This statement is in 1 Corinthians 9:16, in the midst of a book Paul wrote to the church that gave him the most problems as an apostle and a preacher.
Some had accused Paul of preaching for what he could get out of it. But as we read 1 Corinthians 9, we see that Paul preached the Gospel because he had to!
There’s a reason for that, maybe not so much for Paul as he wrote it, but certainly for us as we read it.
If we don’t have the Gospel, nothing else matters.
Without the Gospel, we have only what some have called, “churchianity.”
Without the Gospel, we don’t have Christianity.
Without the Gospel, we have no hope for the future, because we will have to face it on our own. The reason for that is that –
Without the Gospel, there is no answer for our sin problem.
The Gospel is all about the answer to our sin problem.
When our Lord came to this Earth, He came to take care of that problem. Before the birth of Jesus, an angel announced to Joseph, “He shall save His people from their sins,” Matthew 1:21. His whole life was wrapped up in that one statement. It was the reason He came. It was the reason the Father sent Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21 says, He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Jesus became something He wasn’t in order that we might become something we’re not. While He was on the Cross, the Father treated Him as He should treat us, but won’t, because the Son took our place.
I don’t think we have any idea what any of that meant or was like, to either of Them.
Oh, that we might stop and think about the price and the effort that was made to pay for our salvation. It took the same One Who created the heavens and the earth, to die on a Cross to pay for the sins of His people.
It was no tiny thing.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,” Acts 16:31.