THE WORLD’S GREATEST EVANGELIST
The word “evangelist” literally means a messenger or bearer of good news. In the New Testament it refers to a preacher of the gospel. The gospel is the good news of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection for the sins of all mankind. There is a sense in which every Christian is to be an evangelist. “Preach the gospel by all means; if necessary, use words,” has been attributed to Francis of Assisi (c. 1182 1226), but without verification.
The world’s greatest evangelist is God Himself. He is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9, KJV). He “so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
God also has given us His greatest evangelistic tool: the Bible. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16-17). If one is eternally lost it will not be God’s fault! He gave His Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins and He gave us His inspired word that we might know what to do to be saved. The Bible is available in many languages and versions. One can read it on his computer, cell phone, or iPad. It is available in bookstores, at WalMart, and other retail outlets. One is without excuse for not knowing what to do to be saved from eternal torment and to have eternal life in heaven.
- If one does not come to faith in God, whose fault is that? (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:18-20; Hebrews 11:6).
- If one does not come to faith in Christ as the Son of God, whose fault is that? (John 3:16; 8:24; 14:6; 20:30-31).
- If one does not repent of his or her sins, whose fault is that? (Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 3:19; 17:30-31).
- If one does not confess faith in Christ, whose fault is that? (Matthew 10:32-33; Acts 8:37 [KJV]; Romans 10:9-10).
- If one is not baptized for the remission of sins, whose fault is that? (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; I Peter 3:21).
- If one does not know that neither sprinkling nor pouring but only immersion constitutes scriptural baptism, whose fault is that? (Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12).
- If one does not know that he is to worship God “in spirit and truth,” whose fault is that? (John 4:24).
- If one does not know that Christians should eat the Lord’s Supper every first day of the week, whose fault is that? (Acts 20:7).
- If one does not know that in our worship we are to sing and make melody in our heart to the Lord, whose fault is that? (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).
- If one does not know that when he worships after the doctrines and commandments of men his worship is vain (empty, meaningless), whose fault is that? (Matthew 15:8-9).
- If one does not know that we are to abide in the doctrine of Christ and His inspired apostles and not go beyond what is written, whose fault is that? (II John 9; Acts 2:42; I Corinthians 4:6).
- If one does not know that Christ established His church and when and where that church was established, whose fault is that? (Matthew 16:18; Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:4-5, 8; 2:1-4).
- If one does not know that the church is the spiritual body of Christ and that there is but one body (church), whose fault is that? (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:4).
- If one does not know that marriage is between a man and a woman, whose fault is that? (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:1-6; Romans 7:2-3).
- If one does not know that he is to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, whose fault is that? (Titus 2:11-14).
- If one does not know that after death, he will stand before God to be judged for the way he has lived, whose fault is that? (Hebrews 9:27; Acts 17:30-31; II Corinthians 5:10).
- If one does not know that hell is real and eternal, whose fault is that? (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:44, 46, 48; II Thessalonians 1:7-9).
- If one does not know that heaven is real and eternal, whose fault is that? (Matthew 25:46; John 14:1-3; II Corinthians 5:1; I Peter 1:3-5).
- If one should be eternally lost, whose fault is that? (Matthew 7:21; Romans 6:16-18; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; II Peter 1:5-11; Revelation 2:10).
If you do not have a Bible, let me encourage you to obtain one today. If you do not know what God has said in His word, let me encourage you to begin today to read the Bible and see what He has said. You might begin with a serious reading and a sober reflection on the Biblical message proclaimed in the passages above by the world’s greatest evangelist!
December 22, 2015