The message we hear from the pulpit may sound compelling and helpfully relevant. All too often, though, it’s also disconnected from the fundamental message of the Bible. A true Gospel ministry should be centered on proclaiming the story of the “great exchange”: Christ paid the penalty for sin on behalf of His people and credited His righteousness to their account. Alistair Begg reminds us that the call to believe in this Good News should be the continual, passionate plea of every pastor.
1Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God,1 we do not lose heart. 2But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice2 cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. 3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants3 for Jesus' sake. 6For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.