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The gospel isn’t… just about you

Recently, from the 10th to the 20th May, Christians from all around the world joined in prayer in a movement called “Thy Kingdom Come”. This is one of the most beautiful things about the gospel – it is an invitation into a worldwide family of God. As a Christian, you’re part of a much bigger picture, part of what God is doing in the lives of millions of other Christians and through churches everywhere.

When Jesus was asked by the teachers of the law which commandment was the most important, He answered like this:

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
(Mark 12:30-31)

It also says in 1 John 4:20, that anyone who claims to love God but hates his brother, “is a liar”. Those are strong words, and it obviously doesn’t mean Christians never dislike or fall out with people around them. Like any normal family, there are problems to be worked out, but as part of the family of God, Christians have committed to loving each other even when it’s tough.

Jesus has given us the ultimate example; even while He was on the cross, He cried out “Father, forgive them, for they know what they do”. He told us to love our enemies and in John 17, He prays for unity among Christians, so that the world will see the love of God.

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
(Gal 4:4-7)

And so the gospel isn’t just a personal ticket into heaven but an invitation into a family. It’s a call to follow Jesus, and after we start walking with Him we look around and see others who are walking the path too. God as Father adopts us into His family and gives us His Spirit to help us live lives of worship, lives that say back to God “thank you” by the way we love one another.

Published 25th May 2018 with tags: cross gospel prayer unity

Comments

  1. Yes, we are born again into a family, but after “Thy Kingdom Come”, comes Thy will be done. God wants us to do His will on Earth even as His will is done in Heaven. We are to be Jesus’ hands and feet here on Earth to do His will here. When God created mankind, He made us to be gardeners in His Garden in Eden, now that we are born again and are His children, God wants us to follow Jesus and be fishers of men for His Kingdom. Some are also called to be Soldiers in Jesus’ Army. So we need to put on the whole armor of God and fight the good fight of faith. A good resource for soldiers in Jesus’ Army is “Building on a Sure Foundation – A Handbook for Christian Soldiers” available through Amazon.com and also through other web sites in Great Britain. Shalom!

    1. Aidan says:

      Yes! Awesome.

      Have you read our other gospel posts? There’s some stuff in there similar to what you’re saying.

  2. Moshe Kerr says:

    Bad Theology

    This Greek counterfeit known as the new testament, that’s bad. But the Presbyterian support for BDS, that’s utterly vile. Let me open with the bad: Where from the 5 books of Moses does the concept of Messiah come? Messiah means anointed or dedicated. What dedication did the prophet Samuel anoint the house of David?

    This last question stands upon the hole: Could the prophet Samuel add or subtract from the Torah of Moses? No. To do so would violate a direct commandment. Moses anointed Aaron as Messiah. Samuel anointed David after Saul failed to obey the commandments. Therefore the dedication of the house of David stands upon the recognition of Moses as the law giver.

    The anointing of the House of Aaron, established the Messiah as the head of the nation of priests. The anointing of David did not uproot or replace or supersede the anointing of Aaron the head of the nation of priests. The new testament totally ignores Moses anointing of Aaron as messiah. It likewise totally ignores the rejection of the House of Saul as messiah – the dedication to keep the commandments of Moses.

    The Pauline doctrine of Christ/messiah, takes faith down a completely different path established by Moses the prophet. The reading of original sin from the Creation stories totally ignores a major defining theme in the Books of Moses – exile. The Pauline doctrine of ‘Original Sin’, this theology supports the ‘Christ son of God’ premise which has defined the religion of Christianity to this day.

    Bad theology and support for the BDS. Pathetic. For an Arab to be a ‘Palestinian’ after Britain and France carved up among themselves Ottoman Greater Syria, would require that these mandate Arabs would have agreed with and accepted the Balfour Declaration! Utterly absurd, and historically totally false!

    Arafat embraced ‘Palestine’ only in 1963! During the British mandate period Arabs referred to themselves as ‘Muselmen’; they denounced the British French partition of Greater Syria. What does supporting Arab propaganda have to do with religion in the first place? The Arabs can not even pronounce the letter P in the European word Palestine.

    Bringing maps of pre WW1 Greater Syria wherein the territory of ‘Palestine’, clearly identified, totally fails to acknowledge that the ‘Sick Man of Europe’/the Ottoman empire, in the 19th century bought and used maps made in Europe. European imperialism in the Middle East and Africa – an obvious fact which the Presbyterian reactionaries blissfully ignore due to their self righteous ignorance.

    1. Admin says:

      Hi Moshe,

      It’s an incredible stretch to say this article supports boycotting the modern state of Israel, whatever anyone thinks on that issue. Many Christians strongly support the modern state of Israel. That’s a totally different subject and I really don’t know how you’ve drawn that link from what’s here.

      As for messiahs, many figures were anointed (made a messiah) throughout the history of God’s people. Furthermore, Hebrew scriptures prophetically anticipate a single eminent messiah (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Amos, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, among others).

      Whose child is described in Isaiah 9:6? Is any messiah greater than him? Who is the Son of Man described in Daniel 7? Have you read the New Testament letter to the Hebrews?

      May the Lord bless you.

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