The Gospel in Every Message: Why We can’t Assume It, by Bill Parker

THE NECESSITY OF PREACHING THE GOSPEL

This message is a defense of my preaching against the charges of those who say I preach the same thing all the time, or that I sound like a broken record, etc. I make no apologies for the fact that I preach the Gospel of God’s free and sovereign grace in Christ Jesus every time I have an opportunity to preach. This is what I believe God’s preachers are called to do.

1 Cor 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I
preach not the gospel!

Not all preachers agree with me about what the Gospel is and is not. Therefore, in order for you to understand what I am say, I must define the Gospel The Gospel is God’s promise to save sinners and give them everything that salvation includes, from the new birth to final glory and the whole inheritance of eternal life, all based on the imputed death of Christ, to the EXCLUSION of anything and everything that men may do or be enabled to do.

In light of this, we see that the majority of preachers today do not know or preach THE GOSPEL. They preach another gospel, which is opposed to the Gospel of grace (Gal. 1:8). They preach another Jesus (2 Cor. 11:4). Some who agree that the Gospel shows that the ground of salvation is the effectual definite death of Christ do not preach the Gospel as they do not preach Christ and His death so as to expose all that people highly esteem.

Some deny the gospel when it comes to obedience and perseverance, making holy living legal 2 Cor. 11:13-15.

Some who may even agree that this is the Gospel do not see the importance and necessity of preaching it every time. They say, “If the Gospel is in the text, I will preach it. If it is not in the text, I will not preach it.” Others argue, “People need more than just the Gospel.”

I. PREACHING THE GOSPEL TO THE LOST We can all certainly agree that lost people need to hear the Gospel. Most of the time we know that all our hearers are not saved. But we certainly cannot assume at any time that all our hearers are saved. Therefore, we must assume that any time we get up to preach, we are preaching to the saved and the lost.

Therefore, we must preach a message that God, if He is pleased to do so, will use to bring sinners to saving faith in Christ and Godly repentance, and one that He will use to edify and establish believers in the faith. THE ONLY MESSAGE THAT WILL DO BOTH IS THE GOSPEL! It meets the need of every sinner in the congregation.

2 Cor 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the savour of his
knowledge by us in every place. {15} For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: {16} To the one we are the savor of death unto death; and to the other the savor of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

We much preach the Gospel to show lost sinners their responsibility to believe in Christ and repent of dead works and idolatry. THIS IS THE NEW COVENANT MINISTRY 2 Cor. 3:3ff.; 5:18-21.

The meaning and significance of Christ and His death, revealed in the Gospel, is the only thing that will expose to our minds the sin that deceives us. God uses the gospel to show us the self-righteousness that motivates us to try to establish a righteousness of our own John 3:19-20.

Without the Gospel, no lost sinner will ever come to faith in Christ and repentance of dead works and idolatry Rom. 10:9-17.

People today do not have faith in Christ, they have faith in a counterfeit. They have faith in their faith. How can this be exposed so that they should not remain deceived and lost? Only through the Gospel preached, heard, and understood.

II. PREACHING THE GOSPEL TO THE SAVED Remember the statement, “People need more that just the Gospel”? This is true! We who are saved need to hear more than just the Gospel, BUT WE DO NOT NEED TO HEAR ANYTHING WITHOUT THE LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL!

It is true that the Bible is a multi-dimensional book with many subjects. It contains doctrine, history, ethics, poetry, letters, etc., but the whole Bible is written in light of the great salvation God has provided in and by Christ and to which God commands sinners. The whole OT is written in light of God’s promise to send the Messiah to establish that righteousness that would entitle all who believe the Gospel to the whole inheritance of eternal life.

The whole NT is written in light of the Christ who has come and fulfilled that righteousness by His obedience to death. If we remove this light, then the Bible is no better than any other religious history or book of ethics, poetry and letters.

So we do need more than just the Gospel 2 Tim. 3:15-17. Consider the following WE NEED INSTRUCTIONS IN
A. FAITH
Faith is believing God’s testimony in the Gospel Eph. 2:8-9; 2 Thess. 2:13-14. Apart from the Gospel, faith becomes faith in a counterfeit even faith in faith itself.

B. REPENTANCE
True Godly repentance begins when we see that all our efforts to attain or maintain any part of salvation, all our efforts to be entitled to any part of the inheritance by our works or by our faith, was no more than dead works, fruit unto death, evil deeds. The only way we could see this is by the Gospel. Apart from the Gospel all repentance is legal repentance! We need instruction in Godly sorrow over sin 2 Cor. 7:9-10.

C. GODLY LOVE
Godly love is enlightened by the Gospel. In fact, it is love that no unbeliever has. Only believers have it in any degree because this love respects first and foremost the honor of God’s redemptive character. Where do we find God’s redemptive glory revealed? In the Gospel.

The way we know we have this love in any degree is that this love causes to speak peace to our brethren in the faith as we desire their fellowship and support and not speak peace to unbelievers as we desire their salvation.

D. JUDGMENT
Without the Gospel, all judgment concerning saved and lost, concerning spiritual matters is self-righteous judgment based on ignorance and speculation 1 Cor. 2:13ff.

E. OBEDIENCE AND GOOD WORKS John 3:21; Matt. 5:13-16;
Eph. 2:10; Heb. 10:17-24. All acceptable obedience and good works are motivated by the certainty of salvation and final glory, of our being fully entitled to the whole inheritance of eternal life, of our being completely qualified and fit to Worship god, all based on the obedient death of Christ. Without the Gospel, all attempts at obedience and works are no more than sins, dead works, fruit unto death.

F. ASSURANCE
All Godly assurance is assurance and peace within based on the obedient death and resurrection of Christ Heb. 3:6,14; 13:9. Any assurance based on anything else is presumption.

G. WORSHIP AND PRAYER

All true worship, acceptable to God, is recognizing, attributing unto Him, all His attributes, His glory, that identifies Him and distinguishes Him from idols. The Gospel is the only message that reveals A JUST GOD AND A SAVIOR. Without the Gospel, all worship is no more than idolatry. The Gospel identifies and distinguishes the true Christ from all counterfeits Phil. 3:3. Prayer is coming to this God based on ONLY the obedience of Christ Heb. 4:14-16.

Without the Gospel, the Scriptures are veiled and locked as far as any understanding is concerned. So we must be careful and persistent to preach and define the Gospel no matter what the subject from the Bible. This is the light of truth whereby Christ calls His sheep into the fold, and this is the light by which they persevere in the walk of faith and by which they live obediently unto the Lord “The just shall live by faith.”

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3 Comments on “The Gospel in Every Message: Why We can’t Assume It, by Bill Parker”

  1. David Bishop Says:

    I like the sound of broken records, Bill, especially when the sound is that of the gospel. I agree with everything you say here, but I really like your point about God using His gospel being the message that both brings sinners to faith and also also edifies and establish the believers in faith. I think this is what Paul meant when he said “I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Cor. 2:2).

    I think sometimes, those who have been long in the faith, they get a taste of something sour, and as is typical with adults, they sort of just learn to live with it. Infants though, and those young in the faith, when they get a taste of something sour, they know it immediately. They tend to make a lot of noise, because they will stand for sour milk. Maybe they can’t always explain why it’s sour, or what exactly made it sour, but they know for a fact it’s sour.

    But a broken record never sours. Only people with itching ears sour.

  2. Jim Says:

    Amen. True born again believers will never tire of hearing the Gospel. God’s church is primarily for the edification of His bride, only secondarily to the lost. Loved this!

  3. Jason Boothe Says:

    Tell me the Old Old Story! The Gospel of God’s Free and Sovereign Grace is the sweetest message my ears could ever hear! Praise God!


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