“Witness Brutally Murdered”

Posted: July 20, 2016 in Christian Life, Dispensations, Evagelism, Gospel, Gospel of John, Salvation

A week before he was to take the stand as a witness against the accused, he was brutally gunned down as he came out of a restaurant. Being a witness against someone can be a dangerous thing, especially if the person being tried is part of organized crime.

Swear. While many of us have served on jury duty, fewer of us have ever been called to be a witness on the stand in a court of law. Before testifying, one is supposed to swear on the Bible to tell the truth. In spite of this, many people lie or twist the truth.

Flat Tire. It was a bright spring day and four boys failed to show up at high school until noon, reporting they’d had a flat tire. The teacher smiled understandingly and informed the youths that they’d missed a morning test so she would give them another. She requested that they sit apart from one another. The exam proved very brief. As the boys sat, pencils in hand, the teacher gave them one question: “Which tire was flat?” – Source unknown.

Abomination. “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 12:22) and those whose character is one of a liar will end up forever in the lake of fire with the devil/demons and others who lack Christ’s righteousness (Revelation 21:8; See 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; John 16:8-11; Matthew 25:41, 46). Do you know how to secure His righteousness to insure yourself a place in heaven (Romans 4:3-16; Acts 16:31; 1 John 5:13)?

Truth. Jesus said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). This is not a politically correct statement to make. It’s excludes all other ways to God. But Jesus spoke the truth about Himself to the people of His day. Most of the Jews refused to believe in/on Him as their promised Messiah and as the Son of God (John 20:31; John 1:11).

Purpose. Jesus’ primary purpose in leaving heaven and coming to earth was to glorify God by making the Godhead known to His creatures (John 17:3). Through selected Old Testament prophets (2 Peter 1:21) some knowledge of God was gained, but the greatest manifestation of the Godhead was on display for about 33 years while Jesus walked here on earth. If He had sinned, His disciples would have know about it (John 8:46; Hebrews 4:15). He would not have been qualified to be our Savior.

Witnesses. Having died for our sins…and having risen again bodily from the dead on the third day, Jesus gave His disciples some clear commands. “Go therefore and make disciples (true believers) of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19, 20). Just before He ascended back to heaven publicly, gradually, and literally, Jesus said to His disciples, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnessed to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Sadly, the early Jewish Christians didn’t begin to evangelize the non-Jews until persecution arose against them (Acts 8).

Questions. Are you certain that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you claim to be a Christian, when was the last time you shared the clear Gospel message with someone else (1 Corinthians 14:3, 4)? What did you tell them they had to do to be saved (Acts 16:31)? Are you doing the works that God planned for you to be doing (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10)? Are you edifying other believers when you gather on the Lord’s day (Hebrews 10:24, 25)? What kind of an influence are you having on others – good or evil? Do you have un-confessed sins in your life (1 John 1:9)? If so, would you like to get back in fellowship with God (1 John 1:3-10)?  Do you know the difference between the Scriptures that are to be believed and those that are to be believed and practiced? All of it is  for us but not all of it is addressed to us.  If you don’t have our FREE “Dispensations Chart,” ask for one.  It could open up the Scriptures for you as it did for me many years ago.

Help. As a fellow traveler along life’s road, we’re here to try to help those who want to discover the truth that is found in the Word of God (John 17:17). If you’re teachable and willing to change when you’re exposed to it (2 Timothy 2:2, 15), and would like our help, we can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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

Gospel In Less Than 25 Words: http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/read

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation in 24 languages. http://www.kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm

 

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