Parcels from the Preacher: June 30, 2024

Parcels from the Preacher: June 30, 2024

Reading through the New Testament, one will notice two distinctive reactions to the “good news” of Jesus Christ. For example, on the Day of Pentecost, Peter proclaimed, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36, NKJV). The text puts forth about three thousand souls obeyed the Gospel unto the saving of their souls (Acts 2:41). But what about the rest? Although implied, many others were in attendance, but only those with fertile hearts were made clean (James 1:21).

Scripture teaches that God’s will must be made known to mankind (Romans 10:17). This blessing must then be accepted for what it is: man’s only message of salvation (Galatians 1:8). This mandate must then be obeyed to receive the benefit of it (Romans 6:17-18). Then, as Paul demonstrated, the Gospel decree is then lived and delivered to others for a similar opportunity (Acts 20:25-27). This is God’s universal salvation directive and culmination from sin following the Cross intended for all mankind (Acts 8:12-13, 37, 9:5, 10:34, 16:14, 16:25, 17:32, 18:8, 19:1). Thus, only one correct response remains. What about the rest?

First, God has always given mankind the decision to follow Him or sin (Joshua 24:15). Too often, we take the path of least resistance (Romans 9:27-29). Second, God gives us our choice, so we might be unrestrained in choosing the good (Leviticus 19:5). Thus, what is selected is of our own volition and inheritance (2 Corinthians 5:10). Accordingly, the second response to the Gospel is one not of peace, but detriment to their eternal soul (John 3:18-21). The Scriptures declare a peaceful rest awaits in Heaven for anyone who loves the Lord’s appearing (2 Timothy 4:8). Will your reaction to the Gospel be the former of the latter? Only one supplies your every need. Choose wisely.

In Christ,

Archie R. Green


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