SUNDAY 24 July, 2016
Knowing the Full Message
And Joab said to him, “You shall not take the news this day, for you shall take the news another day. But today you shall take no news, because the king’s son is dead.” Then Joab said to the Cushite, “Go, tell the king what you have seen.” So the Cushite bowed himself to Joab and ran. - 2 Samuel 18:20-21
Joab was apprehensive to let Ahimaaz run. He had killed the king’s son. Perhaps what had transpired could wait at least one more day, then David could find out the details surrounding Absalom’s death. Joab allowed the Cushite to run, he was not as fast as Ahimaaz; it would take longer for the news to arrive. However, this man knew what had happened on the battle field and he had a full message to communicate to the king.
When you give a message to someone, having all of the facts is very important. Imagine telling someone Jesus came to die for their sins but you fail to tell them about the resurrection? This was the case in the life of Apollos. He was a bold preacher but he only knew part of the gospel message. Acts 18:25 describes him:
This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John.
Apollos proclaimed boldly what he had been taught; but he did not know the full message of the Gospel. He was humble enough to learn from Aquila and Priscilla who were more knowledgeable. Acts 18:26 tells us how they helped him: …When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
Have you studied the Scriptures well enough to be able to boldly share the gospel accurately?
The whole gospel is contained in Christ.
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