THE GOSPEL AND THE MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL (17)

“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 restricted to a particular class of people, it is for all.


We saw in Galatians 2 that what Paul meant of “the truth of the gospel” in context when he spoke in Galatians 2:2, 5, 7 and 14 is that Christ died for all (Jews and Gentiles) and also that justification is not by the works/deeds of the law but by the faith of Jesus Christ; verses 16, 17, 20 and 21 of Galatians 2 reveal this, they read “knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But if while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid… I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness came by the law, then Christ is dead in vain” So, “the truth of the gospel” in context is that Christ died for all (Jews and Gentiles) and also that justification is not by the works/deeds of the law but by the faith of Jesus Christ; again, portraying that Christ Jesus is the subject matter of the gospel.
In chapter 3 verses 8 and 14 of Galatians, Paul says, “And the scripture, forseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the spirit through faith”.

He described the gospel in the above text as that which is preached. The phrase “preached before the gospel” which is “pro-euagellizo” in the Greek implies to say something before it happens. This shows us that the gospel was present in the Old Testament and also that the gospel could be believed in the Old Testament. Hallelujah!


INSTRUCTION: Read your bible.


PRAYER: I declare that I am more word conscious now more than ever, In Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The gospel does not exclude anyone, it is all-inclusive.

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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