The word gospel actually means “good news”. Many people teach many different “gospels”. There is the gospel of grace, gospel of faith, gospel of prosperity and still many more. Some of these gospels motivate you and some will condemn you. The gospel of faith teaches that if your prayers are not answered it is because your faith wasn’t strong enough; it must be your fault your prayers weren’t answered. The gospel of grace teaches us of the liberty we have because of the works of Jesus on the Cross but fails to teach us of the sacrifices He made; this “gospel” causes many to tread on the Blood of Jesus. Lastly, there is the prosperity gospel which teaches us our works will cause the Lord to bless us; promises of prosperity (many times interpreted to be financially) without acknowledgement of why such is promised – Jesus Christ and the Cross.
While all of these “gospels” have some truth to them they are all diluted gospels. As Christians our great commission is to teach and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations. We do not add to or subtract from this Gospel. Our carnal attempts to motivate others to seek Christ through such diluted gospels is in direct contrast to the Word of God. It in fact sets us in direct enmity with God. The entire Word of God points to the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross – the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord, being our representative, came to this earth as a sacrificial lamb to pay for our sin so we would not be condemned to eternal death. He suffered both physically and mentally in the flesh, just as we do. He prayed and cried out to God for this cup to pass but knowing this was the only way we too could be reconciled to God, (He was already reconciled to God in His perfection but we were and are not perfect.) He submitted to God’s will, defeated the kingdom of darkness, was resurrected and is now sitting at the Right Hand of God. All because of His love for us so we could have eternal life with Him. The Lord doesn’t want us to work for it nor does He want us to take this liberty for granted. He wants us to receive His grace and be good stewards of His blessings. He wants us to be ministers of His Word and serve others to shine His light.
Failing to submit to God’s plan of salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ by diluting it to mere motivation will not bring the conviction necessary by the Holy Spirit to change hearts. ” ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days,’ says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,’ then He adds, ‘Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’ ” Hebrews 10:16-17. When we believe correctly we will start doing correctly because it is written on our hearts and we will no longer try to obtain salvation through our own works. The difference in The Law and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is only revealed to us through faith in Jesus and the Cross.
Yes, we are given authority over the enemy. Yes, we expect to see the lepers cleansed, the deaf who can hear and the blind who can see (Luke 7:22). But we must never forget why we have such authority. We must always go back to the Cross of Jesus and be grateful for His Work. We must always preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. – Donna Warren