In this verse God is telling us believers that we are His witnesses. This shows us that we are able to have knowledge that others do not have. We are His servants. We are here to serve Him. To follow His commands. To lead others to Him. We have been chosen to know Him on a level that no other knows Him. We are chosen to believe in Him. Because not everyone has the ability to believe in Him. We are chosen to have the ability to understand that He alone is God. He alone is the one true God. There never really has been another God, and there never will be another God except the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
We are the light of the world. This shows that the world is living in darkness. We glow so that everyone will see the truth. The LORD does not want us to hide our light under anything that the world presents us with. This could be anything from not living to the fullest capacity of your calling, keeping quiet when instructed by the LORD to speak on something, or being lead by the Holy Spirit to speak to someone, to fear, to secrecy, or anything else stopping you from expressing the gospel to a lost soul, or living out your calling to it's fullest potential. Instead, He wants us to show the world what He has given us. He wants us to treat others the way He would treat them so that they will know that He lives in us. So they will know, and give Him praise for all we do.
At dinner with Matthew the tax collector, The LORD sat with other tax collectors and sinners. The Pharisees didn't understand why, and they were judgemental, or biased in their thoughts towards this. But the LORD does not make exception, or favor one over the other. He loves all the souls. He wants to reach out to everyone from everywhere. He wants the gospel to be preached to every background, culture, language, race. He wants to save the poor, blind, lame, disabled, drunkards, prostitutes, drug addicts, homosexuals, murderers, idolaters, adulterers, fornicators, etc.. He wants us servants to also be merciful to them all, just as He is merciful to us. He does not want our sacrifices. He wants us to live a sound life in submission to the Holy Spirit. And He wants to reach out to all the souls that do not know Him, not the ones who already do. He wants to touch the lives of those who maybe believe perhaps, but, lack the confidence or willpower to take the first steps, receive His free love gift, or get to a Church/place of worship, or to a place where they can grow and learn more of Him. That is who we also need to focus on.
What Jesus is saying is that if we are ashamed to speak the truth about the evangelism that He taught the disciples, and deny that we follow Him, He will deny us before the Father in heaven, and we will not be saved. We should not be ashamed of the gospel. We should speak it boldly before anyone.
What He wants us is to be fishers of men. He wants us to find souls who are also destined to lead in discipleship for His kingdom and glory. He wants us to spread His truth. He also wants us to teach them to obey His commands. Obedience is the key to remaining saved. If we obey Him and do not continue to practice sin, we will be saved. And He wants us to be sure that we know that He is with us every step of the way.
He let his disciples know that when the Holy Spirit comes upon them, that they would receive a special power to speak the gospel and tell about Him everywhere they went. All over the world. He was giving them assurance that He would be with them, and that they didn't need to be afraid to speak the truth that their reward is in His kingdom in heaven.
This is the study on evangelism. I hope it is as useful to you the reader, as it has been to us. Please keep your faith and continue to pray for strength and wisdom in these last days on earth. The LORD BE WITH YOU TODAY AND ALWAYS.. Amen!
This verse clearly states that in order for one to remain saved, they must be in submission to the Holy Spirit. If we believe in God, and claim to be followers of Christ, but, our lives do not reflect Christ, we are found to be liars. So, we must also live the way Christ lived. We cannot continue to practice sin.
This verse describes the destiny of those who live righteously (in submission to the Holy Spirit). They will receive eternal life in Christ Jesus. They will reign in the Kingdom of heaven with their LORD and Savior. But, those who do not, will receive eternal punishment (the second death) in hell along with Satan.
If we believe in Jesus, we are saved. Our faith is necessary for salvation. Without it we are lost.
What this verse is saying is that evil people who do not repent of their sins, and continue to practice them, or die in them will one day have to go before God for judgement. In their judgement the LORD will replay their lives to them like in a movie, and they will be found guilty. The fact that they did not repent will be clearly seen, and they will cast into the lake of fire that burns with fire and sulfur. This decision is forever, and cannot be undone. They will not be able to come back out and live their lives all over. They will not be able to do it differently next time, or get a second chance.
What this verse is saying is that Satan is like a thief. The only purpose he has on earth is to steal, kill, and destroy. He is set completely against the LORD's creation. The LORD's purpose in coming to earth was and is to give life in all its fullness to those who believe, and accept it.
What he was explaining to Martha, is that death is not the end of the life of a person of faith. They will rise and reign forever in God's kingdom. Their souls are only resting until the appointed time.
In this verse, we see that Jesus is the key to the kingdom of heaven. In order for one to go to the Father, they must first have accepted, and received Jesus as their personal savior. If they have not, they are not saved, and cannot go to the Father in heaven.
What this verse is saying to us is that the LORD has chosen us to believe in him. Faith is a gift from God. Not everyone has it. Not everyone believes in the LORD Jesus Christ. Not everyone has the ability to understand His word, and believe. It is a gift from God for those who are a part of the plan of salvation. We cannot take credit for our faith. He has given it to us. Our salvation is not a reward. It is not something that we have earned for being good, or have chosen on our own, but, that God has given us a special favor in that we are actually able to capture his Spirit, and existence in our lives everyday. We are able to hear his word, understand it, receive it, and apply it to our lives through His help in the Holy Spirit. Nothing we have done qualifies us for this. Only by His choice and plan have we been able to hear, accept, and absorb the gospel. To live by it.
God the Father has made a promise to those who believe that they will live eternally in heaven with Him. This promise was made before the world began, because He knows everything before it happens, and He stands by His word.
Jesus' death on the cross actually paid the penalty of our sin. His bloodshed was the atonement that we needed in order to become clean and blameless before God. His bloodshed gives us entrance to the kingdom of God. The moment we believe and accept Jesus as our savior, we become baptized by the Holy Spirit, and joint heirs in His kingdom. This is what reconciles us to God the Father. This is what gives us hope.
I hope this study is helpful in understanding eternal life promised to all who believe in Jesus and accept Him as their Savior. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Without faith, we will not see God. We should submit to the Holy Spirit, and remain in Him. He came to the world to shed light in dark places so that man could see the error of their sinful ways. He was an example to us. We should live the way that He lived. Let us pray: "Heavenly Father, I ask that you continue to give us strength to follow Jesus' example. That we continue to submit to the Holy Spirit, and live for your plan and purpose. Please help us to be more like you." In Jesus' name we pray..Amen.
..taking back the souls..one member at a time..