BEWARE OF A DIFFERENT GOSPEL

BEWARE OF A DIFFERENT GOSPEL

The word “gospel” in the New Testament comes from the Greek word “euangelion” meaning “glad tidings or good news of salvation through Christ.” That we all were born sinners, dead in trespasses and sins, and alienated from the life of God is certainly the truth, but certainly not any good news!

That we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and thus doomed and destined for hell is absolutely true, but far from being good news! Telling a sinner that he would die and go to hell fire is simply declaring the truth, but how is that any good news to him?

DON’T BE ASHAMED OF CHRIST

DON’T BE ASHAMED OF CHRIST

During the earthly ministry of Jesus there were some among the rulers of the Jews who truly believed in Him, but who did not publicly confess Him as the Messiah. The Scripture gives two primary reasons why they chose not to confess Christ in the open, or to identify publicly with Christ, or to make any personal commitment to follow Christ. These are: the fear of men and the praise of men.

The Bible mentions two notable secret believers or admirers of Christ among the rulers of the Jews – Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. Both of them truly believed that the Lord Jesus was indeed the Christ, but because they feared men and loved the praise of men they chose not to publicly express their faith or love to Christ during His ministry, either in words or by works…

THE BLUEPRINT FOR GOD’S BUILDING

THE BLUEPRINT FOR GOD’S BUILDING

God always employs and engages men as co-builders with Him whenever He wants anything built on the earth. However, God always gives to His co-builders a detailed specification, pattern, or blueprint for whatever He has called them to build for Him.

When God wanted an ark to be built on earth for the salvation of those who would believe and heed His warning before sending a great flood to destroy the earth and its inhabitants, He employed Noah and delivered to him a detailed blueprint or plan for building the ark…

YOU ARE GOD’S BUILDING

YOU ARE GOD’S BUILDING

God’s building on the earth is the Church (the Ekklessia). This building is not an impressive or imposing physical edifice; it is an assembly of a people called out from sin, self and the world to God. The Lord Jesus is the Chief builder of the Ekklessia! Jesus aptly said, “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:18 NKJV).

Although it is the Lord Jesus who is building His Church, yet He calls some men into partnership with Him as co-builders, for the Lord Jesus takes delight in working in, with and through mortal men…

BE A WISE BUILDER

BE A WISE BUILDER

Whether we realize it or not, we all are builders. We are constantly building somebody or something. Our buildings could be our own lives, children, families, homes, careers, businesses, or ministries. Although God gives us somebody or something to build, yet He is the builder of all things.

Therefore, whenever God gives us something to build for Him; He is simply calling us into building partnership with Him. As co-builders with God, we are not expected to build anything independently of God. Sadly, many people today are building without any respect to God – His plan, process, pattern, principle, or purpose…

THOUGH I WAS BLIND, NOW I SEE (Part 2)

THOUGH I WAS BLIND, NOW I SEE (Part 2)

Having failed to discredit the miraculous work the Lord Jesus had done on the man born blind, the Jews resorted to discrediting Jesus before the man while they were interrogating him. “So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.” (John 9:24 NKJV).

But, the man was quick to answer them, saying, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” (John 9:25 NKJV). It is impossible to discredit Jesus before someone who has truly had a divine encounter with Jesus!

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