The Gospel Net

Jesus had called his disciples to be fishers of men. He wanted them to leave their actual fishing nets and dedicate their lives to teaching others about the blessings available through the gospel of Christ.

The gospel of salvation is like a great fishing net that is cast into the sea of humanity. Many individuals are attracted to the net. They have been given an opportunity for very special blessings. Unfortunately, many turn away and are never really caught up in the hope of salvation.

The Good News

The Gospel message that Jesus and his disciples taught centered around "the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ" (Acts 8:12). It was "good news" for all that were willing to hear, and who were looking for a future.

The gospel message was said to be the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believed it. Those who gladly heard the gospel words believed and were baptized, in obedience to the commandment of God.

Heirs of the Promises

We are told in Galatians 3 that those who were baptized into Christ were part of his family. It did not matter if they were Jew or Greek by nature. It was not important whether they were male, female, bond or free men. They were now all one in Christ Jesus. As members of his body, they would become heirs to the promises that had been made to Abraham in the Old Testament.

The Blessing

These promises included not only the land of promise, but also a blessing. Abraham had been told that "all the families of the earth" would be blessed through one of his descendents (Genesis 28:14).

We understand that this descendent was Jesus. It was Jesus that made it possible for our sins to be forgiven through his sacrifice (Acts 3:25-26). What a wonderful blessing this is. To have the guilt of sin removed. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (I John 1:9). "Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin" (Romans 4:7-8).

If we have believed the gospel as taught by the disciples of Christ, and if we have been baptized into his name, we will share in the blessing promised to Abraham in two ways:

A Blessing Today – We can approach God in prayer through our mediator (who is Jesus), and have our sins forgiven during this present life. When we stumble through weakness, God will hear our prayers, in the name of Jesus, and he may remove our sins in accordance with his will.

Future Blessings – If we remain faithful during our life in Christ, keeping his commandments, we have the hope for eternal life in God's Kingdom on this earth. It will be God's pleasure to extend his mercy to us when Jesus returns to judge his saints.

Fishers of Men

When we remember that Jesus chose a few common fishermen to be his disciples, we can feel confident that no matter what our occupation is, there is an opportunity for us to embrace the hope that is available through the gospel net.

We can share in the blessings that are promised through the gospel, and we can learn to become fishers of men also. There are others who may be waiting to hear the good news of the coming Kingdom of God.We can share our blessing with them. We can help others to understand the promises that God has made through the gospel of salvation.

God promised Abraham he would be the heir of a world that would be filled with God's glory in the future. He also promised that all nations would be blessed when the Kingdom comes. Christ is the key to those blessings and we all have an opportunity to share in them, through and in his name.

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