Bible Ballistics: Vol. 7 No. 20 Will HE Say YES Or NO???
The “Gospel” is the “Good News”. But “Good News” is only “good news” if you hear it, respond to what you hear and heed the message. The “good news” is that Jesus died for you and me, but if we don’t heed the “Good News” that Jesus paid the price for our deliverance from sin and hell, then it isn’t “good news” to you! Paul reminds us of the truth of the “Gospel” in his first letter to the Corinthians, the “Gospel” in a nutshell, if you would. So here’s the “Good News”:
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,
how that Christ died for our sins
according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried,
and that he rose again the third day
according to the scriptures:
5 And that he was seen
then of the twelve:
6 After that, he was seen
of above five hundred brethren at once;
of whom the greater part remain
unto this present,
but some are fallen asleep.
7 After that, he was seen of James;
then of all the apostles.” 1 Corinthians 15:1-7
What will you do with this “Good News”? What have you done with it? There are only two choices available: accept it as truth and receive the salvation that Jesus died to provide for all who will come to Him in repentance and faith; or reject the only hope for your deliverance from the penalty of sin—death and hell. I know that’s pretty short and blunt, but it’s the truth and we live in a world and culture that denies the truth of God and is giving false hope to a lost and dying world, saying “there are many ways to God/Heaven”. We’re living in a culture where even the “church” is often giving out the wrong message in a misguided desire to reach “more” people! But to reach them with false hope, and a watered down “Gospel” isn’t really reaching them at all. As we talked about recently, if the watchman doesn’t give out the call—the lost will still die in their sin, and the watchman will be held accountable. But our focus for today isn’t the watchmen but YOUR personal response to the true “Gospel” of Jesus Christ.
Paul clearly gives us the truth in the passage above:
It is a received message, for Paul didn’t invent it— He just shared what he had received— The “Good News” that Jesus saves. Have you received the truth?
It is the only way to salvation—deliverance from the penalty of sin. Have you heard and recognized the truth of Jesus?
There is a “vain” faith—an imitation that looks good, sounds good, but isn’t really in Jesus but some other way, usually a ‘self-made’ way to God. What kind of faith do you have?
What Paul received, he shared. When he came to Jesus in repentance and faith, he accepted Jesus and the call to spread the “Good News”!!! If you belong to Jesus, what are you doing with the “Good News”?
The “Gospel” is ALL about Jesus.
He died for OUR sins, according to the scriptures.
He was buried, because He really died, for us.
He was resurrected, according to the scriptures–
He was, is and always will be God’s only plan for saving a lost and dying world.
He was seen alive by many witnesses.
Witnesses who often gave their lives sharing the truth of Jesus’ bodily resurrection from the dead, because it displayed His victory over sin, death and hell, just as God had promised!
So the question comes to mind, “What have you done with the ‘Gospel’”? There is no other way, and Jesus Himself gives us the message so clearly throughout His life and ministry on this earth.
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3 & 5 (He said it twice!)
And why do we need to repent? Because we have gone our own way and not God’s way (by birth into sin, and by personal choice), and only the suffering, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ could pay the debt that our sin incurs.
hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows:
did esteem him stricken,
smitten of God,
5 But he
was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we
like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way; and
hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:4-6
All our sin was laid upon Jesus!
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done,
that it might be fulfilled
which was spoken
of the Lord
by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:21-23
“God with us”, and praise God, HE, Jesus, came, HE lived a sinless life, and HE died for you and me!!! We needed a Savior and HE came to pay for my sin and yours. Jesus alone—the God Man– could provide eternal life for those who would believe in Him; and not only eternal life, but also abundant overcoming life; life guided and directed by the Holy Spirit of God; life that can walk with the Lord Jesus, and also can rest in HIM in all the busy-ness and chaos of the world.
“Come unto me,
all ye that labour
and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
And that rest can and will only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came and gave Himself that we might have life, hope and peace, the peace of God as well as peace with God.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:44
Well, if Jesus is the only way to the Father (and HE is), and no one comes to Jesus unless the Father draws Him (and He does), then how do we come? Only one way, and it’s all of God, from God, by God and through God:
“And I will pray the Father, and
he shall give you another Comforter,
that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth;
whom the world cannot receive,
because it seeth him not,
neither knoweth him:
but ye know him;
for he dwelleth with you,
and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless:
I will come to you.” John 14:16-18
Jesus promised His indwelling Spirit would come and be our “Comforter”, the “Spirit of Truth” (and remember Jesus IS truth), who at that time was dwelling with them (Jesus Himself in the flesh), yet would be within them after HE physically left this world!!! Oh what a wonderful promise, the “New Covenant”, Jesus with us always.
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” Colossians 1:27
Christ Jesus within you and me, who will believe!!! It’s why Jesus came and accomplished the work of salvation, the atonement for our sin, and the redemption (buying us back for the power of the enemy, Satan, see Col. 1:13-14) of our souls and our lives. And in that redemption on the cross, He sealed the New Covenant, which is the promise of God dwelling within us (See Jeremiah 31:31-33 and Ezekiel 36:25-29)! Oh what glory—God’s glory within us so we don’t have to take this Christian journey alone. He has promised to never leave His own!!
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said,
I will never leave thee,
nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say,
The Lord is my helper,
and I will not fear
what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:5-6
We can be confident because the Lord Himself, through His Spirit, is with us always and is accomplishing God’s work in us.
“But when the Comforter is come,
whom I will send
from the Father,
even the Spirit of truth,
which proceedeth from the Father,
he shall testify of me:” John 15:26
And by His Spirit we can overcome the opposition of this world. We can walk in victory by walking “in the Spirit” and then we won’t “fulfill the lusts of the flesh”! Jesus revealed even more of what His Spirit would do for His children.
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart,
I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come,
he will reprove the world of sin,
and of righteousness,
and of judgment:
9 Of sin,
because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness,
because I go to my Father,
and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment,
because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he,
the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you into all truth:
for he shall not speak of himself;
but whatsoever he shall hear,
that shall he speak:
and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me:
for he shall receive of mine,
and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine:
therefore said I,
that he shall take of mine,
and shall shew it unto you.” John 16:7-15
What assurance to know that God the Son has given us His Spirit to empower our victory in this walk of faith. But that’s not all; He also gave us His Word. And by that Word we can know how to order our steps, what truth looks like and acts like, and can join the Psalmist and pray:
“Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” Psalm 119:133
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” Psalm 37:23
And when we are focused on the face of our Lord, and dig into His Word we will come to understand that we must die to self and live to Him.
“And he said to them all,
If any man will come after me,
let him deny himself,
and take up his cross daily,
and follow me.
24 For whosoever will save his life
shall lose it:
but whosoever will lose his life for my sake,
the same shall save it.
25 For what is a man advantaged,
if he gain the whole world,
and lose himself,
or be cast away?” Luke 9:23-25
The very same message that Isaiah shared—we have all gone our own way!! Only in giving our lives to Jesus and accepting HIS life, can we truly live. I must repent of MY sin, stop going my own way and take up the cross of Jesus and receive His life for my death sentence. It is the power of the cross—Jesus gives life, eternal life—life for death!
“I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live;
yet not I,
but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me,
and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Praise God, I can live “by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”! What less could I do but give myself to Him. And the very Lord who offers us life, knows those who are truly His own. Do you know you are His? It’s a matter of life and death, for a day is coming when we will all give an account of our choices—whether we have chosen life in Jesus, or chosen to pay for our own sin ourselves. You see, the question isn’t “will you bow before Jesus”, but “when will you bow”? Because “every knee shall bow” before Him and “every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord”(See Philippians 2:5-11)! The question is, will you bow before Him now as your Lord and Savior, or will you reject/ignore Him now and bow before Him then as your judge. It will be one or the other, and it’s your choice—but a choice with eternal consequences. And no matter who you may be able to fool in this world, you can’t fool the Lord Jesus Christ. He knows His own!!!
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19
So the question to be answered is, “are you His”? If you aren’t you can be! But if you aren’t, no measure of pretense or imitation will fool the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will stand before Him one day. What will you hear there?
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:21-27
Will you hear “depart”, or “well done”? When Jesus says “NO” it means no!!! Oh to hear His “welcome home precious child”! Are you building on the “Rock Of Ages” or the “Sinking Sand”? It’s your choice, but the storms will come! And after the storms will you stand on the “Rock” or fall with the “Sand”? Will you hear depart? Or will you hear ‘well done’?
“His lord said unto him,
thou good and faithful servant:
thou hast been faithful over a few things,
I will make thee ruler
over many things:
enter thou into the joy of thy lord.……..
23 His lord said unto him,
Well done, good and faithful servant;
thou hast been faithful over a few things,
I will make thee ruler
over many things:
enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matthew 25:21 & 23
Will you hear “enter thou into the joy of thy lord”? Or will you hear “NO” way you ‘unprofitable servant’?
“His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant,………… 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 25:26 & 30
Will you say “yes” to Jesus, and hear “enter in”, or will you say “no” to His loving sacrifice for you, and hear “no” when you want to enter His Kingdom. The choice is yours but the consequences are eternal–Yes or No? It is life or death?
“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15
And a side note in closing, if you don’t have time or desire for HIM now, why would He have a place for you then?
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21
Is Jesus your treasure?