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Thought for the Month- August 2014
Thought for the Month- August 2014
The Great Commission
After the dark day of the cross comes the good news of the resurrection. Matthew 28 v 11 tells us about a bright day, the day of the resurrection, the first day of the week at dawn when Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb but the stone was rolled away and they were very afraid. The Angel of the Lord said to them “Do not be afraid for I know that ye seek Jesus who was crucified, He is not here for He is risen, come see where He lay”.
The Lord appears to the disciples again saying “All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and upon earth”, Christ then gives the great commission (a) Go therefore and make disciples of all nations. The gospel must be preached to all, for men to have salvation they must know the truth of the gospel and the disciples were to be obedient witnesses in spreading the gospel of the grace of God, (b) Baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. When you come to Christ, confess Him as Lord and Saviour, believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead then demonstrate your belief that in being baptised you are a disciple of Christ. The disciples were to teach them to observe all that Christ had commanded. It is not enough to preach the gospel and see people come to Christ for salvation. Consider the challenge of John 14 v 21 the Lord says He who has My commandments and keeps them it is he who loves Me.
Do you love the Lord Jesus? Have you been obedient to His commands by being baptised and added to the fellowship of the believers who partake of the Lord’s Supper as He commanded? The news of the gospel, Paul says to hold it fast, it’s of sound words, it’s a good deposit and it calls us to faithfulness.
Thought for the Month- July 2014
Thought for the Month- July
HOLD FAST THE FORM OF SOUND WORDS……..IN FAITH AND LOVE. 2 Timothy ch.1 v13.
Recapping can be a most helpful means of underscoring what has been already presented. So, in doing this we are reminded that Hold Fast is to have; firmness, tenacity and strength of grip. In our verse the command refers to, the form of sound words. The question has to be asked, does this mean adherence to a crede, following a set of rules by which evidence of a profession is given? The biblical answer to this is surely a resounding NO. The word Form has in this context the thought of a pattern, an outline, presented by Paul to Timothy and by extension to us, as a living and vital expression of Truth.
Our second question has to be, but what are these sound words and what is meant by them being described as sound? We are given a clue by what Paul says – “you have heard from me”. We learn they are what Paul by the Holy Spirit has communicated to Timothy in his letters and are now part of Biblical Truth which we are commanded to Hold Fast. We also want to understand what is meant by sound. In a general sense we would view it as reliable, trustworthy and dependable, however when we come to consider it in a spiritual context, yes it includes the above but there is added to it the thought of providing spiritual health, and development .
We are then told in what spirit we are to Hold Fast…..in faith and love. Would the thought of “faith” remind us that the truth of Scripture is God Breathed and our responsibility is to accept it and believe it. There is then a very practical aspect to this. In holding fast this pattern of sound words, it must be done toward our brothers and sisters in Christ with that overarching umbrella of Love which is in Christ Jesus.