“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 the message of the love of God.
The gospel is the power of God; the news in itself saves. It is a fact that when understood unveils the father’s heart of a loving God. It is the message of the love of God. It shows in details how much mercy and grace the sinner man was 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. Like we said in our previous study, redemption did not end at the cross; redemption only started at the cross. What happened on that cross was not final, what happened at that cross (redemption) only began. This is why Christ had to suffer and this He did for three days and three nights. He hung on that cross for some hours but He was dead for three days. This is what Paul echoes in 1Corinthians 15:1-4 where he presents the facts of the gospel; it reads, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 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 that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”. Let’s go over the explanation of this death again for more clarity. His death was primarily spiritual; it was only after this that he died physically. For the penalty of man’s sin was pronounced by God in Genesis 2:16-17 in the garden; it reads, “And the Lord God commanded the man saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die”. Notice the statement in verse 17, “in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die”, the Hebrew translation says “in dying, you shall die”. In other words, man would die spiritually and then physically afterwards. Without such a separation from God, physical death could never have been created much less have the ability to hold man. Death is an enemy; Jesus died spiritually and then physically. In physical death, Jesus departs His body. Let’s hear from John’s synoptic account where this is echoed; it reads, “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar; he said, it is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost” (John 19:30). So he is now dead. The question now is, after He died physically, where did He depart to? This will be answered in subsequent studies.
INSTRUCTION: Be full of the word.
Prayer: Father, I declare that my zeal and desire to know your word increases in me like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen
QUOTE: The separation of man from God brought about extinction, but the separation of God from man (Christ the son) which brought about extinction is what brought about reconciliation which is what the new creation has in that resurrection.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3