“According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust”1 TImothy 1:11
LIGHT FOR NOW: The gospel is explained as God wanting the sinner man just the way he is
Luke 19:10 says, “For the son of man is come to seek and save that which was lost” and Matthew 1:21 that says, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins”; both clearly explain why Jesus Christ came to the world in the first place. By both accounts, we see that He came to save us from our sins. And after He fulfilled this mission, He entrusted us with the message of His love. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The “giving” of Jesus was in His death burial and resurrection and it was all that was needed to settle the issue of sin and make available the life of God to everyone that believes. The life of God therefore is found in this message of the kingdom; everyone who hears and believes the gospel receives the very life and essence of divinity imparted into his spirit. “And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his son. He that hath the son hath life; and he that hath not the son of God hath not life” (1John 5:11-12). God offers salvation by faith; He is not seeking for the sinner to be condemned. The gospel is explained as God wanting the sinner just the way he is; hence, the gospel is not come to God, it is Jesus going to the sinner. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God”. When you observe the phrase “… hearing by the word of Christ”, it implies that the gospel is not to ask men to change, rather faith will come to our audience as we preach about Jesus. Faith comes when we talk about the things Jesus has done in His death, burial and resurrection. The apostles quoted copiously from the scriptures when they preached to their audience. For example, Acts 17:11 says, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonian, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so” . Paul preached Christ in Berea and these were described as more noble than those in Thessalonica. It is important to note that these men were not Christians at this point; and when Paul preached to them, they went back to search the scriptures to verify its authenticity. And it was after this that they believed and received the gospel with readiness of heart.
The word “noble” in Acts 17:11 refers to their status in the society; they were people of renowned standing. Many times in evangelism, we share with someone and he leaves unconvinced, such a person may need further clarification. Sometimes, it may take a while before our hearer(s) comprehend the facts of the message. We can therefore create an avenue to revisit so as to establish more clarity in the message. All these require labour and diligence in listening and studying the word of God. Our commitment to the preaching of the gospel shouldn’t be in doubt at any point – sharing the gospel should be what we all live for. It’s an honour to preach the gospel, so be excited about it and let nothing hinder you from it. You represent the kingdom of God and there’s a battle for the souls of men. So take your role as the priest of the most high by praying and going for souls.
INSTRUCTION: it is an honour to preach the gospel, so preach it with boldness.
PRAYER: I declare that I am strategically positioned to preach the good news of Christ, winning souls for the kingdom of God, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: God’s power is regulated in the gospel of Christ.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2