LIGHT FOR THE NOW: The gospel of Christ is the power of God.
From what I taught yesterday, you can clearly tell anyone what the gospel is all about. The gospel of Christ is the power of God. Whenever a message is preached and is devoid of specific facts; it is no longer the gospel of Christ but another gospel.
Only the gospel of Christ describes the power of God. What then are the specific facts you should look for in a message, irrespective of who preaches it, where and when. The following are the concrete elements that constitute the basis for the gospel of Christ:
Christ died for man’s sin. We read in 1 Corinthians 15:3‘For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures’ and in John 1:29 the Apostle John is reported of saying ‘John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world’.Also 2 Corinthians 5:21 [NIV] says ‘God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God’. Jesus Christ never committed sin, but He received man’s sin and died.
Another fact to establish in a gospel is the burial of Christ. There can’t be burial without death. Christ died and He was buried. He actually went to Hell – appeared before the Supreme Court of the Universe for judgment. Bear in mind that the accuser the devil accuses the brethren day and night. So, Christ had to be judged. We read in 1 Timothy 3:16 ‘And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory’. It is in Hell that Christ was judged in the Spirit. He was justified – not found guilty of the charges leveled against Him! Yes, Christ was judged, discharged and acquitted. This is part of the vital components of the Gospel of Christ that must be preached!
He rose again the third day. This report is made by the scriptures! It is not an assumption. There are specific and emphatic documentations in the scripture to this effect: that Christ rose the third day. Read Luke 24:1-8; Romans 1:4; 1 Corinthians 20.
INSTRUCTION: In every message preached, look for the facts of the Gospel of Christ.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank you for the revelation on what the gospel of Christ is, in Jesus name.
QUOTE: The gospel is what makes salvation available
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 4; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 4