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"...The Gospel...Into All The World, As A Witness..."
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"...The Gospel...Into All The World, As A Witness..." We live in fascinating times; an era of instant global communication that would have made the apostles and early disciples of Christ literally "tremble in anticipation" of the possibilities that lay before them. I've long been convicted in my heart that for us today to fail to avail ourselves of this technology borders on sin; it's at the very least poor stewardship of the resources with which our Lord has blessed us. Our Lord has commissioned us to go into all the world with the good news, and never before in the history of mankind has that been easier to do than today. One can literally reach into every corner of the globe from the comfort of his/her own home, and with just a few keystrokes on a personal computer one can share the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus with, and provide guidance and encouragement to, people one would normally never have had the opportunity to meet. Not to make use of this technology to His glory would be, in my view, the height of irresponsibility. Brethren, I am going to be very blunt here: It's my conviction that when God places such a tool within our hands, and we fail to use it to further His cause, we will answer to Him one day for that failure! With the blessing of such technology comes the obligation and responsibility, and yes even the privilege, to use it. "For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more". [Luke 12:48].

What's Needed

What's needed in our day is what was needed in Christ's day: someone sent of God who doesn't speak "as the scribes," but as one having authority (Mark 1:22). If a preacher doesn't have God's authority and enabling to preach, what does he have? How can he help people? All he can give out is whatever traditions and ideas he has ingested, whether from men or "devils", plus any ideas he might come up with. Usually, though, tradition is a hard taskmaster and its captives know...not to stray too far!

What a contrast there is between most of the "ministry" of today and that of Paul who said, "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect ...." (I Cor. 1:17)! Did you know, that unless the cross is preached by one who is both sent and anointed by Christ, it has no effect? Think about that! How many are there today who sing of the cross and the blood, yet have never known their benefits! They may have heard something that was called "the gospel," but, lacking the present tense anointing of Christ, it was powerless to impart spiritual life to the hearers. I Cor. 2:1-5.

What's needed is men of God, called, anointed, having authority from heaven to simply declare the word of God without fear or compromise. The multitudes will not take heed, but God's sheep have a God-given spiritual sense that enables them to recognize the Shepherd's voice.

The call of God concerning Babylon to "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues" (Rev. 18:4) has never been more urgent. Babylon is this world system and spiritual confusion. Much of religious Babylon, however, is religion that uses Christ's name but rejects His active leadership. As a result, "devils" rule, all the while supposedly honoring Christ. Only sheep have the capacity to discern the spirit behind a thing, yet even they must be taught and that discernment must develop and mature.

One would almost have to live in a cave to be unaware of some of the great winds of spiritual change sweeping the earth. Multitudes are being swept up by this movement or that, believing that they are caught up in a great move of God. As I hear and read of many of these things, I find myself continually saying, "If only they knew 'such and such,' they wouldn't fall for that." Even God's elect are vulnerable to many hurtful things through ignorance.

No Answer In Religion

The most religious man in the world will stand spiritually naked before God one day if he doesn't have Christ. Nor will the Christ of tradition, or the Christ of dogma, or the Christ of sentiment or imagination do. Nothing short of the living, reigning Son of God is sufficient to save us.

If we truly have Him, we have life. If we don't have Him we're under God's wrath (John 5:24). If we go to the judgment without Him we're doomed. There's no eternal salvation apart from the Author.

He didn't sidestep God's law. After he had personally met its demands, he took upon Himself all of our sin and guilt and was condemned in our place. Yet, even though his flesh suffered pain and death on our behalf, the grave could never hold him because of the divine life within. The power of that life was so great that not only did he burst the bonds of death, but even his flesh was transformed into a "glorious body" (Phil. 3:21), fully fitted for the new creation. He became the firstfruits of that new creation, the living hope and promise of what lies ahead for every child of God.

Truly coming to Christ involves laying down our arms of rebellion, fully embracing the penalty of God's law met for us by Christ, and bowing to Him as Lord and Savior. No more illusions of self-righteousness. No more striving to make ourselves acceptable to God. It's the end of all self-effort in the revealed light of His perfect and all-sufficient provision for us.

The obstacles to God's kingdom, so utterly insurmountable to us and to religion, are met and overcome in Christ. The law is met and satisfied; we are made partakers of the divine nature; by His Spirit we are given strength to serve God.

Serving God in this world is not a matter of laws and commandments to be righteous: it's learning to cooperate with and give expression to a new nature within, a new heart that loves God and desires to please Him. When Christ comes in, we enter God's kingdom then and there as we simultaneously leave Satan's kingdom. Col. 1:13, speaking of the Father says, "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son."

When Christ comes in everything changes. Our feet are set on the pathway to heaven. We are not our own for we are bought with a price (I Cor. 6:19-20). God's grace has arrested undeserving sinners for the express purpose of bringing us to glory.