The MessageJohn Collins02/08/2012The prophet Isaiah foretold of the coming of Christ, and the Message that Christ would bring through his death on the cross. This Message was the Gospel, which is the Good News that Jesus came, died for our sins, and everyone who believed on Him would be saved. The Message was Good News that we no longer were slaves to our sin; the Savior had conquered sin.
Isaiah 40 says that we should be comforted. "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God." He foretold John would be preparing the way for Christ, making the pathway to salvation. He compares the people of the world to grass of the field, and the grass would grow or fade away because God had the power of all things. He told the people of Jerusalem to praise and worship the God they were going to behold.
Romans 1 says that Paul was set apart to preach this Good News as was foretold by Isaiah in the scriptures. Grace and Peace from the God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus Christ would bring not only salvation, but obedience to Him.
Paul's Message was the Good News that Jesus died for all mankind, not some chosen few that has chosen to follow a doctrine brought forth by a man. Many spiritual leaders have come and gone, teaching their followers that they had the special insight required to be worthy and called by God to the rapture. Some of those doctrines have blossomed into very large organizations with many followers. The headquarters of the leadership for the many organizations can be found in various parts throughout the world.
We should rejoice in faith in Jesus Christ. As Paul said it, we should be "mutually encouraged by each other's faith", for the gospel is "the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile."
Every one of us should follow the Message, and that Message is the Good News that Jesus Christ died for all, from the Mormons to the Baptists, from the Catholics to the Lutherans, from the Islamic to the Buddhist people. Every single person who comes to believe in Jesus Christ through faith can be saved, and faith will eventually bring obedience to the Word of God.
As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Are we spreading the Message?