READ: The Gospel - Part 1 by Apostle Raphael A. Macaulay

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Mark 16:15
And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

INTRODUCTION
Our Lord Jesus gave a clear command that His disciples should go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. The same command is given to every child of God today. We also, are to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

One thing to note is that the gospel is about a Person. Someone makes the gospel what it is, and that Someone is our Lord Jesus Christ. The centralization of the gospel is Christ. The gospel content--the make-up of the gospel is Christ. There is actually no gospel if it is not about our Lord Jesus Christ. That is why it is called the gospel of Christ. Hallelujah!


A GOOD MESSAGE
The word ‘gospel’ is the Greek word ‘euaggelion’ (yoo-ang-ghel’-ee-on), which means, a reward for good tidings; good tidings—the glad tidings of the kingdom of God; the glad tidings of salvation through Christ; the proclamation of the grace of God manifest and pledged in Christ. Simply put; the gospel is a good message, and it is a good message because it is about Christ. Hallelujah!

The gospel is good news, and Christ is what makes it good. The gospel is good news because it speaks of the death and resurrection of the Lord. And now He's ascended and glorified.

The gospel is good news because it brings life, the life of God to mankind. Hallelujah! If you take away Christ from the gospel, it is no longer good news, but just news. Christ is what makes the news good.


A PROCLAMATION
THROUGH CHRIST
When we preach the gospel, we proclaim the glad tidings of the kingdom of God which comes through salvation in Christ Jesus. When we preach the gospel, we proclaim the grace of God made manifest and pledged to mankind in and through Christ Jesus. We cannot claim to preach the gospel if we neglect the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul said, "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that he was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures..." (1 Cor. 15:3-4).

This is the content and the crux of the gospel; it must attest to the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. If He died, which He did, then He was buried. And if He was buried, which He did, then that's the evidence that He rose from the dead because He is no longer in the tomb. What saves men from sin and hell is the emphasis on the death and resurrection of the Lord that is heard and believed.


BELIEVE AND CONFESS
God’s word says in Romans 10:9, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

The believing and confession is that Jesus died and was raised from the dead by God. When this happens, salvation takes place. This is the power of God that saves men from sin. Faith in the Lord Jesus [that He died and was raised by God] is what saves men.

This also means that what men hear is very important and crucial to their faith and eventual salvation. If a preacher preaches what should be preached—the glad tidings of the kingdom of God through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, men will believe right and be saved right.


SOME ARE NOT SAVED
If you ask some to tell you about their salvation experience, you will be shocked at what you will hear. You will discover that some didn’t actually hear the message of the gospel, and so, are not really saved. You cannot hear something else, totally different from what the gospel is—the death and resurrection of the Lord, and think you received faith to be saved. That’s self deception.

The gospel of Christ is about Christ and what He has done. It ministers grace to the hearer and faith is released for salvation to be received. The gospel of Christ imparts the faith of God into men, and salvation is guaranteed. We must not be quick to conclude that a man is saved because he attends church and is involved in church activities.

Attending church services does not imply that a man is saved; he may have grown up in a Christian home. But a conviction within, by the Holy Spirit, and a lifestyle that corresponds to the one born of the Spirit of God is what proves that a man is saved. Hallelujah!

You are blessed!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, is with you now and ever. Amen.

Say this…I triumph always!
I win always!
I rule! I reign!
 Jesus is Lord!


Apostle Raphael A. Macaulay
Overseer, Church Affairs,
Restoration Spring Ministry,
African Region


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