Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.
II Corinthians 1:3-5
“Only Christ can comfort the brokenhearted and only those who believe the gospel of the grace of God can He comfort”
#1 Purpose for Christians’ is to Share the Gospel
Until a person believes that they are a sinner and believe by faith alone that God sent His only Son, to shed His blood and die on the cross for their sins, was buried and rose from the dead three days later defeating sin, Satan, the law and death itself. They are not just separated from God they are enemies of God.
Those of us that believed the gospel (Ephesians 1:13), we are already members of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13) and either by death or rapture, we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
For the unbelieving brokenhearted world around us, they too have a message of hope which is the gospel of the grace of God. But they won’t know anything about it if we, the members of the body of Christ, don’t share this amazing message of hope with them.
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
I Corinthians 15:1-4
The gospel of the grace of God is that at the cross Christ did everything God the Father demanded to pay the price for the sin of not just the people that donate the most money to charity, not for the higher educated people, not just for the clergy, not just for those that never miss Sunday service…But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). In other words, Christ died for the ungodly…
‘For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.’
All a lost person has to do to appropriate the “free gift” of salvation is to believe by faith alone in the gospel. That’s the good news all of us that already believed should be sharing with this lost world.
‘For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
‘For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
The only reason the Lord leaves us here after we believe the gospel is to share the gospel.
‘Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.’
I Corinthians 15:58
‘and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, ‘
II Peter 3:15
For the unsaved heartbroken world, it starts with sharing the gospel with them and for the believers, our comfort in troubled times comes from putting our trust in God, knowing our position in Christ, prayer, and the power that comes from reading His Word.