Bread – Gospel

November 5, 2012


Readings for Monday, November 5, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: *; Rev. 14:1-13; Luke 12:49-59; Psalms 56,57,58,64,65

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In our readings today, God through Revelation says: “Then I [John] saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth…’Fear God and give Him glory….and worship Him who made heaven and earth … Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great…’ Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.” Rev. 14:6-8,12 (emphasis added).

Jesus says today in the Gospel of Luke: “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” Lk. 12:51

There is but one eternal gospel – Salvation is through Christ alone, through utmost trust and faith placed in Him after you have turned from your sin and toward God. It is not complicated but it is not easy. It cannot be accomplished by man’s effort, study, thought, or ability, but through the power of God granted to us by His grace in His time. Salvation is God’s sovereign gift to us, granted to us by nothing we have done, earned or deserved, but by God’s mercy.

For those who love God and trust in the Son, Jesus Christ, Babylon has indeed fallen, the penalty of eternal death is lifted, and good works in obedience to God’s commands spring forth in thanksgiving for the immeasurable gift we have received. For those who do not love God but love the things which they themselves have made (idols) or the things which have the appearance of right but the reality of wrong (the things Satan has made, the world), there is nothing but hell which awaits.

Stark, divisive words. But the eternal gospel is one of division, between those who choose Christ and those who don’t, between those who bow their knee to God and worship Him and those who worship the mirror or idols or the things of the world, between those who have eternal life and those who inherit eternal death.

There is no grey area here. You are either for God or against Him. You are either inheriting eternal life or you are not. You either belong to Jesus or you don’t. You either have eyes to see and ears to hear or you don’t.

The angel said that the gospel is “eternal.” We tend to treat it as a bit of dusty thinking, sometimes useful to trot out but mainly ignored in favor of more modern ways of thinking. “Eternal” means just that, from the very beginning to the very end. From before the very beginning to after the very end.

The gospel has been, is, and will be forever. The gospel divides. The gospel is true.

What say you to this? Who do you believe? Eternal life hangs in the balance.

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*Today’s readings designate Ecclesiasticus, sometimes called the Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach. This is not a book contained In the canonical Old Testament, but instead belongs to that body of work called the Apocrypha or Deuterocanonical Books. These books are accepted by some Christian denominations as useful, but are rejected by other denominations. I have not included this reading today because of these controversies. However, if you want to read it, the reference for today is Ecclus. 38:24-34.

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© 2012 GBF

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