Why we should preach the Gospel?
TEXT: John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
What is Gospel? Why Gospel is necessary?
The word Gospel in Greek means "Good news". According to the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology edited by Walter Elwell, "the gospel is the joyous proclamation of God's redemptive activity in Christ Jesus on behalf of man enslaved by sin."
The word "Gospel" means "good news," but it can only be "good news" when people realize the "bad news." The bad news is that we are separated by God because of our sins and we are going to perish. We will suffer its consequences for eternity. Good news is that God has not spared anything in His power to bring us back to Him.Jesus gives Nicodemus the Gospel in John 3:15-18, when He tells about the good news and the bad news.
Gospel is the good news of promise of mercy of God in “forgiveness of sins”. It is knowledge that is gained of mercy that is in Christ in spite of our sins. Returning to God and reconciling with God helps us to realize the wonderful providence of God. Gospel is the glorious news announced to mankind of salvation and victory over sin and death that God offers to all people through the person and accomplished work of Jesus Christ on the cross which is proven by His resurrection and ascension. Gospel is all the work associated with God’s providence of reconciling man to Himself.
Gospel is the expression of who Jesus is and what He does.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT:
Gospel is important because in it we see the only merit required to reconcile with God and go to heaven, which is, to realize that we are sinners and Jesus has come to save the sinner.The essence of Gospel is that it establishes the biblical foundation for all, to reconciling man to God. Importance of the Gospel can be acknowledged by the fact that Godalone establishes truth and that truth, is to believe on Son of God.
EVIDENCE OF JESUS AS TRUE MESSIAH: Gospel is the real message of Jesus. His sacrifice and resurrection is His message to the world. Gospel shows way of salvation and it directs to Jesus. Gospel exalts Jesus. It shows how Jesus alone is able to satisfy God’s holy demands and provide the righteousness to mankind. The fundamental nature of Gospel is that it makes Jesus the Messiah. For only the Gospels give the record of what Gospel should be and reveals how Jesus has fulfilled it. Gospel spells out real nature and love of Jesus Christ for us. It is through Jesus’ sacrifice that man is forgiven of his sins.
GOSPEL IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL: The design of gospel is that it raises us from being a sinner to saint. There is only one Gospel. And it is certain. And this Gospel holds the solution. Our destiny results from the perception of truth we believe. For in Gospel is the recognition of sin, savior and salvation. It is this assurance of God’s favor that makes Gospel incontrovertible in its value. Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. As Bible says in Mark 1: 15 the time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. Gospel is comprised of repentance and belief. All it takes is to repent and believe.
Transitional statement: Gospel makes Christian secure of that JOY which man longs for.
It is to give hope to the sad destitute of people of the world. Gospel makes people realize that their solution is in Jesus. The Gospel contains all the truth which God has found fit to reveal. It reveals what man is, his fallen nature and his rescue. It is very important to know that Gospel is related to our eternal necessities not for natural one, it is related to us in personal level, for Jesus did not die to make man happy but for the propitiation of sins of man as written in 1John 2:2. It is in this Gospel that principles of Christianity are built. Jesus gave His life for eternal purposes and Bible says in 1Corithians 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
UNIVERSAL: It is necessary, for salvation, for everyone who believes. For Bible says in Romans3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God, Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: This good news rises above natural religion which is religionbasedonprinciplesderivedsolelyfromreasonandthestudyofnature.It is its simplicity of requirement that makes it universal, which is to be a human. Apostle Peter says in Acts 10:34–35, "I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him”.
GOSPEL IS A COVENANT OF HOPE: Hope for the sinful world is in Jesus alone. Gospel represents that Hope. What God has promised He will perform it. Gospel secures the performance of God’s covenant. For God is not a man to lie and He will not violate His covenant. Gospel is fact:The Gospel that is preached is, Biblical, only whenit is believed as a fact. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus are a Historical event. Jesus would not have died if it was not worthy to shed his blood. And this Gospel is made credible by His Love.
"There can be no gospel without good news, though there may, in a restricted sense, be good news where there is, alas! no gospel" . As Bruce Mills says, "Apart from the Gospel, nothing else matters”. No achievement of any kind of ours will matter when we stand before God. The only thing that will matter is who is going to pay for our sins. It will either be, us, by spending eternity in the everlasting torment of hell, away from the presence of God or the price being paid by Jesus on Cross.