“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” – Mark 16:15-18
LIGHT FOR NOW: Every believer have been reconciled by God to reconcile men unto God.
From the studies done so far on who the minister of the gospel is, we have come to deduce that every believer (male and female) has been given the ministry of reconciliation by Jesus. Observe 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 again, it reads “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 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. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God”. Recall, the word “us” in verse 18 refers to any man (male and female) in Christ. So, every believer in Christ (male and female) has been given the ministry of the gospel, the ministry of reconciliation. Therefore, it also suffices to say that the minister of the gospel can either be male or female.
What we have seen so far from the point cancels and corrects the ideologies and submission we said earlier that many have as touching the ministry of the gospel. So, the ministry of the gospel is not for those with special titles like “pastor, Reverend”, etc. Every believer has the ministry of the gospel. And thus, every believer is to preach the gospel. What ministry was Paul referring to in 2 Corinthians 5:17-20? He explained in context, in verse 19 when he says “The word of reconciliation”. That word “word” implies a message. In other words, the ministry of reconciliation is the message of reconciliation. Thus, the work of ministry is the message of reconciliation – what God has done in Christ. Every believer has been called into that work. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: You have the ministry of the gospel; be effective!
PRAYER: Father, I declare that in the ministry of the gospel, I am not weary, I am effective, I give my life to you in service, just like you gave your life for me in salvation, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The ministry of the gospel is for every believer.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 28