The Report Summed Up: Do You Believe?
“But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our report?'” – Romans 10:16
Good day, everyone! Thank you so much for your continued support, prayers, and show of love towards me in my journey. As always, I appreciate you! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve said so, but that in no way takes away from the great appreciation that I have for you, my avid readers. Thanks, a big bunch! And much love to you.
My motivation to write, or do much of anything, has been next to nonexistent. But my desire to share the gospel is no less strong. Some may say that the gospel message is simple and that it’s enough to write about it once, or even a hundred times. If people haven’t believed after sharing what I’ve already shared of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then that’s on them.
“As often as it goes out it will take you; For morning by morning it will pass over, And by day and by night; It will be a terror just to understand the report.” – Isaiah 28:19
People didn’t believe God’s message in the days of the prophets, they didn’t believe in the days of Noah, and they didn’t believe in the days of Jesus nor his apostles. And it’s no different today. For those who don’t fully understand the message of the cross, they would be beyond scared to the straight and narrow path.
Why is it that people are so quick to run to hear and share reports of gossip or damaging information that could potentially harm others or violate their rights and privacy? Yet, those same people don’t want to hear or see reports of the good news of Jesus Christ.
“A gossip goes around revealing a secret, but a trustworthy person keeps a confidence.” – Proverbs 11:13
With gossip and slander, if no one shares it, it will fizzle out. But some people like to hear things that are negative about others, because in some weird and devious way, it makes them feel better about themselves to see other people hurting – especially at the work of their own hands. It’s not godly and it’s not loving. That kind of stuff should not be reported. Anything that has the possibility of harming individuals or their reputations should not be shared with the public – or with anyone for that matter.
“A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.” – Proverbs 12:23
Certain reports need to remain concealed and should not be revealed to others in any form – despite how much people may want to get in on the dish of the day. There’s no real, valid reason for wanting to know that kind of stuff except for people being nosy and worrying about everybody else’s business rather than their own.
The only message that needs to be shared is the report that was made long ago when the tomb of my Lord and Savior was found empty. Jesus the Christ rose from the dead after being in the grave for three days following His death on Mount Calvary. He died for your sins and for mine, so that we can have life abundantly and life eternally (John 10:10, 28).
“To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into.” – 1 Peter 1:12
All we have to do is obey Him. Yes, that’s it. Accepting the great gift of God only requires obedience. We just have to follow His commands, and His commandments are not burdensome (1 John 5:3). Christ took our place at Calvary, and it was there that He lifted our burdens. The true burden is sin. And the Lord cleared a path for us for a life free from the bondage of sin.
In order to receive salvation from death, Christ commands that we believe that He is Lord of all (John 8:24). He commands that we confess that He is Lord to others (Matthew 10:32). He commands that we repent of our sins (Luke 13:3). He commands that we be baptized (Mark 16:16). And He commands that we carry out his last will and testament (Matt. 7:21).
That’s the report of Christ summed up. There’s not more you need to know in order to obey the gospel message. Jesus Christ lived on earth as a man; He died on the cross for the sins of mankind; He was buried in a borrowed tomb; He rose to life again. And, you, too can die to the sinful man that all have become; you can bury the life of sin; and you can rise to live a new life in Christ Jesus.
“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.” – 1 Corinthians 1:21
That’s the report that I’ll always be motivated to share: the risen Christ. Any other report is not worth reading or hearing about if it does not build up, encourage, or uplift others. It’s that report – that doesn’t – that is to remain concealed. It’s a wise thing to not share reports of that nature. But the gospel message is for all.
Will you believe that report? The message that Christ saves, He heals, and He forgives?
He saved me. He healed me. He forgave me. And He will do the same for you.
“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the proclamation might be fully made through me and all the Gentiles might hear. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.” – 2 Timothy 4:17
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