Nena Arias | November 26, 2018
What would you say if you knew you had been entrusted with the greatest and only message that can save the world? How would you respond? If you are a committed believer in Christ and God’s Word, that is exactly your commission in this life. You have all the authority of God and the privilege to speak in his name.
The content of this vital message is that it is by grace and mercy that people once dead in sin, without God and without hope can reach out to God. Those who were once enemies of God, can now become a friend of God by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ who has rescued and reconciled us to our Heavenly Father like Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” But the message includes so much more.
Among the many amazing spiritual blessings, God has given his children is the authority to speak His Word. God has commissioned Christians and given them the message of salvation through the death of his son on the cross. This message that can never be suppressed nor silenced; heaven and earth will pass away but God’s word will never pass away no matter what. In spite of the God-haters and the governments of the world who may try relentlessly to squash the truth of God and constantly violate the rights of Christians, God’s Word will prevail in the end. Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matthew 24:14,35).
This passage from the apostle Paul reaffirms the unchanging truth about God’s Word, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For since the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:18,21).
The sacrifice of the cross was necessary because all humanity has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. God required a sacrifice to pay the price for sin. Jesus gave His life on the cross, so the price has been paid. God so loved that He gave His Son, and whoever believes in the Lord Jesus Christ and the resurrection from the dead can be saved. “…because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18, 19). Christians have been given the ministry and the word of reconciliation, to give people the message that Jesus Christ has paid for their sins and sicknesses, “To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:79).
As the emissaries of Christ, believers are to make known the message of salvation through Jesus, and bring people back to a relationship with God. “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15). Those who evangelize and win souls with the message of salvation are very special and wise people.
Christians are to make known Jesus Christ the Lord not promote a denomination. It’s about reconciling people to God not an institution. The Christian’s message is a message of peace and restoration, the message that God is love, and He sent His son to be the payment for all the sins of mankind. It is a message that will endure forever.
The Word of God never falls to the ground, but as the good seed is sown, it will always produce results and prosper. God guarantees it. “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10,11).