Why Preach The Gospel:
Why preach the gospel? Before we answer this question, let us understand what the meaning of the gospel is. Apostle Paul defines the gospel as follows. Let’s see what he said to his audience in Rome below.
“So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to
you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
In the above quotation, Paul stated that he was ready to preach the gospel to the people of Rome. He defined the gospel as “the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;”. Therefore, according Apostle Paul, the only power which God has to save is the gospel. It implies that outside the gospel, God has no other power to save. Also, Apostle Paul went ahead to state the content of the gospel as indicated here “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith.” This is very striking because, the gospel has the power to save and instill the righteousness of God in the life of the saved.
Therefore, it is apt to say that the Gospel is not that great ode that is structured and patterned to dish out some kind of formulas that will make man rich here on earth. The Gospel is that propelling force that lands man to a place of his eternity. From generation to generation this truth about eternity has been made known to people. And it is being passed on from one generation of massage carriers to another.
Why Preach The Gospel – Stated In The Message:
The message of the messengers is as stated by Apostle Paul below:
“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.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
However, because of the selfish interest of some people, along the line some deduction from the message was made in order to suit their personal desires. As a result, it does as if the messengers have forgotten the errand they were sent. They have decided to present their own message to the people. As a result of this, they use the message as a means to spin wealth. It is well understood that the messengers are human, and as humans, they have needs. They have families and they have responsibilities. In fact it is not a crime for their children and wards to attend the best schools. And it is not also wrong for them to have the good things of this life.
On the other hand acquiring these things will not be done at the detriment of the truth of the Gospel. One important thing is that the purpose and meaning of the Gospel should not be changed because we want to better our lives. This is an act of betrayal to the owner of the message. And the consequences thereof we will bear on the day of reckoning.
The Fear and Question of Many:
The question on the lips of many now is, “How will they meet their needs?” Well it is rightly spelled out in the scripture and should be duly followed. One fact we must all learn to accept is that, our needs should not be placed above the core nature and value of the Gospel. Our needs should not take preeminence over the truth in the Gospel. At the end what we are going to account for is not how much need we were able to meet. And how well we were able to make our families live flamboyantly. Rather how well we were able to live and do the things that are found in the Word of God.
“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
This question is there for every preacher and Christian to answer each day that we wake up. As a matter of fact answering this question will help guard us not to slip out of the right path.
Weighing The Options:
Someone might say, “Well if preaching the Gospel cannot make me meet up my needs there is no point preaching it”. Well, the truth remains that we are not called to preach to make money. Rather to preach to win souls for the Kingdom of God. Anything that we do that does not end with this purpose is not for God but our own thing. Some will say, “What then is the benefit?” It is important to know that if one preaches the Gospel and sinners accept Christ in their life that’s gain!
For instance, if armed robbers stop robbery, and prostitutes stop their job, it becomes great gain in the community. Yes, the effect is that we are going to have less robbery cases and fewer prostitutes in town. The one who preached the Gospel there has great benefits too. And at the same time he would have succeeded to enlarge his spiritual territories and heavenly account.
Preaching the Gospel is very important, and it is an obligation for every Christian to preach the Gospel. It is a necessity that is laid upon us that we should. And in fact preaching the Gospel should be a way of life for every Christian.
“For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship. What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.”
1 Corinthians 9:16-18
The Gospel Should Not Be Abused:
Those who put money forward while presenting the Gospel are truly abusing their authority in the Gospel of Christ. So many people will ask this question: “Does it mean that money is not a factor to be considered in spreading the Gospel?” Well, consider this fact which is, on two occasions Jesus sent out His disciples to preach the Gospel without money. It indicates that to preach the Gospel, money is not necessarily a factor. That Jesus didn’t give them money does not mean that they had no money in their account.
“Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses. Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.”
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