Ministering the Gospel
The Apostle Paul knew his purpose as a Gospel preacher & priest unto God.
His offering as a priest was the salvation & ongoing sanctification of gentile believers.
Paul didn’t just want the Gentiles to be saved he deeply desired that they be made whole & holy too.
Saved to be sanctified & that needed the priestly duties of Godly instruction & ongoing intercession.
These are tasks we are called to engage in too.
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 (equipped & empowered) by God to be a minister of the gospel to the Gentiles.
He had great confidence in the saving power of that Gospel & he passionately proclaimed it.
Paul also did not want to work on anyone else’s patch. He went to the Gentile ‘outsiders’ (2 Corinthians 10:16).
Paul also did all he could to make the Gospel as accessible to people as possible.
Paul worked hard as a tentmaker to enable this to happen (Acts 18:3).
For Paul that meant making the gospel freely available & always being willing to preach it for free (2 Corinthians 11:7).
The best thing in life, & all eternity – salvation in Christ – is free.
Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles was his priestly service unto the Lord.
Note how this priestly Gospel ministry is Trinitarian in form & practise.
Paul obeys God by proclaiming the gospel of Christ in the power of the Spirit.
Throughout these 4 verses Paul makes frequent mention of God, Jesus Christ & the Holy Spirit.
Father, Son & Spirit working through Paul’s priestly service. They seek to do the same through every believer.
Paul, like you & me, is the human agent in this powerful gospel partnership. SELAH
We are also called to this same priestly ministry as Paul as we share in the priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:9).
We too are called to seek out the outcasts & outsiders – the lost, least, last & lonely.
We are to intercede for all men to come to a knowledge of the Lord (1 Timothy 2:1-7).
The Old Testament priests dedicated & prepared themselves for their service in the tabernacle or temple.
Are we ready & willing to do the same as we minister in the spiritual temple of the Lord (Ephesians 2:21)?
Priests of God to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel & pray people into the Kingdom. Hallelujah.
This is part of the worship we bring unto the Lord & King of glory.
- What am I doing, or are prepared to do, to make the gospel freely available to all?
- How are the Father, Son & Spirit seeking to use me to make the Gospel known?
- Meditate upon the Godhead working through you in the partnership of the Gospel.
A song related to this theme:
Thank you that you call & set me apart me as one of Your priests,
To minister through prayer & proclamation the Gospel of Christ.
Jesus send me forth in the power of Your Spirit,
To make You known to all peoples & all nations.
Holy Spirit keep me dedicated to & diligent in my priestly duties,
Alert, attention & active in calling people unto salvation & sanctification.
This I ask in Jesus mighty Name.
Written by Gareth Jones