“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: The gospel is a message of a person.
In our previous studies, we saw that Adam’s sin has been passed upon all; all who are sinners in Adam. By Moses’ law, sin is the common identity of man or sin is the “all” problem of man in which the gospel is the only solution to it. Paul’s words in Romans 5:8-10 reads “But God commended his love towards us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled by the death of his son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life”. From this text (as we saw in previous studies), sinners are enemies of God, they have no right to stand before God just like Adam. Hence the gospel (good news) is described with certain well- defined adjectives which are: Acts 20:24 “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God”. So it is called the good news of the grace of God. It will announce God’s grace. Grace is the gift of God. This gift (called grace) is freely given without conditions.
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation”. So, it is the message of a person. In other words, the message is a person. This person is the gift of God. Romans 10:15 “how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things”! Ephesians 6:15 “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace”. So, the message is peace. Peace is a person. Paul in Ephesians 2:14 says “he is our peace”. Romans 1:9 “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his son…” Notice, ‘the gospel of his son’. The Christ is the son. God gave him to us; He is grace to us. This is our peace. Hence, the gospel is the news of Jesus Christ; how He affects the sinful community. We must come into the fullness of the knowledge of the gospel. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Know the gospel.
PRAYER: I declare that understanding is given to me in the learning of the gospel of Christ, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The message of Christ is the message of the church
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 6; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2