Ministers of Life

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Every Christian has a part to play in preaching the gospel of the glory of Christ. We have been called to serve God as ministers of the gospel and there is no one who is NOT called.

Let’s look at a couple of scriptures to see why it is so important to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:1
THEREFORE, SINCE we do hold and engage in this ministry by the mercy of God [granting us favor, benefits, opportunities, and especially salvation], we do not get discouraged (spiritless and despondent with fear) or become faint with weariness and exhaustion.

Paul encourages us not to get discouraged or tired, because we have received this ministry by the mercy of God. But we have renounced disgraceful ways and methods, and we state the truth openly and freely.

2 Corinthians 4:2
We have renounced disgraceful ways (secret thoughts, feelings, desires and underhandedness, the methods and arts that men hide through shame); we refuse to deal craftily (to practice trickery and cunning) or to adulterate or handle dishonestly the Word of God, but we state the truth openly (clearly and candidly). And so we commend ourselves in the sight and presence of God to every man’s conscience.

The reason why we need to be careful about preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ is that if we don’t then it is hid from those who are spiritually dying. 

2 Corinthians 4:3-5
But even if our Gospel (the glad tidings) also be hidden (obscured and covered up with a veil that hinders the knowledge of God), it is hidden [only] to those who are perishing and obscured [only] to those who are spiritually dying and veiled [only] to those who are lost.
4 For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers=E2=80=99 minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image and Likeness of God.
5 For what we preach is not ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves [merely] as your servants (slaves) for Jesus’ sake.

If we hide the gospel, the good news, then we are hiding it to those who are spiritually dying.
The god of this world has blinded their minds so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.
If we preach anything else we cannot bring life to those who don’t know the love of God.

2 Corinthians 3:6-7
[It is He] Who has qualified us [making us to be fit and worthy and sufficient] as ministers and dispensers of a new covenant [of salvation through Christ], not [ministers] of the letter (of legally written code) but of the Spirit; for the code [of the Law] kills, but the [Holy] Spirit makes alive.
7 Now if the dispensation of death engraved in letters on stone [the ministration of the Law], was inaugurated with such glory and splendor that the Israelites were not able to look steadily at the face of Moses because of its brilliance, [a glory] that was to fade and pass away,

We are qualified as ministers and dispensers of a NEW COVENANT….we have RECEIVED a ministry. It is God who qualifies us to preach the gospel to the world. He has qualified us as MINISTERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT (COVENANT). Don’t ever say that God has not called me or that you are not qualified to preach the gospel.

This ministry is not something OLD that requires you to do something for God to bless you, but in this NEW TESTAMENT Jesus did it all.

The law or the dispensation of death as Paul calls it, was engraved on stone was inaugurated with so much glory and splendor.

2 Corinthians 3:8-9
Why should not the dispensation of the Spirit [this spiritual ministry whose task it is to cause men to obtain and be governed by the Holy Spirit] be at tended with much greater and more splendid glory?
9 For if the service that condemns [the ministration of doom] had glory, how infinitely more abounding in splendor and glory must be the service that makes righteous [the ministry that produces and fosters righteous living and right standing with God]!

If the old covenant that ministered death had so much glory, then the NEW TESTAMENT that ministers LIFE has MUCH MORE SPLENDID GLORY.

In 2 Corinthians 3, Paul speaks about the law that was written in stone as the ministry of death, the letter kills but the Spirit gives life. We are called to be ministers of the NEW TESTAMENT not the OLD TESTAMENT, which means that we are called to minister life and not death.

The law of Moses was given and 3000 people died, the message of grace was preached by Peter and 3000 people were saved. The law always says to “do, do, do”, but when Peter stood up to preach, he said “BELIEVE”, and those who BELIEVED were saved. Grace is all about JUST BELIEVING in the FINISHED WORK.

2 Corinthians 3:12
Since we have such [glorious] hope (such joyful and confident expectation), we speak very freely and openly and fearlessly.

Because of this glorious hope we can speak freely and openly that we have LIFE and are not under condemnation.

Romans 8:1-3
THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death.
3 For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [ the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [ subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice],

We don’t speak the word of condemnation and death, but we speak the WORD OF LIFE. The law could not make us righteous, and what the law could not do, Jesus came to do for us, to make us RIGHTEOUS.

2 Corinthians 4:1
THEREFORE, SINCE we do hold and engage in this ministry by the mercy of God [granting us favor, benefits, opportunities, and especially salvation], we do not get discouraged (spiritless and despondent with fear) or become faint with weariness and exhaustion.

2 Corinthians 4:5-7
For what we preach is not ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves [merely] as your servants (slaves) for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God Who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth] the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God [as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed] in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
7 However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.

In verse 5 Paul says that we don’t preach ourselves but we preach Jesus Christ as LORD.
The law was the ultimate order of the day for the people of Israel, the looked to the law for everything, and Paul making a comparison of the “letter” and the “spirit”, law and grace says that we NOW preach Jesus Christ as LORD – as SUPREME AUTHORITY over everything.

Preaching the law brings death because it is the ministry of death, but preaching grace brings LIFE because it’s the MINISTRY OF LIFE.

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