Today’s thought “… salvation to the ends of the earth” (May 04)

Today’s thought

… salvation to the ends of the earth

(May 04)

Acts 8

Today God’s message of “salvation” has reached “to the ends of the earth”. This word occurs six times in the book of Acts. Paul, early in his missionary journeys (with Barnabas) began to preach the

“good news about the kingdom of God” (Acts 8:12).

We read today in Acts 13, how, when the Jews in “the synagogue” (verse 14) asked Paul if he had

“any word of encouragement for the people, (to) say it” (verse 15)

– that they were offended at Paul’s message when he said that through Jesus (instead of their Law)

“forgiveness of sins is proclaimed” (verse 38).

Paul warned that their attitude was fulfilling “what is said in the prophets” (verse 40). Paul quoted –

“Look, you scoffers, be astounded and perish; for I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you” (from Habakkuk 1:5).

How few know the words of the prophets these days, let alone quote them!

As a result of this Paul started to preach to those who were not Jews, that is, the Gentiles. His final message to the Jews was straight to the point.

“Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles” (verse 46).

Paul then said, “For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth’” (verse 47).

To truly rejoice, as they did then, we have to know the original gospel as Paul and Barnabas preached it, and we have ample evidence of what this was as we read on in the book of Acts and the letters of Paul and the other disciples. And today it seems clear that the message of “salvation” has reached “the ends of the earth”.

Those who have receptive minds as a result of their reading and hearing the original truth preached, will have the same experience. Are you experiencing, or have you experienced what we read in verse 48? This is the blessing of

“rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord”

and then

“as many as were appointed to eternal life believed” (verse 48).


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Preceding

God has not destined us for wrath

Today’s thought “When approaching the battle against your enemies today” (May 03)

Today’s thought “no eye for the coming king and real liberation” (May 04)

Assimilation of the mind to the divine ideas, principles, and affections exhibited in the Scriptures

When we think of Jesus let us strive to realise what he means to us

Salvation, Baptism and Re-baptism

Today’s thought “When approaching the battle against your enemies today” (May 03)

Memorizing wonderfully 11 Serving God

Memorizing wonderfully 15 Psalms 85-120 Salvation, Mercy, Truth and Righteousness

Memorizing wonderfully 20 Mountain and Kingdom of God

Memorizing wonderfully 27 Rejoicing daughter of Zion for the established Throne of David

Memorizing wonderfully 33 Preach the acceptable year of Jehovah God

Memorizing wonderfully 47 Blessedness consisting in remission of sins

Sharing your big scriptures for tough times

Thought for those who think it is not necessary to do any works any more

Today’s thought “Blessed people …” (July 27)

Do Christadelphians belong to Protestantism

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Additional reading

  1. Looking for something or for the Truth and what it might be and self-awareness
  2. The stone of essential truth
  3. Saved through grace not through keeping rituals
  4. How long to wait before bringing religiousness and spirituality in practice

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