If you were to select persons to carry an extremely important message – a message of freedom, who would you choose? There were false teachers that had ‘gone out from the Jerusalem church and troubled’ new believers with a message of bondage through following the Law. The Jerusalem church came to an agreement to send these “troubled” believers the right message of freedom in Christ based on grace. So important was this message that they had to select messengers of integrity who would be faithful to the truth.
“It has seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 15:25–26).
It is critical to note that this church was totally unified about the qualifications of those they were sending. There was no higher quality than “men who had risked their lives for the name of Jesus.” The importance of the message and the quality of the messenger cannot be separated! Those who do not place a high value on Christ will dilute His message by the way they speak and live. I pray that this will challenge you, as it has me, to value the message of Christ and honor it with our lives, even if it requires death.
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