Mark 16:15 “And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
There it is in black and white, the divine commandment to preach the good news of salvation from the Lord of glory Himself. I humbly submit that the translators of the KJV did not go far enough in simply saying, “to every creature”. The preaching is not just to the person in the pew next to you, although Christians need to hear the gospel too (Romans 1:1-17 gives witness to this).
The preaching likewise is not just to people of the same economic strata you operate in. The preaching of the gospel is not just to pretty people or people of the same ethnic background as you.
No, our Savior, the risen and exalted Christ commanded His disciples to preach the gospel to the whole creation. So that would include the homeless person by the train station, or the guy at the garage who changes your oil. That would include the bank teller, cable TV repairman, door-to-door salesman and everyone in between.
The Whole Creation
That commandment doesn’t stop there, for it says “to the whole creation”. Now that is something isn’t it? The whole creation! So if I am a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ as my only Savior, and if I am obedient to HIM, then the whole creation is a far greater scope. All creation would include the clouds, the trees, their leaves, and the grass.
It would include every bird, frog, cow, chicken, cat and dog. Every every slug, snail and creeping thing too. It would include every rock and brook, the wind and the seas and the starry host at night. Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” We should at the least want to join in that chorus.
We might ask, what to preach? The gospel is the “power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16) but what does that mean? Gospel is simply good news. In order for us to understand the good news we need to understand the reality of our circumstances first. That is, we need bad news to appreciate and get the proper perspective of the good news.
Two important points of bad news
1) “All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) “All” means every last human born of man and woman since Adam has sinned. Everyone at least once has suggested, “well nobody is perfect.” Indeed it is true, none of us are perfect except the Lord. He was perfect. Moreover, the verse continues we “fall short”. The tense of the Greek is a present tense, meaning we not only at one point in our lives fell short but continually are falling short of the glory of God.
2) “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23) So the payment due for sin is to die. If all have sinned, then all have earned death. Adam and Eve each, only committed one sin and their existence was forever changed.
Two important points of good news
The good news then must be better than that. It isn’t very hard to improve upon those dire circumstances. There are likewise two important points to the contrasting good news:
1) “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23) Yes we earn death by our sin, however in Jesus Christ, through His finished work on Calvary, we have eternal life! If it can be lost it isn’t eternal life and that makes God a liar. How could that be since God cannot lie? (Titus 1:2)
2) “Therefore we conclude that man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:28) To be justified is to be legally cleared of any wrong doing. This occurs by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He tells us, “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:15-16)
Twice He says believe! The word means to think to be true, to put confidence in, to entrust. So to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ is to agree with Him that “I am a sinner, and I need to be saved from my sin.” It is to agree that Christ Jesus was God, and He came to save the world by being our substitute, taking the wages of my sin.
If you have never heard this news before and it this makes sense to you, then don’t wait any longer. Ask the Lord Jesus Christ to save you, and believing in Him, know that you are saved from the wrath of God.
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