This blogger has yet to feel comfortable, nor truly capable, of writing “bible study” material suitable for the audience of this blog. I’ve sat at Gospel Light among some of the most well-read and scholarly Christians I’ve ever know, and compared how much more knowledgeable and further along in their Christian walks they might be. I am now reminded of Paul speaking to the Corinthians in 1 Cor 3:2, “I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.” I apologize to my readers, therefore, if I am about to feed you with “milk” when you are ready for “meat”.
In keeping with the Gospel Light 2010 theme of Fishers of Men, the teaching of evangelism was been a high priority. Thus, Luke 24:47 is a very relevant passage for us: “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations.” These words are among the last words of Jesus before being carried up into heaven. Jesus wanted his apostles, and us, to know with certainty what should be preached: “Repentance and remission of sins”. Remission (or forgiveness) of sins without repentance is simply not going to be granted. “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” – Mark 2:17 Repentance is absolutely necessary for God’s saving gift of sin’s remission. For salvation, repentance and remission of sins must be preached together.
Likewise, both repentance and forgiveness must be preached “in his name” only. Peter in Acts 4:12 reiterates this point, ”There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Salvation is only through the precious blood of our savior Jesus Christ.
Dear reader, please notice where Jesus commands us to take His message. We are to preach the gospel “among all nations“. Are we not missing the point if we think that Jesus’ command is fulfilled by only declaring the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ in our churches and in our homes? Would we not just be “preaching to the choir”? The name of Jesus is to be exalted in all the earth. His gospel is to be shared among all nations. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” None are to be excluded from hearing God’s holy Word.
Wherever we find ourselves, we need to be faithful witnesses today and every day. Will you be an evangelist for Christ, declaring the gospel in word and deed? Will you also support our God-sent missionaries, who sacrifice all to spread the Word of God to the four corners of the earth?