Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Rule of the Gospel (August 2012 Newsletter)

We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. - 1 John 5:19

The whole world is under the sway, power, and rule of the devil. When sin entered the world each human being was born corrupted, and Satan enslaved the world to sin: “Jesus answered them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin’” John 8:34. The whole world lives as slaves of the devil, yet they were made to rule, made for love, and made to possess God-breathed life. They live addicted and enslaved, afraid and alone, bitter, wounded, “foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another” Titus 3:2: a tortured existence without God and without hope. “But when the kindness and love of God our savior toward man appeared…” (Titus 3:3) He saved us. This is the wonderful Good News, the appearance of the kindness and love of God our Savior. That’s Jesus, the kindness and love of God in human flesh who came not to destroy men’s lives but to save them (Luke 9:56). “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” 1 John 3:8. Jesus was manifested, He appeared in kindness and love to destroy the yoke of slavery, to demolish the rule of the devil over man, to save us from sin and evil and to give us abundant life in the love and favor of the Father.
Though the devil rules this world, Jesus has come and defeated the power of death and risen to obtain a name above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Christ is Lord (Phil 2:10-11). All authority has been given to the Lord Jesus (Matt 28:18), and at the end of time, He will come as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, giving justice ton all who rejected His love and lordship. But even now he waits, not willing that any should perish under His justice, but giving all men time to turn and come under the rule of love.
He has commissioned us to spread that Kingdom, rule, and sovereignty over all the earth, declaring the Good News. The rule of Christ, the Kingdom of God, the sovereignty of Jesus, is Good News. It’s a message of forgiveness and love, life and blessing, salvation from sin, evil, and destruction for all who call on the name of Jesus in faith. May Christ be manifest in us to destroy the work and rule of the devil as we spread God’s kingdom and sovereignty over all the earth declaring the Gospel of salvation and urging all men to make Jesus their Lord. Satan rules over this world (1 John 5:19, Eph 2:2). God rules over us. Go spread God's rule until every person, spirit, and circumstance bows to the name of Jesus.

Read the rest of the August 2012 Newsletter.

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