READ: The Gospel - Part 2 by Apostle Raphael Macaulay

Did You Miss Part One? Not To Worry. Read It Here

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


INTRODUCTION
The gospel of Christ is the resolute, complete and final answer to the question of man’s inherent sinful nature. Sin is forever present in the nature of the man without Jesus, and no good works can change this. Any good works outside redemption is futile. Charity support and other things done to help humanity are good, but outside Christ, they are but dung.

When we go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, and they receive the word and believe, whatever good work is done now is meaningful and accepted. It is a complete waste to do charity but don’t know the Lord. If you know anyone who is given to charity but has not received the Lord Jesus as Savior and Lord, let that person know it has no eternal benefit. No Christ, no life. All that man does outside Christ, he does in death.

Life is in Christ, and everyone in Christ has life. We passed under the radar of the blood of Jesus, and are approved of God in the things we do that glorify His name, but the one outside Christ has none of these.


IT SETS MEN FREE
The gospel of Christ carries a distinct message; that Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world (John 1:29). He died for the sin of each and everyone of us, and He was raised by God from the dead (Rom. 10:9). This message sets men free from the bondage of sin and the oppression of the devil. This message is the power of God to save the sinner and make him righteous if he believes. Hallelujah!

The Bible says in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

When we preach the gospel, we make ready the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Now in the same gospel of Christ is God’s righteousness revealed to the man in Christ, even as he grows in the faith…

“For therein [the gospel] is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:17, brackets mine).

The news does not stop being good because we are now in Christ; it is always good. It remains the gospel (good news) of Christ, and from it we grow in the faith.


I AM NOT ASHAMED
OF THE GOSPEL
If you truly believe in Christ Jesus, you will not be ashamed of His gospel. You will be unashamed, prompt and ready to make Him known everywhere you go.

“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ…” (Rom. 1:16).

Why? Because the sufferings and death of my Lord Jesus Christ wasn't a secret thing; it was an open display, even as His resurrection was witnessed by many. Hence, my faith, confession, and continual proclamation of His gospel must be done openly.

“And hope maketh not ashamed; BECAUSE THE LOVE OF GOD is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Rom. 5:5, emphasis mine).

God's love in me drives me to tell the world about Him; it moves me to preach the gospel of Christ that once saved me.

“As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingblock and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed” (Rom. 9:33).

The one who believes in the Lord shall not be put to shame; he shall not be disappointed. In addition, as he's not put to shame, he should not be ashamed of proclaiming the gospel of the Lord. He should make Him known everywhere he goes. You see, you can’t truly know the Lord and be ashamed of Him. His love will overwhelm your heart and you will always want to tell someone about Him, even as you tell yourself about Him.


JUSTIFICATION OR CONDEMNATION
There are souls out there perishing, and in dire need of salvation, but they don’t know it. And they’re not supposed to know it until we make it known to them. Our willingness to show Jesus to a decayed and dying world shows our love and commitment to Him.

Not many know that they are lost, hence the radical preaching of the gospel. Unbelievers need to know that they are lost without Jesus. They need to know that they are dead without Jesus. They need to know that if they reject the Lord, they bring upon themselves condemnation and a fiery judgment. They need to know that there is wrath to come upon all those who reject Christ as Lord and Savior (Rom. 5:9; 1 Thess. 1:10).

Unbelievers need to know that to receive Jesus is to receive justification, and be free from eternal condemnation.
Our Lord Jesus said, "For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God" (John 3:17-18).

Condemnation is not God's desire for man; for He wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:3-4). But man can choose condemnation instead of justification because he has a free will. How good and pleasant it will be if man chooses justification and not condemnation; life and not death!

Now, just as God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world (John 3:17), we (believers) are not sent to condemn the world either.

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, "Now everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us" (Holman CSB).

We have received the ministry of reconciliation not to condemn men, but reconciling them by letting them know what Christ has done, and how important it is for them to believe. We should make known what awaits a life found in Christ Jesus, and the one separated from Him. We must make them see clearly why they should accept Jesus and be saved.

Furthermore, our lives should also show them what a life with and in Christ is about. That’s one way to shine our light.
Our Lord Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven" (Matt. 5:16). The best way to shine your light is through the preaching of the gospel, not neglecting a righteous conduct.

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. I am saved by it, and my life has never remained the same since the Lord found me. I am sure of eternity with Him, and fully persuaded that I shall be caught up with Him whether I am still alive or dead when He returns. Hallelujah!

You are blessed!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. 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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