The alls and everys of the gospel
by J. Randal Matheny, editor
The gospel appeals to the whole person, transforms him thoroughly, and demands in return a complete devotion.
The word of God speaks to every situation. No one is beyond salvation. The Lord can save equally the demonized deranged man wandering among the graves and the three-piece suit in the executive suite. The Almighty has a word of comfort and strength from the cradle to the grave.
The message of redemption must go into every corner of the world. Every saint has been entrusted with the task, not just preachers and missionaries. Every culture group ought to hear the gospel in its own language, read the Bible in its own mother tongue.
Every false teaching must be identified and resisted. The New Testament tore off the masks of legalism, licentiousness, incipient Gnosticism, authoritarianism, political messiahship, ethnocentrism, syncretism, and a host of other cultural invasions into the church. The Lord expects us to do no less, promptly and vigorously.
The same gospel should be preached in every church. That’s what Paul did. “I teach [the way of Christ] everywhere in every church” (1 Corinthians 4:17). There’s a pattern that the Spirit insists be followed everywhere.
God has power for every good work. “And God is able to make all grace overflow to you so that because you have enough of everything in every way at all times, you will overflow in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). Resources are never a problem in the kingdom of God.
Every member is important in the body of Christ, from the little toe to the right (or left) hand, from the fingernail to the eye. Each has something significant to contribute, as the Spirit gives gifts to all. Only eternity will reveal how each one has enriched the body.
Finally, Christians should pray all the time. Every moment and challenge is a topic of prayer. We should pray for all people everywhere. “With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).
Everybody will, eventually, recognize Jesus as Lord. “For it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue will give praise to God’” (Romans 14:11). But it will be far better to do it now, than before the final judgment!
That’s a lot of alls and everys!