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Without Jesus

Without Jesus the world would be in spiritual darkness—He is the Light of the World (John 8;12). Without Him our hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6) could never assuage— He is the Bread of Life (John 6:48); He has the living water (John 4:10). Without Him life would be futile; there would be no deliverance from the fear of death and no victory over it (Hebrews 2:14-15; 1Corinthians 15:55-58). There would be nothing after death but a fearful looking of judgment and a fiery indignation (Hebrews 10:27). Jesus has the words of eternal life (John 6:68); He is the Resurrection and Life (John 11:25). Without Jesus there would be no way to approach God. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, the Life. No man can go to the Father but by Him (John 14:6). Without Jesus we would be lost. Thank God that Jesus came to seek and save us (Luke 19:10). There is salvation in no other; there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

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The Book of Acts (this month’s book) contains numerous examples of how one is converted to Jesus Christ.  Luke makes a point to record many of the sermons that led to these conversions, and even some that led to no recorded conversions!  Over 20 sermons are included in the book of Acts—making-up the majority of the text in the book.  As you read this week, focus on what Peter, as he was inspired by the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, said about the salvation available through Jesus the Christ.  It wasn’t just a “sermon” for those gathered on that day, but a model sermon of the gospel message for all time.

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Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10); the gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). None should be more aware of these truths or more appreciative of them than we who have been saved by His grace (Luke 17:17). We should view ourselves as debtors-- obligated to share the gospel with others (Romans 1:14). Let us never forget the noble purpose for which Christ died and for which the gospel was given-- the saving of souls. Let us see the importance of telling “the old, old story” to others and do so with enthusiasm and zeal.


 

I recently came across the following devotion by Spurgeon. His brief article makes plain what one’s aim should be in sharing the gospel and the diligence with which one should share it:

"I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." 1 Corinthians 9:22

Paul's great object was not merely to instruct and to improve, but to save. Anything short of this would have disappointed him; he would have men renewed in heart, forgiven, sanctified, in fact, saved. Have our Christian labours been aimed at anything below this great point? Then let us amend our ways, for of what avail will it be at the last great day to have taught and moralized men if they appear before God unsaved? Blood-red will our skirts be if through life we have sought inferior objects, and forgotten that men needed to be saved. Paul knew the ruin of man's natural state, and did not try to educate him, but to save him; he saw men sinking to hell, and did not talk of refining them, but of saving from the wrath to come. To compass their salvation, he gave himself up with untiring zeal to telling abroad the gospel, to warning and beseeching men to be reconciled to God. His prayers were importunate and his labours incessant. To save souls was his consuming passion, his ambition, his calling. He became a servant to all men, toiling for his race, feeling a woe within him if he preached not the gospel. He laid aside his preferences to prevent prejudice; he submitted his will in things indifferent, and if men would but receive the gospel, he raised no questions about forms or ceremonies: the gospel was the one all-important business with him. If he might save some he would be content. This was the crown for which he strove, the sole and sufficient reward of all his labours and self-denials. Dear reader, have you and I lived to win souls at this noble rate? Are we possessed with the same all-absorbing desire? If not, why not? Jesus died for sinners, cannot we live for them? Where is our tenderness? Where our love to Christ, if we seek not His honour in the salvation of men? O that the Lord would saturate us through and through with an undying zeal for the souls of men. (taken from Morning and Evening, Spurgeon)

 

We encourage you to finish reading the gospel of John this week. Watch next week’s Good News for a quiz on John’s gospel and February’s reading assignment.

   

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

No question is more important than this. We make many important decisions in life regarding matters such as education, marriage, and occupation. But none is as transcending as that which affects our soul's eternity (Matt. 16:26).

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"Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?"

Luke 9:23-25