“Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.”
II Timothy 2:8-13 NKJV
My sins have been forgiven. I would have to say that knowing that all the evil that I have done has been blotted out, is the best news I could ever receive. When presented against the back drop of my mortal existence, still shrouded in my flesh, I am even more blessed when I consider the scope of the salvation purchased for me by Jesus dying on the cross. My life has been changed.
I desire to share such good news, regardless of how I am received. In II Timothy, Paul is exhorting his young protege to be about the Lord’s work. When I read the letter, I feel like I am Timothy, as I face many of the things that he did. I am living in a world where the good news of the Gospel is being rejected, and even maligned as evil. The idea that people are inherently sinful runs counter to the belief of many that people are generally good. The idea that we can’t save ourselves further offends.
There have been seasons in my life when I have remained silent. There was a part of me that did not want to be mocked, or ridiculed for my faith. Through much of my working life, I worked with very liberal people, people dedicated to the cause of self worship. All seemed driven by the “do what thou wilt,” approach to life. To my sadness, I am aware of some who died and possibly went to hell not hearing of Jesus from me. I guess this effort at sharing these many months has been my way of trying to allay any guilt. I am thankful the Lord impressed on my heart to do so.
Like Paul, life’s clock is ticking for me and I am not concerned about making people mad at me. I am only concerned about sharing the Gospel message. I have a strong sense that our world is at a tipping point, that all of the sin has created a filthy smell that has made its way to heaven. I think of the period before the great flood and I can’t imagine how it could be worse than these times today. We are a world awash in sin. Time is ticking away for all of us.
I know I am writing to a lot of Timothy’s out there. There are many brothers and sisters who have chosen to go along to get along, and have sought to hide in plain sight. When Jesus went to the cross, we died there with Him, as our sins were nailed to the cross. Because of His resurrection, we live with Him. In time we will reign with Him. It is not the time to deny Him, for He would deny us. Most importantly, His faithfulness is not based on our performace. He is faithful even if we are not.
To those who have not called upon the name of the Lord for salvation, I say this: you are sinners, you deserve hell. You are not good, no one is. You by your nature, fall short of the standard of Jesus. He was perfect, sinless. We are sinners, imperfect. You can be forgiven today. Jesus died for your sins, He was buried and He rose again. He is returning soon, this time to judge. You are an eternal being and your destination will be in hell if you refuse the free gift of grace. Choose eternity in heaven.
This world is dying, it will not pull through. Every day I provide a link to “The Roman Road to Salvation” which includes bible verses to show you the state of your soul and your destiny as a sinner, and the great thing Jesus did for you on the cross. Yes, He did the work for you. Like any gift, you must receive it. He will not force it on you. God is patient, but time is running out.
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
II Peter 3:9 NKJV
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