Preach the Gospel To Yourself Daily

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Cor 15:3-4).

“The gospel cannot be preached and heard enough, for it cannot be grasped well enough… Moreover, our greatest task is to keep you faithful to this article and to bequeath this treasure to you when we die” – Martin Luther

Observe:

  1. What is it that Paul describes as “of first importance”?

Interpret:

  1. What do you think Paul means by the term “first importance”?
  2. Why do you think Paul says that the Gospel is of “first importance”?

Apply:

  1. What is of “first importance” in your life?
  2. What ought to be “first importance” in your life?

 

In this blog post, I would like to submit that the greatest thing any person can do is to preach the Gospel to themselves daily. This means that I believe that the greatest thing that you can do is to preach the Gospel to yourself daily. The question is, do you do it now?

Why do I need to preach the Gospel to myself? Let me give you 3 reasons I think explain this point and some Bible Studies in between. I’ll explain the first reason this week and the next two next week. You’ll need your Bibles!

Firstly, because it’s the most important message of all history! Paul says in 1 Cor 15 that this is “of first importance”. And we will do well to pay attention to Paul’s words. Just how important did Paul think the Gospel was? Well, I believe important enough that he preached it in every epistle he wrote. Let me give you a few brief examples:

Romans: But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8)

Galatians: Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE” (Gal 3:13)

Ephesians: But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Eph 2:13)

Philippians: Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Phil 2:8)

Colossians: … and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. (Col 1:20)

1 Thessalonians: and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. (1 Thes 1:10)

2 Thessalonians: when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed. (2 Thes 1:10)

1 Timothy: It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. (1 Tim 1:15)

2 Timothy: but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Tim 1:10)

Titus: He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit (Tit 3:6)

Philemon: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. (Phile 1:25)

Of course, we will all agree that this is not an exhaustive list. (Also, the Gospel is more than a simple statement. It is a story). In fact, far from it! It’s merely scratching the surface of the Mount Everest of Paul’s Gospel preaching in each of these letters. For example, the entire Romans 1-8 is a systematic presentation of the Gospel, Galatians is about defending the purity of the Gospel and chapters 3 and 4 focus on the content of the Gospel. Ephesians is best known for salvation by grace through faith (see chapter 2). Philippians presents a very beautiful passage, see Phil 2:5-11….. and the list goes on. So Paul clearly saw that the Gospel is of first importance!

The next question is why did he see it as “first importance” and constantly emphasize it? Think about that and we’ll talk about that next week. God is a God who is all powerful, all knowing, and all seeing. He can do whatever He wants. He knows everything. Why then does He make this Gospel as something as of “first importance”? What is it that is in this Gospel that makes it so precious?

Application/ Conclusion

My friend, do you know the Gospel? Pause and answer this. If this is precious to God, do you really know it? If you answered yes to that question, you probably don’t know it very well. The gospel is something can we can never fully understand, never fully grasp. The apostle Paul, the very one who wrote all these glorious epistles and preached so many sermons regarding the Gospel says in Philippians 3 that he desires to know Christ! If you would ask Paul, “Do you know Him?” Paul would tell you “Yes, but I desire to know Him still more!” Peter tells us that the angels are longing to look into the Gospel! (1 Pet 1:12). Can you imagine it? The angels have seen the very Christ die on the Cross, they have been hearing the Gospel preached for thousands of years, and they still long to look into it! Do you long to look into the Gospel my friend? Do you know it? Is the Gospel precious to you? Is it of first importance? May the God of Love and Grace grant you to have a deeper understanding of His Son in the Gospel. Amen.

 

 

Daryl joined Transform Student Ministries this past summer serving in the Intern Program. When we asked Daryl for a short bio for the blog, he told us that he is a great sinner, and has a great Savior.

 

 

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10.14.11

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10.14.11

Thank You for your timely,reminder/I am an 54 year old citizen of the U.S. living in the
state of Ohio. I do many times look over scripture in (as we are in Advent) & out of sea-
son. For my best practice’s to be an (found) in II Timothy 3:16 an so be acceptable unto
our Lord’s leading teachings. thank you,
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