Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Gospel of Christ

Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

I will share the gospel, which is the good news that salvation is offered to all people through faith in Jesus Christ. Maybe the message will not be received by most, but what if it is by some? I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.

Is Jesus ashamed of us?

Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Jesus came to fulfill the prophecy to the Jewish people of a savior King. He came first to the Jews and then to all people. Paul follows this pattern, preaching first in the Jewish synagogues then to the Gentiles. (non Jews)

The gospel of Jesus brings salvation through faith:

1 Cor 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1 Cor 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Hab 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

The word of God is faith, believing it and following it, for the just shall live by faith. We share the faith in Christ Jesus and others receive it. How special to see new believers being delivered from the darkness by the word of faith. The truth shall set you free; now is the time to receive Jesus and the forgiveness of sins. Let no man or devil keep you in bondage, Jesus has come to set you free.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: In verse 16, Paul spoke of salvation - but what are we saved from? First and foremost, we are saved from the wrath of God which we righteously deserve.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Rev 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

God will pour out His wrath on evil people in the last days, and they will be cast into hell, because God is a God of justice. Some know that Jesus is the way, but have hardened their heart to him. Respond to the voice of God and receive the removal of your sins and the gift of everlasting life as a child of God. Come to Jesus who did all that was required of you; only believe.

Do not be ashamed of the grace of God. Commit your life to his service.

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