Only God can give us a right relationship with himself. Other people might tell us his message; however, the message still comes from God alone. It is God who works in our lives (Matthew 18:11-14). It is God who gives some of his people the special task to declare his message in public (Ephesians 4:11).
God directs his people in the work that they should do for him. Their work is not all alike; he gives each of them different tasks to do (1 Corinthians 3:6-9). He places proper limits on the work that each person should do (2 Corinthians 10:13-16). As servants of God, it is their duty to obey the instructions that God gives to them.
The honour for their work belongs to God alone. However, God himself gives great honour to his loyal servants (2 Corinthians 10:17-18). It is a wonderful thing to declare Godís good news, as Isaiah says (Isaiah 52:7).
This is news of Godís salvation, in other words, news of rescue, safety and freedom for all who trust God (1:16). It is the news that, because of Christís death, God is ready to forgive even his enemies (5:6-10).
That news brings great comfort to us, who have so often offended against Godís holy law (3:23). We know that we deserve to suffer Godís anger because of our wicked deeds (1:18). We know that the natural result of our evil deeds is death (6:23). However, God offers us life that never ends. God wants to adopt us as children in his family (8:15-18). That is the wonderful message which God has sent his servants to declare to us.
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