GREAT WAS THE COMPANY OF PUBLISHERS
*BIBLE READING: ROMANS 10:14-16; MATTHEW 28:16-20; MARK 16:15-18*
*“The Lord gave the Word; great was the company of those that published it.” Psalm 68:11(KJV).*
After the Fall of Man, God became the Pioneer Missionary and embarked on the Project for the Restoration of Man by shedding the blood of an animal for Mankind’s Atonement. This Truth is attested to in the Scripture: *“In fact, under the Law almost everything is cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [neither release from sin and its guilt, nor cancellation of the merited punishment].”
Heb. 9:22(AMP). Considering the Depth of God’s Love for Mankind, the Trinity did not spare any Resource in Their Quest to revive and restore the Lost Mandate of Mankind even when man was still a sinner.
Since death came by the disobedience of one man, Resurrection from the dead became possible by the Sacrifice of the Man Jesus. *(1Cor. 15:21; 1Tim. 2:5).* When God gave up Jesus to die, He gave us everything, but when He gave us the Holy Spirit, He gave us Himself to enable us to become like Christ who was initially the only Begotten *(Jn. 3:16).
We have been accepted in the Beloved because of Christ, and He is now our Firstborn: *“So that He would be the Firstborn [the Most Beloved and Honored] among many believers.”* Rom. 8:29b(AMP).
The Gospel, which is the Message about Jesus’ Life, Death and Resurrection, is the Central Message of the Bible. It is this Message that God is seeking to communicate to all of Creation. It is for this Same Purpose that we have been saved by God through Christ and thereby given the Ministry of Reconciliation. *(2Cor. 5:18).
The importance of this Reconciliation Mandate led to Jesus calling and equipping the Twelve who pioneered the Publishing of the Gospel at the expense of their own lives. This Sacrifice of the Pioneer Publishers of the Gospel has given them a special Position in Eternity:*“And the Wall of the City had Twelve Foundation Stones, and on them the Twelve Names of the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb (Christ).”* Rev. 21:14(AMP). The Great Reward for publishing the Gospel is not reserved solely for the Apostles but also for every believer who obeys the Command. *(Mk. 16:15).*
Publishing the Good News is a Channel by which sinners can be reconciled to the Lord God Almighty because people perish for lack of the Knowledge of the Saving Grace:*“But how will people call on Him in Whom they have not believed? And how will they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher (messenger)?”* Rom. 10:14(AMP).
Those that are spiritually wise partner with God in advancing His Agenda on the Earth by taking the Finished Work of Christ like delivery men to the ends of the Earth for the redemption of sinners:*“Those who are [spiritually] wise will shine brightly like the Brightness of the Expanse of Heaven, and those who lead many to Righteousness, [will shine] like the Stars forever and ever.”* Dan.12:3 (AMP). Are you a spiritually wise man who wishes to shine eternally like the stars? Like Apostle Paul, you must not be ashamed of the Gospel – publish and defend the Gospel which is the Power of God unto Salvation. *(Rom. 1:16).*
Father, I thank You for not giving up on me and restoring the Lost Fellowship between You and mankind. I rededicate myself to work in partnership with You to fulfill the Ministry of Reconciliation You have committed to me in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.