As Christians, Paul gives us direction, on what and how we should share the Gospel of the Kingdom. (2 Corinthians 3:4-4:6)
First, we must realize, it’s not about us, we are not capable of changing ourselves, or anyone else.
It is Jesus who gives us Power, (the Holy Spirit), to change, to become His image. (from living a life of darkness to light)
It is only through His Power, (the Holy Spirit), that our sharing becomes life to those who hear.
Jesus alone, makes us Able Ministers of the Gospel. We minister life, only by the Power of the Holy Spirit.
In the Old Testament, the Hebrews were continually reminded of their failings, their sin. (daily, yearly, continuous sacrifices, always seeking absolution).
Moses, covered the fading of the Glory of God, with a vail. You had to go to the Mountain or Tabernacle, to meet with, to satisfy God, to spend time with Him.
Of course, this was not completely true, some, Noah, Abram, David, were the exceptions.
Today, the Spirit resides within us, we only need to call out, to Praise and Worship, to receive His Glory. To remind Him that He said, “I will never leave you, or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”
Because we have this promise, (of the Spirit within), we have hope. We no longer need the Ritual shedding of blood, or the Ceremonial actions of sprinkling that blood.
We are covered with His blood. This is a truth I do not understand…. Blood sacrifices.
“Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin. (Matthew 26:28)
We now, simply call upon the Lord, by the Power of His Spirit, He responds. We simply put on…
“put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.”
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;”
“put on the new man,”
“put off the old man with his deeds;”
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
“put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
“put on Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:53
“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
We are only able to put on, these things, by the Power of the Holy Spirit, He is the agent of change.
He has given us a ministry, by His Power, to share His love and Grace. Not rules, or rituals, but love, grace, liberty…
The lost, can not understand, the freedom of becoming love slaves of Jesus. It is pure, simple, we need not use religious speech, justification, sanctification, even salvation.
When they seem to reject us, and the need for Salvation, it is not our job to convince them.
They are not really rejecting us, but God. It takes the Power of the Holy Spirit to turn on the light of the Lord, in their hearts.
Our job, faithfully share the love and grace and forgiveness, that we received. Amen
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