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3) So how will we escape punishment if we reject the IMPORTANT MESSAGE, the Message that God saved us? First, the Lord told this saving message. Then those who heard Him confirmed that message. 4) God verified what they said (The Amplified Bible says …it was also established and plainly ENDORSED by God) through MIRACULOUS SIGNS, AMAZING THINGS, OTHER POWERFUL ACTS, AND WITH OTHER GIFTS FROM the Holy Spirit as He wanted. (Hebrews 2:3-4 GW)
Did you notice verse 4 where I put the Amplified Bible version says, “…it was also established and plainly ENDORSED by God?” God was verifying “the IMPORTANT MESSAGE, which is the Message that God saved us.“ BUT, only if we DO NOT reject the IMPORTANT MESSAGE. And if we look around us, whether it’s people at work, at school, in our neighborhood, and even in the mirror, we will see people who have rejected the Message that God saved us. What are we going to do?
Look, if I can do something, then you can do something. “Well, Pastor Kevin, you are a preacher and you’re supposed to do stuff like that.“ Really? Read this…
“He also gave apostles, prophets, missionaries, as well as pastors and teachers as gifts to His church. Their responsibility is to EQUIP GOD’S PEOPLE TO DO HIS WORK and BUILD UP THE CHURCH, THE BODY OF CHRIST. This is to continue until all of us are united in our faith and in our knowledge about God’s Son, until we become mature, until we measure up to Christ, who is the standard.” (Eph. 4:11-13 – GW, NLT)
We are ALL ENDORSED by God to do the work that God gave us, which is the Message that God has SAVED US… IF, we don’t reject Him. In Ephesians 4:7 it says, “God’s favor has been given to each of us. It was measured out to us by Christ who gave it.” And I want to press the part that says, “given to each of us.” If you are a shy person you might think that you’re not included in this. Well, I’m sure God has something for you. He doesn’t want everyone to be a preacher or a missionary. Just ask Him what you can do.
Well, I haven’t even touched my main point yet. I will try to finish this sometime this week. Until then, focus on what we talked about, the Message that God saved us.
Pastor Kevin Kinchen