by Inyang Okutinyang.
Everything you and I enjoy today is a result of what Jesus purchased for us at Calvary. The people in the Old Testament got blessed by God because of what Jesus was going to do. We are blessed today because of what He has done.
What we call the Gospel of Christ is not just the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, it’s all the New Testament. This gospel (or good news) is the revelation that Paul taught in his epistles. Paul’s teaching can be divided into three main parts.
• First, who we are in Christ, what God did for us in Christ.
• Secondly, what the Holy Spirit through the agency of the Word is doing and can do in the life of the believer.
• And thirdly, the present day ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul taught that because we are born again and are blood-washed, we are new creatures in Christ, thus we should live like it, and not live like the world.
The Ministry of Jesus Today
Let’s now look at what Jesus did for us and how that affects us today. A non-Christian might ask, “Jesus lived about 2000 years ago. Of what relevance is that man who lived so long ago to my life today?” Answering that question is what the gospel is all about.
3 Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed
This is a rhetorical question, the answer being contained in it. The arm of the Lord is revealed to those who believe the report. If you don’t believe the report, then the arm of the Lord is NOT going to be revealed to you. “The arm of the Lord” stands for the power of God, His divine ability on our behalf. When people came to Jesus, they put a demand on the ability of God that was in Him. Today people are still wanting to put a demand on His ability, and want God to move on their behalf. That’s why we are here, we in whom He lives can minister in His power!