Ozark Christian Living

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Steppin' of Mass Instruction

March 11

 "... Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."  Mark 16:15




"... to remind ourselves of the travel expense incurred by CHRIST to deliver the gospel to us."






Note that JESUS commands: "Go ye into all the world,"; and in light of this imperative, I ask: If "Go" is gone from the gospel, is the gospel go-ne?  Our world consists of a little sphere of influence and travel, "the world" is hostile and foreign to truth.  Our world is confined and comfortable, "the world" is vast and foreboding. "Let this mind be in you, which was also in CHRIST JESUS:"  It is helpful, when fearful, to remind ourselves of the travel expense incurred by CHRIST to deliver the gospel to us.  "WHO, being in the form of GOD, thought it not robbery to be equal with GOD: But made HIMSELF of no reputation, and took upon HIM the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, HE humbled HIMSELF, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

"gospel" = good news ... but apart from the bad news, it is viewed as a recreational drug to a sinner willfully oblivious to his symptoms.  The frustration among many of the Great PHYSICIAN'S pastoral interns today is due to the futile attempt to disciple the dead.  The ministry of the gospel has turned into a mortuary for still born sinners to socialize instead of evangelize.  We have gone half-hearted "into all the world" with false doctrine, sloppy diagnostics, and a pike full of guile and glitz.  I wonder if we have dispensed the placebo of clever programs for so long that we too are unable to distinguish it from the real? 

If the gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of JESUS CHRIST and we jade its implications, are we guilty of baptizing for the dead?  "... if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?  And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?"  Paul took so seriously his commission from CHRIST that he jeopardized his life to death for the gospel.  But as a result, "all the world" of his day had a preacher for "every creature"

The commission is oh so simple, but convicting to consider on a personal level, is it not?

"Go ..."

For Love of Country
Sir Matthew Hale (1609-1676)
(Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench in England)
"There is not a book like the Bible for excellent wisdom and use ... Every morning read seriously and reverently a portion of the Holy Scriptures, and acquaint yourselves with the history and doctrine thereof; it is a Book full of light and wisdom, and will make you wise unto eternal life."

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