What is the Gospel?

What is the Gospel?

Daily Reading: (Mark 16:15):

“He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.”  

Something to know about this verse is that the church is just about to begin. The church starts at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit fills the hearts of believers, but in this moment in time, Jesus has resurrected from the grave and has appeared to people but the church founded on Christ has yet to officially form. The header of Mark 16 says “Jesus Has Risen.”The Gospel is tied into the Resurrection. Without the Resurrection there is no Gospel to share. The church after the Resurrection is given a mission to share the Gospel to the entire world.

Gospel is the Greek word (evangelion). This is where we get our word evangelism from. The Gospel is the glad tidings of salvation through Christ.

The basic meaning of the term “gospel” was simply an announcement of a good message. If a doctor came to examine a sick person and afterward declared that the problem was nothing serious, that was gospel or good news. In ancient days when soldiers went out to battle, people waited for a report from the battlefield about the outcome. Once the outcome was known, marathon runners dashed back to give the report. That is why Isaiah wrote, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news” (Isaiah 52:7). The watchman in the watchtower would look as far as the eye could see into the distance. Finally, he would see the dust moving as the runner sped back to the city to give the report of the battle. The watchmen were trained to tell by the way the runner’s legs were churning whether the news was good or bad. If the runner were flying and the dust was kicking up, that meant good news.

The Gospel quite literally was tied to someone who was running to share the good news.The Gospel caused the messenger to urgently move to share it with others.This is what should be the case for the church. An urgency to share the gladest tidings of all time. If I tasted a great meal at a restaurant how quick I am to share that on social media? The greatest thing to ever happen to us, salvation in Christ. This good news should well up in our hearts and naturally cause us to move to share it.

In the text He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Go is an action step. It is a verb. But unless another verb takes root in our hearts, we will never do it, and that verb is love. If you don’t receive God’s love you can’t possibly extend God’s love.

The verses after this says: “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” What this tell me is that when we go out as Christ’s ambassadors, we go out in power and authority. God will back up the message of the Gospel and as He does this, miracles will unfold. People will receive physical salvation that will lead to spiritual salvation (Mark 16:17-18). This only happens when the Gospel is preached. When the Gospel is preached God always backs it up with power because the Gospel declares you are healed in Jesus’ name. Salvation is both physical salvation and also spiritual salvation and is available through Jesus. Isn’t that good news?

The Way Over Temptation

The Way Over Temptation

Daily Reading: (1 Corinthians 10:13):

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

There is nothing that can come into your life that you have to give into. God always provides the Way out

There was a list put together of the 5 most common quotes that people think are in the Bible.[1]

The number one quote people think is in the Bible is: “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” In fact, just the opposite is found. The world is filled with people who are dealt more than they can handle. And, surprisingly, the Bible is also filled with people who were given more than they could handle.

The apostle Paul wrote:

“For we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:8-9).

There will be times when you will be given something far beyond your ability to endure and the reason for it is so that you won’t rely on yourself but on God. God wants us to hand our great burdens over to Him. He doesn’t want us to rally more of our own strength. He wants us to rely solely on His strength which is far superior than what we could muster up ourselves.

There is a point in why God might allow the more than I can handle moments of life. We humans have a tendency to think that we can do everything on our own, don’t we? Our pride has a way of dragging us down:

“Pride goes before destruction, an arrogant spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). To keep us grounded in the reality of our need for a Savior, God graciously allows us to see just how much we can’t handle.

So, while the Bible doesn’t say God won’t give you more than you can handle- the Bible does say He has provided the way for us in every temptation.

“But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).  In the Greek it doesn’t read “a way” out.  If it was a way to escape, we would not know what that way would be. That is a problem. That is a problem for someone battling depression who doesn’t see a way out. The Greek doesn’t say “a way out” the Greek says “the way out”.  “The” points to something very definite, it points us to the Way, it points us to Jesus Christ (John 14:6). 

The word “bear” or endure depending on which translation you are using is hupophero. What is hupophero? It is actually two Greek words placed together and gives us a great word picture. Hupo means under. Phero is to be born along on a river. When you place the two words together you get: “An under-current of a river carrying someone away, carried safely away from danger”.

God makes the way of escape that you may be born, carried safely, away from danger (hupophero) and He does this through the Way (Jesus). The context for how God does this is in verse 16, communion.

What does communion have to do with the way of escape, the way out of my trial or temptation?

“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:16)? There’s a condemnation in this world that was released, a divine sentence ever since Adam sinned, and the divine sentence includes sickness. Communion is the way out.

Why was Jesus scourged and beaten before being crucified? God arranged everything, why didn’t God just send Jesus straight to the cross? Because by his stripes, we are healed. God loves you and wants you well.Today, healing is your right because Jesus has paid the price for your healing. Disease has no right in your body. I am healed in Jesus’ name!” Every curse of sickness that was supposed to fall on you fell on Jesus instead. He bore every one of those stripes, so that you can walk in divine health all the days of your life. You have been given the way over what comes over you and His name is Jesus.