THE GOSPEL AND THE MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL (8)


“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 bible study and interpretation, bible words should be interpreted the bible way.


Clearly, it’s seen that the gospel is in the resurrection of Jesus. The death was darkness; the resurrection is life and light. The resurrection of Jesus makes his death special. Recall, Paul’s words in Romans 10:6-9 lay credence to this since it focuses on Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. In 1 Corinthians 15:14-17, the same truth is echoed by Paul. Therefore, we deduced that what was preached in the synoptic gospels does not carry the weight of “the gospel”. This therefore, implies that the synoptic gospels have very little information about the gospel than the other New Testament books of the bible. Back to Galatians 1:8-9, 11 which 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”. The question we are about to answer is, What did Paul mean by, “the gospel which he preached was not after man?”


Verse 12 answers this, it reads “For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ”. In other words, Paul was referring to a human account of the message, and perfect examples of what Paul spoke about are the synoptic gospels. When he said it was by the revelation of Jesus Christ, he was not referring to a personal revelation, opinion or vision; rather, he was referring to the revelation of Jesus Christ from the scriptures (Genesis to Malachi). Thus, it suffices us to say that the preaching of the gospel must not be subject to visions, feelings and emotions. In bible study, bible words should be interpreted in bible way and not subjected to nuances and idiosyncrasies. Hallelujah!


INSTRUCTION: Don’t subject the gospel to your opinion; subject your opinion to the gospel.


PRAYER: I declare that I have insight into the deep mysteries of God’s grace, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: Your vision and dreams do not validate the gospel; Christ’s resurrection from the death is the validity of the gospel.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 2

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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