Rom. 1:15, “So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.”
Rom. 1:15 (MSG), “And that’s why I can’t wait to get to you in Rome, preaching this wonderful good news of God.”
Again, we are looking at this one most important question, what is the Gospel? Is it the Gospel of Faith? Prosperity? Salvation? Grace? Finished Work of Christ? Is it about the Cross? Friends, what exactly is the Gospel?
In Romans we read;
Rom. 1:1 (AMP), “FROM PAUL, a bond servant of Jesus Christ (the Messiah) called to be an apostle, (a special messenger) set apart to [preach] the Gospel (good news) of and from God.”
Rom. 1:9, “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son.”
What is the difference in the above passages, if any? “The Gospel of God and the Gospel of His Son.”
It is called the gospel of God because it is God’s own appointment; He originated the Gospel. It is His plan and purpose for the ages, and so He has the singular authority to it and to whom to appoint to carry it.
Now just like Paul, the people appointed to this office to preach this Gospel are supposed to be the Apostles. And Paul is therefore saying I was separated in my mother’s womb for this purpose for the work of God (Gal. 1:15).
So there is no special God‘s Gospel separate from the Gospel of the Son that He ordained of what is to be done on the face of the earth.
Therefore to Paul, it wasn’t about how to live in splendor, wealth, and ease, but rather to devote ones self to this great business of proclaiming the good news.
And what was and is the Good News? That God was reconciling men to Himself through and in His Son;
Rom. 1:9, “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son;” i.e., what He intended to do with His Son.
So Paul would say again;
Rom. 1:15 (AMP), “So, for my part, I am willing and eagerly ready to preach the Gospel to you also who are in Rome. 16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
What then now is the Good news of Christ? It is the same thing as the Gospel of the Son of God, God’s agenda on the earth through the Son being made the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
Therefore, for those who believe in His Son, we are now in His kingdom.
Col. 1:12, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”
So the Gospel of God is that His Son might have rule over His kingdom on the face of the earth. Thereof, in the Book of Psalm He said;
Psalm 2:8 (AMP), “Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth as Your possession. 9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them in pieces like potters’ ware.”
Psalm 2:6, for the Lord declares, “This is the King of my choice, and I have enthroned him in Jerusalem, my holy city (The Church).” His chosen one replies, 7 “I will reveal the everlasting purposes of God, for the Lord has said to me, ‘You are my Son. This is your Coronation Day. Today I am giving you your glory.” 8 “Only ask and I will give you all the nations of the world. 9 Rule them with an iron rod; smash them like clay pots!” TLB
This is the goal and ultimate message we are sent to preach of Jesus ruling the universe as a king.
In the words of Dr. Robert Munien of Grace Outreach South Africa in his latest released Book, the Gospel is about “The King and His Kingdom,” which explains the ultimate goal of God.
Every other thing we push today like Grace, faith, finished work, salvation, prosperity, Apostolic, etc., are all fragmentations of the process and means to achieving the overall objective of why God sent His Son.
The Son is called “Prince of peace” and so the kingdom of God is.
Rom. 14:17 (AMP), “[After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 He who serves Christ in this way is acceptable and pleasing to God and is approved by men.”
You can’t take the one leg of a table and call it a table. There should be four legs with the top on for you to have a table. Running around with one leg of the table and proclaiming that you have a table is a mirage for you can’t have it. The goal is to have a table to serve its purpose as the design of the owner.
The kingdom is the ultimate. All others are fragmented pieces of the legs or top, and that’s not a table that can be used. The peace and joy that the world needs today can only come through the Kingdom Messsage and nothing else.
Let’s go back to the mind of God and preach His Gospel.