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God’s Sovereignty Brings Forth the Real Gospel

October 13, 2008

The words “personal Savior” are never mentioned in Scripture. In the greatest evangelistic book ever, Acts, how is it that the Apostles call sinners to Christ? That’s a good question because it should tell us how we might need to call sinners to Christ. The answer is they call sinners to receive Christ, not into their hearts as a Depeche Mode style “personal Jesus”, but as ‘Kurios’, or Lord. Lord means ‘master’ or ‘boss-man’.

As Ernest Reisinger said in his book ‘Today’s Evangelism: It’s Message and Methods’ pg. 49-50, “what sinners need is for Christ to do something for them, instead of them needing to do something with Christ!” See the vast difference?

Secondly, we are called to repent. The future of our lives should look different then our past. We must have sorrow for sin, but also sorrow unto enthusiastic change only because of grace.

Those who do these two things can rest assure that Christ lived the perfect life they couldn’t, and was crushed for their sin instead of them. Those who do these two things, and do so continually until they die are those who can call themselves Christians because they know they are right with Christ (our Judge), get to become like Him, get to commune with Him and His people, and will get to know and experience Him forever! Amen!

These are James R. White’s closing comments in a Calvinist/Arminian debate. These words speak well on the current state of the gospel (a self-help gospel) and modern evangelism.

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2 comments

  1. The future of our lives should look different then our past.

    How so? What works are required? How big must the difference in lives be?


    We must have sorrow for sin, but also sorrow unto enthusiastic change only because of grace.

    What change? How does a change because of grace work? What is this change?

    asks
    Kehrhelm “a helmet” Kröger


  2. How so? What works are required? How big must the difference in lives be?

    The works get to be in line with obeying the moral law of God (10 commandments) which is summed up in loving God with all of our mind, heart, sole, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves (Mat 22:36-40).

    What change? How does a change because of grace work? What is this change?

    There are many changes. First let’s just look at the change of the heart.

    Rom 8:6-7 “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.”

    The second to last phrase says “nor can it do so”, speaking of the sinful nature as opposed to our new nature by the Spirit. Notice there are only 2 natures. Either the flesh (against Christ) or the Spirit (loving and obeying Christ). Going back to the phrase, the Greek is “oude gar danomai”, literally “indeed not capable.” The flesh is indeed not capable of submitting to Christ, but by the Spirit we are given new hearts in order to do so. Do we hate Christ or love Him as Lord? There are only 2 possibilities. Whether we confess Him as Lord will give us the answer. Further, the answer will determine if we are capable of submitting to Him and living a new life for Him!

    Therefore, those who test themselves to see if they are in the faith (2 Cor 13:5), and know Christ as Lord instead of hating Him, will know they have received new life by the Spirit.

    The Spirit is the bases by which we can even do works pleasing to God, and satisfying to ourselves.

    Rom 8:13 “For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live”

    Enough about my thoughts, what are your own thoughts Kehrhelm???



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