Ever wonder why familiar passages in the Bible are so familiar? Or why some are quoted, preached, put on bumper stickers, T-shirts and plaques more often than others? I can think of two reasons I feel the Holy Spirit would have me share with you.
1. They are important to God. It’s as if the Lord has highlighted them in the hearts and minds of believers over the ages. While the entire Bible is important to God and so it should be to us, there are some verses He continues to keep on the forefront.
2. Jesus tells us that the Kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field. Could it be that there is more to those passages than we learned in Sunday school when we were children? Could it be that the Holy Spirit has kept these verses in front of His Church because we have only scratched the surface? I believe there are still undiscovered treasures and fresh revelation that can be dug up through prayer, fasting and in depth study.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17 NKJV
Ashamed is from a Greek word meaning disfigurement. The word gospel in this passage means “to show glad tidings” and also translates as the Gospel of God and the Gospel of the Kingdom.
To be ashamed of the Gospel is more than just not telling people about Jesus when we have the opportunity. It is also not showing the reality of God and the power of His Kingdom. That is why Jesus taught us to pray for His Kingdom to come on earth. It is why Paul wrote that the Kingdom is not in word but in power. 1Corinthians 4:20
Power reveals God, but religion puts Him out of view. In Matthew 6:16 Jesus said not to disfigured your faces when you fast. Disfigured here means to put out of site, (Strong’s No. 853). When we are ashamed of the gospel, we as believers become the disfigured body of Christ, keeping the reality of God concealed.
Do you want to be a normal Christian? Pray for the Holy Spirit to clothe you with power, to enable you to do what Jesus did when He walked on planet earth, so that you may live out the normal Christian life. He always says yes to those who want the Holy Spirit so they can be His witnesses. He loves you and He wants to use you more than you want to be used. So remember Jesus is the head and we are the body, a body that is filled with His love and His power.
That’s the Kingdom Perspective!
Pastor Don Sturiano, pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church, can be reached at 776-0026.