Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
The truth of the gospel is made powerful when you wait on God with great hope.
In the Greek, the noun gospel is good news. The phrase was common in the Roman Empire as a greeting translated, “Do you bring good news today.” The Greek authorities while discussing its religious usage in the first century give the illustration of Caesar worship. Whenever an announcement of the emperor’s birthday, visit, or the installation of a new emperor was made this word for good news was used in the proclamation with great joy. The truth of the gospel is indeed good news because God came incarnate into His fallen world in order to redeem lost sinners and to bring glory to His name. The truth of the gospel is what this world needs to hear proclaimed because it truly is good news.
To whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. (Galatians 2:5, NKJV)
In the passage from which this verse is found Paul is giving a defense of the gospel message against the attack of false teachers. As there is truth there will be opposition to it in this fallen world because the prince of the power of the air is doing what he can to pervert the truth of the gospel. This is a reason why we should be waiting on God when we study His word so we will not pervert the gospel truth. Yield submission in the Greek is a voluntary act, not one imposed on from outside. It is clearly a choice the disciple makes because he submits to the will of the Father. Submission is best shown in waiting because getting our marching orders from the Commander in Chief is our priority. Continue in the Greek is not rest in, but a preposition denoting an active bearing upon your life. Paul was talking about a serious error being taught in the Church and is relating to his readers the stance he and his small group of interns took for the truth of the gospel. The same seriousness should be expressed in our lives because the gospel is truth and should be communicated and lived out with all diligence and seriousness. Waiting on God will impress upon our hearts the gravity of the gospel truth. Waiting with hope will bring us under submission to the truth of the gospel.
But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel… (Galatians 2:14, NKJV)
Later in this passage, Paul gives an example of the seriousness of the gospel truth when he mentions that he had to rebuke the Apostle Peter for not being straightforward (to walk with straight feet or to walk a straight course in the Greek) with the gospel. Peter’s attitude and life at this particular incident referred to did not coincide with the gospel truth. It was a bold move on Paul’s part to take a stand against Peter, a pillar of the Church, but he had to do it for the sake of proclaiming correctly the truth of the gospel.
This blog meditation should bring forth seriousness which relates to the diligence expressed in another meditation. Wait before God with great hope and ask for the Holy Spirit to change your character to one who is serious about proclaiming and living the truth of the gospel.