Is this the gospel we believed?
Some words are extremely comforting. They are solid and sure, ultimate truth, a place where you can be confident. “Eternal gospel” are two of those words. They tell us that the will of God, as revealed by His Son, has been, is and will be forever unchanged. But through the ages the gospel has been attacked by Satan, obscured through men’s doctrines and retold by those with God’s Spirit. Before this age ends it will be impossible for those living not to have heard the gospel. That is because God will send an angel to preach it.
“And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, ‘Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.’” (Revelation 14:6-7)
Did we respond to this gospel, or did it sound a little different?
If the gospel we heard was different, how was it different?
If we were to preach the gospel, how should we begin?
Do you think that the force of these words are necessary today?
Assignment: Read Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:14-36) or the martyr Stephen’s defense (Acts 7:2-51)
The hour of God’s judgement will come after the angel preaches this gospel. Perhaps judgement will begin with the spirit of immorality. “And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, ‘Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of wrath of her immorality.’” (Revelation 14:8)