Luke 9:6 That – Is The Gospel

Luke 9:6 (KJV)
And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.

People speak of a the several gospels in the Bible, i.e.:

  • The gospel of the kingdom
  • The everlasting gospel
  • Etc.

Paul told the Corinthians he had declared to them the gospel, which he preached and went on to speak of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. This has led us to claim the death burial and resurrection is the gospel. That could not have been what the disciples preached here in Luke 9 as the historical event of the cross had not yet happened.

I recently heard a definition of the gospel that I believe wraps all of the gospels people speak of into one piece of good news. The definition is, “an appeal (or invitation) to be reconciled to God through Christ.”

This definition finds its culmination in the death, burial and resurrection. It holds the promise of inheritance of the kingdom and it contains an everlasting hope. It is what the gospel is meant to accomplish. It’s only weakness as I can see, is that Calvinistic brethren tend to dislike the concept of earnest appeals and invitations. I would counter that the concept of preaching is an appeal or invitation; the rest is public speaking and teaching.

Preaching has at its heart, the appeal to be reconciled to God through Christ.

That – is the gospel.

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Luke 8:8-11 Wait For It

Luke 8:8-11 (KJV)
And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

Here is the truth of God’s Word; it is discernible only to disciples and then only to those who hear it again (and again).

The Bible, though not all parable, is spiritually discerned. We learn it not so much by study (though that is involved) but by asking the Lord to reveal it to us.

Believers, true disciples, those who have ears to hear, will ask the Lord and wait to hear His response. Others will move along with disinterest. Not getting what they want immediately, they leave frustrated and maybe even agitated. They seek something surface level, easy to hold on to quickly; something that won’t disrupt their own plans.

True believers wait not for what they want to hear but for what God wants to say. It is only they who hear the message of the Word.

 

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Luke 4:1 Full of the Holy Ghost

Luke 4:1 (KJV)
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

This passage states both the obvious and the absurd. Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead bodily. He could be nothing but full of the Holy Ghost.

On the other hand, why would the fullness of the Godhead bodily need fullness of the Holy Ghost? It can only be in association with his humanity.

His fullness is sandwiched between two vital events:

  • His baptism and
  • His temptation

His baptism was an expression of submission. His temptation was an expression of dependence.

The fullness of the Holy Ghost, His total control of us is the product of absolute submission to God and full dependence upon God as expressed in His Word.

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Luke 1:8-11 God Will Meet You On Your Lot

Luke 1:8-11 (KJV)
And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,
According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

Our culture would attach a fairly negative connotation to the term “lot.” C-3PO made this negative connotation famous in the iconic scene from Starwars when he complained that suffering is his “lot in life.”[1]

I doubt that was the mood of Zacharias. It was his lot as a priest to burn incense. He was not the high priest whose lot it was to go yearly into the holy of holies. His lot was not to sacrifice the animals and offer them at the brazen altar. His lot was to burn incense. It was not very public nor was it very exciting. But it was exactly where he was called to serve and just where the angel of the Lord met him.

Your “lot” may not seem very glamorous, exciting or cutting edge but if it is God’s lot for you it is just where you can best meet Him.

[1] http://youtu.be/2nuSnE6GNdo

 

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