Hebrews 2:3-4 (NKJV) how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
Shade had a hard time discerning false prophets from true ones. She observed that some of the false prophets had become very smart by embracing ‘holiness’ doctrines.
But she had a personal encounter with one of such holiness preachers and realized he was as greedy and filthy as the rest.
We can see from today’s Bible verses that salvation was first preached by the Lord Jesus Himself, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him (His disciples who echoed His gospel).
Before and after His death and resurrection, believing that Jesus is Lord was the key to salvation. The resurrection was God’s token proof that Jesus is Lord. The Jews crucified Him because He said He was the Christ (the Son of God, the King of the Jews). But God raised Him up on the third day as proof that He is indeed the Christ (Lord, Anointed One, the Messiah). The gospel we preach today now includes this vital truth— that God raised Jesus from the dead (see Romans 10:9).
In John 4, we are given a rare peek into the content of the gospel message that Jesus preached while He walked the streets of Israel. We see Jesus preaching to the Samaritan woman, and their conversation headed up to Him revealing to her that He is the Messiah (see John 4:25-26). The woman believed in Him and even invited others to come and see the Christ (see John 4:29).
Whether then, or when the Apostles preached, or today, the gospel message has been about bringing people to receive the Lordship of Christ Jesus. People who receive the gospel live under the Lordship of Christ. That’s why they repent of their old ways that do not align with life under Christ’s government.
Go into today remembering that God confirms His gospel with signs and wonders, miracles, and gifts of The Spirit.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me be a true minister of your salvation. Stretch out your hand to confirm your word in life with signs and wonders, miracles, and gifts of the Spirit, In Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
Bible in 1 Year: Proverbs 22 (in today’s audio)