Tag Archives: Gospel

3 Things One Must Know In Proclaiming the Gospel

Any man who has taken on the position of a local pastor-teacher of the Church of Jesus Christ, or anyone who desires to proclaim the Gospel to another, should know at least this much:

1. Salvation is of the Lord alone.

Christians are never told in Scripture to ‘go out and save people’ with the Gospel. You cannot. Saving souls is the work of God, not man. Yet, every Christian is a missionary and the task is equal to all – proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is the Great Commission. Proclaim the Gospel as the Truth that it is. Do not wait for an immediate conversion. Leave it in the hands of God.

2. Wound by the Law of God.

The first priority in proclaiming the Gospel to anyone is to wound – not to console or make them comfortable in their sins. The Law of God is the needle that pricks the conscience of the soul. It’s purpose is to shed light on the sin of the one to whom you are speaking. Without speaking of the Law, you have no good news, no Gospel. One must see their infinite sin against an infinite God before they can realize an infinite punishment for having been born in the first Adam, their federal representative, in whom they stand condemned already.

3. Heal by the Gospel

After the Law is preached, then, and only then, should the Gospel, the good news, be given.  The Law of God is powerless to convict a sinner without the working of the Spirit of God – and so also, is the Gospel powerless, without the working of God the Holy Spirit!

Salvation is of the Lord alone!

Why Did Paul Remind the Corinthians of the Gospel?

korinth-tempel-octavia

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. – I Corinthians 15:1-5

The Apostle Paul had once preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Corinthians. Now he is reminding them of it.

Why?

Is it because the same Gospel that saves us also sanctifies us? Is it because the Christians at Corinth needed to preach the Gospel to themselves every day? No, that is not found in this, or any other passage of Scripture. That would be eisogesis, or better, ‘lack-o-gesis’ at its finest. It is the error of New Calvinism, and it leads to antinomian thinking, ignoring the imperatives of Scripture to be obeyed in exchange for the freedom of lawlessness so enjoyed by myriads of young people today.

The reason Paul is making known the Gospel to the Corinthians once again is found in the Scripture itself, and in fact, in the same chapter; specifically, verses 12 and 13.

Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

The Apostle Paul is reminding them of the Gospel teaching, not because it sanctifies them by ‘going deeper’ and by contemplating more deeply the finished work of Christ, oh no. He is addressing the fact that some in Corinth who had professed Christ and professed to believe the Gospel, are now rejecting  or objecting to the doctrine of the resurrection. They are believing that God raises the soul, but not the body.

That is why Paul is once again reminding them of the Gospel. Not to stress the necessity of the Gospel for the purpose of sanctification, but for doctrinal correction.

If any preacher tells you that the Gospel sanctifies you apart from obedience, that man needs to be marked for division according to Scripture.

The Only Gospel Command to Be Obeyed

the-gospel

For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? I Peter 4:17 (NASB)

In Scripture, there are many biblical commands or imperatives to be obeyed yet they are not direct ‘gospel commands’.

Mark 1:1 declares the beginning of Jesus’ gospel, and in Mark 1:15, Jesus said,

“”The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Regeneration and saving faith both being gifts from God, only the elect unto salvation will believe, of course, yet the imperative to believe in the Gospel is there.

Again, through the Apostle Peter, specifically in the quoted passage above, there is only one ‘Gospel imperative’, that is, one Gospel command specifically regarding the Gospel, and it is not for Christians to preach the Gospel to ourselves everyday. It is simply to believe its good news. The Gospel is good news to be believed, not good news to be therapeutically repeated daily.

In the latter portion of I Peter 4:17, the Apostle asked the question:

“what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”

What does he mean by ‘obey the Gospel? The answer lies in the text itself. The Greek  word for obey here is ἀπειθούντων—note the present active tense of this participle (derived from ἀπειθέω (I refuse to believe and obey)).

Peter is asking in essence “If judgment begins with the house of God, what will become of those who are willfully, intentionally disbelieving and refuse to comply with the command to believe the Gospel?”

It is that simple my brethren. To obey the Gospel is to believe it.

The Scriptures, that is, the whole counsel of God, teaches us how to make progress in holiness and press on to maturity in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, Who is our Helper!

Let us be biblical by sticking to the Bible and not the latest fads of ‘spiritual disciplines’ and the error of so-called ‘gospel-sanctification.’

The Whole Counsel of God

Bible

for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. – Acts 20:27

In this passage, the word shrink ( hupostellō ) means to withhold under (out of sight); conceal, hold back. Declaring (anaggellō) is to announce (in detail). The word whole (pas) means each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything; counsel ( boulē ) is volition, decision, intention, purpose.

In other words, we might translate the verse this way:

For I did not withhold out of sight from you; I did not conceal nor hold back anything from you, announcing in detail everything God has purposed, decided and intended for you.

Brethren, this is speaking of the complete revelation God has given us in his Son Jesus Christ, and there is more than the Gospel being spoken of here.

There is the sermon on the mount, for one, describing not specifically only things to be believed, but rather to be done, to be lived out, the very character of a Christian by which the world will know to whom they belong. There is much of the New Testament devoted to instructions of righteousness – living rightly, honorably, in such a way as to be pleasing to both God and man.

There are among us these days those who limit the scope of their instruction to the Church to the Gospel alone. Every sermon, every text, every message a message of the Gospel. That is not the whole counsel of God. Such are holding back, concealing (if they know at all) the full revelation of God in His Son Jesus Christ as revealed in the written Word. If they’ve a firm grasp of the Gospel according to Scripture, I commend them to the evangelistic field, but let us deny admittance of those to the office of pastor-teacher, for if the gospel is all they have to instruct the Church, they will keep the congregations in spiritual diapers, stunt their spiritual growth, effectively hindering any progress in their Christian maturity and their participation in the Great Commission to which they have been assigned.

Many Christians across America remain in the aforesaid spiritual diapers because they have been deceived into believing that the Gospel alone was going to MAKE them holy. Being set apart to be holy by way of regeneration or the new birth is one thing; the hard warfare of becoming holy, righteous by the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, that is, ethical sanctification, is a whole other matter in itself.

Some no doubt will object: “What else is there other than the scandalous Gospel?”

The rest of God’s whole counsel to you, that’s what.

Jesus said:

If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. – John 7:17

Amen.