“Finally brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, and in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.” (1st Thessalonians 4:1-2)
Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of God. The proclaiming of the gospel (Greek – evangelizo) includes instruction (Greek – didasko) to the believers. The Word of God is written specifically to believes. While proclamation provides instruction in the evangelistic thrust of the gospel, it also instructs in the doctrine and principles which produce a godly life, the only genuinely effective platform from which we can reach the lost.
The ultimate goal for every believer is to be presented “perfect in Christ” (Colossians 1;28). Faithful proclamation continually guides the believer in the truth of God. Proclamation seeks to instruct believes to avoide and to resist temptation and to grow into Christians maturity. Such proclamation centers on Christ, not on human abilities and achievement.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, in Your wisdom have given us people who are inspired by You, to give us instruction in Your Word that will lead us into maturity of our faith in You. Clergy in their process of ordination, are given the desire to know more and more of Your Word, so that we might give instruction to others. You call others and inspire them in Your Word for leading Your people in churches, while others still are inspired to teach in our churches. Abba, we seek Your daily instruction and inspiration to continue our studies to strengthened our own knowledge of Your Word, opening its meanings to help us in the proper manner that we might preach and teach effectively and truthfully, the entirety of Your Word, and not just portions of it. This we pray in Jessu’ name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“In this life it’s not what you have but Who you have that counts!”
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have know the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation throught faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God’s-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2nd Timothy3:14-17)
The purpose of reproof or rebuke is to correct the error in the lives of the hearers and will point them to the right way. This is a clear responsibility of preaching and teaching. Paul rebuked the church at Galatia because they had moved away from the true gospel to embrace heresy. Paul also devoted much of his first letter to the church at Corinth to rebuking the actions and attitudes of the believers there.
“Proclamation, Exhortation and Encouragement”: (Acts14:-21-22)
They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter te kingdom of God,” they said. Once again, Paul and his brothers in Christ traveled around, because there were many prophets, but only one group that proclaimed Christ Jesus. Therefore, Paul wrote letters to the churches to hold strong their faith and “the Way.” At times, they had to reteach or clarify what others said, to get them back on track. This is still true today, beloved. We must stay in His Word daily, to be able to give strength to our own faith in God, and also to be encouraged and not prepared for those who want to teach you another way, not of Christ.
Second Thought of the Day:
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love you have for all the saints—-the faith and love that spring form the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you hear I and understood God’s grace in all its truth.” (Colossians1:3-6)
The ultimate purpose of the gospel is to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ and lead them to grow and mature in that relationship (1st Peter2;1-3). God’s concern is not only for the salvation of the lost but also for the regular spiritual growth of he saved.
The failure to grow spiritually often produces theological and moral heresy (1st Corinthians 3:1-31). The proclamation of the gospel is God’s safeguard for believes intended to encourage us in spiritual grown and perseverance.