Beloved of Christ Jesus, we who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ have the assurance of salvation and eternal life. This is supposed to be a firm HOPE for us to live in this world. Therefore, we need not fear and worry about our lives. Problems, suffering, challenges and trials of life should not make us give up and despair, and then turn away from the Gospel. But we must remain obedient and work the salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12), for “…the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18). This is the hope of faith in Christ, the certainty of eternal life. Because the certainty of eternal life is in Jesus Christ, then the Gospel must continue to be preached wherever we are. That is why the apostle Paul did not stop preaching the gospel despite having to deal with various things. Apostle Paul also continually encouraged Timothy and Titus to remain strong and not half-hearted in serving the Lord. “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God.” (2 Timothy 1:8) and “Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority-“(Titus 2:15a).
Beloved of Christ Jesus, the gospel is a message about the HOPE of assurance of eternal life in Jesus Christ, hence do not reject the Gospel so that we do not regret later. The peace of God be with you all. Amen!