Friday

Not Just the Easy Parts

Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20, Salt and Light
In Christ's final instructions on earth, He told His followers to go and make disciples “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." Matthew 28:18-20

  • Not converts, disciples.
  • Not simply knowing His commands, but obeying them.
  • Not part of His teachings, but everything.
To be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16), we must teach the whole Gospel, not just the easy parts.

Unless we help people understand sin, they won't fully understand God's sacrificial love and His undeserved grace. Acknowledging and repenting of sin is the first step in becoming a disciple. Without it, a person is merely a shallow convert. 

If we want to learn the Biblical focus on sin, we can pull out a concordance and see how many times Christ said "Repent!" (e.g. Matthew 4:17).

In fact, Jesus summed up the Gospel as preaching "repentance for the forgiveness of sins" (Luke 24:44-49).

So let's make sure that when we're teaching others, we teach it all.
"Repent" in the New Testament

4 comments:

  1. another print-out for the fridge. thank-you!

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  2. I like to read this but i think you make a mis spelt...luke 25 :44-49 must be luke 24 instead

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    1. Thank you, Mavis. It's linked to Luke 24, but I wrote Luke 25 in the devotion. I will correct it. Thanks for letting me know.
      God bless,
      Gail

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