Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 27, 2019

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 12:24-25.

“But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.

And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their mission, taking along with them John, who was also called Mark.”  Acts 12:24-25.

———————

Today’s Scripture, although it is short, fills us with meditations.

First, there is the assurance that “the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied”.

Second, in comparison with all the success of the early church, there is the wonder that in today’s day and age there does not seem to be a willingness to endure sound doctrine.

Third, there is the hope that like Barnabas and Saul “fulfilled their mission” (which may refer to the specific mission to deliver the famine relief contribution to the brethren living in Judea mentioned in Acts 11:29), the church will also fulfill its general mission to preach the gospel in the whole world through God’s grace.

The following two Scriptures echo these senses of assurance, wonder, and hope.

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”  Matthew 24:14.

“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:  preach the word; be ready in season and out of season;  reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;  but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.  But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”  2 Timothy 4:1-5.


Categories

%d bloggers like this: