How To Preach The Gospel Without Condemning The Hearer

18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not [d]imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

The preaching of the gospel is the responsibility of every Christian. Not just for the pastor or what is often described as the evangelism department, but for everyone who believes in Jesus Christ.

However, most people don’t know how to go about preaching the good news. The gospel simply means good news. How can you tell someone about the good news from our Lord Jesus Christ without condemning the person? How can you look beyond the limitation of someone and pour out the love of Christ to him?

Condemnation translates the Greek word katakrima. And it simply means to pass a sentence against someone. To declare someone to be in the wrong.

 16 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. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17

The way you avoid the temptation to condemn someone is to know that the ultimate goal of God in Christ Jesus is to save. Nothing more, nothing less! Jesus was not sent into the world not to condemn anyone but to save. The word saves in Greek means rescue.

Some preachers make the mistake of telling people to repent by stopping whatever they think is evil. You’re not preaching the gospel if yours is to tell people to stop sinning so that they can be saved. The goal of preaching the gospel is to offer the life of God that brings real transformation.

God in Christ wasn’t counting the sins of the world against us. He came to offer what wasn’t common. He healed the sick when many were sick. He gave life when many were dying. In short, the preaching of the gospel is telling someone what God has to offer.

The Gospel Is A Presentation Of The Goodness of God

 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? Romans 2:4

Pointing out what you think are the sins of someone will not bring salvation. Because the preaching of the gospel is a presentation of the goodness of God. Despite the sins of people, Jesus Christ was sent by God to heal the sick, raise the dead and ultimately die for the sinner.

Yes, Jesus died on behalf of the sinner. So the goodness of God goes beyond the sins of anyone. God is determined to save people from the life of sin and death. He is presenting a glorious message to a gloomy world. The preaching of the gospel is not fundamentally that someone escapes hell – is primarily for us to enjoy the life of God in this world.

If you have God’s life, hell is inconsequential. Therefore, the focus of preaching the gospel is not to tell people to escape hell but so that they can receive the life of God and live according to His will.

For when we were still without strength, [d]in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die, yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8

Jesus chose not to look at our sins but went on to die for us. He did everything for us to be part of the divine nature. Don’t go out looking at what you think is sin. Your work as an evangelist of the gospel is not to highlight the sins of the world but to manifest the glory and life of your heavenly Father. His desire is for people across the whole world to have His life.

Jesus walked in the midst of sinners yet condemn no one as a sinner. He died for sinners and presented the love of God to them. If you can look beyond the limitations of people and present them with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, I assure you that God will save many through you. Stay blessed

Read Further: John 8:1-11

Prayer For Today

Loving Father, I thank you today in the name of Jesus Christ for granting me the grace to see people saved at all costs. Thank you for blinding my eyes to their sins and helping me reveal your glory and life to them. amen

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