What is the Gospel for today? part two
The Restoration of All Things
Genesis 1:1--"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
John 1:1-3--"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made."
Isaiah 46:8-11--'"Remember this, and show yourselves men; recall to mind, O you transgressors. Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me. Declaring he end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, "My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure," calling a bird of prey from the east, the man who executes My counsel, from a far country. Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.'"
Acts 3:18-21--"'But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ who was preached to you bore, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God ha spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began."
What exactly was it that the apostles received that encouraged them to be as bold as they were when preaching to the public? What did these men have with them that even the fear of death by the reigning governments of their time did not quiet their voices? What could they have possibly known that gave them the insight to lead others, by the tens and hundreds, to the throne of God?
They did not have any one way of preaching the Gospel than any other man. They didn't have several ways to share what they knew of the Gospel. It was THE Gospel they had; it was THE Gospel they shared...JESUS CHRIST!
Jesus is the Gospel. The Gospel is the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This is the same Gospel that we are commissioned to share to our world today. We are not to keep the Gospel within our own hearts; what good does that do our neighbors? We are not to give a lesson about the Gospel just to our family that we live with; what good does that do for other family members (immediate and extended)? We are to leak (let out, make known) the Gospel to everyone we encounter each day.
How does the Gospel ensure restoration?
In today's society, especially here in America, there is an increasing platonic philosophical framework. Platonic philosophies originated with the Greek philosopher, Plato (427 or 423 BC to 347 BC). Everything we seem to do in our society is built on one philosophy or another; for example, Karma (what goes around comes around) or the infamous "Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get" (Forest Gump). In reality, there is only one chant that should cross our lips; it is the mantra of one who knows the Gospel and can proclaim the restoration of mankind through the Gospel...
GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD.
One must remember that all things are of God, even those things perverted by the devil (music, jokes, sex, etc.). He is the sun that rises in the morning, bright and fresh for mankind. He is the peace and patience in our hearts throughout the day. He is the love within our families. He is the help we give to our neighbors near and far. He is the moon that shines a path in the dark. His justice is good. And yes, even His punishments and wrath are even good. He is good; He is all things good.
NKJV (New King James Version)
The verses in this article blog are from the NKJV (New King James Version) Bible. The idea for this version was conceived by Arthur Farstad in 1975. He conducted two meetings that included 130 biblical scholars, pastors and theologians. The aim of this revision was to update the vocabulary and grammar of the KJV (King James Version), yet still give preservation to the classic style and literary excellence of the KJV that was published in 1611. In 1979 the New Testament was published under the guidance of Thomas Nelson, Inc.. The Psalms was published in 1980, with the full NKJV Bible being published in 1982. The NKJV offers event descriptions, a history of each book of the Bible, an added dictionary and updated concordance. As of July 2012, the NKJV is the third best selling Bible in the United States, after the NIV (New International Version) and KJV.