Fountain of His Word MinistriesFriday, May 20th, 2016 at 6:38am
It is interesting to note that when Paul preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ he was asked if he meant that people could continue in sin, but when most of us preach nobody asks us that question. Are we preaching a different gospel from the one that was preached by Paul?
Paul dealt with that question four different times – Romans 3:8, 6:1-2, 6:15, and Galatians 2:17. When most of us preach people want to run away, and we pride ourselves on that because we think we are preaching the real good news (Gospel).
People who need Jesus Christ avoid many of us because of the message we preach (death and condemnation – 2 Corinthians 3:6-9), but Jesus was accused of being a friend of sinners because sinners loved being around Him – Matthew 11:19. Are we preaching a different message from the one that was preached by Jesus?
We underplay how Jesus got Zacchaeus to change – Luke 19:1-10. Jesus did what was seen by religious leaders as wrong when He invited Himself into the home of a sinner and ate with sinners. Some religious leaders seem to care more about their image than people’s souls. Jesus didn’t care about what religious leaders were saying about Him, He only cared about the lost.
God loves sinners, He sent His Son to die for sinners not saints – Romans 5:8. It is time some of us get our priorities right and reach out to the world the way Jesus did. Jesus scolded religious leaders of His day because they had forgotten the purpose of their existence, and He unconditionally loved the lost – Matthew 18:11 and Luke 19:10.
Was Jesus saying sinners should continue in sin? No. He gave them power to overcome sin by not condemning them – John 8:1-11 and Luke 19:1-10. What Jesus and the religious leaders wanted was the same thing; repentance of a sinner. But they used different methods; religious leaders were condemning sinners whereas Jesus showed the unconditional love of the Father to sinners. Sharing God’s kindness is the way to change the lives of lost people – Romans 2:4.
2 Corinthians 5:19 says, “For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, NO LONGER COUNTING PEOPLE’S SINS AGAINST THEM. And He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.”
This is how God is dealing with sinners, let’s join Him.
Remember that the Bible doesn’t teach that God accepts or rejects us because of our actions; it teaches that our actions can never be good enough:
20 “For NO ONE CAN EVER BE MADE RIGHT WITH GOD BY DOING WHAT THE LAW COMMANDS. The law simply shows us how sinful we are. 21 BUT NOW GOD HAS SHOWN US A WAY TO BE MADE RIGHT WITH HIM WITHOUT KEEPING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE LAW, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. 22 WE ARE MADE RIGHT WITH GOD BY PLACING OUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.”