“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Our theme scripture is clear. People can only be saved when they believe in Jesus. They can only believe in Jesus when they hear about Him. And they can only hear when a man preaches.
In a world where some people seem to believe that a man can be saved by seeing the good works of a believer, Apostle Paul teaches otherwise. He brings clarity to the subject of salvation and its process.
While good works wrought by a believer are good, they have absolutely no power or ability to transform a man. They can’t transport a man from darkness to light neither can they make a spiritually dead man alive in Christ.
What saves a man is the news he hears- The Gospel!
The gospel is God’s agency for man’s salvation. The Gospel is not an action to be displayed. It is a news to be told, that’s why it is called THE GOOD NEWS.
“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.”
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Apostle Paul lectures the church at Corinth and us by extension about reconciliation. He informs us that God reconciled us to Himself and gave us that same ministry of reconciliation. He further posits that God committed to us the WORD of reconciliation.
Let’s look at one last text to corroborate this biblical narrative.
Apostle Paul in his earlier letter to the church at Corinth reveals to them how they became saved. This is what he says:
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.”
1 Corinthians 15:1-2
Salvation becomes a man’s eternal possession when he hears and believes the gospel.
The Gospel is not about morality. It’s a message to be told!