Pray that the saints would proclaim the glad tidings concerning the wonderful person of Christ and His unsearchable riches (Luke 2:10-11; Acts 5:42; Rom. 1:1-4; Eph. 3:8).

Luke 2:10-11—And the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I announce to you good news of great joy, which will be for all the people, because today a Savior has been born to you in David’s city, who is Christ the Lord.

Acts 5:42—And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and announcing the gospel of Jesus as the Christ.

Rom. 1:1-4—Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, a called apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning His Son, who came out of the seed of David according to the flesh, who was designated the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness out of the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Eph. 3:8—To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel.

MINISTRY PORTION:

In [Romans] 1:3 Paul says that the gospel is concerning God’s Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. The main concern of the gospel is not forgiveness nor the winning of souls nor the saving of sinners for heaven; it is the very Person of Christ, the Son of God. The gospel is not a doctrine nor a teaching nor a religion. It is a wonderful Person. (Life-study of Romans, msg. 51, p. 543)

Actually, you have to realize that [in Ephesians 3:8] to announce…as the gospel in Greek is just one word. This word is not the ordinary word in Greek for announce, or preach. This is the word that means to announce something as the gospel, to announce something as the glad tidings, or as the good news. Therefore, to Paul, his gospel is the all-inclusive Christ. In other words, his gospel is the unsearchable riches of Christ. In this sense the entire book of Ephesians is a gospel because the contents of the gospel announced by Paul are the unsearchable riches of Christ. His gospel is not just about sin. It is not just about going to hell. It is not just about repenting and believing for the forgiveness of sins that you may be reconciled to God, saved from eternal perdition, and have the eternal life. Even if you include eternal life in the contents of the gospel, still that does not compare with what Paul announced. He announced the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel. (CWWL, 1985, vol. 3, “The Home Meetings—the Unique Way for the Increase and the Building Up of the Church,” ch. 3, p. 137)

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