Proclaim the Gospel

Paul knew his mission.  He knew what God called him to do. Preach the Gospel!  God also calls you and I to preach the Gospel to a lost and dying world.  Without us, the Gospel does not go forward.  It does not reach our neighbors, our co-workers, or foreign lands.  Each of us has a responsibility to ensure the Gospel is preached in our sphere of influence.  Romans 10:14 states, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”

A preacher is a proclaimer of good news.  That is all of us.  Preaching is not standing behind a podium and delivering an eloquent Bible sermon.  Preaching is the sharing of the Gospel.  Therefore, Paul tells Timothy three important things about preaching the Gospel that will help us hold steadfast to the truth and simply proclaim the Gospel.

The Content of the Gospel (v. 8). “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel.” Paul tells Timothy to remember that Jesus was raised from the dead.  Why?  Was Timothy going to forget this huge piece of the Gospel?  Probably not.  He tells Timothy to remember this because it is extremely important.  Jesus’ resurrection is victory over sin’s consequence—death!  Sure, we know that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and the seed David.  We know that others had been resurrected such as Lazarus.  But only Jesus was born of a virgin and conceived by the Holy Spirit. Only Jesus lived a sinless life while tempted in all points just like us, yet treated like a common criminal and hung on a cross for a cruel and public execution.  Only Jesus was resurrected to never die again.  Remember that the Gospel is about Jesus and His finished work on the cross, His death, burial and resurrection that now provides us a relationship through Him to God the Father.  Remember this when we bring the good news to others.The Consequences of the Gospel (v. 9). “Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.” Funny thing about good news.  Not everyone likes it.  How strange.  When people ask, “what do you want first, the good news or the bad news.  I always say give me the bad news first because I want to end with the what I like—good news.  In Paul’s day, the good news of Jesus brought Paul pain and suffering. He was treated as a criminal.  The world thought that they could stop the good news by imprisoning the bearer of good news.  Not so.  The Gospel is never bound by man.  When we bring the good news to people, we will be rejected, laughed at and scoffed.  People will try to shut us down.  Government will reject the good news in public places. Don’t get discouraged—the Word of God is not bound.  We must simply be obedient to God and share the good news whenever and wherever we can.  Let God take care of the consequences.  Locking Paul up did not slow the Gospel but rather only increased its reach and power.The Courage in the Gospel (v. 10). “Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” Finally, when sharing the Gospel with others it will take courage. It will take stamina. It will take patience.  Paul knew that he must endure all things for the elect. For Christians.  For true followers of Christ.  Our love for God is directly connected to our love for God’s people.  If we are not loving fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, then how are we going to share the good news with a world that is indifferent to or even hates Jesus?  We won’t.  We must love one another, encourage one another, and pray for one another.  What waits on the other end is beyond comprehension—eternal glory with Jesus Christ!  There is a glory that awaits Christians that is beyond amazing. We are so used to earthly rewards and prizes that we can hardly even imagine the glory that awaits us.  We want others to be part of this great and eternal glory—therefore, share the Gospel and let God take care of the results.

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