“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)
Christianity is a development of an intimacy; a true relationship with Jesus Christ, the ONLY Savior. It is being an ambassador of God through walking, living and working the will of God in our communities, and anywhere we find ourselves. It is the act of declaring the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ, and His testimony(ies) in your life to those that do not believe, or those that have not yet heard the goodness (the gospel) of the Lord.
Unlike other religions, Becoming a Christian requires few steps from the individual, but in all, it must include developing a personal relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, led by His Holy Spirit.
Observing religions from afar, it seem to be the same as Christianity, but the truth remains that one easily wanders too deep into religion the moment Christ is not at the center. That is to say, true Christianity is the constant and continual fellowship with God, in the name of Jesus Christ. Religion is always an enemy with Christianity (just as government is), as it constantly substitutes what is free for a price. For example; “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. (John 3:16 NKJV)
Understand that in this scripture, the gift of God’s Son is free to them that receives Him. It did not connote any ritualistic practice or format, but simply for an (every) individual to receive for him/herself. Today, people are being tricked using one or two verses of the bible to substantiate a point! That is religious!! That is fraud my friends, for what you are paying for is yours for free if you can seek and trust the giver. This does not mean that supporting a Christian projects and visions are wrong. No!, but trying to exchange God’s gift with money is..
What is Apostle Paul trying to teach us in Romans 1:16?
1. As a person, you must be “Born-Again”, believing the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel. This qualifies you to be called a Christian.
2. As a Christian, talking about Jesus Christ to others and your fellow believers should be an everyday thing. Not doing this is to be ashamed of whom you believed in, and not doing it enough is a sin. Do not forget that you are the mouthpiece of God, knowing the truth of the mystery of God as revealed by the Holy Spirit. Sometimes, most believers do not know that satan attacks the word of God that engrafted them, and instead of getting deliverance by sharing, the resort to individualism. Look at this scripture on Daniel; “Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever”. (Daniel 12:3 NKJV). Here, Daniel accredits wisdom to serving God, but greater rewards for winning souls. Amen. Do you agree?
3. God’s power is made manifest through the gospel. As revealed, only Jesus Christ conquered death, and now lives forevermore. At the same time, we that believes and does the Father’s will shall demonstrate His powers, as He always work with our words to make the manifestation possible (Mark 16:20).
4. Every believer has an assignment. If you do not have any, you need to start doing it. With the Holy Spirit in us, God wants to show His presence, power and grace to all around you. Maybe, you might need to speak to your pastor/overseer about this, and simply start. Note that your assignment or calling is your spiritual DNA. It is a life giver, and simply will sustain you.it might be similar to that of others, but simply can not be mimicked. It reveals God, and can never fail if you master it (1Corinthians 12:1-11)
5. Christ died for all people (though He came in the Jewish linage), and can only be a Savior to anyone that accepts Him.
Dear friends, oftentimes I do sincerely acknowledge that the journey is not easy, but if Christ revealed to us that “It is finished”(John 19:30), I therefore encourage us to keep up the good fight, and continue to endure. Looking at the world and her issues, it is also important to remind us that the ‘End-Time’ is near, and that this is the time Christians should wake up from slumber, discarding anything; people, choices, places, lifestyles, affiliations, attitudes, etc that God will frown at, and run to end the race heavenward. ““He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ’ (Revelation 2:7 NKJV)
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. (Philippians 1:2 NKJV)
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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