“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 gospel in the Old Testament was promissory of what God will do in Christ which is fulfilled in the New Testament.
We saw from our previous study that the word “gospel” in its Greek equivalence is the words:
“Euaggelizo” – which implies good news.
“Euaggelion” – which is the announcement of the good news (the gospel).
So, the gospel is news to be announced; it’s not just any kind of news, it is good news. We looked at the book of Romans where Paul describes the term “gospel” with different terminologies, we saw the words below:
The Gospel of God
The Gospel of peace
The Gospel of Christ
And we established that in all these instances where Paul uses the word “gospel” described by different terms, it was not to refer to different kinds of gospel, no! all the words were used in describing the same thing. Hence, the focus and emphasis in all these texts was a person, the person Christ Jesus. The gospel thus, will be a Christ-centered message. Meaning, the material used in preaching it (the bible) will be a Christ-centered material. In Romans 1:1 where Paul uses the phrase “the gospel of God”, that phrase in context refers to the news announced in the Old Testament. This was why he further explained in verse 2, that it was “promised afore by his prophets in the Holy Scriptures” (Genesis to Malachi is the Holy Scriptures). Meaning, another important thing you will have to keep in mind ahead of time is that: In the Old Testament (Genesis to Malachi), the gospel was a promise.
Thus, in the Old Testament, the gospel was promissory; it will be a promise of what God will do in Christ in the New Testament. Don’t forget, the gospel is not news but it is good news; hence, in the Old Testament, we will have the good news in God’s promise or in promissory form which will then find its fulfillment in the New Testament. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Follow through the study
PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened and opened up to understand revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The gospel in the Old Testament is God’s promise whereas it is God’s fulfilled promise in the New Testament.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 52; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 10