust me I was scared into “salvation” at least twice on the bus and at least twice on other occasions.
If we say we preach the ‘gospel’ by telling unbelievers to stop smoking, drinking, using drugs, etc, what then differentiates what we tell them from what therapists, doctors, or the moralists of the society tell them? If they heed these warnings and take the advice of these people, does that make them saved? Believers?
So what exactly is the gospel we preach?
Let’s take a look at scriptures,
1 Cor 15:1-4
15 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:KJV
We see Paul here declaring the gospel which he preached to the church of Corinth. He talks about how firstly it was how Christ died for our sins according to scriptures, was buried and resurrected on the third day all according to scriptures.
Biblically and simply put, the gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is giving the testimony of Jesus Christ. Simple.
We see in verse two, that this was what they believed in and were saved as a result.
This is what we as believers believe in. we see Paul talking to the church in Rome,
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.KJV
Paul talks about not being ashamed of the gospel of Christ which he declared to the church in Corinth from our previous text. For this gospel, this testimony of Jesus is God’s power unto salvation. The Greek word used for power in that text is ‘Dunamis’ which directly translates ‘working power’, ‘ability’. It is God’s ability, way, of getting us saved. Just believe. Remember this verse we memorized as children in our Sunday school classes?
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.KJV
What exactly about him are we to believe in? That he was a carpenter? Or that he had no earthly father so to speak? Believing in those things really don’t change anything. We are to believe in the testimony of Jesus that was declared in 1Cor 15. Believing in that guarantees our salvation. No more, no less. Not believing in that guarantees condemnation. There’s no staying on the fence. In fact, there’s no fence to stay on. You either believe, or not.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.KJV
So the next time we want to win a soul over for Christ, by preaching the gospel to them, we should be careful not to teach works, but the actual Gospel, which is the good news, that Christ died, was buried, and resurrected on the third day, all for us that we might be saved.
Father, help us to study your word more, so that we can know the things that are freely given to us by You in Jesus Christ. Amen.
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