JESUS CHRIST PROCLAIMED

“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”             1 John 1:3 NIV

 

True Christianity is Jesus Christ proclaimed. The Gnostics claimed that the truth about Christ was a deep mystery or secret, known only by a few people. John counters their error by showing that true Christianity is not exclusive and hidden. Rather, it is a message that by its very nature must be proclaimed. He uses the following words to describe how the apostles communicated the Gospel: “Testify” is a legal term meaning, “to bear witness”. When we testify in court, we swear to tell the truth about what we saw or heard. The apostles spoke the truth about what they had seen and heard during their time with Jesus. We proclaim Jesus Christ on the authority of commission. This word means to report or announce as a messenger. It implies that Jesus Christ appointed the apostles to proclaim the good news about His life, teaching, death and resurrection. They did not launch the church because they were a bunch of religious entrepreneurs or franchisers promoting their business. They were under orders from Jesus Christ, and they weren’t free to change the message to fit their customers. They had to proclaim the message that the King had commanded them to proclaim. That message hasn’t changed! If John and the other apostles had not proclaimed the message, we wouldn’t know Christ today. The Great Commission that Jesus gave to them applies to us. If we are not proclaiming God’s revelation about Jesus Christ by our life and words, we’re not experiencing the fullness of true Christianity.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, may we never stop proclaiming You to the world.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord Jesus, thank You for giving us the Great Commission. By the energizing power of the Holy Spirit, may we never stop proclaiming God’s revelation about You to the world by our life and words. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Hebrews 12:14-17

 

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