Our Hidden Gospel – II Corinthians 4:3-4

by Pastor John Fredericksen

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I’m sure this will seem almost impossible for most women to believe, but men have a hard time finding things. Countless times, I’ve looked in utter frustration for things in the refrigerator, or for my keys. When I ask my wife or girls to help me, more often than not, they are able to find what I’m looking for right way. I have an excuse: not being able to find things is in the “Men’s Manual,” and it’s our way of helping the ladies know they are needed. As the saying goes: “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”

Many of us are burdened for lost loved ones to trust in Christ alone for eternal life, before it is eternally too late. The gospel is easy to see, or understand, yet it seems as if the simplicity of “our gospel is hid…to them that are lost” (II Corinthians 4:3), because they stubbornly cling to their unbelief. Why do they respond this way? The Lord Jesus explained, “men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). Some stubbornly refuse the free gift of salvation, purchased on Calvary, out of love for their practice of sins. Regardless of the eternal consequences, they choose to hold on to sin rather than trust in Christ. Those who receive eternal life must do so willingly, because God will not force His love on those who do not want it. Satan dupes others into believing that faith in Christ is utter nonsense. Paul explained, “for the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (I Corinthians 1:18). The god of this world, Satan, has hundreds of thousands constantly proclaiming an anti-God message: secular professors, the media of television and movies, literature, and the common man or woman. Through this bombardment of false information, they convince the lost that everything about our faith is only fiction for fools. “The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (II Corinthians 4:4). We must never forget that Satan is waging a constant battle against every living soul.

Don’t be discouraged. Keep on sharing the clear gospel of salvation by faith in Christ apart from all works. It is “the power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16). Some will believe this good news.

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