The Wednesday Word: Gossiping the Gospel Part 2
Last time we observed how in Acts 8:4, the early church left Jerusalem and went everywhere spreading the Good News. Indeed, it could be said that they went everywhere gossiping the Gospel. Let’s continue where we left off.
Origen, the 3rd-century theologian, inadvertently told how the church in his day embraced the practice of gossiping the Gospel. According to him, a lack of education and diminished social standing did not make the believers feel unqualified to spread the Good News. He said: “We see in private homes workers in wool and leather, laundry workers and the most illiterate and bucolic yokels who would not dare to say anything at all in front of the elders and more intelligent masters. But they get hold of the children… and (others) who are as ignorant as themselves. Then they pour out wonderful statements…”
In Part 1 we discovered that to gossip the Gospel, we learn to talk about Christ’s Person, Name, Life and Righteousness. Here, then, are some other matters about which we gossip.
When we spread the Gospel,
We gossip about (5) Christ’s blood.
By His Blood-Shedding and death, Jesus has accomplished redemption for His people (Ephesians 1:7).
Our death sentence has been reversed.
Blood has been shed …it’s the blood of sanctification (Hebrews 13:12).
Blood has been shed …it’s the blood of the everlasting covenant (Hebrews13:20).
Blood has been shed …it’s the blood of cleansing (1 John 1:7).
Blood has been shed…it’s precious blood; the blood of the Lamb without blemish and without spot (1 Peter 1:19).
Blood has been shed…it’s the blood shed for many for the remission of sins (Mark 14:24).
Blood has been shed…it’s this blood which purges the conscience (Hebrews 9:14).
Reconciliation, Redemption, Atonement, Cleansing, Sacrifice. Remission,…what excellent matters to gossip about!
Not only do we talk about Christ’s blood, but we also gossip about (6) His resurrection.
He died, was buried, but rose again. He is now the risen One. He is not the dying one. Nor is He the dead one. He is the ever-living one!
His grave is empty, for His work is done. The work is accomplished; the seal of the tomb is broken, the stone rolled away. He is risen! His resurrection is the pledge and guarantee of ours!
Not only do we talk about Christ’s person, but we also gossip about (7). His Ascension.
After having shown Himself alive for 40 days among His disciples (Acts1:3), He was taken up both physically and visibly into the heavens (Acts 1:9). His last physical act was to bless His people (Acts 24:50-51), and in the midst of doing this, He returned to Glory. His work on earth was done. As our substitute and final word of God to man, He successfully discharged His mission. He has ascended and is now exalted, a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance and forgiveness of sins (Acts 5:31).
Not only do we talk about Christ’s Ascension but we also gossip about (8) His intercession.
He ever lives to intercede for us (Hebrews 7:25). He is the High Priest above all priests (Hebrews 4:14). He is our Advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1). He appears for us (Hebrews 9:24). The Father hears Him always (John 11:42). His intercession cannot fail—it is a mighty intercession; an intercession in which the Father delights. It’s an intercession which delivers further assurance of our present and eternal security.
Not only do we talk about Christ’s intercession, but we also gossip about (9) His second coming.
“Behold, He cometh with clouds” (Revelation 1:7). “Behold, I come quickly” (Revelation 22:12). “Behold, the Lord cometh, with ten thousand of His saints” (Jude 1:14). As it says in the hymn ‘It is well with my Soul’;
“But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!”
The early Christians were full of the message of the return of the Lord. Indeed, the Church of the first century delighted in it. And, if we are to gossip the Gospel and the results of the Gospel we must gossip about a coming Christ as well as a Christ who has come.
And that’s the Gospel Truth!