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December 20, 2016

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The Word made flesh entrusts believers with the gospel

by Dave Malnes

Before time began… was the Word.

The Word became the Light… and made his dwelling among us.

The Word remains today… so that all people may believe in him.

It is the Word we celebrate every Christmas – he is there, wrapped in cloths, and lying in the manger.

The Word made flesh entrusts believers with the gospel for the purpose of preserving and proclaiming it to the world.

God – the Word incarnate – humbled himself in the flesh to a dark, unbelieving world. It is a world warped in sin where human eyes are not able to see and hearts are not able to understand. Out of darkness came a great light. It was because of darkened, unbelieving hearts that sent Jesus to the cross.

The Word remains hidden in the darkness of unbelief. Only the power of the Word unmasks itself to who He is – the Savior, the Promise given was fulfilled, the Word became flesh to be our perfect substitute.

It is the Word – and only the Word — that opens darkened eyes of unbelief that were blind and opens hearts that were closed.

God’s Word is so important… that he entrusts his Words to believers. The Lord commits to Christians with confidence that it will be done.

His Word is to be preserved without error, proclaimed without fear, and provided without impure motivation.

It is a sacred trust.

 

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“We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God who tests our hearts.” (1 Thessalonians 2:2-4)

The new Christians in Thessalonica are similar to believers today. They clung to God’s promises despite fear, uncertainty, immorality, and in the face of strong opposition. They needed hope and purpose. Paul reminded them of the promise and the purpose that was entrusted to each of them – and it is the same promise and purpose given to us.

Believers have been set apart by faith – we have been commissioned to be faithful and proclaim our faith to a dark, unbelieving world.

“So, then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”  (1 Cor. 4:1-2)

The angels rejoiced when the Word became flesh. They lit up the night sky to proclaim the birth of the Savior. Believers entrusted by the Lord can make that same invitation. We can say, “Come and hear the Word. See what God has done for us through Christ.”

The words of Isaiah tell us, “How beautiful are the feet that bring Good News.” Believers are given the privilege and opportunity to bubble over with good news like a beaming grandparent who can’t help but to tell others of a new grandchild. God has entrusted his children to rejoice with him and share this Good News with others.

The Word became flesh to dwell among us!

The Word is Spirit that dwells within us.

What a privilege it is to embrace the purpose for which God has entrusted all believers to proclaim the Word to others.

 

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