Self inflicted misery to bear
7. Good news to our suffering
If the gospel is fixed in our minds, and if our faith in it is not without effect or without cause, we can be sure that though we have to suffer now, there shall come a time when suffering shall all be gone.
Paul also wrote: “By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:1-2) and we may be assured that we do not have to believe in vain. We not only have to see then that God is good but also that His rules are fixed: to those who were put away he was hard, but to us He has been good, on the condition that we keep in His mercy; if not, we will be cut off as they were.
In these last days the Creator of all things has spoken to us through his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things. We should listen to this Father and to the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end. (Hebrews 1:2) God does not want sacrifices and offerings, and He is not pleased with animals burnt whole on the altar or with sacrifices to take away sins. (Hebrews 10:5-6)
The Lord of lords Jehovah has been willing to give us understanding. We should not rebel or turn away from Him. In case we do have to suffer today let us offer our back to those who give us blows, and our face to those who are pulling out our hair. That we would not be afraid to those who beat us and not stop them when they insult us or spat us in our face.
“The Lord Yahweh has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.” (Isaiah 50:5-6 KJBPNV)
Proclaiming the Gospel we as the children of God are directed by our Heavenly Father as a spiritual training, and as such our endurance can be the expression of His love. We can take His encouraging words at heart.
- good news… (carmonthomas.wordpress.com)
We must trust the God in these men to have passed down the accurate Word for us. These men had in mind to spread the gospel.Do I go and try to alleviate suffering or preach the good news? Or both? Are they mutually exclusive? Jesus healed the sick, the lame,and gave sight to the blind. Why? Jesus is the outflowing of God. (Think solar wind or sun rays.) My paraphrase or memorization of a verse Hebrews in the Amplified version. This tells me that God cares about our infirmities and has a cure for them. Jesus went person to person to make up for shortcomings, lameness, deafness, blindness, illness and death. He still does. (‘nother story.) But, He also told them the truth. If we follow Him, we will be treated like Him. He’ll make sure we are fed and clothed, we will be in His Presence….but the world will hate us.
- What is the Gospel? (garyeugenehill.wordpress.com)
- The Gospel (allsufficientgrace.wordpress.com)
The term gospel is found ninety-nine times in the NASB and ninety-two times in the NET Bible. In the Greek New Testament, gospel is the translation of the Greek noun euangelion (occurring 76 times) “good news,” and the verb euangelizo (occurring 54 times), meaning “to bring or announce good news.”In 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, the apostle Paul summarizes the most basic ingredients of the gospel message, namely, the death, burial, resurrection, and appearances of the resurrected Christ.
- “the gospel of God” (Mk 1:14, ASV; Rom 15:16),
- “the gospel of Jesus Christ,” (Mk 1:1; I Cor 9:12),
- “the gospel of his Son” (Rom 1:9),
- “the gospel of the kingdom “ (Mt 4:23; 9:35; 24:14),
- “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24),
- “the gospel of the glory of Christ” (II Cor 4:4, ASV),
- “the gospel of peace” (Eph 6:15),
- “an eternal gospel” (Rev 14:6, RSV).
- Although distinctive aspects of the message are indicated by the various modifiers, the gospel is essentially one. Paul speaks of “another gospel” which is not an equivalent, for the gospel of God is His revelation, not the result of discovery (Gal 1:6–11).
Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words says the English word gospel denotes the good tidings of the kingdom of God and salvation through Christ and what He did, which is to be received by faith alone.