In the end, God will send an angel to proclaim the Gospel one last time to the whole world. After this proclamation, if anyone takes the mark of the beast they are condemned to judgment. What was that Gospel? “Fear God and give him glory”.
Re 14:6 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. Re 14:7 And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
Today we are commanded, not told and not suggested, but commanded to proclaim the Gospel.
Mk 16:15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Mk 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Notice in Acts they immediately proclaimed Jesus.
Ac 9:20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”
Paul explained to the doubters the Gospel…Christ as their Messiah.
Ac 17:2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, Ac 17:3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.”
Paul proclaimed the Gospel simply.
1 Co 2:1 And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom.
2 Co 4:5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
Proclaiming the Gospel covers a multitude of sins.
Jas 5:20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
1 Pe 4:8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
Jud 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; Jud 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.
What was the Gospel?
1 Co 15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 1 Co 15:2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 1 Co 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 1 Co 15:4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…
It is just this simple. No doctrine, no theology, no community groups, no command to go to Church first…just believe in Jesus Christ for eternal life. Then the Holy Spirit will guide them.
Jn 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
We just did this over three weekends at a Fall Festival with the “Wordless Book” tent and 933 people prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The lost are waiting to be asked because how else will they know except by hearing?
Ga 3:2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?
Ro 10:14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? Ro 10:15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Ro 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” Ro 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Yes, we are to disciple those that will want to be discipled, but it is not a requirement to hear the Gospel and accept the Gospel by saving faith.
Published on Friday, November 7, 2014 @ 4:35 AM CDT