Imitating Paul

“Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us
for a pattern.” Phil 3:17

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which
constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that there is no ministry
without effective ministers of Christ. Ministry is the process by which the Lord
uses His elects to advance God’s Kingdom on earth.
As far as ministry, there may be no better model to imitate than Paul. In a way, Paul
became God’s greatest minister of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. God was
pleased with Paul’s ministry and made him an example to imitate in the Scripture. 1
Cor 11:1 Let’s discover the characteristics of an effective minister by studying
Paul’s ministry. Col 1:24-29

1. Sacrificial Ministry Col 1:24

Effective ministers are willing to suffer for the church like Paul. What is Paul
referring to when he says ‘fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s
affliction?’ Paul is referring to suffering the afflictions Christ would suffer if He
was still on earth. John 15:20 Elects suffer the persecution that their Master
would if He was still here. The more our life models Jesus, the more we will receive
the same animosity He did. Paul is referring to how Christ suffers when any
believer suffers. This shall be the attitude of every ministers. True ministers know
they must drink the cup of suffering until the time of Christ’s return and drink it
willingly. Lk 22:42; 2 Tim 2:3 An elect can choose to live a life avoiding all sacrifice
and suffering. They can choose to not bear the weight of serving or the scorn of
being bold for Christ. Ministry without sacrifice is no ministry at all..

2. Servanthood Ministry Col 1:25

Effective ministers are servants of the church. Paul said he had become the
church’s servant by the commission of God. This is true of all ministers who are
effective. In fact, the word minister means servant. Mk 10:45 This virtue is
fundamental to true ministry. It is very possible for ministers to seek to be served
in the church instead of serving. Jesus said, even though the world’s model of
leadership is about ruling and being served, it will not be that way in the church of
God. Lk 22:25-27 ; 1 Pet 5:2-3 A good servant is always seeking the interest of
others before his own. A good servant is willing to perform menial or despised
tasks. A good servant is willing to serve in secret without applause. A good servant
knows and uses his gifts.

3. Faithful Ministry Col 1: 25-27

Effective ministers are faithful stewards of the Word of God. Paul declared in this
text that he was a faithful steward of the Word of God. A steward is a servant
placed over the house of the master. Paul declares himself as steward of the Word.
1 Cor 4:1-2 While Christ is away from the earth, He has called us to be stewards of
His Word and His mysteries. One day when the Master returns, we will give an
account of our faithfulness in studying and teaching the mysteries of God. 2 Tim

2:15 Are we living as faithful stewards of God’s Word? Faithful stewards of God’s
Word always seek to present the wholesome Gospel Word. Faithful stewards of
God’s Word share the mystery with everybody. There is a tendency among elects,
after salvation, they were zealous and on fire to share the mystery of the Gospel
Word but later as time pass, they lose the desire to evangelize. Most don’t share
the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Unlike Paul, most are not willing to stretch
themselves out of their comfort zone to reach out to others.

4. Inspiring Ministry Col 1:28

Effective ministers have the goal of inspiring others to mature in Christ. We see
that Paul’s goal in ministering was to present everyone perfect in Christ. Eph 4:11-14
Some elects never get out of the infant stage. They do not grow into maturity.
They are not disciplined with getting into the Word and prayer. They are up and
down with every challenges in their lives. They don’t serve and are not consistently
doing the things of God. Effective ministers observe the potential of a young elect
and always seek to inspire them. They invest in them so that they would mature in
Christ. In fact, if the leadership of the church does not labor in maturing the young
elects, the church will eventually have many problems. 1 Cor 3:1-3 The church
continues to mature when ministers admonish, preach and teach young elects to
follow Jesus.

5. Laboring Ministry Col 1:29

Effective ministers are willing to work hard. There is such thing as a holy labour
that every elects must take part. Paul laboured for others to reach their spiritual
perfection. That was Christ’s call on his life. 1 Cor 15:10 The grace of God enabled
him to work hard. God has given to all elects the grace to labour in His vineyard.
Effective ministers work hard as God motivates them. Ministers must work hard in
everything they do. Phil 2:12-13

6. Empowering Ministry Col 1:29

Effective ministers rely on God’s power. It is very easy to be consumed with
ministry and yet do it in our own power for personal glory. Why do so many
ministers lack power in their ministry? Many ministers lack power because they are
no longer intimate with Christ. John 15:4-5 All ministry and power flows out of an
intimate relationship with God. At times, ministers lack power because of the lack
of faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. They don’t trust God when
adversities come their way. They doubt God…..

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He Must Increase, I Must Decrease

Introduction

“He must increase, but I must decrease…” John 3:30

It is important for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes
Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that humility is an indispensable
virtue of ministry. In the verse above, John the Baptist speaks to that very issue.
John the Baptist uttered “Christ must increase but I must decrease.”
Humility is the first law of ministry. All faithful and honorable elects at NCCkl who
are called to minister must make much of Christ and nothing of themselves. 1 Cor
2:1-5; 2 Cor 4:5; 1 Thess 5:12 This is precisely what we see in John 3:22-30.
John The Baptist Is The Greatest Minister Of The Gospel Truth
John the Baptist is the great servant of God who had ever lived. He was the last
prophet. There had not been a prophets in 400 years, there were no stars in the sky.
Israel was in darkness. One star and he faded out as the Sun of righteousness arose.
He sought to be hidden, his joy was in being hidden. It was to bring Christ in view
that he lived and served. Think of it, the greatest man who had ever lived in the
history of the world, the most privileged prophet, the most popular preacher, drawing
massive crowds, the most powerful messenger bringing the greatest message the
world had ever heard – the Messiah is here and here He stands. John the Baptist
teaches us on how important it is that we fade away and Christ become everything.
The Son of God was living in obscurity up in Nazareth, thirty years. He finally
appeared. John the Baptist baptized Jesus so that he could transfer the sins of the
world on to Jesus, Who would then die for all men and rise up to justify the faith of
those who believe in Him. Jesus’ popularity grew exponentially because of the many
miracles and teachings He did. John tells the people to go after the Messiah. Their
ministries overlapped for a while, of necessity because there was a transition going
on. In this context, John 3:22-30 illustrates how the ministers of God ought to fade
away and allow Christ to be become preeminent in their lives.

Characteristics Of A Minister Of The Gospel Of God’s Righteousness

1. Exaltation to Christ

Any ministerial leader who exalts his ministry or position is
perverted in one’s claim. Any ministerial leader who declares oneself as authority
over the ministry is a deceiver and a liar. Any ministerial leader who claim as anything
more than a simple elect equal to every other elect has corrupted oneself. All human
ministerial leaders are like night stars, stars that appear in the darkness, their
flickering light not enough to light the world. They fade out as the sun rises. As the
sun goes out, the stars appear in the darkness. The righteousness of Jesus
Christ shine so fully and so brightly in a starless sky that His glory fills everything.
Jesus Christ is the Sun, we are just mere stars.

2. Faithfulness to Christ

The overlapping ministries between Jesus and John
fomented a problem. It was a problem very human. John’s disciples began to feel
jealous but John didn’t. There is no rivalry with John but His disciples did. As the
sun rises and the stars begin to fade, we see an amazing example of humility of the
greatest minister who had ever lived. His humility is magnificent. As soon as Jesus
went into the regions around Jerusalem and Judea and began to do His ministry, John
went somewhere else. There was no competition in him. He went north into Samaria.
He left Judea for Jesus. This is an act of a humble man who leaves the very location
of his success and goes somewhere to make room for someone else. John was very
focused in fulfilling his ministry of preaching the baptism of repentance which was a
kind of an OT, symbolic washing of the outside to demonstrate a desire to be washed
on the inside and to get ready for Messiah’s arrival and Kingdom

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3. Allegiance to Christ

People were shifting from John to Jesus because John was
sending them and Jesus was performing miraculous signs and wonders. In vs 25, a
Jew is questioning the distinction between what Jesus was doing and what John does.
This discussion centers about who is supreme, who is preeminent, whose baptism is
most important and who is greater? The disciples of John should have known the
answer but they had the hard time with this. When John was finally imprisoned, we
can read about it in Mt 11, his disciples were still having a hard time shifting to
Christ. John’s disciples were fighting for the superiority of John over Jesus. They
were envious of the success of Jesus and His disciples’ ministry. They were zealous
with the ministry of John the Baptist and were filled with dissatisfaction. Strange
attitude, contrary to everything John had told them. John admonishes them in vs
27, “a man can receive nothing unless it has been given from heaven.” That
statement settles it with regard to ministry. John 15:5 Gifts, positions and
ministries in God’s Kingdom are given completely on God’s free grace, God’s sovereign
call, privilege and opportunity. 2 Cor 4:1-5 Ministry is a mercy. What is a mercy?
Something we don’t earn, something we don’t deserve and something we are given
even though we are unworthy. We don’t earn it. We don’t rise to the top because we
are holier than everybody else. It is a mercy. Col 1:25 A man receives nothing when
it comes to a call, when it comes to the privilege of ministry, when it comes to the
power of ministry, when it comes to the fruit of ministry except it is given to us
from heaven. 1 Cor 4:7 That will be true even of Christ. John 3:35 The principle is
very clear. Ministry is a mercy that flows to an unworthy elect based upon God’s
sovereign grace. We cannot earn it. We cannot gain it. However, we can forfeit it
and disqualify ourselves because of lack of humility. Thus, Christ must increase and
we must decrease. A great ministry never produces disciples of the ministry, it
always produces disciples of the Savior.

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God and Abraham

Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your
father’s house, to a land that I will show you…” Genesis 12:1

Introduction
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes
Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that elects must live out their ‘second
lives’ by becoming messengers of Jesus Christ. Elects have been saved by believing in
the Gospel Word. Unless elects themselves live as God’s messengers in these last days,
there will not be anyone who would follow the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.

I am sure most of us are very familiar with Abraham, the father of faith. Gen 12:1-5,
describes how Abraham left his homeland and went to the land of Canaan as God had
commanded him to be His messenger. God blessed Abraham abundantly. Likewise, God
has also given us the very same promise of blessings when we embark on this journey
with Abraham as a messenger of God in this dark world. Let us examine the life of God
and Abraham to discover how we can cultivate the lifestyle as a true messenger of God.

I. A Life Separated From The World Luke 9:23
Now that we have received the remission of sins, have we really left our country, our
family and our father’s house? This does not mean that we should literally leave our
family and parents behind. Instead, it means that we ought to cast away the old ways
of thinking and faith that we had before being truly born again by believing the Gospel
of God’s Righteousness. In other words, rather than setting our hearts on the world,
we should set it on God’s Word and live according to the direction shown by God to be
an effective messenger of God like Abraham.

II. A Life Immersed In God’s Love Rom 5:5
Abraham believed in God’s love for him to be an effective messenger. Do we believe
that God loves us with all His heart? True love and true partnership with God can be
shared only when we know God’s heart and trust in Him. No matter how difficult our
circumstances are and how much hardship we are facing, we can still endure through
them with perseverance because of God’s love. Being a messenger of God demands
endurance because we are sure to face many adversities. We are able to reign in Christ
to be an effective messenger when our hearts are totally immersed in God’s love.
Messengers of God should not look at the world with the eyes of the flesh. Like
Abraham, we must not set our hearts on temporal things because it could dampen our
passion and erode our faith. We ought to have the same unwavering faith as that of
Abraham who became a fountain of blessings to the world around him. As God’s blessed
people, we are not alone but in partnership with God to fulfill our divine call. Let us have
spiritual faith and thank God for His unconditional love to be an effective messenger
for God.

III. A Life Of Obedience To God 1 Sam 15:22-23
Abraham obeyed the Word of God and God said to him that He would bless those who
bless him and curse those who curse him. Obedience to God is far more necessary than
anything else to be a true messenger of God. If Abraham had not obeyed the Word of
God wholeheartedly, then he could not have become the father of faith. Unless we
learn to obey God, we can neither taste the true faith nor maintain a true life of faith.
Obedience is all about doing whatever God asked us to do. Blessed are those who obey
God and much more than that we must learn to obey God truthfully. God said that
obedience is better than sacrifice. If Abraham had failed to learn to obey God, he may
not have been an effective messenger for God. God is most pleased by those who obey
Him when they faithfully spread the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. What kind of
people is God most pleased to use as a messenger? Only born again righteous elect who
live in obedience to God and grow to become an effective messenger of God like
Abraham.

IV. A Life That Follows The Blessed Word Gen 12:4
Abraham was seventy five years old when he left Haran. Despite his old age, he still
followed the Word of God. The Scripture says that Abraham obeyed the Word of God
and God gave him all the blessings as He had promised. Like manner, we also must follow
the Word of God with an unshakeable conviction rather than being led by our own
desires of the flesh to be an effective messenger of God. For the elect, there is no
life that is more blessed than the life that is led according to the Word of God as
Abraham had. Those who live a blessed life and follow the Word are those who believe
in and serve the Gospel Word as a messenger of God. Abraham led his life in obedience
to the Word. Indeed, it is my heartfelt desire for all the elects in our church who
have been born again to lead their lives as Abraham had lived in obedience to the Word.
Abraham’s entire life revolved around the Word of God. Every aspect of a messenger’s
life, from the very beginning to the end must be committed to following the Word.
Whether it is about our salvation, living out our faith or fulfilling our purposes, we must
follow the Word. Following the Word is the safest, most assured and most beneficial
thing to do for a messenger of God.

V. A Life Devoted To The Church Heb 10:24-25
The redeemed elects unite together to form God’s church. It is absolutely important
for those who have received the remission of sins to dwell together in God’s church.
The younger saints ought to listen to their predecessors of faith, seeing them in action
and following them by faith to be an effective messenger of God. There are countless
people of various races and ethnicities living in this world. In spite of all those
countless people living in this world, it is only the few of us who have been chosen by
God to be His true messengers. This is a tremendous blessing. We should know how
blessed we are to be part of God’s church. The church is the lifeline for the elects to
stay true in the faith. To grasp this fully, we must mature in our faith.

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How To Be A Godly Messenger?

Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all
demons, and to cure diseases. 2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal
the sick..” Luke 9:1-2

Introduction
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes
Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know how the Lord shape and frame His
special messengers. Elects ought to know how Jesus deals, prepares and sends His
messengers. Furthermore, how do messengers turn the world upside down and impact
the world by their influence?

It is always enriching to know the Lord’s way of working with His messengers. It truly
challenges me to see how the Lord multiplied Himself through people. We gain
wonderful insights into this process when we glean Luke 9:1-6.

Historical Background
Jesus gave simple directions and the twelve disciples dutifully, obediently followed
Him. This is a significant transition because it is the first occasion in which Jesus
actually send out the twelve to preach and heal. Jesus lived for thirty years in the
city of Nazareth in virtual obscurity. At the thirty year point of His life, He
embarked upon His ministry, being baptized by John the Baptist at the Jordan River.
John identified Jesus as the Lamb of God after passing the sins of the world by the
laying on of hands Jesus was announced as the Messiah and He began the three year
ministry that ended at the cross and the resurrection from the dead. When we come
to this point in Luke 9, it is half way through the three years of Jesus’ ministry. Up to
this point Jesus did His ministry all by Himself. Therefore, His ministry was isolated
to wherever He was. As a result, Jesus ministry grew and increasingly drew large
crowds and He began to feel the pressure. He has to then diffuse Himself. He has to
multiply Himself to take the Gospel Word to all the towns. Jesus cannot do it alone
and so He needs to multiply Himself by twelve, which is what He determines to do. It
is time now to commission the twelve and provide a wonderful sort of interning
opportunity for this twelve to be messengers of God. It is as if they have graduated
up to 18 months and in one sense now ready to embark into their internship.

Stages Of Calling As God’s Messengers
In fact, there are four stages before being sent out as God’s messenger. The first
stage was when we were called to faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. The
second was our call to permanent discipleship. The third is our call to be a godly
messenger. Fourth, our call to go out and represent Jesus Christ by preaching the
Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Now, where are we in chapter 9? We are at stage 4,
our foray into being a messenger.

Why Twelve?
When the Lord chose them, He chose twelve of them. Why? Why not twenty four,
eighteen or six? Why twelve? The answer is, the choosing of the twelve is a link to
the twelve tribes of Israel. In fact, this was essentially a judgment of Israel who
were hardened in unbelief and rejected their Messiah. These twelve, in a sense,
constituted the new spiritual heads of the tribes of Israel. No rabbis, no scribes, no
priests, no Pharisees, no Sadducees, just ordinary guys. It is a judgment on the apostacy
of Israel that the Lord couldn’t find one person in the religious
establishment to pick as a messenger of God. Likewise, we were ordinary people in
these last days chosen to be godly messengers of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.
In a sense, it is an open renunciation of the corrupt and false messengers in today’s
Christianity which God abhors. Basically, God will not use these false preachers who
peddle an incomplete gospel and present God as a liar.

Profile Of Godly Messengers Luke 9:1-6

1. Godly messengers proclaim the message of the Kingdom of God. Vs 1-2
Their message encompasses the matter of sin, repentance and a crying out for grace,
mercy and forgiveness to those who believe in the Gospel Word.

2. Godly messengers manifest compassion of God to the downtrodden. Vs 1-2
God’s power and authority are always shown in the realm of healing and delivering
people from sorrow, suffering, anxiety, fear and death

3. Godly messengers maintain trust in God at all times. Vs 3
Jesus wants His disciples not to take anything with them and not to accept anything
from others. Basically, one should not seek to be enriched from suffering people.
Never put a price on ministry. Just learn to operate on faith and God will take care of
the rest.

4. Godly messengers demonstrate contentment. Vs 4
Jesus says just go to one place and stay there the whole time. We start there and
leave from there. This is about being content. This is about doing nothing to better
our situation for our personal satisfaction.

5. Godly messengers exercise discernment. Vs 5
After having heard the Gospel message, if they reject, there is a place of an
appropriate gesture of scorn and judgment. When the rejection is fixed, there isn’t
anything more for us to say, just shake the dust. It is not only a sign of judgment but
also a matter of priority. There is not much time, there are many more people to
reach out. We got to move on.

6. Godly messengers submit in obedience to God’s command. Vs 6
The disciples were in total obedience. Obedience is better than sacrifice. The
passage tells us that they did exactly what the Lord told them to do. Jesus had
multiplied Himself twelve times through the godly messengers.

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Behold, I Send My Messenger

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and
dreadful day of the Lord..” Malachi 4:5

Introduction
It is important for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes
Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know and believe in the will of God that was
worked through John the Baptist. John the Baptist, the messenger whom God sent, was
the person who testified that Jesus is the Lamb of God Who had come to take charge of
the sins of the world. John 1:29

Among those born of women, there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist.
John was the last prophet of the OT who represented all mankind. He was the person
who was capable of doing the duties of the last High Priest. Let us identify some of the
scriptural basis that validate the united ministry of Jesus Christ and John the Baptist
that fulfilled all righteousness of God. Listed below are the righteous work divinely
carried out by John the Baptist as the messenger of God.

I. John The Baptist Was Sent To Prepare The Way For The Lord
John the Baptist’s birth and his family background are explained well in Luke 1. If we
look at the birth of John the Baptist through the recorded Word of God, we get to know
that he was born to do the special work of the providence of God’s salvation. Luke 1:76-
79 Also, the book of Malachi in the OT prophesized that God would send John the
Baptist to this earth with the spirit and power like that of Elijah in the OT. Mal 4:5; Mt
11:12-14; Isa 40:3; Mal 3:1-3

II. John The Baptist Was Sent To Reconcile Men To God
John the Baptist came to this earth by the spirit and power of Elijah to reconcile men to
God. Mal 4:5-6 This means that God sent John the Baptist to transfer the sins of
everyone in this world to Jesus Christ. The prophet Elijah was the servant of God who
had enormous power to make the people of Israel who were distant from God because of
idol worship returned to Him. Likewise, in NT times, John the Baptist was God’s
messenger who could transfer at once the sins of mankind to Jesus in order to fulfill all
righteousness of God. Mt 3:13-17 Hence, through the ministry of John and Jesus as
the peace offering, God reconciled Himself with sinful men.

III. John The Baptist Was Sent To Serve As The Last High Priest
If John the Baptist had not been born in the house of Aaron the High Priest, he would
not have been capable of doing the duties of the last High Priest on this earth. In
order to be able to do so, he absolutely had to be born into the house of Zacharias, a
descendant of Aaron the High Priest. There was a requirement in the OT that only the
High Priest could lay his hands on the unblemished scapegoat and transfer on to it the
sins which the Israelites committed over the last year. John the Baptist had to be born
into the house of the High Priest in order to fulfill the Word of prophecy of the OT.
John the Baptist carried out the everlasting statute established by God and was able to
represent all people, baptized Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God and transfer all the sins of
this world to Him once and for all. Heb 10:3-4 God established an eternal, unchanging
offering of salvation rather than the imperfect offerings that had to be offered
repeatedly every year by the High Priest. Lev 16:15-16 The eternal sacrifice of
redemption ordained by God was fulfilled when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist
as the High Priest under the Levitical priesthood. Rom 3:23-24

IV. John The Baptist Was Sent To Us By The Way Of Righteousness
John the Baptist approached us with the ‘way of righteousness.’ Mt 21:32 The ‘way of
righteousness’ that John the Baptist came with refers to the transferring of all people’s
sin to Jesus. Whoever knows and believes in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that
constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection receives salvation from sin. No
matter who it is or what sins they have committed, everyone must receive the cleansing
of their sins through the baptism that Jesus received through John the Baptist. To
fulfill God’s Righteousness, Jesus carried and cleansed all our sins, was nailed and hung
on the cross, died, resurrected in three days and saved from sin all those who believed.
There is no other path for us to go to heaven besides believing in the Gospel of God’s
Righteousness. John the Baptist was sent from heaven to witness the righteous act of
Jesus so that all men will believe in the Savior. John 1:6-7

V. John The Baptist Was Sent To Help Us Understand The Gospel
We came to understand the work of Jesus correctly only when we believe properly the
ministry of John the Baptist. It is recorded in the Bible, ‘and from the days of John the
Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence.’ Mt 11:12 ‘Violence’ refers to
use of physical force. Then, why did God say that the Kingdom of Heaven would suffer
violence from the days of John the Baptist. It is because the work of John is
indispensable. The time from the beginning of OT to the time before Jesus’
resurrection were the age of the Law. The prophecies of the age of the Law said that
Jesus would come to this earth in the future and take charge of all sins of humanity.
Jesus could completely fulfill these things through the baptism that John gave Him.
Violent implies bold faith. It means, through bold faith in God’s righteousness everyone is
qualified to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

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What Keeps Us Pure?

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may
your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of
our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thess 5:23

Introduction
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness
which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know what
keeps us pure as God’s messengers. Elects are God’s messengers on
earth who set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and
perfection of God Who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.
God’s elect are sent into the world as God’s messenger to represent and
proclaim God’s true holiness and righteousness. How God makes us into
who He sees us to be? What keeps us pure? This is the question behind
a key point of biblical theology called sanctification. There were so
many articles on sanctification that I grew confused until I met the
Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Let us examine how God purifies and
sanctifies His messengers before they are sent into the world to serve
the Gospel.

I. What Is Sanctification?
Sanctification is the Spirit of Christ in us – making us to be in reality
what God sees us to be already through justification. Plainly stated :
God has already made us ‘just’ or ‘righteous’ in His eyes and that is
wonderful holiness. Now God is bringing this holiness down to our
practical lives. This is the work of the Spirit of Christ in us – to conform
us to what God already sees us to be. 1 Thess 5:23 Paul writes ‘for this
is the will of God, your sanctification…..that each of us should know how
to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor.’ 1 Thess 4:3-4 The
Apostle is saying, it is God’s will that we live a holy life, that no sin has
power or dominion over us. The Bible clearly states “for sin shall not
have dominion over us, for we are not under law but under grace.” Rom
6:14 The Lord intends for every godly messengers to have a controlling
power in one’s life and real authority to reign over sin. Rom 5:17 The
Greek word for ‘reign’ here means ‘to rule from a foundation of power.’
When Paul talks about ‘reigning in life’ he is talking about having ruling
power over sin and not just in heaven but in this present life. Godly
messengers are to reign over everything demonic, every lust and every
principality that comes against us. This is true sanctification. Another
powerful truth in this verse is ‘those who receive abundance of grace and
of the gift of righteousness.’ Paul calls righteousness as a gift. It is
something given to us, put into our possession and something we can
touch and feel.

II. How God’s Messengers Are Sanctified?
When we establish our faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness, we
were adopted as sons and made joint heirs with God’s own Son. At that
moment, God sent forth the very Spirit of Christ to abide in us. Abiding
means Christ living in us, empowering us and actually living our lives for
us. 2 Cor 13:5 Jesus is the only victor over sin, flesh, devil, death, world
and in broader sense, the Law. Jesus alone is the conqueror, the Lion of
Judah. God sends forth the Spirit of His mighty warrior to be our
Sanctifier. We have no power in ourselves. All power to overcome the
hostile forces is in the Spirit of Jesus Christ, Who dwells in us. Do you
think God would justify us but then leave us totally powerless against the
principalities and powers of darkness? Christ did not do battle with the
devil, defeat him, return to the Father and then quit on us. No, our
blessed Savior ascended to Heaven with total victory over all the power
of the enemy. He is still there now, as God and as victorious Son of Man,
sitting in glory at the right hand of the Father. He has sent His Spirit,
Who abides in every true messengers of the Gospel Truth of the water
and Spirit. John 14:17 We are never to face the devil in our own
strength. Nothing we have is adequate. 1 John 4:4; Eph 3:20

III. How God’s Messengers Reign In Life?
Godly messengers reign in life only when we allow the Spirit of Christ to
live this life in us and through us. Rom 8:13 All power over the tyrant
forces lies in the indwelling Spirit of Christ. Eph 3:16 Every sin that
enslaves us and every demonic stronghold demands a miracle from God.
Only God knows how to deliver His people out of the power of darkness.
It must be done supernaturally. God works miracles not for those who
labor under their own power but for those who trust Him to do it
completely. Gal 3:5 Paul says the life of Christ was released in him
through a faith that worked by love. Gal 20:20 Paul was convinced the
Lord loved him. Rom 8:37 Indeed, this whole concept of reigning is all
about God’s love unto us. Paul further says, ‘God loved us even when we
were dead in sins.’ Eph 2:4-5 Now that we trust in God’s love, He gives
us resurrection power to reign in life. God has the power to purify and
sanctify us to reign as His messengers. That power is available to us only
as we rest in knowing that we are God’s children and that His love for us
is unconditional. 1 John 3:1-3 When God speaks to us, the inevitable
result is always peace and power to reign. Claim the miracle by the
hearing of faith and not by the power of the flesh.

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Word at work

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory
as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth..” John 1:14

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which
constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know what the Word of God is
capable of doing. Elects cannot underestimate the importance of God’s Word in our
daily lives and church ministries.

The Word of God is God’s chosen instrument to create, convict, connect and conform
His people. God gives life, health and holiness to His people through the agency of
Scripture. God’s Word is His spiritual power for accomplishing His spiritual work.
Our eloquence, innovations and programs are nothing compared to the manifestation
of God’s Word. Preaching and teaching the content and intent of God’s Word is what
unleashes the power of God for building His people in the Spirit. This will only
happen as elects immerse themselves in God’s Word.

I. Why Elects Must Immerse Themselves In The Word

Scripture is the source of saving truth. 2 Tm 3:15 Scripture implies the blessed
Word that God spoke and fulfilled towards mankind. Paul told Timothy that he was
taught from a child the holy scripture that were able to make him wise unto salvation.
The Scripture themselves do not provide salvation but they do point us to the Savior
Who has redeemed us through His baptism, death and resurrection. Therefore, the
heart and soul of effective ministry consists of the faithful teaching, preaching and
witnessing of the Gospel Truth as it is revealed in Scripture. Scripture comes from
God and it is powerful. Heb 4:12 Scripture is God-breathed meaning that it is given
by inspiration of God. Scripture point us to Jesus Christ and Him being baptized,
crucified and raised from the dead for the sake of sinners. From Genesis to
Revelation the Word reveals to man the way of redemption that God has planned and
how it is to be attained through faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. The
Word is life- giving. That is why we liken God’s Word to food. Food imparts life just
like the Word does. The more of the Word ingest the more abundant the life in
Christ. Furthermore, the Word of God is powerful which means effective. It is
effective for discerning our hearts. It is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of
the heart. The Word of God will reach into the deep recesses of the human heart,
probes, will leave nothing hidden and will lay bare the motives of our heart.

II. How The Word Works In Elects

How does the Word equip elects for ‘every good work.’ The Word does not equip us
for every good work by telling us the specific choice to make for every new situation.
Good works are done from a heart that treasures God, His help and from a heart
that loves to display the glory of Christ. Rom 14:23; Rom 7:4 Bearing fruit in ‘every
good work’ means that it comes out on the branches of our life naturally from

something that has changed inside. What has changed is that we are dead to the law
that constrains from the outside and are now united to Jesus Christ through His
baptism and death. This newfound relationship does something new where God’s
obedience which comes from within serves as the desire of our heart. The Word,
day after day, reveals to us the righteousness, grace, power, wisdom and the mercy
of all that God is for us in Christ so that by the power of the Spirit we find our joy in
Him. The ways of sin becomes distasteful, indeed ugly and repugnant. The Word
equips us for every good work by changing what we find satisfaction in so that our
obedience comes from within freely, not by coercion from without.

III. What Are The Benefits Of Immersing In The Word

The Word of God is profitable for teaching, reproofing, correcting and training. 2
Tim 3:16-17. Doctrine means teaching, not the process but the content. It teaches
us about God. Whether the reproof is personal or doctrinal, Word can show sinners
their failure, clarify the part of the mistake and lead them to a new sense of peace
and wholeness. Correction means to make upright. It is a positive term. We are to
be in the Word because of the correcting effect of our lives. Training is to provide
moral exercise that leads to righteous living. The great reservoir of the power that
belongs to God is His own Word. If we are to obtain fullness of power in life and
service, we must feed upon the Word of God. There is no other food so
strengthening. We cannot obtain power and maintain power in our lives and in our
work for God, unless there is a deep and frequent reading, meditation and
memorizing of the Word of God. Ps 1:2-3 Listening to the Word being preached
adds tremendous value in preparing us to do good works for the glory of God. The
Word full of God’s vitality and energy is effective to show us if we are living for
eternity or for this present life. Many Christians are still looking for peace today,
longing for peace and praying for peace. In fact, deep peace of heart comes from
the study of the Word of God.

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Gift Of Righteousness

“23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace
as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Rom 3:23-24 ESV

Introduction

It is important for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’
baptism, death and resurrection to know the significance of God’s free gift of Righteousness.
The ‘gift of righteousness’ is the Spirit of Jesus Christ. All righteousness of God was
justified by Jesus Christ through His baptism, death and resurrection.
The Bible declares that no man can ever stand un-condemned in the sight of God, the Judge
of all, unless he receives righteousness as the gift of God’s grace. As elects at NCCkl, we
are so grateful to God that the Lord Jesus Christ took the condemnation and judgment for
our sins upon Himself. He did it through His baptism by John at the River Jordan and
willingly faced the vicarious judgment at Calvary so that His righteousness might be imputed
to us by grace through faith. Let us examine Rom 3:23-24 which tells us our true condition
as human beings and what God has done to save those who put their trust in His Son, Jesus.

I. Unshakable Foundation Rom 3:23-24

If the truth of these two verses become the foundation of our lives, we will be able to
overcome all crises and circumstances. If these verses become the sun in the solar system
of our lives, all our planets will orbit in harmony around the will of God. However, if we put
these verses on the rim of our lives, then we need not be surprised if there is confusion,
uncertainty, fear and weakness in our lives. There are some truths that are so foundational
and so central that elects should memorize, meditate and bind them to our mind and heart.
Many so called professing Christians are very weak and pretty much like unbelievers because
they don’t hold on to these verses the way a drowning man hold of his rescuer’s arm. Verse
23 gives the universal need ‘for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’ All of us
have sinned. No exceptions. That was the point of Rom 1:18-3:20. The outworking of that
sin is that we are falling short of God’s glory. Falling short is literally ‘lacking’. What does
this mean? It doesn’t mean that we are supposed to be as glorious as God is but we aren’t
and so we lack glory. In describing those who ‘suppress the truth in unrighteousness’ Rom
1:18, Paul says in Rom 1:23, they changed the glory of the incorruptible God for an image.
In Rom 1:28, Paul says ‘they disapproved of having God in their knowledge.’ The picture we
have is that all have sinned and that sin is essentially rejection of God and His glory as the
supreme value of our lives. Sin considers God and His glory and instead of loving God’s glory
and treasuring God’s glory, sin exchanges God’s glory for something else. That is what sin is.
Sin has to do with God, mainly. It is not mainly hurting people, though it does hurt people.
Mainly, it is dishonoring God. Sin is belittling God’s glory by not trusting Him,
treasuring Him and wanting Him as the foundation and the center of our lives. How shall we
get right with God and be saved from this God-dishonoring condition of sin? How shall we
ever be accepted in eternity by God when all of us have scorned His infinite Word so deeply
by treating Him as if He had less worth than everything else.

II. God’s Action For Sinners Rom 3:24

In verse 24, the answer is given with 4 descriptions of God’s action for sinners. What is so
great of this verse is that it is all about what God has done to save us, not what we do to
save ourselves.

a. Justified – Consider the phrase, ‘being justified.’ Notice three things about it. First,
the verb is passive, it says, ‘being justified’ not ‘justifying.’ We are not doing this, it is
being done to us. Justifying is something that God does, not something that we do,
Second, notice that the word ‘justified’ is the word ‘just.’ Now, ‘just’ is essentially the
same as ‘righteous.’ Justification is the act of God, once for all declaring us just and
righteous in His sight. Third observation about the phrase ‘being justified.’ In what
sense do we receive righteousness? It is an act of God that declares us righteous.
Righteousness is attained through faith in the Gospel Truth of Jesus’ baptism, death and
resurrection for all who believe.

b. Gift – This great act is done for us as a ‘gift.’ That is the next phrase in verse 24. Being
justified ‘as a gift.’ The point is that we are justified in a way that we cannot pay for it.
We cannot purchase our justification. It is a gift. It is free. There are no payment we
can make. God’s act of justification is a gift.

c. Grace – Now this is underlined in the third phrase, ‘by His grace,’ Being justified is a gift
by His grace. This is one of the most important words in the letters of Paul. He uses it
95 times. What does Paul mean here that God’s act of justifying is by His grace. The
easiest way to see it is to look a few verses later in Rom 4:4. If we work for somebody,
we don’t get grace, we get wages. If we work for someone, what we bring about is not
grace but debt. This is why it is an abomination to try to work for God. God cannot be
put in anyone’s debt. Rom 11:35

d. Redemption – Now can God declare a sinner to be righteous? If we don’t pay for it, we
don’t work for it, then what is the basis of it? How can it be just to justify the ungodly?
The last phrase in verse 24 gives the answer. It is provided through the redemption
which is in Christ Jesus. Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption
which is in Christ Jesus. What does redemption mean? It means deliverance at a cost or
release by payment of a price. In other words, the idea of redemption is deliverance or
release by payment of a ransom. In redemption, someone’s release or deliverance is
accomplished at the cost of a ransom payment. The answer is that the life of the Son of
Man is the ransom paid in redemption. Redemption is in Christ Jesus because Jesus is the
ransom. From what? From the guilt, condemnation and power of sin which is the universal
problem of verse 23. The basis of justification is not in ourselves or anything we do, it is
through the redemption that is found in Christ Jesus.

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My Gospel

“Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead
according to my gospel,.” 2 Tim 2:8

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which
constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that the Gospel of God’s
Righteousness is the heart of our message and the basis of our unity in the faith.
Paul often declares it is ‘My Gospel’ to emphasize the reason why he exist after
being born again in Christ.

In the end the doctrine does not save us, the Gospel saves. Yes, we need the correct
doctrine to tell us who Jesus is, who we are and how we can be saved according to the
Scriptures. However, it is Christ alone through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness
that saves. It is not enough to know the truth, elects must believe and walk in the
truth. It is not enough to possess the Gospel truth, the Gospel truth must possess
the elect. Paul called it ‘my gospel’. Can we say that now in our new creation life?

I. Our Gospel

The Gospel of God’s Righteousness is good news, the best and most important news in
the world. It is good news because it tells us what Jesus Christ has done for us
through His baptism, death and resurrection. It is good news because it can change
our lives. The Gospel Word is the reason why NCCkl exists. Our mission statement
is : Endeavoring through Spirit and Word centered ministries to empower elects to
emulate, endure and reign with Christ. God has put heavily upon my heart that we
must reaffirm the Gospel of God’s Righteousness as our central message in 2020.
We must be bold in our proclamation, bolder in the future than in the past. The
Gospel of God’s Righteousness is the central message of the Bible. Therefore, elects
must know it. That means knowing enough to oppose any and every false gospel. We
must get the gospel right. We must have the courage to point out when someone else
(who may be a nice person) gets it wrong. Not everyone who claims to be a Christian
is truly preaching the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. The Gospel is God’s plan for
salvation. Therefore, we must believe it. The Gospel of God’s Righteousness is meant
for everyone. Therefore we must preach it since it is everything. It is our only
message. The Gospel teaches us that in Christ our sins are being forgiven and that
all righteousness of Christ is added to us the moment we trust in Him. It happens by
grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

II. God’s Gospel

In Rom 1:1, Paul called himself an apostle of ‘the gospel of God.’ The Gospel begins
with God. God made the first move and if He didn’t make the first move, we would
make no move at all. The Gospel is not about us. It is about what God has done for
us through the baptism and death of Jesus Christ. God is the author of the Gospel.
When confronted with human rebellion, God chose to become our Redeemer and our
Deliverer. That is why the Bible tells us that the Father sent the Son to the earth.

John 17:3 It is not as if a group of people petitioned God to send Jesus to the earth.
That was entirely God’s doing. Furthermore, what we know about the gospel comes
from God Himself. We know what we know because God has revealed His secrets and
mysteries of the gospel to us in His Word. The truth of the Gospel does not depend
on the church, human tradition or any particular denomination. Therefore, we base
what we say on the authority of God’s Word. We deny there is any gospel other than
the one revealed in the Bible. Not only does the gospel begin with God, it centers
upon the Lord Jesus Christ – Who He is and what He accomplished through His
baptism, death and resurrection. To say it in this way means that the gospel doesn’t
center in our feelings or our sentimental notions. The gospel is rooted in time and
space, in the facts of history, in the Incarnation and in the truth of what God did
when He sent His Son to the earth.

III. Only Gospel

There are many reasons why the Gospel of God’s Righteousness should be preached in
every sermon. If we are not preaching the Gospel, then what message of hope are we
possibly bringing to our congregation. Throughout history God’s servants have
reigned as kings and prophets in this fallen world by proclaiming the baptism of
Jesus, the blood stained cross of Christ and the empty tomb of our Risen Savior as
central to their message. Preaching the message is absurd to those who are
perishing but to us who are saved it is the power of God unto salvation. Preaching
the only Gospel of God’s Righteousness honors the Lord Rom 5:5-6, sanctifies the
believers 1 Cor 1:18, elevates Jesus Christ Rom 15:16-17, reaches the lost Rom 10:14,
matures the church Col 1:28-29, advances God’s Kingdom Col 1:6, opens the door to
spiritual intimacy with Christ Phil 3:8-10, accomplishes the eternal purposes of God
Eph 3:7-11, unleashes the power of the Holy Spirit 1 Cor 2:4-5 and frustrates the
forces of darkness Acts 26:16-18

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NCCkl is purpose driven

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” Isa 6:8

Introduction

It is pertinent for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that NCCkl is purpose driven. What makes a healthy church, not necessarily a growing church but a healthy church? I believe health creates healthy church. I don’t have to tell my children to grow. If they are healthy, they grow automatically. Every church that is going to be healthy has to worship, has to evangelize, has to help elects grow (discipleship), has to do ministry and has to have fellowship. If you notice, this is the approach I adopted throughout 2019.. In fact, I derived this approach from the Lord’s royal commandment and the Great Commission for our 2019 theme ‘Send Me.’

The Royal Commandment

The royal commandment gives us two purposes. The royal commandment expects us to love God with all our heart, soul and strength, that is worship. Worship is expressing our love to God. Secondly, the royal commandment expects us to love our neighbor as ourselves, that is ministry. Ministry is serving one another. Two purposes of the church, worship and ministry comes from the royal commandment.

The Great Commission

The Great Commission gives us three purposes.The Great Commission says to go and make disciples, that is evangelism. It says to teach them to do everything that I have commanded you, that is discipleship. Right in the middle it says, to baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Why did God put baptism in between these two great purposes of evangelism and discipleship? I think because of what it represents. Baptism doesn’t just represent new life in Christ. It represents incorporation into the body of Christ. Only faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection has the power to save one’s soul and unite us into the body of Christ, the church. Spiritual baptism is our union with Christ. Water baptism is a symbolic act of declaring what has happened inwardly in the heart of one who has truly believed in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Without faith in the baptism of Jesus, one has no spiritual connection and a relationship with Jesus’ death and resurrection.

NCCkl Is Purpose Driven

If we fail to have a strategy or structure to balance the five purposes derived from the royal commandment and The Great Commission intentionally, the church may tend to over-emphasize certain purposes and neglect the others. For instance, if we focus too much on teaching, then there are possibilities we may neglect winning new souls. If our focus is too much on evangelism, we may tend to produce a soul winning church where there is no depth. We can have gifts in the area of worship and build what I call an ‘experiencing God’ church but no ministry or fellowship. Our objective at NCCkl is to ensure we meet the five purposes of a purpose driven church without neglecting any one of them.

1. Worship

How worship with others changes us? When Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment was, His answer was to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. As human beings, we have all been hard-wired to worship or express our love. We were made to be loved by God. When we do what we were made to do, God will bless us in ways we didn’t know was possible.

2. Evangelism

Sharing our hope with others. Everyone wants to leave a legacy. The only way to make an eternal impact is to bring someone else into God’s family, We are ambassadors of Jesus Christ. God has qualified us with His power, ability and sufficiency to be the dispenser of His New Covenant message. We are privileged to preach the Gospel Truth to others.

3. Ministry

The secret to greatness. How do we become successful? How do we become the greatest? According to Jesus, the secret to greatness is serving. In Mt 23, Jesus said, “the greatest among you will be your servant.” Being a servant may sound like being weak or a push over but the fact of the matter is, serving will transform our lives in great ways.

4. Fellowship

We need others for spiritual support. In today’s world, dependency is often considered a weakness. We are taught that we don’t need anyone to figure things out on our own. God did not create us to be alone. God created us to depend on a spiritual family for support. The church today is God’s answer to loneliness, fatigue, defeat and despair.

5. Discipleship

Discipleship is teaching biblical precepts, while modelling and guiding others toward living righteously as followers of Jesus. This should be a cyclical process –meaning once we are discipled, we are to disciple others.

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