One of the great misconceptions in the world of Christianity is that God changed! There was the God of the old testament–Gruff and curmudgeonly, waiting to somehow strike at every uncrossed t or non-dotted I. Then POOF-Jesus came and God just changed, he became a God of love and wanted to pitch grace and mercy about on any and everyone sprinkled with rainbows and unicorn dust…
Truth is, God has always been the same since before creation, he knew men would be a messy lot. He loved men like none other, but knew that they would choose to be self-absorbed and independent of him every chance they got. He led them through the faith of Abraham, the life of Joseph, the Exodus of Moses, the leadership of judges, kings, emperors and finally his son. Men’s hearts remained evil but his love never ceased. He allowed men to experience the consequences of their choices. But always called them to trust, submit and follow him.
So as God sent the 1st missionaries from the church, it was not a new direction–it was the same God that raised a nation of priests–Israel. He still loves men and desires that none should perish. We are the new missionaries. We share his gospel to all that will listen. We hold no regard for race, sex, nationality or financial position. He loves all and seeks to be in relationship with us–just as he did in the 1st century. Then and now he loves like only a father can. Help me, Lord to follow and share your Gospel as a loving son would.
God Bless You
“Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent. 27 The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath. 28 Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead, 31 and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to our people.
32 “We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors 33 he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm:
“‘You are my son;
today I have become your father.’
34 God raised him from the dead so that he will never be subject to decay. As God has said,
“‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’
35 So it is also stated elsewhere:
“‘You will not let your holy one see decay.’
36 “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. 37 But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay.
38 “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. 39 Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. 40 Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you: