Emanna for 09/07/2020

Not Being Ashamed of the Gospel

Bible Verses

2 Timothy 1:12 ...but I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that He is able to guard my deposit unto that day. Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their faces, He was despised; and we did not esteem Him. (4) Surely He has borne our sicknesses, And carried our sorrows; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God and afflicted. (5) But He was wounded because of our transgressions; He was crushed because of our iniquities; The chastening for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we have been healed.

Words of Ministry

[Part 1 of 2]
Some people are shy. They feel that it is a shameful thing to be a Christian. It is true that this kind of shame may exist when we face unbelievers. If you tell others that you are engaged in technical research, they will congratulate you for having a good future. If you say that you are studying a certain philosophy, others will also say that you are a thoughtful person. You are not ashamed to talk about doing many things. But if you say that you are a Christian, many will say that you are too simple-minded or not intellectual enough. They will not esteem you highly. You are not ashamed to talk about other things, but as soon as you confess your Christian faith, you feel ashamed within. It is true that the world feels shameful about someone becoming a Christian, but we must overcome this feeling. How can we overcome this feeling of shame? We must deal with it from two aspects: On the one hand, we have to realize that when the Lord Jesus was crucified on the cross, he bore our sins as well as our shame. When our Lord bore our sins, He suffered great humiliation. Today, in the eyes of God, it is only proper that we suffer humiliation from men. The humiliation we suffer before man can never be compared with the humiliation our Lord suffered on the cross for us. Therefore, we should not be surprised at humiliation. We should know that we belong to the Lord.
[continued tomorrow]

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp. 63-64. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 8/2/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.