Let Us Spread the Gospel Throughout
the Entire World
ďWe then who are strong ought to bear with
the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please
his neighbor for his good, leading to edificationĒ (Romans 15:1-2).
Those who believe in Godís righteousness must
not seek their own righteousness, since Jesus Christ did not seek His either.
The righteous live for the Kingdom of God and spread the gospel for the good
of others. Paul said that the strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak
instead of pleasing themselves.
Believers of Godís righteousness must preach the
gospel so that they can cleanse the sins of others with the baptism and blood
of Jesus Christ. This is the reason why God hates those who are lazy and do
not spread the gospel to save sinners. We must therefore not seek our own righteousness,
but spread Godís righteousness to others. We must deliver the gospel of the
water and the Spirit so that sinners can be saved through faith. We must also
edify each other.
Do not build the house of faith on another manís foundation
Verse 20 states, ďAnd so I have made it my
aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on
another manís foundation.Ē
There was something peculiar in the gospel that
Paul preached. It is that he strived to spread only the gospel of the water
and the Spirit. Believers of Godís righteousness must strive to spread the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, just as Paul did. In order to make this happen,
we must seek the good of others, instead of our own. People who seek the good
of others do so because they have been crucified with Christ and resurrected
with Him. Those who believe in Christ are not dead, but alive.
ďFor this reason I also have been much hindered
from coming to you. But now no longer having a place in these parts, and having
a great desire these many years to come to you, whenever I journey to Spain,
I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on
my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while. But now
I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. For it pleased those from
Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints
in Jerusalem. It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the
Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to
minister to them in material things. Therefore, when I have performed this and
have sealed to them this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain. But I know
that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the
gospel of ChristĒ (Romans 15:22-29).
Paul was an itinerant preacher and overseer of Godís church
While Paul was on his way to the Jerusalem Church
to serve its Christians, he delivered the contributions from Macedonia and Achaia
to them. Paul added that if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual
things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things. The saints
in the Jerusalem Church were in the midst of persecution at that time, and could
not free themselves from their material deficiencies. The Jerusalem Church,
which was suffering great persecution for believing in Jesus Christ, was greatly
consoled by the Gentile brothers and sisters.
In the present as in the past, it has become a
tradition for Godís churches to share their wealth with the needy instead of
enjoying it by themselves. The Spirit-filled believers especially cannot live
for themselves alone. Why? Because the Holy Spirit dwells in them! They are
the born-again who are led by the Holy Spirit who resides in them.
It is wonderful that the Gentile churches supported
and funded the Jerusalem Church. This was the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy
Spirit supported the Jerusalem Church for the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
not for any individuals, and granted it material relief as well. At that time
in Israel, many were beaten, thrown in jail, even killed for their faith in
Christ as their Savior.
On TV documentaries, we can often see the remains
of the Catacomb martyrs and their hideouts in mountain caves. This was what
the Jerusalem Church had to go through at that time. We, too, must give a helping
hand to Godís churches when they are facing difficulties.
We may brush off the importance of the mutual
help that the Early Churches extended to each other, but this was a time when
the believers had to live in hiding to flee from persecution. Only the Holy
Spirit could make the sharing possible in these circumstances. Because the Jerusalem
Church was under persecution, it was natural for other churches to help it.
Because this was the work of the Holy Spirit, it was fitting and beautiful.
You, a believer of Godís righteousness, should
take part in such works as well. The member churches of The New Life Mission
raise fund and invest it in spreading the gospel to the entire world. All of
them have some type of financial difficulty to cope with, but they are still
eager to spread the gospel to save souls.
Paul worked as a tent-maker to preach the gospel
of the water and the Spirit. When there was someone who could care for the church
that he founded, he entrusted the church to him, and went on his way to another
region to preach the gospelóall the while earning his living through tent-making.
Just as you do not live for yourself alone, our
ministers do not live for themselves. Those who have the Holy Spirit dwelling
in them devote themselves to Godís worksóthat is, to saving the lost from all
their sins. Both the ministers and the lay members of our mission serve the
gospel through ďtent-making ministry,Ē where they hold their own jobs to support
themselves and at the same time contribute to the spreading of the gospel, both
financially and by volunteering.
Like this, we can find many similarities between
Paulís ministry and that of Godís church today. We have the same frame of minds,
and live lives that please the Holy Spirit. What is on our minds when it is
bitterly cold? We surely think of our fellow Christians and servants of God,
and wonder if they are suffering from the cold. We, the born-again Christians,
care and watch out for one another. All the righteous in the Bible needed one
another and served Godís righteousness together. This life of faith is the real
lives of the righteous.
We have lived with such mind-sets. When we first
started to preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we had to begin from
scratch, as we had nothing. We were so financially strapped that we often had
a hard time trying to come up with a few hundred dollars to pay the rent and
the bills for the church building. But we still devoted ourselves to our literature
ministry throughout this country.
When we were faced with financial difficulties,
it was God who solved them for us allowed us to see the fruits of our ministry.
Because the Holy Spirit abides in our hearts, our desire to spread the gospel
is burning in our hearts, no matter what difficulties are ahead of us. We want
to share Godís love with all the lost souls by preaching the gospel of the water
and the Spirit, just as Godís churches and the righteous written in the Bible
We can find that the born-again Christians of
the Early Church looked after one another and that we, too, do so. This is not
possible without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been spreading
the righteousness of God throughout the earth through the devotions of the born
again, and will continue to do the same.
Even if we are faced with the end of days!
People say that we are now living in the last
age, when all the difficulties prophesized in the Bible will come to be fulfilled.
Catastrophe and disaster will engulf the whole
in the last days. As believers, we must stand more firmly in our faith in the
righteousness of God and preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit even
more diligently. Those who believe in Godís righteousness must have the heart
to look after and love one another in this last age. Our own hearts may be hardened
as the hearts of the world harden, but we can overcome this world in the end,
because we have the Holy Spirit in us. No matter what the circumstances, we
need to look after Godís churches and souls. We must look after those who require
our assistance, love them, think of our fellow brothers and sisters, and spread
the gospel till the end.
We must devote ourselves to the salvation of others
rather than seeking our own righteousness. There are still so many souls, out
there all over the world, who have not heard the gospel of the water and the
Spirit. People in many countries have never heard the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, nor had a chance to know Godís righteousness. We must set our minds
like the soldiers who are fighting to win the lost souls and nations with the
gospel of the water and the Spirit. This mission comes not from coercion, as
if we are compelled by force, but it naturally arises in the hearts of those
of us in whom the Holy Spirit dwells.
The Great Commission to spread the gospel of the
water and the Spirit to the ends of the earth is active in our hearts today.
What I want to tell you is that the more difficult this world becomes, the more
sufficiently God pours His Holy Spirit on us. We are spreading the gospel through
our printed and electronic books offered to those who thirst for the truth,
free of charge. We will constantly carry on our ministry worldwide through the
Although we are not any wealthier than the Americans
or the Europeans, we can still give them the gospel that contains the righteousness
of God. We have the same mind-set as Peter who said, ďSilver and gold I do
not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
rise up and walkĒ (Acts 3:6).
We can freely give them the gospel that has fulfilled
the righteousness of God, which they had not known. Even though we are no better
off than anyone else when measured by the worldly scales, we are the servants
of God who can give the gospel that contains the righteousness of God. Those
who, having come across this gospel through our ministry, come to know and believe
in this gospel will be greatly blessed.
This is the Internet era, and with it God has
provided us a way to open the whole world. We have seen how grateful and joyful
people were when we gave them the gospel that has fulfilled Godís righteousness.
The gloomier the world becomes, the more thankful and powerful we will become
while preaching the gospel of Godís righteousness to the lost. Would the world
end like this, or would God give us more chances to spread His gospel? This
is what we should think and pray about. Everything will be perfectly fulfilled
by the Holy Spirit.
I also used to be selfish, and only cared about
my flesh before I was born again. Not only I, but we all were like this. Those
who live only for the pleasures of the flesh may claim that they have love,
but in truth they cannot actually love others. This is the difference between
those who have the Holy Spirit and those who do not. Sinners can only live for
themselves, but those with the Holy Spirit has the power to live for someone
else, and do actually live for others. The Triune God gives His believers the
power to live for other souls. Because God dwells in their hearts and leads
them on, they can do His righteous works.
No matter how many churches there are in this
world, almost all of them have now become merely secular enterprises. They spare
no money to build their extravagant churches and they have huge budgets that
are in the millions of dollars, and yet only a tiny fraction of their wealth,
if at all, is given for charitable works. They have gone mad to gain more wealth
from this earth, discarding their real mission of saving souls from sin as secondary
and unimportant. They cannot be a part of the church of God, for His church
does not pursue its own interests over those of God.
The true church of God uses its resources to save
the lost souls in transparency and honesty. As the Bible says, ďBlessed are
the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy (Matthew 5:7),Ē God has given
us the heart to look after the souls of this world and lead them to redemption,
and He has made all these things possible. The gospel of the water and the Spirit
has now been put together into publications that have been translated into almost
40 languages and over 60 titles, each of them testifying Godís righteousness
to those who are facing their spiritual death.
How pleased would God be if we prayed more earnestly
and spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit to more sinners to save them,
before this world is engulfed in the Great Tribulation and comes to its end?
Let us not be discouraged, but be faithful until the very end.
In the past, the poor could survive by helping
each other. But we have now entered an era of limitless competition in which
only the strong can survive. Whenever we look at this generation, we are convinced
of our duty that we must spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit to those
who still have not heard it. We all have the heart to deliver the gospel that
will bring peace to those who are tired and weary from their unending struggles
in this harsh world. Let us deliver the spiritual blessing of the gospel of
the water and the Spirit to them. We can live for Christ with our faiths in
Godís righteousness, for He has taken away all our sins.
The gospel that contains Godís righteousness will
spread tenfold, a hundredfold, a thousand fold, and a million fold more swiftly
now. We will have so much work to do, so let us be faithful. Those who are talented
should give their talents to the Lord and spread the gospel to each and every
soul. We must all work to spread the gospel according to our God-given talents.
We have no power of our own, but I believe that if we pray to God according
to the Holy Spirit that stirs in us, God will grant all our wishes.
Christ has given us His true love that loves the
sinners. We have been saved from the sins of this world by our faith in the
righteousness of God. This is why we must work harder to spread the gospel,
even as it become more difficult to live in this world. We have the duty to
give the gospel to those who have not heard it yet.
God said, ďI have reserved for Myself seven
thousand men who have not bowed the knee to BaalĒ (Romans 11:4). There are
still so many in this world who need to receive the gospel of the water and
the Spirit. So many souls, whether pastorsí, theologiansí, or the laymenís,
are rising up.
That we are able to work for the gospel is because
of the love of Christ. We still have so much work to do, and at times we feel
overwhelmed by them. But we should be more faithful and spread the gospel even
more diligently as we face more difficulties. This is the heart of Christ. I
pray that you, a righteous, do not think of only yourself. If you think of only
yourself, there is no need for faith or prayers because you are just trying
to live for yourself and have nothing to do with the lost souls. But if you
have to earn your wages to support yourself and other souls as well, what would
happen? You would pray to God for help because you are weak.
This is how our faith and prayers grow. This is
why God says,
ďThere is one who scatters, yet increases more;
And there is one who withholds more
than is right,
But it leads to povertyĒ (Proverbs
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Sharing the gospel of the water and
the Spirit with others is the most righteous life of Christians.
A spiritual life is one that spreads the true gospel that leads
people to Christ. Let us look after our neighbors and their souls,
and spread the gospel throughout the entire world. May the blessing
of Godís righteousness always be with you.
Hallelujah! Let us praise our Lord! I thank Him
for allowing us to do His righteous and good works, and for delivering us from
the power of the darkness and leading us into the Kingdom of the Son.