“For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.”
As you read the New Testament of the Bible, you read about the “Gospel” and “Good News” of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that Jesus is God’s Son sent to earth to pay our sin debt. The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and no one has righteousness from their actions (Romans 3:23). The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23)! If a person repents and turns away from their sins and professes with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believes in their heart God raised Him from the dead, they will be saved (Romans 10:9). That is the “Gospel” and the “Good News!”
As I read Mark 16:15, Jesus is providing instructions to His disciples to preach the Gospel and to spread the Good News: “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (NIV). Also, as written in Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus provides additional instructions: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (NIV). As I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and personal Savior, I have salvation through Him and will spend eternity in Heaven. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I am supposed to disciple others and spread the Good News!
Hebrews 4:2 reflects some people who have heard the Gospel and the Good News, and unfortunately, they found this to be of little-to-no value. They chose not to share their knowledge about Jesus Christ with others! As they chose not to share the Gospel, I imagine they were negligent regarding sharing the Good News. I also wonder if their lack of actions were an indication of denial. Is failing to spread the Good News a form of denial? If so, that could have a disastrous outcome! Jesus has said that if we deny knowing Him, He will deny us before the Father in Heaven (Matthew 10:33).
John 14:6 says: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (NIV). As the Bible is God’s “written Word,” shouldn’t we spread the Good News about Jesus Christ, the “Living Word,” to others? My encouragement to followers of Jesus Christ would be to present the Gospel and the Good News to others. As they hear the Good News, I pray that they may come to know Jesus as their Lord and personal Savior so that they can spend eternity in Heaven. Amen!
Self-reflection considerations: How often do I share my testimony regarding salvation with others? Do I need to share the Gospel regarding Jesus Christ with others? Who around me in life am I the most concerned about that needs to hear the Good News?
Many blessings to you!
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