“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: Personal encounters are good, but our personal encounters are not the gospel.
In Galatians 1:8-9, 11, we proceeded to answering the question: What did Paul mean by; “The gospel which he preached was not after man”? We saw that Paul in context explains this in verse 12 where he says “For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ”. So, Paul was referring to a human account of the message, and the synoptic gospels are a perfect example of this. Furthermore, we’ve established that 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, that is, Genesis to Malachi). Paul was emphatic about this in his letter to the Corinthian church, it reads “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”. Notice:
He (Christ) died according to the scriptures (Genesis to Malachi).
He was buried, and rose the third day according to the scriptures (Genesis to Malachi).
So, Paul was not preaching a personal revelation or vision, he was preaching the revelation of Christ from the Old Testament. In Romans 16, he echoes same truth which reads “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen” (Romans 16:25). Notice the emphasis is not a personal revelation, but the preaching of Jesus from the Old Testament. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Know what the gospel is and what it’s not.
PRAYER: I declare that my eyes are opened to the truth of the gospel, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The gospel is not subjected to our personal encounters and opinions, but the scriptures remain our gospel material.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 16