By LOU TISCIONE
Some Christian leaders declare there is a hunger for the gospel as though it is an undeniable fact. As a result many Christians stand firmly on the idea that the world is longing to hear the gospel. After all, why wouldn’t people be hungry for God’s good news?
However, there just isn’t any biblical support for man’s hunger for the gospel or any of the things of God. Jesus told one of the leaders in Israel that “the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” (John 3:19)
First, what is the gospel? The word “gospel” means good news. It is specifically the good news of God. The gospel belongs to God. Romans 1:1 states that the gospel is the possession of God. “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God.” The gospel is all about the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Secondly, the gospel has specific content. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 is a precise and condensed declaration of the content of the gospel. “… Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”
Further, the Apostle Paul wrote that he received the gospel. It was revealed to him. He then delivered the gospel as his first order of business. He knew that the gospel is God’s power to save all who believe (Romans 1:16). In addition, Christ not only died for the sins of His people but He lived a perfect life, accomplishing what Adam failed to do.
Thirdly, the gospel revealed in the Bible must be believed and relied upon. This is the heart of the problem. Natural man is unable to believe and place his trust in Jesus. All men are born spiritually dead. The sin of Adam is inherited by every person. Jesus said, “Ye must be born again.”