“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” – Mark 16:15-18
LIGHT FOR NOW: The emphasis and focus of the message of the gospel is one personality and singular character; Christ!
With what has been established in our previous study, let’s now advance properly into the study as the subject of “the gospel and the minister of the gospel” begins to unravel. To start with, let’s begin to look at how the word “gospel” is described and explained from its etymological word. In the Greek Lexicon, the word “gospel” has two words used for its description, they are:
“Euaggelizo” – which implies good news.
“Euaggelion” – which is the announcement of the good news.
Thus, Euaggelion is the announcement of Euaggelizo. For there to be an announcement, it means there is something to be announced. It therefore, means that I am not the originator of the news, the news is already there, and I am just an announcer of what is to be announced. Let’s use the book of Romans to establish an important fact. In the book of Romans, the word gospel occurred 13 times. In these occurrences, Paul used different terminologies to describe the gospel which I want us to observe.
The gospel of God (Romans 1:1) which he further explained in context of the same chapter as the gospel of his son (verse 9) and the gospel of Christ (verse 16). He used the phrase again in Romans 15:16.
The gospel of peace (Romans 10:16). He quoted from Isaiah 52:7, and the peace he spoke of here, in context, is found in Christ (Romans 10:8-10).
The gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16; Romans 15:19, 29).
The gospel (Romans 1:15), he further explained it in context as the gospel of Christ (verse 16). He used the phrase again in Romans 10:16; Romans 11:28 and Romans 15:20.
My gospel, which he explained as the preaching of Jesus Christ in context (Romans 16:25). He used it again in Romans 2:14.
Notice, in all the above instances, Paul clearly was describing the same thing and not different kinds of gospel. The emphasis and focus in all the texts was on a person; Christ. Therefore, we have a singular message to preach or announce and it is the message of Christ. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Preach Christ.
PRAYER: I declare that my understanding of God’s word deepens as I study through God’s word, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The gospel though described with different words is a singular message; Christ!
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 15