Thoughts on the Way Home

Friday, August 22, 2008

Verses on the Importance of the Gospel

We already know some things about the gospel. We know it is to be preached to the whole world. We know that if men are to be saved they must repent and believe in it. We know that the gospel itself is the power of God unto salvation, and not our cleverness of speech. But here are some other things that are good to be reminded of...

The gospel is not of man:

Galatians 1:11
For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.

The gospel is not visible and understandable to the lost:

2 Corinthians 4:3-4
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel
of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Certain specific men are set apart for the gospel:

Romans 1:1
...Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

Philippians 1:16
... I am appointed for the defense of the gospel;

1 Thessalonians 2:4
... we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.

The gospel demands total devotion of it's preachers and hearers:

Mark 8:35
"... whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.

1 Corinthians 9:12
... we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.

1 Thessalonians 2:2
...we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition.

Even good and necessary things can be a distraction to the gospel:

1 Corinthians 1:17
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel...

There are many false gospels and one true gospel:

Galatians 1:6-9
I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

Romans 2:16
on the day when, according to my gospel ...

There are enemies of the gospel:

Romans 11:28
From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake...

Philippians 3:18
...tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ,