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.

The Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 268)

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TEXT: John 16:19-20:

19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?

20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

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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 268.

Charles Spurgeon said, “It is most remarkable and instructive that the apostles do not appear in their sermons or epistles to have spoken of the death of our Lord with any kind of regret. The gospels mention their distress during the actual occurrence of the crucifixion, but after the resurrection, and especially after Pentecost, we hear of no such grief.”

Jesus responds to His disciple’s concerns over how they wouldn’t see Him for “a little while”, and then “a little while” after that, they would see Him. The disciples were confused by this statement and had begun debating its meaning among themselves. At first, it doesn’t sound like a direct explanation, but this is what Jesus says: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.”

Jesus is speaking of the events which are about to transpire — His crucifixion and His resurrection. When the Jewish mob causes Jesus to be taken away and crucified, the disciples would “weep and lament, but the world would rejoice.” The weeping and lamenting of the disciples and the other true followers of Jesus, such as the Marys who were with Him at the cross, is understandable because of the way things seemed to be turning out. They would be sorrowful over the loss of their relationship with Jesus. They would be saddened by the humiliation of their Master and Rabbi. They would be disappointed over what looked like a victory for Jesus’ enemies. They would be crestfallen because all that they had hoped for in Jesus seemed to have been ripped away.

Even Jesus admits, “ye shall be sorrowful.” “But,” He says, “your sorrow shall be turned into joy.” Not sorrow taken away and replaced with joy; sorrow turned into joy. That which was the source of the disciples’ sorrow would be the very same thing that gave them joy. Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck state, “The very event, the death of the Messiah, which would cause the disciples to weep and mourn would bring them gladness. Jesus’ resurrection and the Spirit’s work of interpretation would enable them to know that He had to die so that they could have forgiveness of sins. Later, the church would rejoice in Jesus’ death.”

A few days ago, we commemorated the 15th anniversary of 9/11 — a devastating terrorist attack in which nearly 3,000 people died and which launched America into a new awareness of global Islamic extremism. The 15-year commemoration was not a celebration. No one looks back on that day and says, ‘It turned out for the best.’ No joy has come out of that overwhelming sorrow.

Compare that with the day Jesus died — a day in which the Son of God, the most innocent Man to walk the face of the earth, was arrested, beaten, humiliated and executed. What do we call it? Good Friday. We celebrate it every Sunday. We tell people about it and call it “good news.” God has turned the sorrow of that day into overwhelming joy not only for the disciples, but for millions since then.

Jesus’ promise to His disciples was fulfilled. Their weeping and mourning became joy and gladness.

Philip Doddridge wrote:

O happy day that fixed my choice
On Thee, my Savior and my God!
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,
And tell its raptures all abroad.

Happy day, happy day,
When Jesus washed my sins away!
He taught me how to watch and pray,
And live rejoicing every day;
Happy day, happy day,
When Jesus washed my sins away!

You can take part in the joy that Jesus fulfilled in His disciples by receiving Him as your Savior today. Here is how.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

3. 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.” The Bible says 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.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 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 email 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.

The Gifts God has Given to His Church, Part 8 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #232)

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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 4:11-12:

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

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D.E. Hoste said, “It is morally impossible to exercise trust in God while there is failure to wait upon Him for guidance and direction. The man who does not learn to wait upon the Lord and have his thoughts molded by Him will never possess that steady purpose and calm trust, which is essential to the exercise of wise influence upon others, in times of crisis and difficulty.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “We need to get into the Word and eat it. It’ll hurt us at times, but it will revive us. It may unclothe us to clothe us, empty us to fill us, cast us down to lift us up, and yet this is all we need.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The Evening Light Saints revivalistic group that William J. Seymour was saved through believed human history was coming to an end and anticipated Christ’s imminent return to establish his kingdom. Just before that happened, the group believed, there would be a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit, a ‘latter rain.’ To prepare for this, the group encouraged Christians to leave existing denominations to become part of a pure and interracial church God was beginning to raise up.”

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Today, we are looking at the spiritual gift of being an “evangelist” in the church. “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists…” The word translated “evangelist” means: “One who possesses a special gift of communicating the Gospel in relevant terms to those who are not yet Christians and sees souls saved.

In Acts chapter 8, Philip is described as an “evangelist.” The two most significant actions that we read about him doing are (1) explaining the Gospel to the Ethiopian eunuch, and (2) leading an evangelistic crusade in Samaria. He was led by God to go outside the bounds of Jewry to reach people who were unfamiliar with the Gospel.

An evangelist is one who knows the Gospel thoroughly and is empowered by the Holy Spirit to explain it to unbelievers. The evangelist helps the sinner understand how God sees him and then shows him the way out of his sinful state through Jesus Christ. Not only that, but his primary concern in life is the salvation of lost souls. It is an all-consuming passion set on fire by God. The true evangelist will always turn the conversation to the all-important matter of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Obviously, the gift of the evangelist can be combined with other gifts. For example, Peter and Paul both had the gift and calling of being an apostle. However, under Peter’s preaching after Pentecost 3,000 people were added to the church in one day. That is the gift of evangelism at work. Paul traveled hundreds of miles on three separate missionary journeys in order to share the Gospel. Many came to Christ through his evangelistic ministry as well.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “The apostles and prophets laid the foundation of the church, and the evangelists built on it by winning the lost to Christ. Of course, in the early church, every believer was a witness, and so should we be witnesses today. But there are people also today who have the gift of evangelism. The fact that a believer may not possess this gift does not excuse him from being burdened for lost souls or witnessing to them.”

While the gift and calling of an evangelist is only given to some in the church, every Christian should have an evangelistic outlook. We all ought to be concerned about the lost and we all ought to fulfill the Great Commission by sharing Jesus with those around us. In fact, God instructs pastors to do the work of the evangelist.

Eliza Hewitt wrote:

Many in darkness are far astray,
Carry the light, carry the light,
Spreading the beams of the Gospel day,
Carry the beautiful light;
Tell them the gift of the Father’s love,
How the dear Savior He gave;
Tell them of mercy that smiles above,
Jesus almighty to save!

The Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 267)

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TEXT: John 16:16-20:

16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?

18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.

19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?

20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

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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 267.

Thomas a Kempis said, “Let this be thy whole endeavor, this thy prayer, this thy desire, that thou mayest be stripped of all selfishness, and with entire simplicity follow Jesus only.”

Throughout the past couple of chapters, the disciples have been unusually quiet as Jesus taught about what His departure would mean for them. They, like we would have been, are probably in a state of denial, saying to themselves, ‘I can’t believe this is happening.’ But it was happening. And Jesus reminds them of that fact when he says, “A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.”

This prompts the disciples to debate among themselves Jesus’ true meaning. Apparently, in their minds, they were not getting any clear answers — or the answers they wanted to hear — from Jesus, so they began trying to figure things out on their own. They said among themselves, “What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father? They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.”

Jesus’ statement has two ways of being interpreted — the first is a more immediate reference that would apply to the disciples, and the second is a long-term reference that would apply to all of the church.

The first, short-term view of Jesus’ words states that Jesus was speaking primarily about his impending crucifixion. When He was arrested and taken away to be crucified, the disciples would no longer “see” Him. They would be separated from Him physically. But, after “a little while,” they would see Him as He would be raised from the dead after three days and return to them as He had said He would. And, after that, He would go to His Father. Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy B. Zuck support this view in their commentary, stating, “Only Jesus’ death, resurrection, post-resurrection ministry, and Ascension would make it all clear.” To be more precise, their commentary says, “The words in a little while were bewildering to the disciples (and also possibly to the initial readers of John’s Gospel). Also the prediction, you will see Me, was not immediately understood. Did Jesus refer (a) to the coming of the Holy Spirit or (b) to His Second Advent or (c) to His brief, 40-day ministry between His resurrection and His Ascension? The last interpretation fits this passage best.”

The second, long-term view of Jesus’ words states that Jesus was speaking about His return to Heaven before the church age and then His Second Coming to Earth in the last days. The “little while” in which Jesus will be absent is a reference to the amount of time between those two events. Dr. Warren Wiersbe believes this is primarily what Jesus was referring to, stating, “The disciples did not live to see the return of Christ, but they did die and see Him when they arrived in glory. In comparison to eternity, the time that the church has been awaiting the Lord’s return has really been but ‘a little while.'”

Both of these views can be held. And, it is probable that Jesus meant his words to be understood both ways — as an encouragement for the disciples, and as edification for the believers who would follow them. It is natural to have questions about Jesus’ return. But while Jesus is going to be gone for “a little while,” we must remember that He is coming back — that we will see Him again. Just as He came back from the dead and appeared to the disciples after He went away to be crucified, He will come back from Heaven to gather His Church to Himself.

Leslie Rummel wrote:

When Jesus returns at the chosen time
As the one true God and King,
Will thousands of angels fill the sky?
Will heavenly voices sing?

When Jesus returns will trumpets sound
as we witness this glorious sight?
Will we fall to our knees when our eyes behold
His power, His glory, His might?

When Jesus comes to claim His elect
Will we be ready to go?
For the day and hour that He’ll appear
Is not for us to know!

When Jesus returns as promised
I pray that all men will be,
Prepared to depart with the King of Kings
To Heaven for eternity!

If you want to accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ so that you can be one of those whom Jesus takes with Him to Heaven, here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

3. 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.” The Bible says 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.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 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.

The Gifts God has Given to His Church, Part 7 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #231)

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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 4:11-12:

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

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A.W. Tozer said, “I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If you can’t stick in an hour with God down here, what are you going to do when you get to eternity? In God’s name, what are you going to do with a million years in God’s presence?”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “As a young man in his twenties, William J. Seymour had had enough of racial discrimination. He left the South and headed north to Indianapolis. For several years, he waited on tables in a prominent hotel. By the time he was thirty, he was living in Cincinnati. Early in life, Seymour had been drawn into the Holiness movement then sweeping through the South. In Indianapolis he attended the local Methodist Episcopal church, a church that emphasized the ministry of Christ indwelling the life of the believer. By the time he was thirty, he’d been “saved and sanctified” through the ministry of a revivalistic group called “the Evening Light Saints.””

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Today, we are looking at the spiritual gift of being a “prophet” in the church. “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets…” The word prophet means: “one who, moved by the Spirit of God and hence his organ or spokesman, solemnly declares to men what he has received by inspiration from God.” An extended definition continues: “In the religious assemblies of the Christians, prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit to speak, having power to instruct, comfort, encourage, rebuke, convict, and stimulate, their hearers.”

Several prophets (and prophetesses) are mentioned in the New Testament. Among them are: Anna, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, Simeon, Zechariah, Ananias of Damascus, Barnabas, Lucius of Cyrene, Paul, Philip the Evangelist, Philip’s four daughters, and John the Revelator. Dr. Warren Wiersbe states that the office of the prophet was necessary for the early church because those believers did not have Bibles and the New Testament literature that circulated among the churches was not complete. Thus, God raised up prophets in the church to be His mouthpiece to believers. The prophets had understanding and knowledge of spiritual truths directly from God, and they were able to preach “thus saith the Lord.”

Ray Stedman said, “The gift of a prophet differs from that of an apostle: The apostle gives an authoritative declaration of the whole body of truth concerning Jesus Christ; but the prophet interprets that authoritative word and explains the truth so that it becomes very clear, vital, and compelling… They differ from teachers in that the prophet tends more to deal with the great sweeping principles of Scripture and reality, leaving the development of more specific areas to the teacher.”

The prophets of the New Testament era were necessary in order to provide instruction from God in light of the brave new era of grace that the church was a part of. Are there prophets today? No, not in the sense of the first generation saints. Here’s what the Bible Knowledge Commentary says about this matter, “New Testament prophets were gifts to the church to provide edification, exhortation, and comfort. They probably revealed God’s will to the church when the biblical canon was incomplete. Since the apostles and prophets were foundational, they did not exist after the first generation of believers.”

The Bible Exposition Commentary says, “Christians today do not get their spiritual knowledge immediately from the Holy Spirit, but mediately through the Spirit teaching the Word. With the Apostles, the prophets had a foundational ministry in the early church and they are not needed today.”

However, just like the gift of the apostle, people today can be used by God to deliver prophetic messages based upon the Word of God that rebuke the church about sin and not obeying the Great Commision and error in theology. For example, Martin Luther and John Wesley could be classified as prophets. They did not add to Scripture or provide any new revelation. But they reestablished the clear teaching of the word of God at times when it had become corrupted, neglected, or forgotten.

God may very well raise up prophets in that sense in our day when, not just the world, but the church too, has wandered far away from God.

George Wallace Briggs wrote:

God has spoken by His prophets,
Spoken His unchanging Word,
Each from age to age proclaiming
God, the one, the righteous Lord.
Amid the world’s despair and turmoil,
One firm anchor holding fast;
God is King, His throne eternal,
God the first, and God the last.

Jesus Explains Why He Has to Go Back to Heaven, Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 266)

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TEXT: John 16:12-15:

12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

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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 266.

Henry Blackaby said, “When God spoke to Moses and others in the Old Testament, those events were encounters with God. An encounter with Jesus was an encounter with God for the disciples. In the same way, an encounter with the Holy Spirit is an encounter with God for you.”

Notice the emphasis on the fact that the Holy Spirit will draw attention to Jesus Christ in this passage. Jesus says, “He shall glorify ME: for he shall receive of MINE… All things that the Father hath are MINE: he shall take of MINE, and shall shew it unto you.” The entire job description of the Holy Spirit is wrapped up in His mission to draw people and point people to Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is like an amplifier for the Messiah. He increases, if you will, the broadcast signal of the Saviour. He draws the disciples further into Christ, and, as we saw in a few previous messages, He points sinful man to Christ as well. It is all about Jesus.

The work of the Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus. If the work of any Christian is not glorifying Jesus then he cannot say that he is being led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit takes what belongs to Jesus and shows it — opens it up, reveals it — to the disciples and to the world. Of course, this is the same as showing the Heavenly Father to the world as Jesus did, because God the Father and Jesus the Son are one.

The chief way in which the Holy Spirit takes the spiritual truths of the Father and the Son and shows them to believers is through the Word of God. The writers of the New Testament were inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit wrote thru them — explaining, expounding, and expanding on the message of Jesus Christ. One commentator likened it to the unfolding of a flower. The Holy Spirit was not creating or giving new knowledge; He was showing believers more of the knowledge that God had already given through Christ.

There is no new revelation in the body of Christ. No one can truly say that they have something to add to the Word of God. There is only the Holy Spirit opening our eyes to truths that are already present in the Word so that we can apply those truths to the situations that we face every day.

Another theologian said, “We do not study the Word of God in order to ‘argue religion’ with people or to show off our grasp of spiritual things. We study the Word to see Jesus Christ, to know God better, to glorify Him in our lives. As we witness in this hostile world, the Spirit uses the Word He has taught us; and we share Jesus Christ with the lost. It is our job to witness; it is the Spirit’s job to convict.”

Like the Holy Spirit, we ought to constantly be pointing people back to Jesus. We ought to take the light that God has given us and use it to show others the way of salvation.

Mary Dagworthy James wrote:

All for Jesus! All for Jesus!
All my being’s ransomed powers;
All my thoughts and words and doings,
All my days and all my hours.

Let my hands perform His bidding;
Let my feet run in His ways;
Let mine eyes see Jesus only;
Let my lips speak forth His praise.

Since mine eyes were fixed on Jesus,
I’ve lost sight of all beside—
So enchained my spirit’s vision,
Looking at the Crucified.

If you want to accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and the entrance of the Holy Spirit into your life right now, here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

3. 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.” The Bible says 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.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 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 Explains Why He Has to Go Back to Heaven, Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 265)

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TEXT: John 16:12-13:

12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

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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 265.

Alan Redpath said, “We need men so possessed by the Spirit of God that God can think His thoughts through our minds, that He can plan His will through our actions, that He can direct His strategy of world evangelization through His Church.”

Jesus continues telling the disciples of why He will send the Holy Spirit to them after He returns to Heaven. He says, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” There was a lot more that Jesus wanted to tell the disciples, but He did not want to give them too much information all at once. They were barely able to process what Jesus had already told them in the last few hours. We have spent dozens of messages deciphering what He meant.

Instead of telling the disciples everything that He wants to tell them at the moment, Jesus would send the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit — the Spirit of truth — would guide the disciples into all truth. Remember, Jesus is the truth. So, the Holy Spirit’s process of guiding the disciples into truth was simply a way for them to get more “into” Jesus — to learn more about Him, to know more about His purpose.

That is why the Holy Spirit does not speak of himself, but of the Son; just as the Son did not speak of Himself, but of the Father. Jesus came to show the world the true nature of God. And the Holy Spirit came to continue to show believers the true nature of Jesus’ work.

This is why we must guard against those who say they accept what Jesus said, but not what the other New Testament writers said as though they were less than inspired. The truth is that the New Testament writers expound on and explain many of the things that Jesus only hinted at. For example, it was the Holy Spirit who revealed to the disciples that the Church was not for the Jews only, but for Gentiles as well. It was the Holy Spirit who revealed to the early Christians that many of the ritualistic Jewish customs were no longer binding under the New Covenant. Without the Holy Spirit, the Church would not have made the progress it has made for the glory of God.

While most theologians consider the Bible to be “closed canon” — meaning that the revelation that the Holy Spirit gave to the Bible writers is complete and that nothing will be added to the Word of God — there is no denying the fact that the Holy Spirit still carries out the task of guiding believers into truth today. We are confronted with lies and Satanic deception that first-century believers did not contend with. The Holy Spirit serves as a guide and a guard to our hearts and minds letting us know when something that is being taught by the world, the devil, or false teachers in the church is not in line with the truth of Jesus Christ and the Word of God.

Jesus said, “whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” This is why we are not afraid of or deceived by the devil’s tricks. The Holy Spirit delivers messages directly from Jesus that apply to our present situation, enabling us to stand tall in the face of Satanic opposition. Knowing what the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives and in the church, we ought to say with the songwriter:

Come Holy Spirit, move on me.
By your anointing, set me free
Pour out new wine on this heart of mine.
Come Holy Spirit, move on me.

If you want to accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and the entrance of the Holy Spirit into your life right now, here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

3. 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.” The Bible says 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.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 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.

The Gifts God has Given to His Church, Part 6 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #230)

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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 4:11-12:

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

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Norman Grubb said, “Revival, as contrasted with a Holy Ghost atmosphere is a clean-cut breakthrough of the Spirit, a sweep of Holy Ghost power, bending the hearts of hardened sinners as the wheat before the wind, breaking up the fountains of the great deep, sweeping the whole range of the emotions, as the master hand moves across the harp strings, from the tears and cries of the penitent to the holy laughter and triumphant joy of the cleansed.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I can think of one thing when I get to the Judgment and that is that Jesus might look down and say, ‘I had many things to tell you but you couldn’t bear them.’ We’re too busy running our own lives: praying when we want to pray, eating what we want to eat, going where we want to go, spending what we want to spend, reading what we want to read. Do you call that a spiritual life? No, it is carnal as carnality!'”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “William J. Seymour was well acquainted with rejection. He began life as the son of recently freed slaves in Centreville, Louisiana. The South was in transition following the Civil War, but despite the liberation of slaves, in 1870 it was a society still steeped in class distinctions. In those days, receiving a good education was nearly out of the question for an African American. If Seymour was going to learn how to read and write, he would have to teach himself. The fact that he did so is a commentary on his strength of will and determination.”

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In this verse, we see the specific roles that Jesus Christ has gifted to His church. These roles are to be filled by people whom God has called for these positions. Defining these roles — seeing what they meant to Paul as he was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write about them — is important because there are many people who seek a title or a role that they are neither qualified for nor called to.

We should note that this verse is not an exhaustive list of the gifts in the church. Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “There are three lists of spiritual gifts given in the New Testament: this one, one in First Corinthians 12, and one in Romans 12. Since these lists are not identical, it may be that Paul has not named all the gifts that are available. Paul wrote that some gifts are more important than others, but that all believers are needed if the body is to function normally. Here, Paul names not so much ‘gifts’, but the gifted men God has placed in the church.”

The first of these gifted persons named by Paul is the apostle. “And he gave some, apostles…” The word “apostle” means “a delegate, a messenger, one sent forth with orders.” The apostle is one who is sent forth by another with a special mission and a special message.

We often refer to the 12 apostles and the 12 disciples interchangeably. But Jesus had many disciples, however, He only commissioned 12 apostles. We learn from First Corinthians 9 that the apostles were to give witness of the resurrection, thus they had to have seen with their own eyes the living Christ. (The Bible tells us that the largest group of people to have seen Jesus after He rose from the dead numbered at around 500.) The church was built on the firm foundation of irrefutable eyewitness testimony that Jesus Christ was alive. The apostles facilitated the construction of that firm foundation.

In the strictest sense of the word, there are no apostles today. They had a special mission that they faithfully fulfilled. They did what was required of them and passed the torch to the next generation of believers. However, we could say that ALL believers have an apostolic job description. It is our job to tell the world that Jesus is risen.

Alfred Henry Ackley wrote:

I serve a risen Savior
He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living,
Whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy;
I hear His voice of cheer;
And just the time I need Him
He’s always near.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,
Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs
To Jesus Christ the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him,
The Help of all who find,
None other is so loving,
So good and kind.

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