MORE ON THE TRUE GOSPEL

In an earlier post, I shared how extreme the prerequisites for following the Lord Jesus are.

(click here to read the post)

In His Own words, if you must follow Him, you must:

1. Deny yourself

How many accept God’s word that man is utterly handicapped in himself as regards the Kingdom?

2. Take up your cross

Who seeks admission into the school of further self denial?

3. Hate yourself and loose your life

By yourself, you stand in opposition to Christ, even in your sincerest acts of kindness. You can only produce the works of the flesh at your best.

He calls you to surrender yourself.

The Lord Jesus calls you to loose your life.

But on what grounds does He call for you to leave all, to leave yourself?

Don’t be scared friends. Let us leave the prerequisites for a moment and focus on the Lord Jesus.

The call to follow Christ is given on one basis of the surpassing worth of Christ. All who truly follow the Lord Jesus have personally encountered Him in an unforgettable dimension, at least once, but it never ends at a one time encounter.

In 1 John 1, John wrote that his testimony was based on what his eyes saw, his ears heard and his hands had handled.

Peter confessed how He saw the Glory of Christ on the mountain.

Paul could not recover from his encounter with Christ on his journey to Damascus. He summarized his life’s objective as this: “I want to know Him”.

John the Baptist could not handle the revelation that God gave him of Jesus. The reverence he had for the Lord Jesus was so great, it almost stood in the way of him baptizing the Master. His purpose was: “to reveal Jesus”.

The lives of these men were not free of storms, suffering and persecution. In fact, they received quite a greater ration of pain than most men despite their peaceful lives.

Why didn’t they quit? What was the panacea to the earthly torments they experienced?

The answer: the Glory of the Lord Jesus, His incomparable and captivating Person and His matchless Eternal Desire swept them off their feet and left them on a quest for the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

This experience dear friends is not restricted to only those brethren who have gone before us. The Lord Jesus still radically captivates people today and He wants more.

There is a factor that stands in the way.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ!

The Gospel of Jesus Christ drowns all else in the Light of Jesus, not just because of His Promises, but because of Who He Is.

As Frank Viola has correctly mentioned, that radical, true and Spirit-breathed complete Gospel of Jesus Christ is almost extinct today but it can be recovered.

It is good news that the entire Good News (Gospel) of the Kingdom is here today.

In the following posts, I will attempt to disclose my contact with this Gospel and how you can encounter it too.

In Christ alone,

E. Luminous Aghosa.

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6 Replies to “MORE ON THE TRUE GOSPEL”

  1. Truly, like Paul said, to know Him is our life’s objective. And yet we sometimes forget that. Thanks so much for emphasizing the main point of The Gospel.

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    1. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget…usually because something else has become more important to us at such times.

      No matter how smart a man is, he cannot serve Christ and Mammon.

      May we have unbroken focus on His Unparalleled Worth.

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  2. You said that John the Baptist and the Apostle Paul had revelations followed by life-pursuits of God.

    In a different way, God has revealed himself to me, and now my life is spent searching for more ways to “deny myself” in pursuit of him.

    It makes me think Jesus’s comment regarding the young rich man, when he said, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

    One commentary on this is that : “The “Eye of the Needle” has been claimed to be a gate in Jerusalem, which opened after the main gate was closed at night. A camel could only pass through this smaller gate if it was stooped and had its baggage removed.”

    My impression is that my journey in life, if I am to pursue Jesus, will reflect that of the posture of the camel: lowered, and stripped of all my baggage.

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    1. “My impression is that my journey in life, if I am to pursue Jesus, will reflect that of the posture of the camel: lowered, and stripped of all my baggage.”

      Dear Michael, your post above which I quoted is such a deep one.

      “Lowered and stripped of all baggage” is an great task but it becomes extreme when we realize that “we ourselves” are the heaviest baggage to unload.

      As T. Austin Sparks has put it:
      “this new way of life is too narrow that we cannot even take ourselves along; we must leave ourselves behind”.

      This is something the true Gospel reveals.

      More grace in Christ Dear Michael.

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      1. Yes, my friend, the baggage that I refer to is the hardest to discard. It IS my self.

        Talk about a “very difficult teaching…”

        Any wealth I had may be used for God’s purposes here. Any fame I had may be leveraged for God’s purposes here. Any talents or gifts I’ve received from God may be used here for His Kingdom.

        But, the one thing about me that cannot be used for God’s purposes, in fact the one thing about me that actually prevents me from entering His presence at all, IS me. It is my in-bred sinfulness that was handed down since the first Adam was cast from the Garden. And I have identified with this all my life.

        This I could never strip off, as hard as I try. It is in my DNA. It is the one thing that, as hard as I try, at the end of the day the stains are still there, on the inside where it’s hardest to reach.

        BUT, as impossible as it is, I MUST try! It is in the reaching, in the stretching, in the struggling, in the sacrificing, in the crying out and the yearning that God The Father himself knows that I do make the choice to change.

        Isn’t it appropriate that Matthew 19 goes on to say, ” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

        Difficult teaching: I could choose this worldly kingdom, and succeed in it. But, in the end by God’s design I will fail.

        OR, I could choose God’s kingdom and inherently fail at it, but in the end, with God’s grace and will, I might succeed.

        THAT IS DEEP!

        I look forward to your posts… I “want to know Jesus more” and in knowing Him, I want to “reveal Jesus,” and in revealing Him, I want to be more like him.

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        1. My dear Michael, forgive me for the delayed response. I wasn’t active on the blogosphere for some days.

          I appreciate your comment above. It is very weighty. I hope we all continue together in the journey of knowing the Lord Jesus Christ.

          Much love.

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