Happy new month and welcome to another episode on The Gospel Exposition Blog. Our focus today is preaching the good news, which is the gospel.
Mark 16 (NIV)
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
As a believer, we are entrusted with the message of the gospel. We were automatically commissioned for the cause of the gospel the moment we got saved. Therefore, preaching the gospel should be the believer’s priority. Why is it important that we make it our priority? The answer is simple. The good news is God’s way of getting men saved.
Romans 1 (NIV)
16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
Read the next verse of the introductory text.
Mark 16 (NIV)
16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
The world came under condemnation when the first man, Adam, fell. The main purpose of Christ’s coming was for the salvation of man from sin through His death, burial and resurrection. This He did, so that those that believe in Him would be saved from condemnation that they deserve. Christ showed and demonstrated grace instead of judgement. It is therefore very clear that the gospel is preaching glad tidings to men. This is called good news and it is the believer’s responsibility to preach it at the Lord’s command.
Matthew 28 (NIV)
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Therefore what was committed to us was the message and what we are to do is to preach the message.
We must know that though we may apply various methods in preaching, the main thing should be the message, which is clearly defined in scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15: 1-8. If we are able to feed all the poor in a community, build schools and provide scholarships, if we do all the good things we can do without the preaching of the message, we have not fulfilled the great commission.
This is not to mean we cannot apply these methods when preaching. However, the power to save is in preaching the gospel. Jesus in His walk on earth did many works, helped many families and met various needs. But meeting needs was not His priority. His priority was getting men saved. Therefore, nothing is wrong with meeting needs. However, let us always be focused, not laying aside the message – preaching the good news.
Let it be known to men that God loves them and that He is reconciling them to Himself (God) in Christ Jesus. And everyone who believes shall be saved. This is the message.
2 Corinthians 5 (NIV)
18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
Upon His resurrection, He commissioned us to go and preach this gospel of what He has come to do for man. Every believer is commissioned. Dear reader, you are too. Go into the world and preach the good news. Start from where you are and in the little way you can. Believe me, it matters very much to God who would have all men saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth.
2 Timothy 4 (NIV)
3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,
4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Christ Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. John 14:6. He is the message of the gospel. Preach Him to all creation.
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