Friday, September 4, 2020

Orange Moon "A Sublime Simplicity"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…


   "A Sublime Simplicity"   


   The Gospel is the Gospel is the Gospel.  To the child or the nuclear physicist, the message of salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ involves the same grace and truth:


    "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand, by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures" (I Corinthians 15:1-4).


    While we seek to communicate the Lord Jesus Christ to our hearer in a manner that fits the context of his life experience, the heart of the matter always involves a message simple enough for the child -  and simple enough for the physicist. God made a way of salvation anyone can understand in its most basic communication.  Through Christ, He dealt with the complexities of sin and its consequences.  Thereby He offers salvation through a Gospel within the reach of all who will humble themselves to receive a gift made accessible to both the child and the physicist by its stark simplicity.  "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures... He was buried... He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures."


   We do well to remember this as we share the Gospel with unbelievers.  Certainly we answer questions and address issues as we best we can.  Never, however, do we waver from focus on the Savior and His redeeming work on behalf of sinners.  The Holy Spirit will bear witness to our communication so long as we join Him in seeking to glorify and reveal the Savior.  "He shall testify of Me, and ye also shall bear witness" (John 15:26-27).  Both in its bestowal of grace and our privileged calling to speak about it, God has given a salvation in Christ made wonderfully accessible by its sublime simplicity.  Let us take care as we bear witness to honor the beauty of this God-centered and Christ-accomplished way of redemption.


"And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

(Matthew 18:2-4)


Weekly Memory Verse 

     Keep thy heart with all diligence.  For out of it are the issues of life.

(Proverbs 4:23)



















































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