BIBLE READING: MATTHEW 28:16-20; MARK 16:15-18; ROMANS 10:14-16
“The Lord gave the Word; great was the company of those that published it.” Psalm 68:11(KJV).
God is a Relational Being Who created Mankind in His Own Image and Likeness for His Pleasure and to have Dominion over His Creation (see Gen.1:26 and Rev. 4:11). This Relational Attribute of God was evidenced in the Garden of Eden when God visited Adam in the cool of the day. Surprisingly, the daily Fellowship between God and Mankind was severed because of Adam’s disobedience to God’s Instruction (see Gen 2:17; 3:8). The consequences of Adam’s sin resulted in his Fall from his Exalted Position, Spiritual Death, Eviction from the Garden of Eden and ultimately physical death (see Gen. 3:23).
After the Fall of Man, God became the Pioneer Missionary and embarked on the project for the Restoration of Man by shedding the blood of an animal for Mankind’s Atonement. “In fact under the Law almost everything is cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [neither release from sin and its guilt, nor cancellation of the merited punishment]. Heb. 9:22(AMP).
Considering the Depth of God’s love for Man, the Trinity did not spare any Resource in their quest to revive and restore the lost Mandate of Mankind even when man was still a sinner. Since death came by the disobedience of one man, Resurrection from the dead became possible by the Sacrifice of the Man Jesus (see 1Cor. 15:21 and 1 Tim. 2:5). When God gave up Jesus to die, He gave us everything, but when He gave us the Holy Spirit, He gave us Himself to enable us become Christlike and to advance the Gospel of the Kingdom.
The Gospel, which is the Message about Jesus’ Life, Death and Resurrection, is the Central Message of the Bible. It is this Message that God is seeking to communicate to all of Creation. It is for this same purpose that we have been saved by God through Christ and thereafter given the Ministry of Reconciliation (see 2Cor. 5:18). The importance of this Reconciliation Mandate led to Jesus calling and equipping the Twelve who pioneered the publishing of the Gospel at the expense of their own lives. This Sacrifice of the Pioneer Publishers of the Gospel has given them a special Position in Eternity – “And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them the twelve names of the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb (Christ).” Rev. 21:14(AMP). The Great Reward for publishing the Gospel is not reserved solely for the Apostles but also for every believer who obeys the Command. (see Mk.16:15).
Publishing the Good News is a Channel by which sinners can be reconciled to the Lord God Almighty because people perish for lack of the Knowledge of the Saving Grace – “But how will people call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how will they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher (messenger)?” Rom. 10:14(AMP).
Joining the Great Company of Publishers is a Noble Privilege. These are spiritually wise people who partner with God in advancing His Agenda on the Earth to take the Finished Work of Christ like delivery men to the ends of the Earth for the Salvation of sinners. “Those who are [spiritually] wise will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of Heaven, and those who lead many to righteousness, [will shine] like the stars forever and ever.” Dan.12:3 (AMP). Are you a spiritually wise man and wishes to eternally shine like stars? Then join the Great Company of Publishers today!
Father, I thank You for not giving up on me and restoring the lost fellowship between You and mankind. I rededicate myself to work in partnership with You to fulfill the Ministry of Reconciliation You have committed to me so that Your Sacrifice will not be in vain in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.