CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 59

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 19:9 ” But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus”.

The bible said Apostle Paul spent three months discussing the gospel with the people in Ephesus.  Some of the people were hardened and believed not, and so spoke evil of the way. Once again let’s be certain that there would be people who would not accept and may even oppose the way of life.

 Apostle Paul did not stop preaching because people spoke against the gospel and even against, he himself. He stayed in Ephesus for two years sharing the word of God with the people. The bible said all that dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. Paul’s life remains a real challenge to us today. He was bent on making Jesus Christ known to everybody. As he said,” woe is me if I preach not the gospel. “(1st Corinth 9:16)

We must also say woe is us, if we fail to preach the gospel. In our modern times of swift communicating technology, no one should be ignorant of the good news. The sad news is that there are many villages close to us and far away who have not heard the name of Jesus before.

  A friend visited one of the villages close to Accra and inquired from one of the villagers if he knew Jesus Christ, he asked this friend of mine that is it a new kind of soap? This is rather pathetic how could a few miles from Accra where there is an overabundance of preaching bombarding the airwaves, market places, the way side joints almost throughout the day, and somebody had not heard the name of Jesus.

    Dear child of God, none of us would be able to have an excuse before the Father if we do not rethink the way we are going about the great commission. The Lord instructed us to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. In Romans 15:20 apostle Paul declares ” yea, so have I strived to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation. ” This was not to say that he would not continue what another man started, but rather he seeks to get the message and the word to places where no one intends to go there. Paul achieved so much for the Master. What are we doing for the Master?  We have to fully adhere to the great commission that says go into all nations. Go where the work is needed most. Go to where everyone is not going. Many years ago some Europeans left the comfort of their countries for Africa to come and share the Gospel with us.Some did come for slaves ,yet a few were also here to share their lives with us so we Africans would know  Jesus. It is our turn to go to where the gospel has not reached.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father I pray that the Holy Spirit will awaken the soul winning spirit among Christians, and also to extend the work to places that the gospel is not getting to.

FURTHER STUDY:   

 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 ” For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again”.

Acts 1:8 ” But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

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