When Jesus gave the Great Commission to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15), He clearly meant every place. No country, town or village was to be left out. To every creature means every living person.
The Apostle Paul felt an obligation in taking the Gospel to everyone, “I am a debtor both to the Greek, and to the Barbarian; both to the wise, and to the unwise” (Romans 1:14).
He further stated, “And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, to them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men that I might by all means save some”. (1 Corinthians 9:20-22). Paul did not compromise the truth by teaching individuals in a different manner depending on their background. Neither did he do this to make himself personally popular with any man.
A large portion of the population of Corinth was corrupt. Yet, Paul took the Gospel to them and many were converted, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6: 9-11).
These were some of the vilest, most wretched, morally low and objectionable characters in the world. Were they worthy of a bible study? Paul thought so. Paul demonstrated his willingness to do whatever was necessary, without violating the law of Christ, to take the Gospel to anyone, anywhere, that he may save some. Are you willing to follow Paul’s example?
By: Jerry L. Jacques