MONDAY July 16, 2018
Declare the Gospel
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—
unless you believed in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:1-2
Paul declared the Gospel––the good news. He gave the Corinthians the genuine belief concerning the Cross, the Blood, the Resurrection, Christ’s Ascension, with Jesus Christ sitting at the right hand of the Father, and then, Christ’s Return. That is the Gospel! Paul placed a strong emphasis on the Gospel. Notice the three words he used in reference to the Gospel: the Gospel is preached, it is received, and in the Gospel we stand. We stand firm in the Gospel by faith in Jesus Christ––unmovable.
Paul greatly encouraged us to continue in the faith and not to fall away. If we continue to stand firm in the Gospel, we will be saved. If we do not continue in the faith, then we are going to be in deep trouble. If we sin, instead of moving away from Christ, we need to ask for forgiveness. First John 1:9 tells us: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Nothing can remove someone from the Gospel of Jesus Christ if they are truly born again by the Holy Spirit––there is no possible way, so long as they abide in Christ (John 15). The only way a person falls away from the Gospel is when the Word of God is being preached, and they do not listen. They do not receive it, but continuously reject the Word of God; then they do not stand, but fall into sin. If there is no true repentance, that person’s faith is in vain.
It is really wise to understand the Gospel; it brings us to salvation. Without the Gospel, there is no salvation. It is incredible how the Gospel works. The Gospel is about Jesus Christ–– Himself. Through Christ who came, died and rose again, we have the hope of eternal life.
The power to proclaim the greatest news in heaven or on earth was not given to the angels. It was given to redeemed men… Every Christian is to be a witness; every follower of Christ is to preach the Gospel.
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