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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
(Part 98)

COMMISSIONED TO PREACH THE GOSPEL – 2


April 22, 2019
Today’s reading: Acts 2:14-32

Christians are those who ought to be looking forward to “the coming of the great and splendid day of the Lord” (v.20b), that is, the second coming of Jesus. This is when the world will end and those who have lived their lives in Christ will make it to heaven to live eternally with God. We are just passing through this world, as pilgrims, and heaven is the ultimate destination.

How do we get there? Quoting from the prophet Joel, Peter says that “it shall be that everyone shall be saved who calls on the name of the Lord.” (v.21). It is for those who repent of sin and turn to faith in Jesus, accepting him as Savior and Lord.

Unfortunately, today many so-called Christians are not living their lives fully in Christ. They look more to the world than to a godly life. This is especially so during these times, when a tsunami of evil is swamping the whole world. There is a new paganism, there is growing apostasy, and even the smoke of Satan has entered into the one true Church.It seems that we are already in the end times.

But where sin abounds, grace abounds even more. Thus, it has “come to pass in the last days” (v.17a), that God has poured out a portion of His Spirit upon His people (v.17b). In this third millennium, God has raised visionaries and prophets (v.17c-18), those who can see the hand of God in the events of the day and speak out to the world to call them to repentance and faith in Jesus. And God has called forth witnesses to him. “God raised this Jesus; of this we are witnesses.” (v.32).

This is the call to all authentic Christians. They are to witness to Jesus. This is a silent witness of a holy life nd a verbal witness about the good news of salvation in him. They are commissioned to preach the gospel. This work is of the greatest urgency. This is the primary work of a Church that is supposed to be missionary. Her work is not as much about immigration or climate change or social justice, but primarily about the salvation of souls.

We have just celebrated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. “God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death, because it was impossible for him to be held by it.” (v.24). Because of this, Peter says, “my flesh, too, will dwell in hope” (v.26b). We are not abandoned to the netherworld (v.27b), but we can look forward to heaven. We can confidently say of Jesus, “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.” (v.28).

We are to preach the gospel of salvation in Jesus. He is the only path to eternal life. Only in him can we enter into eternal joy in the presence of the Father in heaven.

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