"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God" 2 Cor. 5:20. THIS is The Body of Christ's Commission!
There is no doubt that the member of the Body of Christ needs much training along Bible lines in order to work successfully with sinners in an effort to bring them to Christ; but the all-important thing is to believe in the terrible consequences of sin, the awful penalty awaiting the sinner at the Great White Throne judgment, and to know from personal experience that The LORD Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is an almighty Savior from sin and its consequences. Both here and hereafter.
Such knowledge should create within the heart of every Child of God a passion for lost sinners, an earnest and sincere desire to see them brought to The LORD Jesus Christ, and washed in His blood.
A man said to me once, "If I believed what you do about eternal punishment and that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ could save sinners from the sorrows of the second death, I would use every ounce of strength in my being to tell every sinner in this town the story and then move to another place and do the same thing."
The sinner knows that the Child of God is not in earnest about these eternal issues. Many Children of God never seriously take the message of salvation to sinners. It is UNBELIEVABLE, the wasted moments, hours, and days of God's people, while millions on this earth are perishing without the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
And, regardless of what you might think, even many of your neighbors have never heard the Gospel of Grace before. They might be aware of other sentiments CALLED "The Gospel", but it would AMAZE you to know the number of people who have sincerely never heard the True Gospel.
"When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at THINE hand" Ezekiel 3:18. The Apostle Paul said, "For the love of Christ constraineth us" 2 Cor. 5:14. Also, "Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men" 2 Cor. 5:11. He likewise said, "I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise and to the unwise" Romans 1:14. If this Hebrew Christian, Paul, was debtor to the Gentiles, surely WE are debtor to the Gentiles AND also the Jews.
Think of the passion for souls that dominated the life of this man who said, "I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren" Romans 9:3. The Apostle Paul believed that eternal darkness awaited every man who failed to receive through The LORD Jesus Christ, the gift of Eternal Life. He tried in his day to reach every sinner he possibly could with this message. How full was his life! Which begs the question: What are YOU doing?
"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God" 2 Cor. 5:20. AGAIN, THIS is The Body of Christ's Commission!
"For we are laborers together with God" 1 Corinthians 3:9
"How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things" Romans 10:15.
Saul asked this of Christ, "What wilt thou have me to do?" Acts 9:6. In contrast, the Apostle Peter said concerning the Apostle John, "LORD, what shall this man do?" To this Jesus replied,"What is that to thee? Follow thou me"
Therefore, if no other Child of God assumes his or her responsibility, remember the Savior, is saying to YOU, "Follow thou me" There are nearly a billion souls who have never heard the gospel story. What are YOU going to do about it? RIGHT Where you live...
Some day we are going to look into the face of The LORD Jesus Christ, our Savior, and give an account of what we did with the Life He gave us. "Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men" 2 Cor. 5:11. "When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at THINE hand" Ezekiel 3:18. "Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men" Acts 20:26.
May the LORD from this moment on have your life and mine fully dedicated to Him. Will you say to Him now, "Here, Lord am I, send me" WOW! that we might measure up to the Apostle Paul's standard.
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.
So There You Have it!
Spread this message to everyone you know, far and wide.
Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)