“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise...”.
It seems, especially nowadays, it is very important that we pay close attention to what and who we listen to. The world we live in has so much erroneous information that is being preached and taught with respect to spiritual and scriptural interpretation concerning salvation. There are plenty of mixed and confusing messages being disseminated to the listening audiences.
It is up to every individual to search the scriptures on their own to see whether or not the things they hear on the radio, read on their iPhones etc., are in line with what “thus says the Lord,” especially when it comes to the truth concerning one’s salvation.
The apostle Paul declared that the message of truth is found in the gospel of Christ. In his letter to the church in Rome, he wrote, “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 (Gentile).” Romans 1:16
What is the gospel message? It is the good news that lies within truth. The truth is the message of forgiveness for our sins through the atoning work of Jesus. Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 15: 1-4 “Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, IF you hold fast the word which I PREACHED to you, unless you believe in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I RECEIVED, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to scriptures.”
Paul’s point is that Christ’s death on the cross was the price He had to pay for our sins and His resurrection from the grave is the proof that He provides everlasting life to anyone who believes, obeys, faithfully follows and walks with Him to the end.
Now, that is a message that all men need to listen and adhere to. It is not a mixed message but a message that bears the truth for anyone who wants to be saved and sealed in His promise of eternal life through faith.
The truth is that this has to be our act of faith in Christ and the good news that is proclaimed and proven in the gospel. Christ’s message and life is the object of our faith.
If you are clearly listening to God’s voice (the scriptures) without allowing “Satan’s static” to interfere with your hearing, “I too, having heard of the faith in the lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers.” (Eph. 1:15)
Bro. Mark Craigwell
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