“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”
The dilemma of the Christian church today is that a number of people who are zealous to preach the gospel, don’t say the right thing, and a lot of others who actually know the right thing do not go out to evangelise.
We discussed yesterday that the chief aim of your life is to preach the gospel to others. But what do you say to them? What is our message?
2Co 5:17-19 says: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
If you look carefully, you’d notice that God hasn’t just given us the ministry of reconciliation, he has also given us the word of reconciliation.
Not only has he sent you to preach; He has told you what to say! What is this word of reconciliation? That God has reconciled the world to himself in Christ Jesus for those who believe and for those who believe their sins are not imputed to them. Halleluyah! Your job is to tell them that God no longer counts their sin against them when they believe in Jesus Christ.
So you see the gospel is the word of reconciliation, not the word of prosperity, not telling people that God will give them money when they believe the gospel.
It might seem shocking to you, but the gospel isn’t about repentance. Say for example, you find a colleague cheating on his wife. You advise him about why that is bad for him, his marriage and family. He then repents and remains faithful. Does that mean that he is saved? Not at all. The truth is that even unbelievers can repent and still not be saved. There are people who stop even without hearing the gospel, it doesn’t mean that they are saved.
The Apostle Paul, speaking about the Jews in Rom 10:1,2 said that they had a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. A call to moral uprightness is not a call to knowledge. Of course good character is a fruit of your regenerate spirit. But that is not what makes you saved.
So what then is the gospel? The gospel is that God fulfilled his plan to accept the death of Jesus Christ as propitiation for our sins and have ever since bestowed eternal life on anyone who believes (John 3:16). It is good news! Anyone who believes in Jesus will live forever with him. Halleluyah. Be sure to share this good news with the world.