“If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 NLT
The gospel of Jesus Christ is what the Greek call the "Good News." It is God's revelation, to mankind, of the redeeming work of salvation. There is no other way. John 14:6 and Acts 4:12 both emphatically state that Jesus is the only way of salvation. If we keep the truth from those who are lost, they will continue walking in darkness and be eternally condemned. Only the power of Jesus Christ can set us free from the blindness that Satan has placed over our eyes. When we veil the truth with feel good messages and self help motivational speeches, rather than the preaching of the gospel, we dilute it. What we need is the outright, unadulterated truth. Satan is called the "god of this world" in verse 4 because he usurped the authority that Adam had over the earth that God had given Adam in Genesis 1:28. Satan deceived Eve in Genesis 3:1-7. When she ate of the forbidden fruit, she then gave to Adam. When he ate, the eyes of them both were opened. Their eyes were now opened to evil and they were caught in the trap of deception. All of Adams descendants are under that dark cloud of deception. The only hope of breaking the spell of Satan's deception is through the straight and clear preaching of the gospel. 1 Corinthians 1:18 states: “The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God." NLT
The message is simple and clear. Jesus Christ, the very likeness of God, is the only hope of salvation. Let's preach it to the world. It is our only hope.
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, help me keep the gospel message pure and free. May I never dilute it in order to appease a culture.
Rev. Curtis Norris