“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: In the resurrection of Jesus is where we find the establishment of God’s promises.
Having established clearly from scriptures that the gospel is not in the death of Jesus, rather in his resurrection; we proceeded to examine an important word “confirm” in Romans 15:8 which we saw from corroborative analysis means to establish. Hence, in the resurrection of Jesus comes the establishment of the promises of God. The resurrection therefore becomes pivotal to the gospel we preach. The resurrection is the crux, focal point and fulcrum of the gospel. The gospel thus, is Jesus’ resurrection. That resurrection is what makes the death unique, special and significant. Recall, in Romans 10:6-7, the climax of Paul’s words was the resurrection of Jesus. Again, in 1Corinthians 15:14-17, Paul has this to say “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins”.
At this moment, pay close attention. We can deduce based on the analysis done so far that what was preached in the synoptic/four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) does not carry the weight of “the gospel”. This therefore implies that the synoptic have very little information about “the gospel” than the other New Testament books of the bible. In Paul’s statement in Galatians 1, there is a corroboration of this fact, it reads “But though we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed… But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man” (Galatians 1:8-9, 11). The question now is: What did Paul mean by; “the gospel which he preached was not after man?” To be answered in subsequent studies. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Diligently study through.
PRAYER: I declare that the quality of diligence becomes my attitude and attribute in the place of study, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Diligence in the place of study is a criterion to understanding what is studied.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15