Rev 14:6 KJV And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
For most Christians, the gospel message is very familiar… it is the death, burial, resurrection and its proofs:
1Co 15:1-8 KJV… “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”
And most of us also understand that this gospel message is powerful… it is the tool used by God to save members of fallen mankind from the penalty, power and presence of sin:
Rom 1:16 KJV … “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
But not as many of us, I am afraid, understand that it is the everlasting gospel message. It is perpetual, without end in two different aspects…
- Its EXISTANCE is everlasting:
Eph 3:11 KJV… “According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:”
Heb 13:20 KJV… “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,”
It was a part of the eternal purpose of God, Who made this everlasting promise to all His people.
- Its EFFECTS are everlasting as well:
2Th 2:16 KJV – “Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,”
Tit 1:1-3 KJV – “Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;”
It results in God’s people being given everlasting comfort and good assurance of eternal life.
May we all bow before our God this day and praise Him for His great eternal purpose that included Christ’s sacrificial work on behalf of His people. It is this very work that is declared plainly in the everlasting gospel message. It is this everlasting message that gives us access to His work of grace!
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