“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
LIGHT FOR NOW: The Gospel is God’s commitment to man.
God’s love towards man is unbreakable and unshakeable. The Gospel is God’s commitment to man. It is God’s outstretched hand towards man. The Gospel is God’s promise fulfilled. The facts of the Gospel is the basis for our faith and these facts speak for themselves. 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verses 1 – 4 read, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”. The death of Christ settled the sin matter. The demands or claims of justice have been settled. The death of Christ is our life. Without the suffering of Christ, man would have been hell-bound and damned. The death of Christ is a saving process for man. Salvation is a message of joy. The suffering of Christ is the message of the entire Bible. The entire Bible is summarized into the suffering, death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Christ.
The Gospel is the message of no condemnation. It is a message about the love of God towards man. Salvation is not giving your life to Christ. A sinner is already dead spiritually and has no life to give. Ephesians chapter 2 verses 1 and 2 say, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience”. Also, verses 4 and 5 of the same Ephesians chapter 2 read, “But God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace are ye saved)”. Salvation is not an exchange. It is the pure work of God given to us freely and it must be received. If salvation was to be an exchange, then it wouldn’t have been free but would have been given based on fulfillment of certain conditions. Ephesians chapter 2 verses 8 and 9 buttresses this truth. They read, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”.
INSTRUCTION:Accept the Gospel of Christ.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank you for the gift of salvation which is given via the gospel, in Jesus Name. Amen!
QUOTE:Salvation is not an exchange. It is a free gift of God.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING:NUMBERS CHAPTER 35; EVENING: 1 TIMOTHY CHAPTER 1