PREACHING THE GOSPEL

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PREACHING THE GOSPEL

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16)

 

The gospel IS the power of God that brings salvation to those who believe in it. Let me say it again… It is POWER. It brings SALVATION. It works through FAITH. I think we have been diminishing the meaning of the gospel and its power. I think our understanding of what it means to preach the gospel is usually restricted to “how we can go to heaven”. When we talk about preaching the gospel we usually mean (and it is usually understood as) talking to people about Jesus Christ dying on the cross to save people from going to hell for eternity. That is true. But that’s just one part of it. Also, there are many gospels being preached since Jesus died. There’s the “receive Jesus and everything is going to be fine” gospel. There’s the “you can live however you want because Jesus already paid the price for all your sins, so don’t worry about it” gospel. There’s the “life in Christ is hard, therefore, fun, comfort and joy are luxuries reserved only to after we die and go to heaven” kind of gospel. I could go on and on… There are gospels for every taste, every lifestyle. You pick! But what is the gospel of Jesus? What is the gospel the Bible talks about? According to the apostle Paul, it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes. Let’s talk about it…

 

IT IS POWER

It isn’t weak. It makes things happen. It has an outcome. It’s not just background music for your daily life. It isn’t just a way of doing things, it is actually what causes things to be the way they are. If it has no power to bring about change, than it is not the gospel of the Bible.

 

IT BRINGS SALVATION

The change I just mentioned before is called salvation (in this particular verse of the book of Romans). Salvation from what? From sin, from ourselves, from evil operating in this world and in us through sin. Yes, from eternity in hell as a final result and taking us to a different end. The Bible says in Matthew 1:21 “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” The Bible also says in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” So it is clear that our sins bring death, bring bondage and we need to be rescued from them. How about diseases, poverty, emotional troubles…? Well, they are all in the “death package” and are all the salary paid for sinning, so salvation from death in all areas of our lives come through the power of the gospel of Jesus.

 

IT IS THROUGH FAITH

You have to believe it to receive it. You chose to believe. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) You have a lot of things around you telling one thing, and then you have the gospel telling something else which you CANNOT SEE. The step of faith is an actual choice. It may make no sense at first, but that’s another thing about faith, it does not operate based on the logic of this decaying world.

 

IT IS NOT COMPLICATED.

Sin brought death. Death in every single way, in every area of our lives, to this entire world. It made us slaves, we got stuck in it as it destroys us. Then Jesus came to save us. He has come that we may have life, and have it to the full. (paraphrased from John 10:10). His sacrifice released power to set us free. We receive Jesus and access such power by faith. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” (Romans 10:9,10)

 

So let me finish with the verse that comes right after that. “As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame’.” (Romans 10:11) No, I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.

 

And I BELIEVE.

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