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Romans 1.2

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(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

This verse here is speaking about the gospel or good news (happy news) that is mentioned in verse 1.

Paul is telling us two things about the good news:

1. It was promised before it happened
2. It is found in the Scriptures.

Point 1 is just remarkable – no other religion has a leader who fulfills prophetic word after prophetic word after prophetic word. We knew hundreds of years before Jesus was ever born that He would be born in Bethlehem, born in the lineage of David, born to a virgin, that He should grow in grace, heal the sick, be a light to the darkness, preach the good news, open blind eyes, preach liberty to the captives. We knew He would be nailed to a cross, with pierced hands and feet, surrounded by evildoers, buried by a wealthy man, and that He paid the price for our sin and our iniquities.

There are 333 prophetic words just about Jesus’ first coming in the Old Testament. Here are just a few for your study time:

His Birth
Old Testament Prophecy: Isaiah 7:14
Fullfillment in Jesus: Matthew 1:18,22,23
His Birthplace
Old Testament Prophecy: Micah 5:2
Fullfillment in Jesus: Luke 2:4,6,7
His Childhood in Egypt
Old Testament Prophecy: Hosea 11:1
Fullfillment in Jesus: Matthew 2:14-15
The Purpose for His Death
Old Testament Prophecy: Isaiah 53:4-6
Fullfillment in Jesus: 1 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24
His Betrayal
Old Testament Prophecy: Zechariah 11:12-13; 13:6
Fullfillment in Jesus: Matthew 26:14-16; 27:3-10
His Crucifixion
Old Testament Prophecy: Psalm 22
Fullfillment in Jesus: Matthew 27
His Resurrection
Old Testament Prophecy: Psalm 16:9-10
Fullfillment in Jesus: Acts 2:31

(List from Campus Crusade for Christ)

If you think about it this proves beyond the shadow of a doubt to anyone with an open mind that Jesus is Lord and that God is real.

The second thing Paul tells us about the good news is that it is found in Scripture. Your source of power, your source of life is not found in the TV, not found in church, not found in prayer, not found in friends, not found in emotions, not found in the latest worship song, but found in the Scriptures.

If you want to be separated to the happy news and be a happy person spreading love, joy, healing and prosperity wherever you go: get in the Scriptures, that is where the news is found.

Glory and freedom,
Benjamin

8 Reasons God Wants You To Witness (Bill Bright)

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Permit me to give you, briefly, 8 reasons God desires all believers to share their faith.

First, as you witness, you bring glory to God. Jesus says in John 15:8, “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

Second, the love of Christ compels us to share our faith. In Paul’s words, “The love of Christ constrains us.” If you have experienced the love of the Lord Jesus, you will also want to introduce him to others.

Third, sharing your faith is a direct command from Jesus Christ. He says, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” And, “You did not choose me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.”

Fourth, people without Christ are lost. Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The Word of God declares emphatically, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Fifth, God wants you to witness because of the benefits He offers to those who receive Christ. When you introduce others to Christ, they become children of God; their bodies become temples of God; all their sins are forgiven – past, present and future! They begin to experience the peace and love of God; they receive God’s direction and purpose for their lives; they experience the power of God to change their lives; and they have assurance of eternal life.

Sixth, God wants you to witness because of the benefits to those who witness. Witnessing stimulates your spiritual growth. Witnessing leads you to pray and to study God’s Word and encourages you to depend on Christ. As you witness in the power of the Holy Spirit, you sow love and joy and peace. According to the law for sowing and reaping, you always harvest what you sow and even more. For example, if you sow love, you will harvest love. If you sow joy, you will reap joy. If you sow peace, you will reap peace. And always, the harvest is greater than the seed sown.

Seventh, God wants you to witness to experience the tremendous privilege and honor of representing Jesus to the world. In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote, “We are Christ’s ambassadors. God is using us to speak to you. We beg you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, receive the love he offers you – be reconciled to God.”

Most people consider it a high honor to serve as an ambassador for the head of their country – the president or king – but as a believer in Christ, you are an ambassador for the King of kings and the Lord of lords!

Eighth, God wants you to witness because the Holy Spirit has been given to provide the power for you to do so. Jesus says, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” To fail to witness for Christ is to deny the Holy Spirit His right to empower and to use you to introduce others to our Savior.

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