“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 message to be preached is the message of Christ and as such should be Christ centred.
In our previous studies, we embarked on a journey into investigating the usage of the word “gospel” in 1st and 2nd Corinthians and see what the emphasis was on. And from our investigation in 1st and 2nd Corinthians, we’ve discovered that two words were frequently used by Paul in describing the gospel which are:
“Preach or preaching” (preach the gospel).
“Christ” (the gospel of Christ).
Thus, firstly, the gospel is a message that is preached. It is not giving of food, clothes for the needy (even though it’s good) or organizing concerts and comedy sessions in services. If it is the gospel, then it must be preached. The vehicle to communicate the gospel is preaching.
Secondly, you will discover from our investigation in 1st and 2nd Corinthians that what else occurred frequently was: The gospel of Christ; Christ’s gospel. Thus, the message of the gospel is centred on a person and that person is Christ Jesus. Hence, it was frequently described as the gospel of Christ in the Pauline epistles. Also, from Paul’s words in 1Corinthians 15, he emphatically used the phrase “according to the scriptures”. The term “the scriptures” was not referring to the synoptic gospels; rather, it was referring to the Old Testament book of the bible (Genesis to Malachi). This is similar to his explanation in Romans 1:1-2 “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the Holy Scriptures)”.
This implies that the gospel was a message in the Old Testament books of the bible (Genesis to Malachi), and Paul got his facts from them. Three facts must be kept in mind at this point which are:
The gospel is a message that is preached.
The message of the gospel is centred in a person; Christ Jesus.
The gospel was a message in the Old Testament books of the bible. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Let Christ be your focus where the gospel is concerned.
PRAYER: I declare that I stay and stand with the gospel of Christ, and not carried away by another gospel, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: We have a Christ’s gospel and thus our message should be Christocentric.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1 EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 16