Wednesday, 4 November 2015

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS/THE GREAT COMMISSION VS THE GOSPEL NOW

Luke 18:18-30 NKJV

THE MESSAGE OF JESUS TO THE RULER AND THE REACTION OF THE RULER
   Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
   So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.  You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’  ”
   And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.”
   So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.
   But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.
   And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!  For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

THE RESPONSE OF JESUS TO THOSE WHO HEARD IT
   And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?”
   But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

ASSURANCE TO THE DISCIPLES
   Then Peter said, “See, we have left all and followed You.”
   So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,  who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

NOTE:
Jesus did not say, the rich men will not enter the kingdom of Heaven, He only said it is very hard.

GOSPEL IN THOSE DAYS VS GOSPEL THESE DAYS
In those days, Jesus did not preach "get rich" messages, His messages were "love your neighbor as yourself" "sell all you have" "humble yourself" "take up your cross and follow me"

If this was the Gospel preached by the One who died, so that you and I can have life, what other type of Gospel do you listen to? The messages these days are "breakthrough" "financial uplift" "next level" "blessing".... I wonder if that was part of the great commission.

THE GREAT COMMISSION
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV


Let us all pick lessons from the message of Jesus to the ruler and the rulers reaction, from the response of Jesus to those who heard it, assurance of Jesus to the faithful deciples and Most importantly, the Gospel of Jesus/The great commission.


Have a Wonderful day.

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