The Gospel of Christ is all we’ve got! Let me repeat…the Gospel is all we have to give the world! Jesus said “And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matt. 24:14).
The word “witness” in this verse points to “an evidence, a credence or a testimony given by someone concerning an event that took place”. When we preach (announce, proclaim, declare) the gospel of God’s Kingdom, we give credence or evidence to what this gospel is all about. The Gospel centres around the events of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:1-4). The Gospel is the testimony of Christ’s resurrection for man’s justification. We preach this simple truth to all men in all nations so that they might believe it. Some have erroneously stated “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words” The fact is words are the only necessary tools we have been given and that we must employ to preach the Gospel. Good conduct is good but it has never saved anyone! Charity works are fantastic but they do not give eternal life to their beneficiaries!
Cornelius, a Roman centurion was a major philanthropist of his days. He gave alms and prayed always but these good works did not save him. An angel appeared and said to him “…send men to Joppa and call for Simon, whose name is Peter; who shall tell thee WORDS, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved” (Acts. 11:13-14). And it happened exactly the way the angel foretold “While Peter yet spake THESE WORDS (…whosoever believeth in Him (Christ) shall receive remission of sins), the Holy Ghost fell on all them which HEARD THE WORD” (Acts. 10:
When the Apostles were released from prison through an angelic intervention, they were told “Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all THE WORDS OF THIS LIFE”(Acts 5:20). Peter answered Jesus after he had asked His disciples if they wanted to leave like some of his disciples who left “…Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE” (Jn 6:68).The word translated to “word” or “words” in the above quoted references in the Greek is Rhema and it simply means something said, an utterance. Words must be spoken before hearts can be rescued from the bondage of sin. Words are vehicles of the Gospel. And only the Gospel saves! Men are saved by the preaching and the hearing of the Gospel.
It is noteworthy that some misconstrue what Peter said in his first epistle “Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, THEY MAY BE WON OVER WITHOUT WORDS by the behavior of their wives” (1 Pet. 3:1NIV). He wasn’t saying good behaviour of these women would save their unbelieving husbands but rather their good behaviour exemplified by submission would win their husbands over so that they could give audience to the message they had been trying to preach to them. Apostle Peter had said earlier as recorded in chapter 1 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, BY THE WORD OF GOD, which liveth and abideth for ever…And THIS IS THE WORD WHICH BY THE GOSPEL IS PREACHED UNTO YOU” (1 Pet. 1:23,25b). If he said we are born again by the Word, he wouldn’t have contradicted himself later by saying good conduct would save anyone.
It takes a willing heart and an open mouth to take the Gospel to places where men are waiting to hear it. Apostle Paul quoting Isaiah’s prophecy said “And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Rom 10:15). The Gospel in this verse is called the Gospel of peace. Peace stands for reconciliation and acceptance. “FOR HE(CHRIST) IS OUR PEACE, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, SO MAKING PEACE; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: AND CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU which were afar off, and to them that were nigh: For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father” (Eph. 2:14-18). Peace is a Person, what this Person accomplished and the message of that accomplishment. Peace is not the state of mind! So we’ve been sent forth to preach this peace, that God is not at war with man, he has reconciled him to Himself in/by Himself. Paul says how beautiful are the feet of those who proclaim such message! The word “beautiful” in this verse does not connote something fine or attractive, it instead means something belonging to the right hour or season, what is timely! In other words, our feet (walk) are timely when we preach the Gospel. The message belongs to this season! Now is the accepted time, behold now is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2). The church is in her finest hour because the world eagerly awaits our message which we ought to be ready to share at all times. Our feet must be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace! (Eph. 6:15).
Every believer should be able to say audaciously like Apostle Paul, necessity is laid upon me, woe unto me if I do not preach the Gospel! (1 Cor. 9:16).