“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jews first, and also to the Greek” – Romans 1:16.
LIGHT FOR NOW: The Gospel is the Power of God.
The gospel (which means good news) has with it the inherent power of God which is regulated to save; meaning God’s power is seen in salvation. The good news (the gospel) in itself saves. An understanding of the facts of the gospel unveils the heart of a loving God to us. The gospel is the message of God’s love. Hence, the love of God is the reason we preach the gospel. The gospel itself is the love of God communicated to man; when the gospel is preached, it shows us in detail how much mercy and grace sinners were given. It is important to note that the events of the cross are pointers and not final in the acts of God’s saving power. In Luke 24:25-27, it is clear in Jesus’ words that he must suffer and afterwards enter into his glory. 1Peter 1:10-11 reads “Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what or what manner of time the spirit of Christ which was in them did signify when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow”. One important fact in the gospel of Christ is the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow.
Firstly, Christ must suffer, the glory that will follow will be after his suffering; he suffered for three days and three nights. He hung on the cross for some hours but he was dead for three days. Paul’s words in 1Corinthians 15:1-4 bring more clarity about the facts of the gospel. He states that Christ died, he was buried and he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. Hence, the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus are the essential facts of the gospel of Christ. When these facts are not understood, then the gospel itself is not understood because these three (3) events are essential facts and ingredients contained in the gospel of Christ. The event of the death, the burial and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is God’s power to save; meaning that when these three facts are absent in a preacher’s message, then God’s power to save will definitely be absent. The sinner who hears the gospel of Christ experiences God’s saving power which is not outside of Christ. Therefore, if the message of the death, the burial and the resurrection of Jesus Christ is absent in any message, God’s power to save (salvation) is absent; meaning that if you remove the facts of the gospel, then you have denied the gospel its power.
INSTRUCTION: Stay within the facts of the gospel.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for the gospel of Christ which has unveiled to me the heart of a loving God and Father. I stay with the message, I stay with the facts and I am not moved away, in Jesus Name. Amen
QUOTE:The death, burial and resurrection of Christ is the Gospel; think about it.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 10