The Key to the Missionary’s Work (2)

October 15th, 2013 by JDVaughn Leave a reply »

He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world —1 John 2:2

The key to the missionary’s message is the propitiation of Christ Jesus— His sacrifice for us that completely satisfied the wrath of God. Look at any other aspect of Christ’s work, whether it is healing, saving, or sanctifying, and you will see that there is nothing limitless about those. But— “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”— that is limitless (John 1:29). The missionary’s message is the limitless importance of Jesus Christ as the propitiation for our sins, and a missionary is someone who is immersed in the truth of that revelation.

The real key to the missionary’s message is the “remissionary” aspect of Christ’s life, not His kindness, His goodness, or even His revealing of the fatherhood of God to us. “. . . repentance and remission of sins should be preached . . . to all nations . . .” (Luke 24:47). The greatest message of limitless importance is that “He Himself is the propitiation for our sins . . . .” The missionary’s message is not nationalistic, favoring nations or individuals; it is “for the whole world.” When the Holy Spirit comes into me, He does not consider my partialities or preferences; He simply brings me into oneness with the Lord Jesus.A missionary is someone who is bound by marriage to the stated mission and purpose of his Lord and Master. He is not to proclaim his own point of view, but is only to proclaim “the Lamb of God.” It is easier to belong to a faction that simply tells what Jesus Christ has done for me, and easier to become a devotee of divine healing, or of a special type of sanctification, or of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. But Paul did not say, “Woe is me if I do not preach what Christ has done for me,” but, “. . . woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16). And this is the gospel— “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
October 15, 2013

Journal for Today-JDV

Lord, this is not a new message or revolutionary message; that Jesus paid the price for me. I have been hearing this message since I was a child. But it is a message that I need to recall every day. Thank you for the reminder.  I need to recall the depth of your love and just how far You are willing to go to have a relationship with me. Thank You for the reminder that my first responsibility as a child of God is to be loved by You. Thank You for your overwhelming love.

And God says…”The magnitude of the sacrifice should demonstrate just how much I love you. And whenever you lose connection with that notion and My overwhelming love you can feel adrift and alone. But it is never that way. I am with you always. I loved you even as you were being shaped, before you were born, and I arrange all circumstances to work for your good because I called you and love you. Trust in Me, not your own sight or feelings.  Trust in Me and My promises. I know the future I have planned for you, a future for good. Seek Jesus first and everything you need will be provided.”


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