The tough gospel
Acts 20:27 “For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.”
The whole will of God or the ‘whole counsel of God’ (ESV) is difficult to proclaim and even more difficult to hear at times.
It is easy to proclaim the love of God, but it is difficult to hear of His wrath for sin.
It is easy to proclaim the sovereignty of God, but it is difficult to hear of man’s free will in a broken, evil world.
It is easy to proclaim the omnipresence of God, but it is difficult to hear when you suffer and lose.
It is easy to proclaim the grace of God, but it is difficult to hear when man condemns you.
And the list goes on.
Paul never hesitated. Look at some of the things he proclaimed:
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Ephesians 3:6 “This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”
Ephesians 4:4-6 “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
Ephesians 5:33 “However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”
Ephesians 6:1 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”
Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Ephesians 6:5-6 “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.”
The gospel may seem easy to proclaim but it is often difficult to hear.
The tough gospel