CQ Plus April 28-May 4 2012

God’s Most Effective Weapon

Preface: In all evangelism and witnessing, it is important that we first present the simple truth of the gospel.         

God has given evidence of His unfathomable love for fallen humanity. He “commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8, KJV).

God didn’t just send us His feelings of goodwill and benevolence. He didn’t limit the expression of His love to the ministry of angels. He placed Himself with us, with all of His compassion and love. He Himself came to this world to die for us. Jesus was the divine embodiment of infinite love. In the most favorable way possible, God presented His love to us in that while we were still His enemies He gave Christ to die for us.

This is the heart of the gospel. Love. This sums it up. When we focus on what Jesus did for us and live it out in our own lives, others will take notice. We are sharing the Bible, even if we don’t have the Book right in front of us.

God made this costly display of love for the purpose of changing sinners from His enemies to His friends. Certainly it has worked. Saints are the evidence that God’s love as expressed in Jesus Christ changes people. Lives are changed from rebellion, hatred, and immorality to submission, love, and purity.

Even secular history illustrates the efficacy of showing love and kindness to others. After World War II, the countries of Europe were devastated. The specter of Communism taking over these countries as fascism had done after World War I became a real threat. To meet this threat the United States instituted the Marshall Plan, which pumped over $13 billion in aid, machinery, and equipment to rebuilding European economies. Among the recipients of this aid were countries that had fought against the United States. This aid made it possible for these countries to build strong economies and strong democracies, which contributed to world peace. These countries also become leading donors of aid to developing nations around the world.

God, the author of love, is working on a grander scale than the Marshall Plan. The death of Jesus not only has the power to change sinners, it also confirms the heavenly intelligences in their love for Him. In Jesus, God not only insures that the time will come when there will be love on earth but that there will be eternal universal love. This is what the gospel is all about.