THIS GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM (1)

“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 responsibility of preaching to the unsaved is ours as believers.

  According to 2 Corinthians 5:19 that says, “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation”, invariably is a call for more work to be done in the area of evangelism and discipleship. God in Christ fully paid the price for sin, but for men to come out of the dominion of sin, they must believe the gospel; and they will not believe until they hear the message. And the responsibility of preaching to the unsaved is ours as believers. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? “(Romans 10:13-14). It therefore becomes clear that the ministry of reconciliation which is for the salvation of the unsaved has been committed to every believer. Our purpose as believers is located in the great commission and we must be found fully involved in it. Jesus in our theme verse calls it “this Gospel of the Kingdom”, Paul calls it “the word of reconciliation or the ministry of reconciliation”, Whichever name you call it, they mean the same thing. The gospel refers to the message of Christ; it is the message of the Bible. Solomon in Proverbs 25:25 described it thus: “As cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country”. So “Gospel” implies “good news”. Paul according to our earlier referenced text said that the Gospel had been committed to us the believers (2 Corinthians 5:19). This means that the same message that saved us now becomes a tool at our disposal for the salvation of others. Interestingly, if it saved you, it will save others because it’s the power of God unto salvation to EVERYONE that believes. (Romans 1:16). The word “Gospel” is the Greek word “euaggelion”, which simply means “good news”, that which brings good tidings. Thus, the gospel is that which is good to its recipients; it has effect on its hearers. So the ministry of reconciliation is a ministry for all believers; it is one of the ongoing works of Christ, just as prayer and giving, which requires every believer’s involvement and commitment.

         The book of Acts of the Apostles is replete with instances where the Gospel was preached and souls were added to the kingdom of God (Acts 2: 4-5; 8: 9-10). In these accounts, it shows that nobody was ever saved of his own accord, everyone was saved by hearing and believing the message of Christ. And according to Paul in I Corinthians 15:2-4, the Gospel is a specific message, it refers to Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection; hence the  messenger must precisely understand its details to be able to communicate it effectively and efficiently to his audience. We all ought to be deliberate and intentional about the preaching of the Gospel; we must seize every available opportunity to preach and get men saved. The Gospel is simply about Jesus and what He has done, hence you don’t need to have a spectacular experience to share it, it is spectacular in itself and your salvation is that spectacular experience. The Apostle Paul affirmed his commitment and urgency to the preaching of the Gospel when he said, *“For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel… a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me”* (1 Corinthians 9:16-17).   So beloved, make up your mind that you will start preaching and will keep preaching in your neighborhood, offices, market-places, schools etc. There are many who are yet to encounter this Gospel and its effect, and it is our responsibility to take the message to them; we are to be patient with them, believing that one day, they will believe it and be saved as we are. Surely, together, we will flood the earth with the knowledge of God. Blessed are you.

INSTRUCTION: Study carefully.

PRAYER: Father, I declare that my eyes are opened up to the truth of your word, in Jesus Name,

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 8; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3

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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