How does the proclamation of the gospel to all people glorify both God's graciousness and righteousness?
Imagine a king who fought against and conquered a city of rebels - citizens who had revolted from under his reign and had declared war against him. In the war, the rebels caught, mocked, tortured, and killed the king's son.
But what if the king offered full pardon to all who came forward to confess their wrongdoing and to ask for his forgiveness? Would this offer not glorify the king's graciousness and his desire to save instead of destroy?
But imagine that many of the rebels refuse his offer. They will not repent or ask him for forgiveness. Would not his righteousness be glorified in the destruction of these ungrateful rebels?
How does this example illustrate the necessity of preaching the gospel to all people because it glorifies God's graciousness and righteousness?
5. The gospel must be preached to all because it is the means through which God has chosen to work. God will bless the preaching of the Word both outwardly and inwardly.
Outwardly, God's call will produce gifts of morality, restraint of sin, historical belief, impressions of the truth, a speaking conscience, an awareness of God and His truth, and other improved, external behaviors.
Inwardly, God will irresistibly and savingly apply the gospel to the hearts of His children as will be discussed in the next section entitled "God's Internal Call."
When discussing the necessity of mission work, a student mentioned that bringing God's Word produced outward as well as inward fruits. The class then formed an
extensive list of outward benefits from the teaching of God's Word on a new mission field. How many benefits can you name?
Regarding inward fruits, their teacher pointed them to Romans 10: 14-17.
How does this example illustrate the necessity of preaching the gospel to all people because it is the means through which God has chosen to work?