December 2017

 

 

 

What is “This Gospel”

Jesus referred to?

 

 

Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”

Mark 14:9

 

“This gospel” is the gospel that Jesus preached.  It is called the gospel of the kingdom in Matthew 4:23, 9:35, and 11:5 where it is associated with healing

 

Matthew 24:14 and Mark 13:10, 16:15 say the gospel of the kingdom, or Jesus’ gospel, will be preached in all the world, all nations, or to every creature.

 

Mark calls Jesus’ gospel, the gospel of the kingdom of God in Mark 1:14, and then switches to calling Jesus’ gospel, “the gospel.”  In Mark, we begin to see things that are included in this gospel.  Mark 1:15 tells us the kingdom of God is at hand.  That is why Jesus’ gospel is called the gospel of the kingdom.

 

 In Luke, we see that Jesus’ gospel includes preaching about, and the act of, healing both the inward man as well as the physical body.  Luke also includes preaching about and providing liberty to the captives and oppressed.

 

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

Luke 4:18

 

In Luke 9:6, as in Matthew, we again see that wherever Jesus’ gospel was preached there was healing.

 

In Luke 20:1 we begin to see that preaching Jesus’ gospel attracts persecution.

 

Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him

Luke 20:1

 

After Jesus shed his blood for all people in the world, we see His gospel described as speaking about the grace of God in Acts 20:24.  Then in Romans 1:16 we see Jesus’s gospel being described as presenting the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.

 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

Romans 1:16

 

However, the word “salvation” refers to much more than just being born-again.  It is translated from the Greek word “soteria” which speaks of deliverance, preservation, and safety.  Salvation is actually referring to the sum of benefits and blessings, all the promises of grace that we may enjoy in this lifetime, which includes the healing that comes with hearing the same gospel that Jesus and His disciples preached.

 

Romans 10:15 tells us this gospel includes preaching about peace, and telling the people about the good things God wants to do for them

 

And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!

Romans 10:15

 

However, in the next verse we see there is a requirement of obedience to receive the good things God wants to do for us.

 

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”

Romans 10:16

 

Then in 2 Corinthians we see an admonition by the Apostle Paul to the believers in the Corinthian Church, that very much applies to Christians today,

 

For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!

2 Corinthians 11:4

 

The church as a whole is not receiving the gospel that Jesus and his early disciples preached.  They preached a gospel that was accompanied by signs and healing, a gospel that met the conditions spoken by Jesus in Mark 16.

 

15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

 

We saw earlier in this articles that Mark began to call what Jesus preached “the gospel.”  Jesus said to go into all the world and preach His gospel.

 

16 He who believes {Jesus’ gospel} and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

 

It is easily seen by any observer that many preachers today do not believe and preach the same gospel that Jesus preached.  Jesus told His disciples to receive the Holy Spirit.

 

And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

John 20:22

 

And, Jesus did not stop there.  He said that signs would follow those who believe His gospel.  They will cast out demons, speak with new tongues, and they will lay hands on the sick and the sick will recover.

 

When Christians are not doing these things, they have done exactly as Paul said in 2Corinthians 11:4.  They have put up with a different gospel than Jesus and His disciples preached.   That gospel may sound good and Scriptural, but the evidence that it is the same gospel that Jesus preached, comes with signs following what is preached.

 

19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

 

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.

1 Thessalonians 1:5

 

Those who preach Jesus’ gospel are accompanied by Jesus who confirms His gospel with signs – the main signs being the demonstration of the power of God through the healing that always accompanies His gospel.

 

Are you putting up with a powerless gospel?  If so, I suggest you beginning looking for men and women that preach the gospel that Jesus Himself preached, and follow them as they follow Christ.    

 

 

 

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