Text: “So then (a conclusion) faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
“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!”
1 Corinthians 9:16.
Good morning, Christian Gospel-gossiper! The Lord God detests the practice of gossiping, He rates the sin of ’busy bodying in other men’s matters’ right up there with the sins of murder! God’s Word deems such gossiping, busy bodying, slandering and backbiting as ’…worthy of death…’! (Romans 1:32)
“But let none of you (Christian believers) suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evil-doer, or as a busy body in other men’s matters.” (1 Peter 4:15) (1 Timothy 3:11) (Romans 1:30-32)
Yet, praise God for Gospel gossipers, for many a precious soul has been won by the practice of what I call ‘gossiping the Gospel of Christ Jesus’. Hallelujah!
“The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.” (Isaiah 50:4)
Today’s verses in our Journey With John reveal the success of the process I have referred to above as ‘gossiping the Gospel’ message.
John reveals Christ Jesus as ‘the lamb of God…’; ‘…two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.’ (Vs.36-37)
Our text from Romans chapter 10 is thereby clearly proven to be God’s truth. “So then (a conclusion) faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
The two disciples of John heard the truth proclaimed, received God-given faith to believe - and immediately ‘…followed Jesus.’ Glory to His Name!
One of these two disciples, Andrew, then took the revealed message and went off to find ‘…his own brother, Simon (Peter), and continued to ‘gossip the Gospel’ - “…We have found the Messiah, which is being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus…” (Vs. 41-42)
The Lord Jesus, on the very next day, found Philip, and asked him to follow Him - which, praise God, he did.
Philip then found Nathaniel and, gossiping the Gospel, “…saith unto him, We have found Him, of Whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph…Come and see.” (V. 45)
Nathaniel went and seen for himself the Living Truth, Christ Jesus; the Lord Jesus spoke to him face to face; and it was revealed unto Nathaniel that Jesus was indeed, “…the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.” (Vs. 47-49) Wow! What a blessing!
Listen to what the Lord Jesus said unto this dear man: “…Verily, verily (truly, truly), I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see Heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.” (V. 51) And, as the Gospel accounts reveal, he certainly did. Praise God for His truth!
“God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent; hath He not said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19)
“Sanctify them through Thy truth; Thy Word is truth.” (John 17:17)
God always does what His Word says He will do - He is immutable!
After studying this wonderful process of ‘gossiping the Gospel’ contained in today’s Bible passage; and seeing for ourselves the success such clear witnessing always brings - let’s you and I determine afresh not to waste our time in idle gossiping, but rather to redeem the time God gives us by seeking to ‘gossip the Gospel’ at every God-given opportunity.
“Walk in wisdom towards them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how to answer every man.” (Colossians 4:6)
Thought: Beloved, “open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:10)