Saturday, December 12, 2015

Proclaim faith

Yesterday really hit hard on the need to tell, today answers the what to tell, and why we must proclaim only the gospel.

Romans 1:16-17 ESV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, "the righteous shall live by faith."

Gospel: the revelation is Jesus as the incarnate, trinitarian son, told from the Old Testament prophets, proclaimed, lived, and fulfilled in the New Testament gospels, explained in the epistles. The power and God-ordained means by which faith is created, belief is rooted, and salvation is initiated.
Faith: the gospel reveals the righteousness of God across the full history of faith. Such righteousness holds power sufficient to bring to life those dead in darkness, to exchange the heart of stone for a heart of fertile soil. Soil in which the seed of faith grows, changing the way we live, how we organize our days, how we pattern our lives.

Meditation: if we are to seek joy in the proclamation of truth, the gospel must be that truth. The speaking of the gospel is the ordained means of faith creation. The birth of a new creation in Jesus must be seen as the most praise-worthy out-working of the power of the Spirit in our current presence. We must proclaim this truth, that through the speaking of the word faith might be created, and God may be glorified through our praise.

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