Steven Lawson: The Gospel as Historical Fact

Well, I want to invite you to take your Bibles
and turn with me to the Book of Romans. I think a conference on the Gospel must have
an exposition of the opening verses of the Book of Romans and that’s what I want to
do right now. Romans, chapter 1, and I want to begin reading
in verse 1, and in this session, I want to look at verses 1-7. I want to first read our passage, Romans 1:1,
“Paul, a bondservant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the Gospel of
God, 2which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, 3concerning
His Son, who was born of a descendant of David, according to the flesh, 4who was declared
the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of
Holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5through whom we have received grace and apostleship
to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His Name sake, 6among
whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; 7to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called
as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” The greatest need that we have in the world
today is for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to do its work. Our greatest need is not political or sociological. Neither is it financial or cultural or racial. The greatest need confirming us today is not
fixing the economy or feeding the poor, and neither is it creating jobs or reducing the
unemployment problem. The greatest crisis we face today is not keeping
Iraq or Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, neither is it stopping ISIS and terrorism. The number one greatest need we face in the
world today is for the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to explode in the hearts of
men and woman and to change them and transform them from the inside out. And as that comes to pass, all of these other
issues, in one way or another, will find its solution. This is precisely what Paul is addressing
in these opening verses of the Book of Romans. The apostle is affirming to the church in
Rome that the Gospel is the greatest need to solve the problems of the empire. Rome was the capital city of the entire empire. It was the most important city in the known
world. In Paul’s day, Rome boasted a population
of over one million people. Rome boasted magnificent buildings such as
Emperor’s Palace and Circus Maximus, and the Roman Coliseum and the Forum. Rome was where Caesar lived. Rome was where the senate sat. Rome was where the most powerful army in the
world was a symbol. Rome was the seat of imperial power, political
power, military power. Yet, Paul had a far greater power that he
desired to bring to Rome, and it was the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The apostle was eager to come to Rome and
to put the Gospel up in the market place of ideas and to see the Gospel of Christ perform
its work. Paul’s strategy was not to petition Caesar,
it was not to boycott the palace, it was not to lobby the senate. Paul’s strategy was to preach the Gospel
and see it conquer and capture the hearts of men and women in this, the mightiest city
in the world. The word Gospel comes from a Greek word, euaggelion
– it’s a compound word. The prefix is ueu, which means ‘good’. Someone will give a eulogy – it is a good
word that would be spoken to someone else. Angel means a message. Euaggelion means the good news or the good
message, or as William Tyndale first translated it, the glad tidings. It’s the good news of salvation that is
in Jesus Christ. It is the good news that solves the greatest
dilemma facing this world. How can Holy God be reconciled to sinful man
and how can sinful man escape the wrath that is to come on the last day? It is the good news of God in salvation. It is the best news that anyone will ever
hear in their life. And that’s what Paul sets about to describe
and to delineate in the Book of Romans, and in this opening prologue, he tells us about
the power of the Gospel. And, as we look at these verses tonight, I
want you to note five things with me about this euaggelion, this good news, the Gospel. Beginning in verse 1, I want you to note first
the source of the Gospel. From whence does the Gospel come? Paul writes in verse 1: “Paul, a bond-servant
of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the Gospel of God.” Paul wants us to note, first and foremost,
that he is only the messenger of the Gospel. The Gospel does not originate with him. He is merely a servant of the Gospel, he is
an ambassador for the Gospel. He has been set apart unto the Gospel, but
this Gospel does not come from Paul. Instead, this is the Gospel of God. You will note that at the end of verse one. This does not mean the Gospel about God, but
the Gospel is about God. It is the revelation of the righteousness
of God. But that is not what this opening verse is
stating. When he says, the Gospel of God, he means
that it is the Gospel from God. In other words, this is God’s Gospel, this
is God’s good news. God is the author of this message and God
is the architect of the Gospel. He is the source of the Gospel, He is the
origin of this Gospel. This Gospel has come down from the throne
of God above. It is the product of the infinite genius and
sovereign will and unconditional love of God. Gospel was not invented by the apostles. It was not the result of human speculation;
it is not one more man-contrived religion. It is not man’s solutions to man’s problems. It was not conceived by any church or group
of churches. It was not drafted by any denomination. It was not scripted by any seminary. It was not the creation if any culture. It is not the result of the collective genius
of man. Instead, the Gospel has come down from the
mind and the genius of Almighty God Himself. This is God’s message. This is God’s Gospel. Now this is what Paul asserts in Galatians
1:11 when Paul writes, “For I would have you know brethren, that the Gospel which was
preached by me, is not according to man, for I neither received it from man nor was I taught
it, but I received it through the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Only God could have designed this Gospel. Who but God could have conceived this plan,
that the first Person of the Godhead, the Father, would commission the second Person
of the Godhead, God the Son, to come into this world, to be born of a virgin. Who but God could have designed this? That He would be born under the law, that
He would obey the law at every point that you and I have broken, and that, by His active
obedience, He would secure a perfect righteousness for us that would be imputed to our account
as though we had lived a perfectly sinless life before God? Who but God could have designed this, that
Christ would live the life for us that we could never live; that He would go to the
cross, be lifted up on Calvary’s cross and the sins of all those who had ever believed
upon Him, would be transferred to Christ, and God made Him who knew no sin, to be sin
for us, that by His death He would placate the righteous anger of God towards us; that
there would be no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus and that, by the shedding
of His blood, He would reconcile Holy God and sinful man. And, that He would redeem us out of the slave
market of sin. That He would be taken down from that cross
and buried and on the third day, He would rise from the dead. Who but God could have conceived this? And that He would ascend back to the right
hand of God the Father and there be enthroned in the place of highest authority and highest
power. And, whosoever shall call upon the Name of
the Lord shall be saved. Who but God could have designed this plan
of salvation? It has come down to us from God above. And because it is God’s message, because
it is God’s Gospel, none of us may tamper with this message. There is a zero-tolerance policy for tampering
with this Gospel. We may not tweak it, we may not twist it,
we may not add to it, we may not subtract from it, we may not re-interpret it, we may
not re-configure it. Paul said in Galatians 1:8, “But even if
we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a Gospel contrary to what we have preached
to you, he is to be accursed.” That means he is to be damned. He is to be consigned to the hottest part
of hell itself. And Paul then follows up in the very next
verse, in Galatians 1:9 “As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is
preaching to you a Gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed.” That means to be devoted to destruction. So first, Paul says, the source of the Gospel
is God Himself and it has come down to us and to receive this message is to receive
God Himself. And to reject this message is to reject God. But, second, I want you to note, not only
the source of the Gospel, but the exclusivity of the Gospel. Continue to look in verse 1, if you will. Please note at the end of verse 1, Paul says
that he is set apart for the Gospel of God. Please note the definite article ‘the’. The Gospel is not one of many gospels. It is not one of many ways to God. This does not read, set apart for ‘a’
gospel. This is not one of many paths that are leading
upward to God. No, to the contrary, this is THE Gospel, the
one and only Gospel. This is the only way of salvation. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and
the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father but through me.” When Peter stood before the Sanhedrin in Acts
4:12, he said, “There is salvation in no other name; for there is no other name under
heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” And the Apostle Paul said in 1 Timothy 2:5,
the text we heard earlier, “There is one God and one Mediator between God and man,
the Man Christ Jesus.” There is only one God and there is only one
Mediator by which we may approach this God. Understand this, there are many roads to hell. There is only one road to heaven and it is
in the Lord Jesus Christ. Proverbs 14:12 says “There is a way which
seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Now, this Gospel, of which this whole conference
is about, is the one and only Gospel that will take us home to God. It is the only way to God and it is through
the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. There is only one way of salvation, whether
it be the Old Testament or the New Testament, there was not an Old Testament way to be saved
and then there is a different New Testament way to be saved. There was not one way for the Jew to be saved
and now there is a different way for the Gentile to be saved. There is not one way for a Muslim to be saved
and then a different way for a Christian to be saved. There is not one way for the Buddhist to be
saved and then a different way for a Christian to be saved. No, there is only one way to be saved and
it is through the Gospel of God in Jesus Christ. Anytime, anywhere, anyone has ever been saved
from the Garden of Eden, all the way until the last person is converted, everyone who
is saved is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. In the Old Testament, they were saved by looking
ahead to the coming of Christ, just as we are saved by looking back to the coming of
Christ. But it is one Gospel and one way of salvation. And we’re not just dogmatic about this,
we are bull-dogmatic about this. The source of the Gospel is God Himself. The exclusivity of the Gospel – it is THE
Gospel. Now third, I want you to note, the antiquity
of the Gospel. That is found in verse 2, and what we will
discover is, the Gospel is not a new message that has only recently appeared in New Testament
times. The Gospel is not a trendy message to appear
in these last days. The Gospel is as old as the world itself. The Gospel goes back to the dawn of human
civilization. In fact, the Gospel goes back to eternity
past. But, notice verse 2, it reads, “which – a
reference to the Gospel – He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures.” God, long ago, promised and proclaimed the
Gospel through His Old Testament prophets, as recorded in the Holy Scriptures, from Moses
to Malachi. There is one continuous record of the Gospel
in the Old Testament before the coming of Christ and the apostles. The Gospel was announced to Adam and Eve. It was believed by Abraham; it was recorded
by Moses; it was pictured in the Levitical sacrificial system; it was proclaimed by the
prophets. It is rooted and grounded in the Old Testament
scriptures. And what Paul wants the Roman church to know
is what he wants us to know, here tonight, that the Gospel is not a theological novelty
to recently appear. It is not a newly conceived message. It is not a departure from the old way of
salvation. It is not Plan B that is augmented to Plan
A. It is not an appendix to what went before. It is the old message of salvation that is
recorded in the Scripture itself, beginning in Genesis 3:15 where God is the preacher
and the congregation is Satan. And God preaches the Gospel to the serpent
and said, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her
seed, and He shall bruise you on the head and you will bruise Him on the heel.” That was the proto euaggelion, the first mention
of the Gospel. This Gospel is recorded in Old Testament scripture. Notice verse 2 again. What Paul is saying is: the Gospel is written
in a book. He says that God promised the Gospel beforehand
through His prophets in the holy Scriptures. The prophets were the human instruments by
which the Word was recorded. Each Old Testament passage had two authors. There was a primary author; there was a secondary
author. The secondary author is the human author. There is one primary Author – capital A
– and it is God Himself. And what the prophets recorded, Paul notes,
is the holy Scriptures. The word ‘holy’ means that what they wrote
is without error, that it is flawless, it is without blemish, it is a perfect record
of all that God desired to be recorded. Notice that it is the Scriptures, not singular
but plural, speaking of the entire Old Testament cannon, the height, the depth, the breadth,
the length of it. The word Scripture means the writings. These prophets recorded objective, cognitive
truth in words that came out of the mouth of God, that they wrote and recorded. And what can we say about this Old Testament
record of the Gospel? Well, I want to tell you several things, just
parenthetically, while we are parked at verse two. That this Old Testament record of the Gospel
is divinely inspired. Deuteronomy 8:3 “Man shall not live by bread
alone but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Every word recorded in the Old Testament has
come from the mouth of God. When the Bible speaks, God speaks. But, not only is it divinely inspired, it
is perfectly inerrant. Psalm 12:6 “The words of the Lord are pure
words.” That is to say they are undefiled by human
speculations or any religious superstitions. They are pure words, holy words, that come
from Holy God above. Psalm 29:7 “The law of the Lord is perfect.” Also, they are absolutely authoritative. What is recorded in the Old Testament comes
with the supreme authority of God Himself. Psalm 19:7 refers to the Old Testament as
the law of the Lord, not the opinions of the Lord, not the options of the Lord, not the
suggestions of the Lord, but the binding law of God. And also, it is intrinsically clear. That is to say, the Old Testament is understandable,
it is lucid, it is clear. Psalm 19:8 says, “The commandment of the
Lord is pure.” Like pure water. It is not murky when you look into it; it’s
not muddy. It does not obscure what is in it. It is pure and clean and you can see into
it. It’s the perspicuity of the Scripture. It is also entirely sufficient. The Old Testament, the Gospel contained in
it is entirely capable in carrying out all of God’s redemptive purposes here upon the
earth. Isaiah 55:10 “As the rain and the snow come
down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it flourish
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my Word that comes forth
from my mouth. It will not return to me void but will accomplish
all that I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” It is sufficient to save, it is sufficient
to sanctify, it is sufficient to strengthen, it is able to carry out all of God’s purposes
here upon the earth and everything that God is doing of a redemptive nature, here upon
the earth, He is doing it in partnership with His Word. And this Word is immutable. Psalm 19:89 “Forever O Lord, your Word is
settled in heaven.” This Word never changes; it is forever the
same. Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers, the flower
fades away, but the Word of our God abides forever.” Society changes, culture changes, but right
is forever right and wrong is forever wrong. The Word of God is truth. Psalm 119:160 “Every one of Your righteous
ordinances is everlasting.” This is the antiquity of the Gospel. This ancient Book, these 39 books of the Old
Testament cannon, they record the Gospel. It is not a new message – if it’s new,
it’s not true. It is as old as Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus,
Numbers and Deuteronomy. But I want you to note, fourth, concerning
this Gospel. I want you to note the subject of the Gospel. We see this in verse 3, the substance and
the subject of the Gospel is the Person of Jesus Christ. Notice what verse 3 says: “concerning His
Son.” The Gospel concerns the Son of God. Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega of
the Gospel. He is the Son and the substance of the Gospel. The Gospel is all about a Person, the Lord
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, it says at the beginning of verse 3. This speaks of His Deity, that He was fully
God, co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father. He is the Son in the sense that He assumes
the role of submission to carry out the will of the Father in the mission of salvation. It says, “concerning His Son, who was born
of a descendant of David, according to the flesh.” The eternal Son of God, who has never been
created, there has never been a time in which He did not exist, entered the human race at
a point in time. He was born of a virgin; He was born of a
descendant of David. We could not lift ourselves up to God. God had to come all the way down to us. Jesus Christ stepped into our skin; He stepped
into our place, in order that He would live the life that we could never live and die
the death that we should die. He was born of a descendant of David, a rightful
heir to the throne of David, and when He was born, he was the earthly Son of a Heavenly
Father, and the Heavenly son of an earthly mother. When He was born, he was as old as His Father
and older than His mother. Fully God. Fully Man. The God Man. And it had to be so if He is to be a mediator
and stand between God and man. What does the mediator do? He stands between two parties who are at enmity
with one another, who are at conflict with one another. And the mediator steps in between to bring
about reconciliation, to bring about peace. And man is at enmity with God and God is angry
with the wicked every day. A mediator must stand in the gap, stand in
the middle. But he must be equal to both sides in order
to bring about mediation impartially. That is why He had to be fully God in order
to represent God to man. But, he also must be fully man to represent
man to God. No-one else could stand between God and man
except the God Man. And that is what Jesus did in His sinless
life and in His substitutionary death. Jesus took Holy God in one hand and sinful
man in the other, and through the blood of His cross, He has brought about reconciliation
and brought about peace between God and man that puts his faith, and her faith, in Jesus
Christ. That is why the subject of the Gospel is none
other than the Son of God who became the son of man. He came to earth that we might go to heaven. He became the Son of Man that we might become
sons of God. He was born of a virgin that we might be born
again. He did what no-one else could have done as
the perfect God Man. Notice what verse 4 says: “Who” a personal
pronoun that indicates that the subject of the Gospel is found, not in a program and
not in a policy, but in a person. “Who was declared” – not merely whispered,
not merely mumbled, but declared! The Son of God, with power. How? By the resurrection from the dead. This is the ultimate apologetic for the Christian
faith – that the tomb is empty and that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and
came walking out of that tomb, a risen, living, victorious Savior. And in His hands He has the keys of death
and Hades. It is the ultimate apologetic. Jesus said at the beginning of His ministry
in John 2:19, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it”, speaking of
His body. In Matthew 12 they asked for a sign and Jesus
said, “No sign will be given to this sinful and adulterous generation except for the sign
of Jonah the prophet, that just as he was three days and three nights in the belly of
the great fish, so shall the Son of Man be in the earth.” The resurrection is God’s validation that
‘this is my beloved Son.’ He was declared to be the Son of God with
power, notice that it says, according to the Spirit of holiness. That is a Hebrew-ism for the Holy Spirit. All three Persons of the Godhead were involved
in the resurrection. God the Father raised His Son. God the Holy Spirit raised the Lord Jesus,
but Jesus also raised Himself from the dead. Jesus said, I have authority to lay my life
down. I have authority to take it back up again. This commandment I received from my Father. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, all powerfully
involved in the resurrection. And then, Paul writes, at the end of verse
4: “Jesus Christ our Lord.” Paul wants to emphasize the One who has been
raised from the dead. He wants to underscore and bring to our attention,
without any question, the Subject of the Gospel, the Substance of the Gospel. It is not just Jesus, but Jesus Christ; but
not just Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ our Lord. All three of those names are important to
the Gospel. Jesus means, Jehovah saves. Jesus is His saving name. Matthew 1:21 “You shall call His name Jesus
for He shall save His people from their sins.” Christ is His strong name. It means, the anointed One, the One who is
anointed and endued with power from on high by the Holy Spirit of God to carry out His
saving mission. And Lord is His Sovereign name. Curios – it means One who has supreme authority. It means Despot, Ruler, King over all. This is the One who is the subject of the
Gospel and He has been raised from the dead. Thousands were crucified upon crosses in Jerusalem
and the surrounding area. Josephus said, ‘so many crucifixions that
there were not enough trees upon which to hang men.’ But only One was raised from the dead. And it was God’s guarantee and validation
that ‘This is My Beloved Son.’ Then he adds, in verse 5: “through whom”
– please note he continues to talk about a person, it’s a personal pronoun. “Through whom we have received grace”
All grace is from the Father, through the Son, applied by the Spirit. There is not one drop of grace outside of
the Lord Jesus Christ. All grace is found in Christ and that is why
Paul makes such strong emphasis here at the beginning of the Book of Romans. He is pointing to Christ and saying that the
Gospel is found in the Person and Work in terms of Christ. There is no Gospel without Christ. The more we make of Christ, the more Gospel
we have to share. And the less we make of Christ, the less Gospel
we have to share. Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, “If you leave
out Christ, you’ve left the sun out of the day, the moon out of the night. If you leave out Christ from the Gospel, you
have left the waters out of the sea and the floods out of the river. You have left the harvest out of the year,
the soul out of the body. You have left joy out of heaven.” Without Christ, there is no Gospel, and as
you would share the Gospel with others, as you would bear witness of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ, we must speak of Christ who is mighty to save. Christ in His virgin birth, Christ in His
sinless life, Christ in His substitutionary death, Christ in His bodily resurrection,
Christ in His present enthronement at the right hand of God the Father. But the last thing that I want you to note
about the Gospel here in Romans 1, is not only the subject of the Gospel, but I want
you to note in verse 6 the success of the Gospel. Paul wants the church in Rome to know that
the Gospel cannot fail. Christ will not die in vain. God, Himself, guarantees the success of His
own Gospel. And so, in verse 6, Paul writes: “among
whom you also” – and the word “also” is important, meaning that there are believers
all over the middle east. There are believers in many different cities
that the Gospel is already spreading, “among whom you also are – notice what he says
– the called of Jesus Christ.” This speaks of the sovereign call of God to
the elect of God that draws them irresistibly in faith in Jesus Christ. And this call, in reality, is the Divine summons. This call is the Divine subpoena that apprehends
the elect of God and brings them, overcoming their resistance, into saving faith with Jesus
Christ. In the New Testament, there are two calls
regarding salvation. There is the external call and there is the
internal call. There is the external call, which is the call
of the preacher, which is the call of the one who bears a witness for Christ, that extends
the free offer of the Gospel. But this call can only go as far as the ear. It can go no further. There must be, second, the internal call,
which is the powerful, effectual call of the Holy Spirit of God that lays hold of the one
who is called and brings them, and ushers them into saving relationship with Jesus Christ. And later Paul will say, in the Book of Romans,
that those whom the Father foreknew, He predestined, and those whom He predestined, He called,
and those whom He called, He justified, and those whom He justified, He glorified. Paul begins in eternity past. He concludes in eternity future. The first two concerned eternity past. The middle two concern time. And the last fifth refers to eternity future. The group that God begins with in eternity
past, is the group that is found in heaven throughout all of the ages to come. And those whom God foreknew, which does not
mean those whom He foresaw would believe in Christ. First of all, God has never learned anything. God has never looked down the tunnel of time
to learn anything. That is a pagan myth. And that is a religious superstition. Foreknowledge means, whom God fore-loved with
a distinguishing love. And the word ‘knowledge’ simply means,
to choose to love. Adam knew his wife and she conceived and gave
birth to a son. Those whom God foreknew means those whom God
set His heart upon with distinguishing love. It is those whom God predestined. And when God predestined something it is irrevocable. It will surely come to pass long before the
event ever arrives. It is those whom God foreknew and fore-ordained
and predestined, these are the very ones – no more, no less – that God calls. And those whom He calls, He justifies and
imputes the perfect righteousness of Christ to their account, and then He will surely
glorify them in heaven one day. What Paul is saying to the Romans is that
we are to give the free offer of the Gospel to all the nations, but as we do, it will
be God who will call out a bride for His Son. And God will bring them to faith in Christ. What an encouragement that was for those in
Rome, as they are under the shadow of the Roman empire. There could not have been a more difficult
place on planet earth to preach the Gospel and Paul wants to encourage them that no matter
how difficult the city is and how dark the culture, you preach the Gospel and God will
call out the elect and bring them to faith in Jesus Christ. And there are not enough demons in hell or
out of hell that will prevent their coming. Jesus said, “I will build my church and
the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” This is the success of the Gospel. And, as we find ourselves in a neo-Roman empire,
as we find ourselves in a day that would make Sodom and Gomorrah blush, as we find ourselves
now in a post-Christian era, let us have mounting confidence in the Gospel. It is the power of God unto salvation. It is God’s message that has come down from
heaven. It is the only way that leads back to God. It is concerning His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ,
and it was recorded long ago, in the Old Testament, and God will call out His elect and they will
believe in the Gospel, and they will receive Christ as Lord and Savior. Charles Haddon Spurgeon summed it up this
way, and I quote: “All I love God shalls and wills. There is nothing compared to them. Let a man say ‘shall’ and what is it good
for? A man says ‘I will’ and he never performs. I man says ‘I shall’ and he breaks his
promise. But it is never so with God’s shalls. If God says ‘shall’, it shall be. And when God says, ‘I will’, it will be. Now He has said, ‘many shall come to Christ’. The devil says, ‘they will not come’. But God says, ‘they shall come.’ You and yourselves may say, ‘we will not
come.’ God says, ‘you shall come.’ There are some here who are laughing at salvation,
who scoff at Christ and mock at the Gospel, but I tell you, some of you shall come. You say, ‘What? Can God make me become a Christian?” I tell you, “Yes. For herein rests the power of the Gospel. It does not ask for your consent. It gives it. It does not say ‘will you have it?’ It makes you willing in the day of His Power.” Spurgeon has said, ‘They shall come to Christ. They shall come. They shall come. You may laugh. You may despise us, but Jesus Christ shall
not die for nothing. He shall see His seed. They shall come, and not in heaven, nor on
earth can stop them from coming to Christ.” This is the glorious triumph of the Gospel
of Jesus Christ. Therefore, let us go into the highways and
byways. Let us compel them to come to Christ. Let us shout it from the housetops; let us
go to the nations and say, ‘The Lord reigns.’ Let us preach the Gospel. Let us share the Gospel of Christ and God
shall call to Himself those for whom it has been appointed from before the foundation
of the world. This is the success of the Gospel. Let us have great confidence in its power
to save. Let us pray:
Our Father in heaven, how we thank You for the good news, the salvation that is in Your
Son, Jesus Christ. Father, I pray that you would enlarge our
faith and our confidence in this Gospel, to extinguish the darkness, to shine the light
of truth into the hearts of men and women, to capture them and to bring them to faith
in Jesus Christ. I pray that Your Holy Spirit will continue
to carry out His work of convicting the world of sin and righteousness in judgment, and
granting repentance and faith, and bring about the new birth, a Sovereign act that He alone
can perform. And may we, in these days, preach and proclaim
this Gospel far and wide. We pray this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN

8 Replies to “Steven Lawson: The Gospel as Historical Fact”

  1. March 8, 2019
    3 words: AWESOME, POWERFUL TEACHING! Thank you, brother Lawson, and thank you, Ligonier.

  2. WOW!!! I saved this and will share it as well! What a wonderful message…..Dear God help me be bold to spread the Good News!

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