Quotes and Notes for the Day
FOUR THINGS GOD DOES NOT KNOW – IV
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be dammed.” (Mark 16:15-16)
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
4.God Doesn’t Know any other Way to get the Gospel out to a Needy world other than through Redeemed Saints:
The Great Commission, which has been called also “The marching orders of the church” without question is the major thrust of the Bible-believing Baptist churches today! The very nature of the gospel imposes on those who embrace the obligation of sharing it with the other beneficiaries. Its very exclusiveness demands that it should be effectively communicated by those who have experienced its saving power and joy. And the execution of “The Great Commission” should obviously be uppermost in the minds of both the pastor and people of the New Testament churches. This in fact is one of the major reasons for a local church’s existence. ” …… ye shall be a witness on to me…” (Acts 1:8)
Beloved, the Great Commission is inherent in the nature of the triune God. God The Father is a missionary-hearted God, whose interests are global. ” For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son…..” and again 1st Timothy 2:4, “….. Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
God The Son was a missionary – Christ was sent by the Father on a saving mission which involved His sacrificial death on the cross to pay the penalty of the sins of the whole world, “ the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost..” Luke 19:10
God the Holy Spirit was (still is) a missionary – in calling sinners to repentance and pointing them to Calvary where they make peace with God, and once peace is made with God, He will seal them “unto the day of redemption.”
The Bible is a missionary Book, and Christ’s plan for His blood bought church is a world-wide vision (mission). Every Believer is a missionary: and there is no exemption on this. The Holy Ghost who is the Executor of the missionary enterprise, calls and send missionaries and directs their sphere of service. Acts 13:2-4 reads, “… As they ministered tot he Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, separate me Barnabas and Soul, for the work whereunto I called them..” We read in Acts16:6-7 “Now when they had gone throughout…. and the regions of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia. After they wee come to ….. to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.”
Yes, the necessity for missions is also implicit in the gospel message. In 2nd Corinthians 5:18-19 we read, ” ... And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
Now, this command as given by Christ in Matthew 28:18-20 has three major components: a) Evangelism; “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations...” b)Baptism “baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost..”, c)Catechism : (instructing) “teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you.” While God is concerned with all three aspects of the Great Commission, His heartthrob centers first in the evangelism of the lost sinners. This is clearly delineated in 2nd Peter 3:10 where the Scripture states that God is ” not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
While God uses many diverse and varied forms of evangelistic methodologies, there simply is no substitute for aggressive and bold personal witnessing endeavors. The Scriptures clearly state the example and pattern that the early New Testament Christians practiced in Acts 5:42, ” And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” This divine formula is still God’s plan for Christians living in the 21st century.
The unfortunate people of the world, the untold millions, (even billions) are out there to whom the gospel has never been preached, and who have had no opportunity of embracing its emancipating massage. And the Scripture holds no hope that in some way they may, be included in the scope of Christ’s mercy and salvation, apart from hearing and believing on the gospel of Christ. And God does not have any alternative plan to reach the unsaved. He does not use angles or signs and wonders, visions and dreams, to carry His message of salvation to a lost world today other than through the witnessing of His blood bought and redeemed saints.
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour!
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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.