And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come – Matthew 24:14

LIGHT FOR NOW: Outside the gospel of Christ, the hearer cannot have faith for salvation.

We have seen in our previous study that there is a specific message that has the capacity to supply faith to the hearer; it is the message of Christ; the message of his redemptive work, what God did in His son Jesus Christ upon His sacrificial offering for sin. So, frightening people to come to Jesus out of the fear of hell. The message of “not going to hell” is not the gospel since it lacks what it takes to supply faith to the hearer. It is not hell that will save a man but Christ. Hell is not the Saviour, Jesus is the Saviour. Look at the mission statement of Jesus in Matthew 1:21, it reads “and she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins”. So the mission statement of Jesus is that He will save from sins. This is the gospel (the message of a saviour who saves from sin). No wonder Paul in his letter to Timothy who is/was a protégé of his, calls Jesus the saviour of all men in 1 Timothy 4:10 which reads “for therefore we both labour and reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the savior of all men, specially of those that believe”. So, the message that saves is the message of Christ the saviour not the message of hell because hell is not the saviour.

A man does not need hell to be saved but Christ. It is faith in Christ that saves, and not faith in hell. You do not frighten people with the fear of hell so that they will come and receive Jesus as fast as possible. When you do that, the people are not coming to Jesus for Jesus but out of fear or the fear of hell. So, you were not actually producing faith in Christ by preaching that, rather what you birthed by preaching that was fear for hell. In essence, they were giving their lives to fear and not receiving the life of Christ. The life of Christ is birthed in a man by faith in the gospel of Christ and not birthed out of fear of going to hell. You are to preach Christ and get men saved in Christ and not to frighten people to be saved because a man is not saved by fear but by faith in Christ. Faith in Christ is what saves a man and not fear of hell. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Know what the gospel is and ‘another gospel’ will be exposed.

PRAYER: I fight the good fight of faith, I stay with the message of Christ and I preach it like never before, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Faith in Christ is what saves a man and not fear of hell.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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