Ministering the Gospel
The Apostle Paul knew his primary purpose in God was being a proclaimer of the Gospel.
He was a bearer & bringer of good news. The good news that Christ is the saviour of humanity – both Jews & Gentiles.
Paul understood this as his priestly service & ministry. He dedicated himself to it fully.
Representing God before & to all peoples & bringing all peoples unto the Lord.
That will be our focus for this week’s TFD series.
Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God, that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God. For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient— in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Romans 15:15-19
Paul had been graced & gifted by God to be a minister of the gospel to the Gentiles.
We are always reliant upon the grace & gifts of God for any ministry & service we undertake.
God graces & then we must be prepared to graft. Hard work is a kingdom value!!
Paul was willing to work harder than any of the other apostles (1 Corinthians 15:10).
The grace of God supplying the strength, energy & drive for Paul to do this.
God will always abundantly provide & supply what is needed to undertake His work.
Whom God appoints He anoints & whom God equips He empowers. SELAH
Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles was his priestly service unto the Lord.
Praying, interceding & presenting spiritual offerings unto the Lord as he sought to reach the Gentiles for Christ.
United with Christ & empowered by the Spirit Paul was willing to daily do the work of a Priest.
The goal being to bring the Gentile people to salvation & then see them sanctified.
In that way they would become an acceptable offering unto the Lord.
First conversion (salvation) & then consecration unto the Lord through sanctification. SELAH
In that Priestly service Paul operated through words, works & wonders in the power of the Spirit.
The Lord did incredible things though Paul’s ministry, but Paul would not boast & glory in it.
The ministry always must be in the power of the spirit & the glory always has to go to the Lord (1 Corinthians 2:4; Galatians 6:14).
Paul, like Christ, held nothing back. He fully preached the gospel.
He gave his all so that the Gentiles might come to know Christ.
Are we willing to do the same in our day?
- How have I been graced & gifted by the Lord to make the Gospel known?
- Who am I seeking to win for the Lord?
- In what ways & where am I making the gospel known?
- Meditate upon the Priestly ministry of making known the gospel of Christ.
A song related to this theme:
Thank you that you call me as a priest,
To minister before you by making known the Gospel of Christ.
Jesus thank you that I am graced & gifted for this work by You,
That I lack nothing that is necessary or needed to fulfil my priestly ministry.
Holy Spirit keep me flowing in Your anointing & strength,
Challenging & calling people unto salvation & sanctification.
This I ask in Jesus mighty Name.
Written by Gareth Jones