We have examined thus far in this teaching series two major distinguishing features of a believer in Christ. We pointed out that he must have a ceaseless lifestyle of adoration or thanksgiving for what God the Father has done for him in Christ. We also saw consecration as one of his hallmarks. The believer been sanctified to live a sanctified life. Holiness is not what we do primarily, it is who we are! A dog does not struggle to bark, it is in its nature to bark. Let us take a step further to look at the third hallmark as we conclude this teaching.
It is worthy of note that one of the instructions Jesus gave his disciples before He was taken up into heavens was to go out and preach the gospel! “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matt. 28:19-20). “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” (Mk. 1615-16).
He also said they would receive an empowerment for this assignment. ”But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts. 1:8). We’ve got a message to communicate with the world in the power of the Spirit. We are not told to prove to the world that God is good by our material possessions. We make the world see the goodness of God by a confident and consistent proclamation of the gift of eternal salvation brought about by the finished work of Christ. Paul said “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” (Rom. 1:16).
Some have erroneous and unscripturally presented material prosperity as the good news of Christ. As a result of this, many a believer are more devoted to self aggrandizement and amassing material wealth than to the gift of eternal life and the preaching of same. Material prosperity is generic to all mankind because the Creator of the heavens and the earth makes the rain to fall and the sun to shine both on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matt. 5:45). We stay focused on our eternal relationship with the Father with all its attendant spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:3). This is the good news, Christ came, he took our place in death and He was raised for our justification. We must make this truth to all men.
Communicating the gospel is not the duty of a select few but a hallmark of every believer in Christ. “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” (2Cor. 5:17-19).
Apostle Paul in 2Tim 4:2 admonished Timothy, to make the communication of his faith very paramount. ”Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine”. The believer should be so passionate about communicating his faith in Christ to others who have not received this truth that the communication chain never stops, until the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord covers the earth as the waters over the sea. 2Tim 2:2 says; And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Consequently,… the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Hab 2:14).
Tell someone about Christ today!
To be Continued…