Workers Together with GodBy Rev. John Cortright on 09/21/2008
Philippians 2:12-13 God is at work within you to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Philippians 2:14-16 We shine as lights among a crooked and perverse generation. He has not left us alone in this age. He is with us.
II Corinthians 5:14-15 The love of Christ controls us. It compels us to live for the one that died on our behalf.
II Corinthians 5:16-18 God has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
II Corinthians 5:19 This is the ministry that Jesus had while he was on earth. As Jesus worked, God worked with Him. The words Jesus Spoke were what the Father wanted spoken. As God was in Christ, reconciling the world, he is now with us today. We are now to carry on the ministry of reconciliation in the stead of Jesus. We now have the gospel message entrusted to us -- the word of reconciliation.
II Corinthians 5:20-21 We are his ambassadors! We take the place of Jesus.
Was this true only for the church in the First Century, or is this true today as well?
Matthew 28:19-20 "I am with you always, even to the end of the age." The age is not over yet. It has not yet come to an end. Jesus is still with us. The spirit is still present to guide, to assist, to inspire, to cleanse, to direct, and to empower us.
The book of Acts illustrates record after record of the spirit at work in the first century disciples. One constant variable that can be seen in all the records is that the disciples were doing the work of God, and God was working with them. They were working together for God's purpose.
Acts 8:5-8 Philip was doing the will of God. He was working for God, and God was at work in him.
Acts 8:26-29 God sent an angel. God was working with Philip to carry out the ministry of reconciliation.
Acts 16:6-10 They were "forbidden by the holy spirit"; "the spirit of Jesus" did not permit them; "A vision" appeared to Paul; and they concluded that "God" had called them to preach. Again, the disciples were willing, they were doing the things of God, and God was working with them in a variety of ways.
II Corinthians 6:1 We are Ambassadors for Christ. We are workers together with him.
II Corinthians 6:2 At the acceptable time God listens to us! He helps us! As we work for Him, He works within us! When is the acceptable time? NOW!
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