|Reverend LC Muzembi|
Our service is rendered to God, whom we serve by our spirits telling the good news about his Son.
Preaching the gospel is all manner of witnessing and imparting spiritual gifts on God’s people, the believers, the called of Jesus Christ, who are called to be saints. That method of believing is called faith, and mutual faith when we together believe.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith" Romans 1:16-17.
The gospel of God is that which concerns His Son. God can be known only through the gospel of Christ, and that which may be known of God has now been made manifest in us; for God revealed it to us in Christ.
"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened" Romans 1:20.
The gospel of Christ specially has one purpose; to make you retain God in your minds, not that you should rebel against him.
The righteous judgment of GodThere is going to come a day of wrath when God will judge all the world. He will give each one whatever his deeds deserve; eternal life to those who do his will, but will punish those who do not obey the truths of the gospel.
"In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel" Romans 2:16.
There is no partiality with God; he will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ - he will judge everyone’s inmost thoughts and motives; this is all part of God's great plan.
When we say God is good, forbearing, longsuffering, and patient with you we mean his kindness is meant to lead you to repentance. But if you won't listen; you are saving up terrible punishment for yourself.
The righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ!"But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus" Romans 3:21-26.
Now God has shown us a different way to heaven; he will accept and acquit us only if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like. God sent Christ Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to end all God's anger against us. He used Christ's blood and our faith as the means of saving us from his wrath.
"Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also" Romans 3:28-29. "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him" Acts 10:34-35.
This is the Good News, that there is peace with God through Jesus, the Messiah, who is Lord of all creation.
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all.
"Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification" Romans 4:23-25.
O yes, he rose again to make us right with God, and to fill us with God's goodness.
Deliverance is not based on our good deeds; it is based on God’s plan of salvation, the act of propitiation, redemption, justification, reconciliation and righteousness through Christ and of our faith in him.
The word propitiation is used to explain what Jesus accomplished for us through His death on the cross. We saw that God is angry with mankind, and appeasing his wrath will cause us to be reconciled to him. Now God Himself has provided for us the only means through which His wrath can be appeased and that we sinful men can be reconciled to Him.
There is no service, sacrifice, or gift that man can offer that will appease the wrath of God or satisfy His perfect justice. The only satisfaction, or propitiation, that could be acceptable to God and that could reconcile us to Him had to be made by God. For this reason Jesus Christ, came into the world in human flesh to be the perfect sacrifice for sin and make atonement or “propitiation for the sins of the people” Hebrews 2:17.
God in His infinite grace and mercy has provided a way that His wrath can be appeased and we can be reconciled to Him. That way is through the sacrificial death of His Son, Jesus Christ, as the payment for sins. It is through faith in Jesus Christ as God’s perfect sacrifice that we can be reconciled to God. It is only because of Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection, that a lost sinner deserving of hell can be reconciled to a holy God. The wonderful truth of the gospel is that Christians are saved from God’s wrath and reconciled to God not because “we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” 1 John 4:10.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” John 14:6. The only way for God’s wrath against sinful man to be appeased and for us to be reconciled to God is through Jesus Christ. There is no other way. 1 John 2:2 says, “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” An important part of Christ’s saving work is deliverance from God’s wrath; Jesus’ propitiation on the cross is the only thing that can turn away God’s condemnation of sin. Those who reject Christ as their Saviour and refuse to believe in Him have no hope of salvation. They can only look forward to facing the wrath of God that they have stored up for the coming day of judgment. There is no other propitiation or sacrifice that can be made for their sins.
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