Welcome to the Gospel Light Minute!

Daniel Whyte III is a full-time evangelist by calling. Through the Gospel Light Minute, his main aim is to present a short, clear, understandable presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ which saved him over 30 years ago. Throughout his ministry, he has emphasized a clear presentation of the Gospel because he believes that many pastors and churches mix up the Gospel with other things, and this causes confusion for nonbelievers. In order to do that, Daniel Whyte III uses tracts that he has written, as well as tracts produced by the following ministries: Fellowship Tract League, the American Tract Society, and Good News/Crossway Tracts in the production of this broadcast.

Reconciled to God and to Each Other, Part 32 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #201)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 3:20-21:

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

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Oswald Chambers said, “Beware of reasoning about God’s Word. Obey it!”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “We have adopted the convenient theory that the Bible is a Book to be explained, whereas first and foremost it is a Book to be believed (and after that to be obeyed).”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Within a decade, the movement of prayer that began in Great Britain was duplicated in the United States and many other nations. The story of the Second Great Awakening is a story of God bringing revival to praying saints and giving birth to a renewed missionary vision in the church. The outpouring of the Spirit that fell in these meetings impacted the evangelical church for half a century.”

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When God does things that are “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” it is not we in the church who get the credit or the glory. It is not a testament to how great we are, because we are nothing without Christ. Instead, Paul writes, “Unto him [that is God] be glory in the church by Christ Jesus.” The exceeding abundant work that God does in the life of His children individually and in the body of believers collectively is a testament to His might, power, love, and grace.

Now, we must not make the mistake of thinking that these exceeding abundant works will always be something that we approve of or desire. When they happen, we may not always consider them to be miracles. Many Christians have found out years later that a terrible situation that happened to them was actually God working in their lives for the good of the kingdom of Christ and for God’s own glory.

You know the story of Jim Elliot. In 1956, he was trying to reach the Auca Indians of South America for Christ. Just three years earlier, after watching an Indian die in a jungle hut, he had affirmed his willingness to serve God and die if necessary among these people. At that time, he prayed, “Lord, let me live until I have declared Thy works to this generation.”

Jim Eliot was not planning to die. He didn’t expect God to answer his prayer by letting him be speared to death before he was thirty years old. But neither did he have any idea that within three years his name would be known all over the world and that his writings would challenge many to give themselves to missionary service. He did not know that his death — his violent untimely death, might I add — was a catalyst that brought hundreds of Indian heathens to Christ.

God’s exceedingly abundant work in Jim Eliot’s life involved pain, difficulty, and death. What we must remember as Christians is that, as we walk with Christ, all things may not appear at first to be miraculous or blessed, but God is at work bringing glory to Himself out of everything that happens in our lives.

Steven J. Cole said, “Because God is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, we should pray for that which would further His glory through Christ and His church.”

Abiding in Christ and Bearing Good Fruit, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 236)

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TEXT: John 15:1-2

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 236.

Joseph Parker said, “Humans need Jesus Christ as a necessity and not as a luxury. You may be pleased to have flowers, but you must have bread…. Jesus is not a phenomenon, He is bread: Christ is not a curiosity, He is water. As surely as we cannot live without bread, we cannot live truly without Christ: If we know not Christ we are not living, our movement is a mechanical flutter, our pulse is but the stirring of an animal life.”

In the continuation of His discourse with His disciples before He is arrested to be crucified, Jesus now turns his attention to how He and the Father will interact with the disciples during His physical absence. Jesus says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.”

The vine is a metaphor that everyone in Israel would be familiar with. Grapes, a fruit for which the land of Palestine was well-known, grew on the vine. A good crop of grapes was considered a sign of prosperity and well-being. Jesus takes this metaphor and applies it to himself and the union between His disciples and the Heavenly Father. Every Christian living today is also a part of this vine.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe describes this relationship thusly: “The vines I saw in the Holy Land were large and strong, and it was next to impossible for anyone to break off a mature branch without injuring the vine itself. Our union with Christ is a living union, so we may bear fruit; a loving union, so that we may enjoy Him, and a lasting union, so that we need not be afraid.”

While the concept of the vine was familiar to the disciples, the idea of Jesus being a vine was new to the disciples. It is significant that Jesus says, “My Father is the husbandman.” The husbandman is the person who is in charge of the vine. He plants the seed, checks on its growth, prunes bad growth or unfruitful branches, and then, in season, he collects the harvest.

The fact that Jesus tells us His Father is the husbandman ties this chapter in with the previous one where Jesus said He was going to the cross out of love and obedience to the Father. Just as the Father was in charge of Jesus’ life on earth, the Father will be in charge of the disciples’ lives on earth. Just as Jesus loved God and obeyed God, the disciples were commanded to love God and obey God.

This revelation is significant for two reasons:

First, Jesus is leaving physically, but the disciples are staying behind. The fact that they are “branches” in the vine indicate that they are an outgrowth of Jesus Christ. They are an extension of Him. They are, as C.S. Lewis put it, “little Christs.” An apple tree produces more apples. A tomato vine produces more tomatoes. So, must the Christ-vine produce more little Christs. The disciples could be encouraged knowing that, even though Jesus was gone physically, they were a part of something much bigger than themselves.

The second reason why this news is significant is because, this was Jesus’ first act of turning the disciples over to God. To this point, the disciples only knew God through Jesus Christ. Now, they would begin to know God directly as He began to work in their lives (made possible, of course, only because of Jesus’ sacrifice). This was a growth phase for the disciples. Just as a tree grows from a tiny sapling into a many-branched tree, the disciples would grow up from their step-by-step training with Jesus into full faith in God.

One hymnwriter put it this way —

He’s the vine and we’re the branches,
We should ever abide in Him,
And He should always abide with us
As the flow of life within.

As we hear His instant speaking,
He’s the rich indwelling Word;
To abide we must be faithful
To the speaking that we’ve heard.

Oh, how precious this abiding,
Oh, how intimate and sweet;
As the fruit of life is added,
And our joy is made complete.

Jesus wants you to be a part of His vine and to place your life under God’s control today. Here is how you can do that right now.

The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Reconciled to God and to Each Other, Part 31 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #200)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 3:20-21:

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

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Samuel Chadwick said, “Truth without enthusiasm, morality without emotion, ritual without soul, are things Christ unsparingly condemned. Destitute of fire, they are nothing more than a godless philosophy, and ethical system, and a superstition.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Satan fools and feigns, blows and bluffs, and we so often take his threats to heart and forget the ‘exceeding greatness of God’s power to us.'”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Because the erosion of faith on both sides of the Atlantic at the end of the eighteenth century was such a great concern, one after another Christian denominations began to call the faithful to prayer. In England, the first Monday evening of each month was set aside for prayer. Two items were high on the prayer list. First, the churches prayed for a revival that would restore many who had lapsed into secularism. Second, they prayed for an extension of God’s kingdom into the unreached nations around the world.”

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Perhaps, the most remarkable thing about the things that God is able to do “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” is that these things are carried out “according to the power that worketh in us.” What Paul is saying is that we should not be surprised at the amazing things God is able to do. We ought to be familiar with it. In fact, we ought to expect it because that power is at work within us.

P.T. O’Brien said, “In the earlier petition of chapter 1, God’s effective power towards believers was said to be nothing less than the operation of His mighty strength exerted in the resurrection of Christ. Now that same power which raised Christ from the dead, enthroned Him in the heavenlies, and then raised and enthroned us with Him, is at work within us to achieve infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. In the doxology, Paul thus praises God for the bestowal of strength by His Spirit on His people, and affirms that the full realization of God’s gracious purposes for them and in them becomes possible.”

Now, the thing about power is that power can be at rest or in action. The batteries in a store contain power — power available to everyone — but power that is dormant. That power is not activated until the batteries are set into an electronic device.

God’s power, activated through the Holy Spirit, is present in every believer. However, in some believers, that power lies dormant because they have grieved or quenched the Holy Spirit through unconfessed sin. If we want God to do exceeding abundantly in our lives, above all that we can ask or think, we must make sure that we have not grieved the Holy Spirit in any way, for it is through the Spirit of God living inside of us that His power is activated.

Frances Havergal wrote:

Church of God, beloved and chosen,
Church of Christ for whom He died,
Claim thy gifts and praise the Giver,
Ye are washed and sanctified.
Sanctified by God the Father,
And by Jesus Christ His Son,
And by God the Holy Spirit,
Holy, Holy, Three in One.

By His will He sanctifieth,
By the Spirit’s power within;
By the loving hand that chasteneth
Fruits of righteousness to win;
By His truth and by His promise,
By the Word, His gift unpriced,
By His own blood, and by union
With the risen life of Christ.

Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 22 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 235)

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TEXT: John 14:29-31

29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.

30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 235.

Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf said, “Do you think it was self-denial for the Lord Jesus to come down from heaven to rescue a world: Was it self-denial? No, it was love — love that swallows up everything, and first of all self.”

As this portion of Jesus’ last few hours alive draws to a close, Jesus highlights the reason why He is going through with His sacrifice on the cross. It is not because the Jews will demand His death. It is not because the Romans will nail Him to a cross. It is not because Satan is coming to drag Him away to His death. It is not because Judas has forced His hand through betrayal.

It is because of the reason given in verse 31: “That the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so do I.”

Jesus loved the Father and would be obedient to Him unto the end. The disciples knew that Jesus loved the Father; Jesus had tried to impart that love to them throughout His life and ministry. Just as the disciples’ love for Jesus would be shown through their obedience, Jesus’ love for His Father would be shown through His obedience to the Father’s command.

The Father’s commandment was for Him to lay down His life for the salvation of the world. If someone, even God, told you to lay down your life for someone else, would you do it? If you loved that person dearly, you might consider it. But what if God told you to suffer the death penalty for a serial killer? Would you do that? Jesus did. That is what it meant for Him to be obedient to the Father’s command.

In Shirley Jackson’s famous short story, “The Lottery,” a small American farming town of about 300 people holds an annual drawing to ensure a good harvest. Every family must write their name on a slip of paper and put it in a box. The next day, the drawing is held and a family is selected. The head of household, Bill Hutchinson, takes the slip of paper with his family’s name on it. Then a second-round drawing is held and one person above 16 years of age in that family is selected. Bill’s wife, Tessie, is picked. The townsfolk pick up stones and stone her to death, sacrificing her, they believe, to ensure a good crop. When Mrs. Jackson published that story in The New Yorker in 1948, many readers were so appalled by it that they sent hate mail and cancelled their subscriptions for several months.

We can easily identify with how those readers felt regarding the unfairness of that situation, not to mention the false, superstitious beliefs of the townsfolk. While Mrs. Jackson never claimed to be a Christian, some critics have recognized Christian symbolism in her story. One can imagine God looking down from the towers of eternity across the vast plain of history past and future, searching for a suitable sacrifice to save fallen humanity. Having found none, He turns to His own Son and gives Him the commandment to lay down His life for the good of the world.

Rodney A. Whitacre said, “The cross itself will demonstrate what everything else in Jesus’ life has also testified — that he loves the Father and is obedient to him. Here is a manifestation for the world that is meant for the salvation of the world. The cross is both God’s judgment and his evangelism, and both are expressions of his love.”

Just as Tessie was stoned to death by the people for the good of the people, Jesus Christ allowed himself to be put to death by the people for the good of the people. Of course, Jesus went to the cross willingly because He loved His Father. Later, the world would look on Jesus’ willing act of sacrifice and marvel at the love, the sacrifice, and the obedience of the only begotten Son of God. Thus, at the end of this part of their discussion, Jesus tells His disciples, “Arise, let us go hence.” ‘The time for talk is over. Let me walk this path of obedience, love, and sacrifice.’

Isaac Watts wrote:

Alas, and did my Savior bleed?
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?

Was it for sins that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide,
And shut His glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker, died
For man, His creature’s sin.

That is why Jesus went to the cross… because He loved God and because they both loved the world and desired to save it from sin.

The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Jesus Comforts Troubled Hearts, Part 21 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 234)

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TEXT: John 14:29-31

29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.

30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

———-

Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 234.

Max Lucado said, “If you knew that only a few would care that you came, would you still come? If you knew that those you loved would laugh in your face, would you still care? If you knew that the tongues you made would mock you, the mouths you made would spit at you, the hands you made would crucify you, would you still make them? Christ did.”

From verse 29, we talked about the fact that Jesus was in control of everything that was happening around Him. Jesus further asserts His control in verse 30.

First, Jesus says, “Hereafter I will not talk much with you.” In other words, the time for discourse is almost over. Soon, there will be action, although, as we will see from the next few chapters, Jesus still had a lot to say to the disciples. The contents of those chapters appear to have been compressed into the space of a few hours — at the last supper, after the last supper, on the way to the Garden of Gethsemane, and then while Jesus and the disciples were in the Garden before Jesus went to pray alone.

Jesus’ warning that He would not spend time talking with them much longer would have served to get the disciples to sit up and pay attention to whatever Jesus would say next.

Now, Jesus says, “For the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.” The prince of this world is Satan. And Satan was coming. Like Jesus, Satan felt as though he were in control. He felt as though Jesus was on the edge of a cliff, and all it would take was a little push to send Him over the edge. The Jewish religious leaders had made it clear they wanted Him dead. The Romans were poised to crush any disturbances in the city. Judas, one of Jesus’ own disciples, had betrayed him. The remaining disciples were scared and worried, and they would prove useless in the hours ahead. All of this, not to mention the massive Satanic spiritual presence in the city at that moment.

Satan felt he had Jesus isolated, all alone. But, Jesus said, “the Prince of this world hath nothing in me.” What did he mean? The Bible Knowledge Commentary states that “Satan was moving his forces against Jesus. And yet Satan had no hold on Jesus. Sin leads to death, and sin and death give Satan a hold over people. But since Jesus is sinless, Satan cannot claim Him for his kingdom of darkness.” Satan had strings on the Romans, on the Jews, on Judas, even on the other disciples. But he had no strings on Jesus.

Perhaps Satan thought he had a chance to pull Jesus down because He was in flesh as any other man at this moment. Many men have broken under the weight of isolation, betrayal, opposition, and Satanic oppression. But, not Jesus. Satan thought, since Jesus had refused to bow to him three years prior, that if he could engineer Jesus’ death now, he would win. But he was mistaken.

Jesus was not dragged to His death, an unwilling victim. He went willingly, in complete control of His own person. He permitted the actions of the Romans, the Jews, Judas, and the disciples. Jesus could have stopped them. He could have stepped in and brought Satan’s plans to a screeching halt — but that would have only handed Satan the victory that he wanted, and Jesus would go home a failed Messiah.

Every time Jesus turned around , it seemed as if the deck was being stacked against him. That every one who had said they loved Him was leaving Him, betraying Him, denying Him, or growing too afraid to do anything about the present situation. But Jesus pressed on. He continued on His path to the cross. He never gave up because He loved you and me.

One hymn puts it like this:

Just before His trial, Jesus entered dark Gethsemane;
Leaving eight outside, he took Peter and two sons of Zebedee.
Oh, the anguish in the garden, as again He left the three;
And He went a little farther, all the way to Calvary!

See Him praying, hear him groaning; death sweeps over Him like a flood;
“Let this cup pass from me, Father”—sweat runs down as drops of blood!
“Not my will, Lord, I will drink it: let Thy will be done in me.”
And He went a little farther, all the way to Calvary!

Now He marches to Golgotha, scourged and thorn-crowned on the road;
Bears the cross upon His shoulder, sinks beneath the heavy load!
Mocked, reviled, by friends forsaken—all for you, and all for me—
And He went a little farther, all the way to Calvary!

Jesus did not give up on making sure that salvation was made available to you. Will you receive the free gift that He offers out of love? Here is how you can trust Jesus Christ as your Savior today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Reconciled to God and to Each Other, Part 30 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #199)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 3:20-21:

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

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P.T. Forsyth said, “It is well to get rid of the idea that faith is a matter of spiritual heroism only for a few select spirits. There are heroes of faith, but faith is not only for heroes. It is a matter of spiritual adulthood. It is a matter of maturity.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The church as we know it today seems a million miles from the New Testament church. That may be a great generalization, but I will stand on it. There is a gulf between our average Christianity and the church of the New Testament that makes the Grand Canyon look like a cavity in someone’s tooth.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “It is by revivals of religion that the Church of God makes its most visible advance. When all things seem becalmed, when no breath stirs the air, when the sea is like lead and the sky is low and grey, when all worship seems to have ended but the worship of matter, then it is that the Spirit of God is poured upon the Church, then it is that the Christianity of the apostles and martyrs, not that of the philosophers and liberals, keeps rising … from the catacombs of oblivion, and appears young and fresh in the midst of the obsolete things of yesterday and the day before.”

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As Paul comes to what has been called the “doxology” of his prayer, he focuses words of praise on God whom he expects will answer the requests he has just made on behalf of the Ephesian believers. In so doing, he turns the attention of his readers to God as well.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…” Paul had asked for four things that the Ephesian believers could not do for themselves — that, perhaps, even they did not think were possible. He had asked: (1) that they would be strengthened by His Spirit; (2) that Christ would dwell in them; (3) that they would be able to comprehend or take hold of the love of God; and (4) that they would be filled with all the fullness of God. All before that, Paul had talked about how Gentiles and Jews were now members of one family in Christ — something that had been previously thought impossible.

How could all of this be done? It could only be done by God who is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.”

Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck wrote: “Paul praised God who is able to do far more than one could ask or imagine, according to the standard of His power that is at work within us. No human or angel would ever think that Jews and Gentiles could function together in one body. But with God’s power of love in each believer’s life, Paul was confident that Jewish and Gentile believers can function and love one another. This is astounding and though it is not naturally possible, God is able to accomplish it. Paul therefore ascribed to God glory which is to be manifest in the church, where the miracle of love will occur, and in Christ Jesus, who made the union of Jewish and Gentile believers possible.”

Any good thing that you have experienced, God can do above that exceedingly and abundantly. Any good thing that you have thought about or imagined, God can do above that exceedingly and abundantly. Any good things that you can not even think to name, God can do above that exceedingly and abundantly.

Many believers, today, unfortunately don’t take God’s ability seriously. We have become so influenced by humanism and secularism that, mentally, we limit God. We don’t think of Him as being able to do exceedingly and abundantly, above and beyond what we can ask or think. Thus, we don’t ask for the things that we should ask for. We forget that some things may seem impossible to us, but nothing is impossible to God.

The Judgment of the Living Dead, Part 16 (Second Coming Chapel)

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TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The Judgment of the Living Dead (Part 16)

Tim Lahaye said, “You have just read the most awesome passage found anywhere in the Bible. It is the sobering truth of our ultimate encounter with God. The story is told of the great statesman Daniel Webster, toward the twilight of his life, attending a luncheon meeting with some younger government leaders. The chairman of the group turned to Webster and asked, ‘What is the greatest thought that has ever passed through your head?’ Quick as a flash Daniel Webster replied, ‘My accountability to God.’ Nowhere is one’s accountability to God more clearly defined than in this passage of Scripture.”

In order to fully understand the reality of the judgment of Hell and the Lake of Fire, we have begun looking at the major aspects of Hell. In other words, we are answering the question, What kind of place is the Lake of Fire? There are twelve main aspects of the Lake of Fire spoken of in the Bible. We have already looked at ten of them:

1. The Lake of Fire is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.
2. The Lake of Fire is a place of outer darkness.
3. The Lake of Fire is a place of multiple torments.
4. The Lake of Fire is a place of sorrows.
5. The Lake of Fire is a place of unsatisfied desires.
6. The Lake of Fire is a place of hopelessness.
7. The Lake of Fire is a place of bitter memory.
8. The Lake of Fire is a place of no rest.
9. The Lake of Fire is a place where the fire never goes out.
10. The Lake of Fire is a place prepared for the devil and his angels.

Today, I call your attention to the fact that the Lake of Fire is a place where there are degrees of punishment, but no mercy.

The Scriptural foundation for this truth is primarily found right here in Revelation 20. Verse 12 says that when the dead stand before God, ‘the books will be opened: and another book will be opened, which is the book of life: and the dead will be judged out of those things which are written in the books, according to their works.” Verse 13 also says that the dead who do not accept Christ are “judged every man according to their works.”

The idea of levels of punishment in Hell was popularized in the Middle Ages in Dante’s Divine Comedy. In the epic poem, there are nine concentric circles, each one containing a harsher punishment for more heinous sins. The outermost circle was reserved for virtuous unbelievers and the innermost circle for Satan and others who committed acts of treachery.

The passage in Revelation is not the only place where judgment according to works is taught. Hank Hanegraaff said, “The canon of Scripture ratifies the common-sense notion that not all sins are created equal. To think a murderous thought is sin; to carry that thought to its logical conclusion is a far graver sin. Every sin is an act of rebellion against a holy God, but some sins carry far more serious consequences than others and thus receive severer punishment in this life and the next. Indeed, according to Scripture the torment of Hitler’s hell will greatly exceed that of the less wicked.”

Jesus Himself espoused this idea in His teachings. He told the Pharisees that they would be punished more severely than others for their willful refusal to believe. He said that the cities of Tyre and Sidon would have a more bearable punishment than the cities of Cho-ra-zin and Bethsaida, both of which refused to believe on Him after He had worked great miracles there. He also told Pilate that the Jews who delivered Him up to be crucified had committed “the greater sin.”

The first set of “books” referred to in Revelation are most likely the books which record all of the actions of human beings — good and bad. Everything you and I have ever done — be it good or bad, significant or insignificant, secret or out in the open — is recorded in Heaven. These books are opened at the Great White Throne Judgment in order to bring the charge of sin against the living dead. Although those who end up at the Great White Throne Judgment will go to the Lake of Fire, the books are consulted in order to determine the intensity of the punishment given to each individual. God is fair. He will not punish those who commit lesser sins in the same way He punishes those responsible for great atrocities such as men of Isis and Hitler.

Of course, this does not make Hell any less of a terrible place. Whatever level of punishment a person receives, it will be painful and eternal. There will be no mercy, and the punishment will never end. Don’t think that you can “take” the punishment in Hell. Instead of bargaining to get as little punishment as possible, why not place your faith and trust in Christ today, and strive for greater rewards in Heaven.

Here is how you can trust Jesus Christ for salvation so that you can completely avoid the Lake of Fire.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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