The Gospel.

Speaker: Rev. Shine Thomas

 INTRODUCTION:

Jesus said in Mark 16:15 Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. What exactly is the gospel? What is the message we are to speak to this world?

The world gospel means the good news. When did this good news come? When Jesus was born, the angles announced the good news. Luke 2:10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” So the gospel is the good news, the good news of Jesus Christ.

Apostle Paul in his writings wrote specifically about the gospel. Romans 1:1-2 1Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— 2the gospel (good news) he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures…

This good news was promised before Jesus’ birth. The OT is full of the promise of the good news of Jesus. It begins back in Genesis 3:15 when man sinned and God said the seed of the woman was promised as the one who would be the cure for the sin.

This promise was fulfilled when Jesus Christ was born as a descendent of David there in Bethlehem. The birth of Jesus brought the good news for all people. Now if the gospel is the good news there could even be a bad news. There is a context for the gospel, why the good news came?

This had been a wonderful world. God saw everything was good. You look around God’s creation and see all the variety, beauty, the complexity of God’s creation around us. Take a simple animal like a horse. Think about the variations within that part of God’s creation. There is the zebra in that family. Have you stopped to look at a zebra or a picture of it? The beautiful art work which God painted upon the sides and back and legs and head of the zebra and how symmetric and beautiful it is. Around this world God has created insects and see the variety in the insect kingdom. So God made this wonderful creation. But he made man different from the rest of life. He created man in his own image.

Man is not just a physical being to inhabit this world. Man is a spirit being just as God is a spirit. Man has an eternal soul which lives somewhere forever. Man has been given this physical body to dwell in here on this earth. God saw it was good and God had fellowship with Adam. Can you imagine? God himself came to his garden, Garden of Eden, in the cool of the day and he walked and talked with Adam and fellowshipped with him. All of this was God in his own initiative. God made this world, this creation and man so wonderfully.

But then sin entered this world and the first man Adam made a choice and sinned and this world was thrust into the chaos of sin. So we live in such a world today which still has great wonder about it but which is so marred, not only in the physical world but also in the moral world, so different from what it was created to be. So there is a need for good news because there is bad news. It is something we all live with, the bad news, the fallen state of man. We all deal with the problems and difficulties that come with the bad news of sin which entered this world.

So, God has good news. Why was it that the angels said at the birth of Jesus, “I bring you good news, good tidings of great joy?” Bethlehem was at peace. Israel was at peace. Now they were under the Romans and they did not like that but there were not great wars going on between them. There was the peace of Rome in their land. Jesus’ coming was not a political good news, it was for all man. So in the midst of a world of relative peace there came this decelerate – Peace on earth, goodwill to all men.

WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?

  • Good News
  • Spoken in the Scripture.
  • Announced at the birth of Jesus Christ.

What makes Jesus so special? Romans 1:3-4 …regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, 4and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus Christ is Lord. Jesus Christ is God.

How do you know that Jesus is God?

a. The scripture proves the divinity of Jesus.

Colossians 1:15-17 15The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

b. The resurrection proved the divinity of Jesus.

Romans 1:4 -and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jesus died on the cross as the son of God voluntarily in your place. That tomb could not hold him, and on that first day of the week he rose victorious over dead. So the gospel is concerning Jesus Christ who came in the flesh and who demonstrated his divinity through the resurrection. Jesus was declared to be God right in front of the eyes of men and woman when Jesus resurrected from the dead.

What did Jesus accomplish on the cross? Jesus died for our sins.

1 Corinthians 15:3-8 3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

How to receive this Gospel? Faith.

The platform of the gospel is faith. Romans 1:16-17 16I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation ofeveryone who believes; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17For in the gospel is a righteousness form God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

If you believe in the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ that Christ died and he rose from the grave, that in self is the power of God for salvation, for being saved from hell, saved form sin.

SO WHAT DOES THE GOSPEL GIVE US?

a. Gospel is the power of God for everyone who believes.

Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God (What power? Power of Resurrection) for the salvation of everyone who believes; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

b. Gospel is salvation for everyone who believes. 

Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

c. Gospel is righteousness for everyone who believes.

We are made righteous before God. Romans 1:17 For in the gospel is a righteousness form God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Now perhaps some would say that seems a little abstract. I am used to doing things to receive something. I am used to doing some sacrifices, fasting, homas etc to achieve something spiritually. But you say pastor you believe in the gospel and you receive power, salvation, and right standing with God freely? Yes. God has so ordained it that Jesus would come and do for you and me what we could not do for ourselves. We were without hope and the good news is that the holy God himself, would come and do for you what you could not do for yourself. He would die for you and in so doing would be capable of making due payment for your sins you cannot accomplish. So God came and died for us. This is the power of God to those who believe.

HOW CAN A MAN HAVE SALVATION? BELIEVE AND DECLARE.

Acts 16:31 Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.
Romans 10:9 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.

A man believes on Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus is God. I believe he died for me. I believe he rose from the grave. I believe in him for my forgiveness, for my salvation and a man is thereby saved by believing.

Illustration: In World War II, some Americans soldiers were captured in a German prison. They were tortured badly but secretly they built a makeshift radio. There was no freedom but they were getting the updates of the war in this radio. One day they got the news in the cell, Germany surrendered! As the word spread among the prisoners, loud celebration broke out. They walked up to the jail superintendent and said, “My boss has conquered your boss.” They were immediately set free. They received the news, believed, and confessed it they were saved!

Let me ask you have you ever believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. Have you ever called out to him in your heart? If you have never done that I would invite you to do that right now just in your heart between you and God.

Now what is the bad news and I am going to go through this very quickly. The rest of chapter 1 shows to us the bad news for the people who do not receive the good news.

THE BAD NEWS FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE THE GOSPEL.

a. God’s Wrath.

Romans 1:18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness. Now God’s wrath is upon the people who do not respond to the good news.

Why? Romans 1:19-20 19since what may be known about God is plain to them,(Gospel is not a mystery)because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

b. Men are without excuse.

Have you noticed in the news now that scientists are looking for the God particle? So man who can see the complexity of God’s creation, even though he does not believe in God still refers to something which is missing, he has not found yet as the God particle. God cannot be denied. Incidentally, they will not find the God particle. There is no God particle. There is in the centre of it all Jesus who is the one by whom the Bible says all things consist or hold together.

So man has no excuse but what happens with man Romans 1:21-22 21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.

What has man done? Man refuses to acknowledge God and then designs his own God and he designs God in images, mental or physical, images which are made like things in God’s creation, even man, humanism. So man makes his own God as if he has the power to be God. So man refuses to know God and then becomes unthankful.

c. God gives up on man.

When man rejects the good news again and again, then God turns man over to the wickedness of his own heart. There are 3 places in chapter 1 we read that God gave them up.

v24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.
V26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.
V28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them overto a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.

There can come a time and often does when a man continues to reject God, it is possible to reach the place where God gives him over to his own ways.

Some of you who are here maybe really concerned about that. That concern itself is a good indication that you have not. You need to turn to Jesus and believe in him, call upon him for salvation. I trust you will do that now. Altar Call.

WHAT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS THE GOSPEL?

PREACH THE GOSPEL.

Mark 15:16 Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
Romans 1:14-16 14I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. 16For 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.

CONCLUSION:

Does the gospel dear believer embarrass you sometimes? Sometimes do you have a hard time looking at someone and saying, “Jesus is my Saviour and I can tell you how you could know him too.” We are not to be ashamed. Jesus is not just another man, he is the eternal God. He brought salvation to us, it is good news and Paul says I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. Why? Because the good news v16 because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.