1 Corinthians 15:1 – Now I make known unto you, brethren, the gospel which I preached unto you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved.
The Corinthians had received the gospel by the revelation of the apostle Paul. In his letter, he wants to make sure that they have understood the message he had preached. By the time Paul is writing to these believers, many had brought confusing words to them about the gospel. Paul states, “Now I make known unto you.” The gospel needs clarification because of all the various individual views that are represented. In today’s contemporary church, there is still confusion regarding the gospel.
The word gospel means to announce good news. The question we must ask is, “what good news?” Paul helps us know what good news he is speaking about, “For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living” (Romans 14:9). Again Paul states, “For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet” (1 Corinthians 15:25). We see that the good news is that Christ died and lives again. The rest of the good news is laid in the fact He is presently reigning as God’s appointed king. The early church represented Christ as “Lord.” In that day, the Romans declared Caesar as Lord, but the Christians declared, “Jesus is Lord!”
God’s purpose in the gospel is for Christ to reign over all of God’s creation. “The aim of the gospel is to declare and enthrone Jesus as King” (Charles Simpson, What Is the Gospel? page 2). This is exactly what the angels declared to the Shepherds at the birth of Jesus in Luke 2:10-11 “a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
For many years, in parts of the church, the emphasis has been on salvation, based on Romans 10:9-10. Verse 13 must also be included, “For whosoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved,” (emphasis mine). It is clear throughout the New Testament that the desired end is not simply salvation, but to make Jesus Lord.
John the Baptist and Jesus both declared, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2; 4:17). Paul ended his ministry in his own rented house; “solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God” (Acts 28:23). The enemy has sought to stop the message of the “good news,” through martyrdom and by distorting the message. He has failed! The good news of the gospel is being revived around the world. Today, multitudes are declaring that “Jesus is Lord!”
Have you embraced the full gospel of the kingdom of God? If not, why not receive Jesus, not only as your Savior, but your king? Begin to speak the full message of the gospel, the good news that Jesus is Lord.