Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Proclaim an eternal good news

 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come, and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” Revelation 14:7

“Great and amazing are Your deeds,
    O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
    O King of the nations!
  Who will not fear, O Lord,
    and glorify your name?
For You alone are holy.
    All nations will come
    and worship you,
for Your righteous acts have been revealed.” Revelation 15:3-4

Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,
“Come out of her (Babylon), my people,
    lest you take part in her sins,
lest you share in her plagues;
  for her sins are heaped high as heaven,
    and God has remembered her iniquities. Revelation 18:4

After Alan and I were newly arrived in Mexico, we went to visit the Calvary Chapel in Alamos, founded by a Southern Californian missionary. It was one of those fabled moments, when after the opening choruses had been sung, the pastor called Alan to come up to the front and preach. Alan, who had been suckled on the Presbyterian admonishment that a true man of God always had to be ready to preach, pray and die, agreed. But he did ask for one more round of choruses in order to gather his thoughts.

After the service, the missionary asked Alan if he would be willing to lead the fellowship while he left for the summer… beginning next week. Being young and foolish, neither of us ever particularly said no. The missionary then asked Alan what he thought he would be teaching on, and Alan, well he said, “Um, Romans?” At that, the missionary sadly shook his head. “Alan, Alan, Alan. Romans is so complex, so nuanced. I don’t think that would be a wise choice. Why don’t you pick something simple to teach, like Revelation?”

Alan taught out of Romans all summer long.

And I am quite certain that no one, especially all of the guys who pop up on google searches really understand Revelation. But one thing is perfectly clear, the unfailing love of a Holy God who does not stop at anything in order to bring His children, His people into the truth.

No one will be able to say, “I did not know.”