READ: The Gospel - Part 3 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.

Matthew 28
19. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, (even) unto the end of the world. Amen.


INTRODUCTION
 Our Lord Jesus Christ instructed His disciples to teach all nations (Jews and Gentiles) the things He had commanded them, one of which was that they should go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). They must have preached to the nations, get them saved, before they can teach them to observe what the Lord commanded them; for only the saved can preach the gospel.

The word 'teach' as used in Matthew 28:19 is the Greek word 'matheteuo' (math-ayt-yoo'-o), which means, to disciple, to be a disciple of one, to follow one's precepts and instructions; to make a disciple, to become a student, to teach, to instruct. Unbelievers are not disciples of Christ, so the apostles could not have made disciples out of them for Christ if they had not first preached Christ to them. There must first be a conversion of the heart to the Lord before there can be a disciple of the Lord.

Now the word 'teaching' as used in Matthew 28:20 is the Greek word 'didasko' (did-as'-ko), and it means, to teach, to instruct, to explain or expound a thing; to instill a doctrine into one. This would be appropriate after salvation has been received, as it has to do with the one already in Christ, a disciple.

When they (unbelievers) believe the gospel and are saved, then are they disciples of Christ, and can be taught and instructed in the doctrine of Christ. It is now right to instill Christ's doctrine in them. Hallelujah!


THE TRAINING
 Apostle Paul's letters are helpful here...
1 Timothy 4:11, "These things command and teach."
What things? The preceding scriptures of 1 Timothy 4 have them. Who was Timothy to command and teach? The saints of God under his watch, not unbelievers.

1 Timothy 1:3, "As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine."

There's what not to teach. And if there's what not to teach, then there's what to teach, which is the doctrine of Christ meant for those in Christ.

A man of God once said that in ministry, it's not appropriate to correct the one you have not taught or trained, but that you can correct the one you have taught or trained. The unbeliever cannot be corrected, and, or instructed in the word of God because he is not yet a disciple of Christ, neither has he been taught or trained in the doctrine of Christ. On the other hand, the believer is been taught, and trained in the doctrine of Christ; so, he can be corrected and instructed.

Paul could tell Timothy to charge some that they teach no other doctrine because they were already disciples of Christ, and had received the doctrine of Christ, and were in training (1 Tim. 1:3). Those he told Timothy to charge not to teach another doctrine were believers and teachers in the local church.

2 Timothy 3
16. All scripture (is) given by inspiration of God, and (is) profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17. That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works
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The whole process is training. The word 'doctrine' is the Greek word 'didaskalia' (did-as-kal-ee'-ah), and it means, a teaching, an instruction. In other words, scriptures are inspired by the Spirit of God for the teaching, reproof, correction and instruction of the saints.

Definitely, we use scriptures for preaching to the world. Our preaching comes from the word of God. However, for the man in Christ, scriptures are to be explained so that he may grow in the faith. In teaching, we reprove and are reproved. In teaching, we correct and are corrected. In teaching, we instruct and are instructed. This is what makes a disciple (Matt. 28:19-20).

Bishop Keith Butler said, "In preaching we proclaim. In teaching we explain." The world needs the proclamation of Christ; they need to be aware of what Jesus has done to save them. The Church needs the explanation of Christ; they need to know who they are in Christ to grow in Him.

It is therefore safe to say that by the preaching of the gospel of Christ, a relationship between God and the sinner is initiated if he (the sinner) believes, and by the teaching of the word of God, the sinner turned saint matures in Christ. A sinner needs the preaching of the gospel of Christ to be saved, and when he's saved, he needs the teaching (doctrine) of Christ to grow in salvation.


WE PREACH CHRIST
 This is why we preach Christ and Him crucified, who resurrected and is glorified. Christ is the gospel we have been sent to preach. The message of the gospel is centered on Christ’s death and resurrection, and this is what saves men when they believe.

In Luke 4:18-19, our Lord Jesus quoted from the book of Isaiah 61:1-2, when He said, “The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

In Matthew 4:23-24, it is said of Him that He "went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And His fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto Him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy, and He healed them."


ANOINTED TO PREACH
 The Lord did the things He was anointed for, starting with the preaching of the gospel. The first purpose of the anointing of the Spirit upon the Lord according to Isaiah 61:1 and Luke 4:18 was for the preaching of the gospel, and as He went preaching, He healed the sick, cured diseases, cast out devils. The gospel of Christ is the power of God to save from sin, sickness and disease. As it brings salvation, it heals, it cures, and it delivers. Hallelujah!

Today, the child of God has the same duty. We have been sent to preach the gospel of Christ to every creature. And of course, the Lord will not commission us to preach without empowering us to preach. This is where the ministry of the Holy Spirit comes in. It is the Spirit that empowers (anoints) us for the service of the Lord--the work of the kingdom of God, the preaching of the gospel. The Lord appoints us for service; the Spirit empowers us for service--the gospel or kingdom service, and the anointing is the enabling power of God at work in and through us.

So then, anytime we stand to proclaim the name of the Lord—to preach the gospel, we must know that the anointing is given to help us perform our duty well.


TO THE POOR...
 “The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor..."

The poor is not just that beggarly, tattered looking man or woman, but also, anyone who is not born again. All sinners are dead in sin, dead to God, and destitute of the Spirit of God. They are spiritually dead. They are empty in their spirit and are void of the practical riches of God’s grace, love and life.

Although a believer may be poor physically, yet he is not empty in the spirit; and this is because he is dead to sin but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Paul the apostle said, "God forbid. How shall we, that are DEAD TO SIN, live any longer therein?... Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be DEAD INDEED UNTO SIN, BUT ALIVE UNTO GOD through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom. 6:2, 11, emphasis added). Notice he says believers are dead to sin, and not that sin is dead. In the world there is sin, and sin is present in the nature of the carnal man; that's why we still preach the gospel to the lost for their salvation.

But the Spirit of God dwells in the believer. He is not empty (dead) in the spirit; he is alive and rich therein because he is in Christ Jesus. The gospel of Christ preached to the poor--the sinner—the one destitute of the life of God, brings about the riches of God’s grace upon such a one if he believes. The gospel of Christ is the power of God to save anyone, and everyone.

In preaching the gospel, we are also anointed to heal the brokenhearted—the sick, even as the weary is strengthened. The Bible says in Mark 16:17-18, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils… they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Those who believe in the Lord Jesus have the power—anointing to heal the sick.


DELIVERANCE IS INCLUSIVE
 We have the anointing to deliver men from the captivity of the devil. Whatever the bondage is, by the preaching of the gospel, we see the power of the Spirit of God release men from the bondage of Satan. Part of what the Lord was anointed for is deliverance to the captives (Luke 4:18).

The word ‘deliverance’ is the Greek word ‘aphesis’ (af’-es-is), which means; release from bondage or imprisonment; forgiveness or pardon of sins (letting them go as if they had never been committed), remission of the penalty. In other words, deliverance is also forgiveness or pardon or remission, which will in turn bring about release from bondage.


WE HAVE BEEN SENT
 The natural man is in the bondage of Satan by reason of the sinful nature. Every man without Christ is a slave to Satan, and we have been sent to bring forgiveness and freedom to mankind through the preaching of the gospel of Christ because it has the power of God to save.

We have been anointed to set at liberty the bruised—those broken by enemy, they are to find grace through our preaching. The blind [spiritually and physically] receive their sight as we obey the command which says, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”. And as we do this, we have an assignment to also announce the return of our Lord Jesus.

Everyone who is in Him is pleased to hear that He is coming back again, and he tells the world about this. I am glad that our Lord Jesus is coming back again.

Grace 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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