Text: Acts 4-6; Proverbs 10:1-16
One of the really cool things about the Word is that it is alive – “living and active”, according to Hebrews 4:12. So, despite my prior careful study, the Word can still jump off the page with something fresh and new. In today’s readings, it was Acts 5:20 that spoke and surprised. The apostles have been arrested and put in jail. An angel of the Lord comes, opens the prison doors and charges them;
“Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life”
The idea that the message we have, this Gospel, is about a “Life”, is a powerful truth. The Gospel is about lost people, condemned people, ones guilty of sin, receiving a pardon by Jesus’ shed blood, and given a new life. It is easy to focus on the front end of all that – the sin-and-guilt and forgiveness part. Maybe that’s because we so often offer the Gospel for unbelievers. But the real deal is the NEW LIFE. We have a new life where we are free from sin and death, where we have purpose and power,and where the trajectory is upward rather than downward. We have a new life where the Lord is at work healing us from our old wounds, liberating us from our old ways, and making us ever stronger and better. We are moving toward love, and joy and peace. Everything ahead is better and better, and will result in perfection, beauty and glory – forever and ever. Amazing! The angel says that we are to “speak to the people all the words of this Life.” One last nuance – when it says “words”, it uses the Greek for the spoken word. We need to preach, to speak the Gospel to believers as well as unbelievers so we ourselves can apprehend this glorious and wonderful Life we have received. Amen!
in Him, Mike