“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 is not in the death of Jesus; rather, the gospel is in the resurrection of Jesus.
We have seen and established that in the instances where Paul uses several words to describe the gospel, they were not to infer different kinds of gospel, rather, they were all in reference to a singular message. That is, the message of Christ, hence, why Paul’s emphasis and focus in these texts was Christ-centered. Also, the phrase “the gospel of God” in Romans 1:1 in context refers to the news announced in the Old Testament. Hence, why Paul in verse 2 further explained it was “promised afore by his prophets in the Holy Scriptures” (that is, Genesis to Malachi). Romans 1:1-2 reads thus “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostles, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the Holy Scriptures)”.
Paul went further to explain what he meant in verses 3 and 4 of Romans 1, it reads “Concerning his son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness; by the resurrection from the dead”. So, Paul in his words contextually lets us see that:
Firstly, the gospel was concerning God’s son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Secondly, Paul now spoke of or about Jesus being declared the son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead.
Thus, the message that was promised afore in the scriptures was concerning Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. The gospel therefore, is not in the death of Jesus, rather in his resurrection. It is in his resurrection that we find life and light. His death was darkness, his resurrection was light. God’s promise therefore in the Old Testament which was the gospel is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It is in that resurrection that life is found. The uniqueness of the death of Jesus is the resurrection of Jesus. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Study carefully and understand.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your resurrection in which life and light is found and upon which I have partook of that life and light by faith in Christ, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: What makes the death of Jesus so unique is his resurrection from the death.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 15