Preaching the Gospel should be the concern of every born again child of God. Really? That sounds kinda harsh and dogmatic. I know it does, and I hope you have the same conviction. Jesus Christ taught that we are to let our light shine. The concept of a shining light is often related to our Christian witness. Jesus stated that we are to be witnesses, that is, tell what He did for us when we were born again and what He does for us as His children.
In all this, there is so much confusion when it comes to what the Gospel is, who needs it, and what it does in our life. I want to help you with some basic ideas of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Biblical Lessons On The Gospel Of Jesus Christ
What is the Gospel?
We find several times in the life of Jesus Christ that He was concerned with people believing the Gospel. His first message was a call to believe the Gospel (Matthew 4:17 & Mark 1:14-15). His purpose as found in the Gospel of Luke is that the Acceptable year of the Lord had come, and it was for people to hear the Gospel (Luke 4:14-21). Peter continues this preaching on Pentacost by preaching Gospel messages (Acts 2:21-36, 3:12-26, 4:8-12, 4:33, 5:29-32, 10:34-43). Paul the Apostle become a church planter, whose message was Gospel centered (Romans 1:16, 1st Corinthians 1:17 15:1-3, 2nd Corinthians 2:2 & 12, 4:3-4, Galatians 4:13, Philippians 1:17 & 27… ).
It was this Gospel that people simply believed that led to a completely new life of Hope and forgiveness (Mark 5:1-20). It was such a powerful message that the most vilest of society became the most holy (Luke 5:27-32). It was so powerful that the most religiously proud individuals were humbled to seeking Christ at night (John 3:1-21).
Even writing this post and thinking of the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is causing me to get a teared up as I turn back the pages of time and remember the great day Jesus saved me! The Gospel of Jesus Christ is THE MOST POWERFUL MESSAGE EVER KNOWN TO MAN.
Simply put, Paul the Apostle (under Holy Ghost inspiration) stated the Gospel was: The Death, Burial, & Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
~ 1st Corinthians 15:1-4
This is what we find the Apostle Paul preaching most. In his letters to local churches, he continually reminded the churches of the Gospel preaching that had such an impact in their lives. Why? Because he was a changed man as a result of the Risen Saviour, Jesus Christ.
This is what sets apart Biblical Christianity from other forms of religion. We have a Risen Saviour. Even in many so-called Christian groups, they don’t make the Gospel big in their message. Having been raised catholic, I noticed they continually showed Jesus on the Cross. I am thankful for the Cross, but our hope is in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. I am thankful God opened my eyes to the lack of life in the catholic church and that God saved me a gave me true life, which could not be found in a dead religion.
It was with this Gospel that Jesus came. It was the plan of God throughout all eternity. His goal was to die, be buried, and raise on the 3rd day. This demonstrated the power God has over death. With this power, we too can have life, because He conquered death, since He is life.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ must be believed upon as ones only hope to be made right in the eyes of God. The result of believing on the resurrected Jesus Christ for our salvation brings several benefits:
- New & eternal life in Christ (John 3, 2nd Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:1-7)
- Forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 2:10-15, 1st John 2:12)
- Victory over sin (Romans 6:6-14, 18, 22)
- Victory over death (Romans 6:8-11, 1st Corinthians 15:51-57, Revelation 22:17)
Who needs to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
When Jesus started His earthly ministry, He publicly declared His mission and message:
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.
~ Luke 4:18, 19
His mission was to preach a message the helped people. Again, we know that message was the Gospel of Christ. Yet, we find a people to whom He came to minister, which is the: poor, brokenhearted, captives, blind, & bruised. Later, we find He gives more insight concerning this group of people that needed Christ:
And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
~ Luke 5:31, 32
Looking at this, Jesus wanted this Gospel message preached to those that needed it. He came for sinners. He loved sinners. He came to give the Gospel to sinners. The thing about this is that every person is a sinner (Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:10-23 & 5:12). If everyone who ever lived is a sinner, then this Gospel message is for everyone who ever lived and ever will live.
Sin is a global problem. Since it is a global problem, the Gospel is the answer for the world. God stated very clearly that He loved the world (John 3:16). He also stated very clearly that anyone can come with faith & repentance to Him…it’s a “whosoever will” Gospel message! (Matthew 11:28-30, John 4:13-14, 5:24, 7:37-38, Romans 10:13)
The Gospel message of Jesus Christ was the He came to earth, died in our place, & rose on the 3rd day. Because He conquered sin and death, we too can be partakers of His Divine life. It is ONLY in Jesus Christ that we can find eternal life, the forgiveness of sins, and a home in heaven.
The 1st question is, have you turned to Christ? If not, I invite you to repent to Jesus, trusting Him and Him alone to save you. You can learn more here:
2nd, if you have been born again, are you telling others about what Jesus Has done for you? Are you living for Him?