"The Benefits Of The Gospel"
In the 1800's, there was a man hired to sell phones in California. Though California was
sparsely inhabited at this time, he sold more phones than those who were sent to the big cities. When
the boss heard of this, he called in all his salesmen, and asked the one sent to California to stand up
and explain why he sold more phones than any other. His response:
"I tell potential customers that they can call their neighbor in their night clothes."
You see, at this time, it was quite an ordeal for people to go and visit their neighbors,
especially in California where there were so few people. Imagine their excitement to realize they could
call up a friend or neighbor in their NIGHTCLOTHES, and not have to get ready, dressed, ride to
their destination, and then have to ride all the way home. What is the point? It is that the BENEFITS
to the customer are what sold the phone! In like manner, let us think about the Gospel of Christ and
what benefits it has for us. What benefits awaits those who come to Christ?
The salvation of our souls is the first and foremost benefit of the Gospel! Paul said that the
Gospel is God's power to save (Rom. 1:16). "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel
which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye
are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you"(I Cor. 15:1-2).
So many today do not care about the Gospel. They would rather do what "seems" right. This
is foolish (Prov. 14:12)! Once people understand and believe that the Gospel brings salvation, maybe
it will mean more to them and they will do as God has said.
The Gospel of Christ provides us with knowledge about life, death, Creation, and many other
subjects. Paul said, "Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of
Christ" (Eph. 3:4)!
The Gospel provides us with knowledge concerning life. It teaches that man is basically
composed of two parts (the Body and Soul, Matt. 10:28, II Cor. 4:16; Jas. 2:26). The Gospel
declares that the Creator of life is God (Matt. 19:4; Acts 17:24-26), and that we dedicate our lives
to God or Satan depending on how we live (Matt. 7:13-14).
The Gospel teaches that death is a separation. Physically, it is a separation of the body and
spirit. This comes to all people (Jas. 2:26; Heb. 9:27). Spiritual death is the eternal separation of our
soul from God. Experiencing this depends upon how we live now (Rom. 8:6; Matt. 25:31-46).
In short, ALL things pertaining to life and godliness are found in the Gospel (II Pet. 1:2-3).
Let us decide to acquire the knowledge God provides so that we can equip ourselves for eternity (II
Provides The Perfect Example
Just like certain jobs have Apprenticeship Programs where the inexperienced learn from the
experienced workers, the Gospel provides us with the perfect example for living. That example is
Jesus Christ (I Pet. 2:21-22)! Jesus is our example in honoring our parents (Lk. 2:51; Eph. 6:1-3),
in fighting temptation (Lk. 4:1-13; Jas. 4:7), in being submissive to God (Heb. 10:9; Phil. 2:8), in
showing kindness to others (Matt. 9:32-36; Lk. 10:37), and in living what He taught (Acts 1:1; Rom.
2:1, 3, 21-24). Are YOU following in His footsteps? Christ's example is there for all to follow in the
Gospel record! If we are not following Christ, then who are we following? If we are following
someone other than Christ (self, parents, friends, etc.) then we are settling for far less than the best!
One outstanding quality of the Gospel is that it warns us of certain things. We are warned of
the consequences of sin (Rom. 6:23). We are warned against perverting the Gospel to suit ourselves
(Gal. 1:6-9; Rev. 22:18-19). We also see the consequences of refusing to obey the Gospel (Mk.
16:16; II Thess. 2:12). Let us never forget that God has warned us because He loves us like a father
to a son (Heb. 12:5-11). Let us remember that warnings do no good unless we listen to them and
Speaks of Eternal Reward
Not only are we warned of things to avoid, but we are also told to strive for the reward --
Heaven (Phil. 3:13-14; Jn 14:1-3)! It is the abode of God (Matt. 11:25; Acts 17:24). Revelation 7:16-17 gives us a foretaste of what is to come to God's faithful (No hunger, no thirst. The Lamb will feed
us, and lead to living waters. God shall wipe away our tears.). Don't you want to enjoy the benefits
of the gospel? If so, then delay no longer. Once one believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Jn.
8:24), he must repent of his sins (Lk. 13:3), confess his faith in Christ (Matt. 10:32), and be baptized
for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). This is what the gospel teaches! Upon doing so, one can be
saved from past sins (Mk. 16:16), rise to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:3-4), wear the name of
Christ (Acts 11:26), set your affections on things above (Col. 3:1-4), and look forward to Heaven
one day (Rev. 2:10).
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