The Sure Word for Today's quotation for the week:
God Gave Me Everlasting Life.
Learning Evangelism from Jesus — Part 7.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
1 Peter 3:15 (KJV).
The word gospel comes from the Old English "Godspell", God meaning "good", and "spell", meaning "tidings or news, a story." In Christianity, the term "good news" refers to the story of Jesus Christ's birth, death, and resurrection. If this is the case, then you can permit me to say Jesus did not preach the gospel because what he preached is the gospel of the kingdom of God and not the gospel of Christ. Jesus' behaviour to the sinner was one of love. He did not condemn sinners, making them feel like they are not worthy like most Christians do today. Jesus wants us not to concentrate on sin, but instead, we should teach and impact knowledge because, without knowledge, the people will perish.
"The gospel of the Kingdom of God encompasses grace, faith, redemption, justification, sanctification, salvation, glorification, and all the other doctrines of Christianity because all these teachings comprise the essential tenets of God's way of life and the process of fulfilling His plan for humanity. The Kingdom of God is the goal of God's great purpose, and if we desire to have a part in it with Him, it must be our goal too. Jesus' preaching of the gospel of the Kingdom of God provides us with our objective and all the component parts needed to reach it.
Jesus taught us not to judge others no matter their sin. We can't expect non-Christians to behave like Christians. Instead, we should focus on being a light to them and loving them. Repeatedly, the Bible tells us the importance of loving others. (ref. 1 Corinthians 16:14; 1 Corinthians 13:1-6, 13). It is hard to love others and show the gospel to them when we are angry with and hate them. Anger and hate are not the way of Jesus.
Jesus shows overwhelming, astonishing mercy to this woman caught in the sinful act of adultery. Although Jesus doesn't condone the sin, He also did not condemn the sinner. He is the only one who can rightly condemn, and yet he offers overwhelming, astonishing grace to all of us.
All Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the HOLY BIBLE unless otherwise indicated.
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