Wednesday, September 23, 2009

“Evangelism – 901” [9-of-?]…Blog.

“Evangelism – 901” [9-of-?]…Blog.

In these eight blogs on Evangelism… I have attempted to explain that… “Just belief in Jesus”… is not what the Bible means about, The Gospel & Evangelism. We are “NOT”… selling bonds or stocks. We are “NOT”… leading people to join a Church or Denomination or a group. We have no earthly mandate to bring people to salvation… ‘But a heavenly one’, from… “God the Father”… by “Christ Jesus!”

(John 12:49-50) For = I [Jesus] = have not spoken = of Myself, = but = the Father [God] = Who sent Me = gave Me = a command, = what = I = should say, = and = what = I = should speak.
(John 12:50) And = I = know that = His command = is life everlasting. = Therefore = whatever = I = speak, = even as = the Father = said to Me, = so = I = speak.

Obviously “Christ Jesus”… spoke by Truth… what the Father calls as Truth = His Word! Recently I have been reading and seeing more and more… ‘People that say they are Christians’… and do not hold to the… “Complete Authority of Scripture!” That is the ‘Test’… to tell… IF you are a Christian or Not…? When someone shares a Scripture Verse with you, you have only “Two Choices!” ‘One’, is that you can agree with God’s Word or… ‘Two’, you can disagree… with “God’s Word”… the Bible!

(1Corinthains 2:12-13-14) But = we = have not = received = the spirit of the world, = but = the Spirit from God, = so that = we might know = the things = that are freely = given to us = by God.
(1Cor 2:13) These things = we also speak, = not = in words = which man's wisdom teaches, = but = which = the Holy Spirit = teaches, = comparing = spiritual things = with spiritual.
(1Cor 2:14) But = the natural man = does not = receive = the things = of the Spirit of God, = for = they are = FOOLISHNESS = to him; = neither = can he = know them, = because = they are = spiritually discerned.

Someone shares a… Scripture Verse… with you and you do not believe it! It is because you are natural = Not Born again by the Holy Spirit of God = AND = God’s Word is… “FOOLISHNESS”… to You! You can tell when someone is mocking God because they “Mock His Holy Word!” That is the TEST for Christianity! IF… you are Really A Christian… the Word of God… is food to your soul! If you are Not… then it is “FOOLISHNESS”… to You!

Right away ‘Someone’…
will say, ‘Suppose they take the verse out of context and then use it?” In this video you will see our president… “Mocking the Bible!” Obviously he does not believe God’s Word and it as it is… “FOOLISNESS”… to him! When people are exposed to God’ Truth = His Word… it has two effects. The sun that melts butter ‘also’, hardens clay into bricks. It is your response to God’s communication with you… that determines if YOU… are really a Christian!

(Titus 3:4-to-7) But = when = the kindness = and = love of = God our Savior = toward man = appeared,
(Tit 3:5) NOT = by works of righteousness = which we have done, = but = according to = His mercy = He saved us, = through = the washing of regeneration = and = renewal of = the Holy Spirit,
(Tit 3:6) Whom = He [God] = poured out = on us = abundantly = through = Jesus Christ = our Savior,
(Tit 3:7) That = being justified = by His grace, = we = should become heirs = according to = the hope of eternal life.

(John 6:44) No man = can come = to Me, = except = the Father = which hath sent Me [Christ Jesus] = draw him: = and = I = will raise him up = at the last day.

When people think… that they do not need a Savior, ‘Christ Jesus’… they are simply saying they are ‘good enough’ for God! That is why ‘most’… cannot stand the Bible! It provides for the identification of… “Sin/Sins”… and it also tells of “The Redeemer of Mankind”… “Christ Jesus the Messiah”. He has provided this ‘Eternal Salvation’… by sealing us with His Holy Spirit… by simply trusting in the Completed [Finished] Redemption of Christ Jesus.

(Ephesians 1:7-to-14) In Him [Jesus] = we = have redemption = through = His blood, = the forgiveness of = our Sins, = according to = the riches of God's grace
(Eph 1:8) that He = lavished on us, = along with = all wisdom = and = understanding,
(Eph 1:9) when = He = made known = to us = the secret = of His will. = This was = according to His plan = that he set forth = in Christ.
(Eph 1:10) to = usher in = the fullness of the times = and = to gather up = all things = in Christ, = both things = in heaven = and = things on earth.
(Eph 1:11) In Christ = we were also chosen = when we were predestined = according to = the purpose of the One [God] = Who = does everything = according to the intention = of = His will,
(Eph 1:12) so that = we = who had already fixed our hope = on Christ = might live for = His praise = and glory.
(Eph 1:13) You, too, = have heard = the Word of Truth, = the gospel = of your salvation. = When you = believed in Him = you were [immediately] sealed = with the promised = Holy Spirit, [John 7:38-39]
(Eph 1:14) Who = is the guarantee = of our inheritance = until = the [physical] redemption = of God's = own possession, = to His praise = and glory.

To the 'unredeemed' person… these Words [Scriptures] mean… Nothing! They are simply… “Foolishness”… to him or to her. Many who say they are Christians… cannot explain these verses, to anyone. How then can one… share the “Good News / Bad News”… with the Lost…? Those that do not share the… “Bad News”… of rejecting Gods provision for mankind… do not know the “Holiness of God”. May I even be so bold to say… “Why Not?” You say you… “Love Jesus”… and then will ‘Not’ tell others… that God will ‘not approve’ of their Rejection… of His Paid Sacrifice for their “Sin/Sins”… through Christ Jesus…?

(Hebrews 10:28-to-31) Anyone = who violates = the law of Moses = dies without = mercy = "on the testimony of = two or three = witnesses."
(Heb 10:29) How much more severe = a punishment = do you think = that person = deserves = who tramples on God's Son, = treats as common = the Blood of the Covenant = by which it was sanctified, = and = disdains = the Spirit of grace?
(Heb 10:30) For = we know = the One = Who said, = "Vengeance belongs to Me; = I will pay them back," = and = again, = "The Lord will judge = His = people."
(Heb 10:31) It is a = terrifying thing = to fall into = the hands of = the living God!

Most tell me… that verses like these are legalistic and scare people. Well if you cannot keep God’s Law… then you need a Savior, Christ Jesus! If you reject Him, you essentially… Reject GOD… and the provision He has provided, in Christ Jesus! You have… “Trampled the Blood of the Covenant”… and have ‘blasphemed’ God’s provision of His Grace offered to You! The Righteousness of God… demands this…! The Holiness of God… requires this…! The Love of God… shows this…!

To understand God… you must ‘know & understand’… “His Word”. You can… ‘Only’… do this after you have been… ‘born again’… by the Holy Spirit of God. How can you share the Love of Christ… when you cannot explain how God has provided this for… ‘Mankind’? His [God’s] Violated Law… requires the death of the offender or a substitute sacrifice. Throughout the Old Testament, there is the ‘Word Picture’ of the ‘fires of sacrificed animals’, as the atonement for sin. So today, mankind has been offered the… ‘New Covenant of Grace’ = “Unmerited Pardon” = based on the ‘substitute sacrifice’ of Christ Jesus, the Messiah!

Many do not understand this… and consequently say… “All you have to do is Believe on Jesus!” Once again, please allow me to reiterate…? The Jesus of the Bible… “Christ Jesus”… is that Promised Messiah of the Old Testament. He is “NOT”… the Jesus of Islam, or the Jesus of Mormonism, or the Jesus of the Jehovah Witnesses. He… “Christ Jesus”… is the God Man! Fully man and fully God! “Nothing More… Nothing Less!” Use the ‘Right Vocabulary’ based on the “Word of God”… not on some denomination…!

There is a Spiritual Warfare…
going on for the Souls of the “Unredeemed Persons”. The Gospel offers to them… the ability… “To Restore”… what was lost by “Adam & Eve” through their ‘Rebellion’, against God! Obviously God does not want anyone to go to the… “Eternal Lake of Fire!” This restoration to God… is offered to… “ALL”… and rejected by ‘Most’…!

(Ezekiel 18:32) For = I = have = no delight = in the death of him = who dies, = says the Lord Jehovah. = Therefore turn [repent] and live.

(2Peter 3:9) The Lord = is not slow = about = His promise, = as some people = understand slowness, = but is being = patient = with you [all]. = He = does not want = anyone = to perish, = but = wants everyone = to come = to Repentance.

Will you reject… God’s Offer of Salvation…? “IF” = You have accepted Christ Jesus’ payment for your complete… “Sin/Sins”. Past, Present and Future… = “THEN”… will you then share it with… “Others”…? “Repentance”… is vastly different than… “Just believing on Jesus!”
Because… the ‘Price’ paid for their Salvation is ‘not precious’ to them… so neither is their ‘presentation’ of… “The Gospel of Truth!” Through these ‘eight previous blogs’… I have shared much information about what it means… “To Repent…!” Perhaps once again, the words of Christ Jesus… given to His Apostles and Disciples… and to us… as His Disciples to this age…!

(Luke 24:44-to-49) And = He [Jesus] = said to them, = These are = the words = which = I = spoke to you = while I was still = with you, = that = All things = must be fulfilled = which were written = in = the Law of Moses = and = in = the Prophets = and = in = the Psalms = about Me [Jesus].(Luke 24:45) And = He [Jesus] = opened their mind = to understand = the Scriptures.(Luke 24:46) And = He = said to them, = So it is written, = and = so = it was necessary = for Christ = to suffer = and = to rise = from the dead = the third day,(Luke 24:47) and = that = Repentance = and = remission of sins = should be proclaimed = in = His name = among = All = nations, = beginning = at Jerusalem.(Luke 24:48) And = you = are [My] witnesses = of these things.(Luke 24:49) And = behold, = I [Jesus] = send = the Promise = of My Father [The Holy Spirit] = on you. = But you = sit in the city of Jerusalem = until = you are clothed = with Power [Acts 2:1-to-4] = from on High [God].

What more can be said… to what “God the Father”… of all those, that are His… than has been said in… “It is Written…?” Absolutely Nothing…! I need to reiterate… it is ‘the violation’ of “His Holy Word”, the Bible… that needs to be… “Repented Of”…! A new mind and heart and actions will be… the ‘fruit’ of that “Repentance”…! Just as the sinner changes his mind towards God and His Word… So Too… the Believer can change their mind towards God and His Word…!

(2Corinthains 10:3-to-6) For = though living = in our fleshly bodies, = we do not war = according to flesh.
(2Cor 10:4) For = the weapons = of our warfare = are not fleshly, = but = mighty through God’s [power] = to the pulling down = of [spiritual] strongholds,
(2Cor 10:5) pulling down = imaginations = and = every high thing = that = exalts itself against = the [complete] knowledge of God, = and = bringing into captivity = every thought = into = the obedience = of Christ;
(2Cor 10:6) And = having readiness = to avenge = all [and any] disobedience, = when = your obedience [1John 1:5-to-10] = is fulfilled.

Continued in the next… [10-of-?]

Thank you for Your EAR! Roger //Email//

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