“Glorifying God Through Evangelism”

Posted: August 20, 2015 in Bible Prophecy, Christian Life, Church, Crowns, Dispensations, Evagelism, Gospel, Holocaust, Salvation, Tribulation

If you’ve ever studied a catechism, you probably know that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 16:11). God’s primary purpose is to make Himself known to His creatures through His creation (Psalm 19:1), through His written Word (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16 17), and through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1-18). When He saves someone, He usually leaves him/her here on earth for a little while to bear witness to His power to transform our lives into a Christ likeness (Galatians 2:20; 4:19; Isaiah 64:8). Let’s consider –

The Jews In Israel

Having chosen them, not because of their size (Deuteronomy 7:7, 8) but for reasons fully known only to Himself, God gave them the honor and privilege of bearing witness for Him as the heathen people from other nations traveled through Israel on their way to Africa, Asia, or Europe. These foreigners could have witnessed the magnificence of the God of the Jews who dwelt between the cherubim in the Temple built by King Solomon (Isaiah 43:10, 12; 44:8). But rather than drawing the heathen to the true and living God, the Jews began to live like their heathen neighbors (Isaiah 2:8; Jeremiah 44:17ff).

As a result of this, God withdrew His presence from the Temple and the Shekinah glory cloud departed (Ezekiel 9:3; 10:4, 18; 11:23). Ichabod (i.e. “the glory has departed”) could have been written over the Jewish nation (1 Samuel 4:21). It would be about 400 more years before the glory of God would be seen in the rebuilt Temple when the God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ made His appearance in the Temple as a baby for the first time (Luke 2:34, 41-50). Because the Jewish people disregarded the Old Testament Prophets and their warnings, God used enemy nations to deport them to foreign lands (Luke 11:49-51; Daniel 1:1, 2).

Even though there have been other deportations and holocausts in the past, there will be an even greater holocaust in the future (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff). It may not be far off. God has not permanently forsaken the Jewish nation and He never will (Romans 11:1ff). The believing remnant will be restored to the land that God promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and his descendents (Romans 11:5; Genesis 15:18-21).

The Shekinah glory of the Lord’s presence will be seen again during the millennium. The people living on earth during this time will be able to see Christ every day as the light from His presence shines down on the earth from the heavenly New Jerusalem in the second heaven (Matthew 24:29ff; Ezekiel 44:4; Zechariah 12:10; 14:4ff; Revelation 21:22ff). This is where He and the Church will be residing for 1,000 years.

The Christians In The World

The true Church began on the Day of Pentecost and will come to its completion at the Rapture when all whom the Father has given to the Son have come to Him (John 6:37; Acts 2-1; Romans 11:25; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). It is made up of all true believers from Jewish and Gentile backgrounds (Galatians 3:28). We have been given the privilege and opportunity to bear witness for God in a sinful world (Acts 1:8).

In spite of the divine power that has been given to us from the Holy Spirit, and being indwelt by Christ (Colossians 1:27), and having the modern tools of technology, the church as a whole is not making much progress in the evangelizing of the lost people in the world with the Gospel concerning Christ (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Why? False teachers are presenting to people around the world other gospels and other plans of salvation (2 Corinthians 11:4). But they have no saving power to transform lives (Romans 1:15, 17). What is the Gospel [1] and how are people saved (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9)?  Don’t be misled yourself and don’t mislead others whom you’re trying to win to Christ.

When we, as Christians, stand before the Lord Jesus Christ at the Bema Seat Judgment, I often wonder how I personally will measure up to what God expected of me (1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). I like to ask myself the questions posed by Dr. Howard Hendricks: “Is the Lord well pleased? Is the Work well done? Is the Word well used (i.e. being applied to my life)? Each Christian needs to be examining his/her life by the standard of God’s Word that is addressed to Christians (1 Corinthians 11:28; Titus 1:9).

Do you know if you will receive the Crown of Rejoicing for having had a part in the salvation of other people (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)? What about the other four Crowns you and I can earn?

The 144,000 Witnesses Among The Nations

These men will be Jews who come from the 12 tribes of Israel (Revelation 7:4-8). Don’t worry. God knows where all the Jews are and to which tribe they belong. They will be dispatched during the Tribulation to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom (i.e. the rule of the heavens over the earth – Matthew 4:23; 16:20; 24:14) throughout the whole world. This is necessary because of the Church’s failure to do what she was supposed to do.

During Christ’s days on earth His disciples were to go only to other Jews (Matthew 10:5ff). But during the seven years of the Tribulation, these Jewish witnesses will go to Jews and non-Jews (Matthew 24:14). Daniel prophesied that the Messiah (God’s Anointed One) would come to rule over the whole earth. It will begin with 1,000 years and then go on into eternity (Daniel 9:24-27; See Deuteronomy 18:15; Isaiah 9:6, 7; 61:1-3; Revelation 19:16ff; 20:1-6).

When Jesus stood before Pilate He said, “My kingdom is not of [i.e. out of] his world” (John 18:36). It will be a literal kingdom on/over the earth for 1,000 years. It will be completely different than the kingdoms of men (Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Grecian, Roman, or the revived Roman empire – Daniel 2:36-43; 7:1-8).

The responses of the people to the 144,000 Jewish witnesses in giving them some food to eat or water to drink will indicate whether they believe in their message concerning Christ and His coming Kingdom or not (Matthew 25:312-46). No one ever was or can be saved by his/her good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Our good works are the evidence we provide to other people who can’t see our faith (James 2:19, 20). God knows and can see our faith when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel (Acts 16:31: 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 4:3, 16; 10:16).

The Millennials In The Kingdom

The first generation of those who enter the Kingdom of the Heavens will be saved people (Matthew 25:34). But they will have children who will need to believe on Christ to be saved. God has no grandchildren. Every one will have an innate knowledge of God (Jeremiah 31:34) and there will be no need to evangelize others. But knowledge alone is not enough to save someone. There must be a transfer of trust from one’s self to Christ alone.

Because of the severe penalties associated with sinful behavior during the millennium, most of the unbelievers will comply with the rules of the Kingdom (Matthew 5:29, 30). It’s hard to imagine that people who will be living on a Paradise like earth would even think about not believing on Christ and obeying Him.

During the millennium the devil will be bound in the Abyss (Revelation 20:1-3). The world system that was devised by the devil, will have been abolished (1 John 2:15-17). Even though the sin nature of man will be curbed, by virtue of having his every need supplied, the unsaved people will still long for the day when they can make one last stab at God and throw off His rule over them (See Psalm 2). They will join the devil when he is released out of the Abyss at the end of the millennium.

This will be the last time there will ever be a rebellion against God. Jesus will cast all these rebels into the lake of fire where they will suffer forever (Matthew 26:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:7-9).

Then He will raise up all the other unsaved dead people who will stand before Judge Jesus at the Great White Throne (John 5:22; 1 Corinthians 15:24). These unsaved people will be judged according to their works done on the earth to determine the degree of suffering they will experience in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:10-15). We certainly hope that you won’t be among those to whom Jesus says, “Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21-23; 25:41)!

The Real Problem

No matter what kind of rules for living (dispensations) that God imposes on all or some of mankind, unaided man always fails the tests because he has a heart that is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-23). Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). But “[You and I as Christians] can do all things through Him who strengthens [us]” (Philippians 4:13).

Every Christian who walks (orders his life) by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16) has the potential to live a life that pleases and brings glory to God (2 Corinthians 5:9; 1 Corinthians 10:31). The choice is yours. What will you do?

If you, as a Christian, have any known sins that haven’t been confessed to God, confess them to Him now and to others if you have sinned against them (1 John 1:9; James 5:16). We’re all sending verbal and non-verbal messages to others all the time. What is the message that other people are getting from you and me? What needs to change?

Help

We don’t have all the answers to life’s questions. But we are happy to share what we know with others who sincerely want to know and do God’s will. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Thanks to all of you who are forwarding the articles that help you to others.  We want to bless you so you can bless others (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

[1] Clear Gospel: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Audio of Clear Gospel: http://www.duluthbible.org/filerequest/9415

Social Gospel: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/mevangel/greatcom.htm

 

 

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