Take Advantage of God’s Grace Because His Wrath is Coming (Gospel Light Minute X #393)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #393 titled, “Take Advantage of God’s Grace Because His Wrath is Coming” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

You need salvation because of your sin. The Bible says in Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” You are not only a sinner by birth through Adam, but also by your choice. Romans 3:10-12 says, “…There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

As a sinner, you are without God and without hope. Sin brings death and eternal separation from God. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…” The Bible says in Revelation 20:14-15, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Jesus Christ told the story of a rich man who was cast into hell after he died. This rich man is still in hell this very moment, almost two thousand years after Jesus spoke of him. In ten years, this man will still be in hell. A thousand years from now, he will still be in the burning pit of unquenchable fire. He is damned for all eternity. As a sinner, you will share the same fate, unless you accept God’s gift of grace. Continue reading “Take Advantage of God’s Grace Because His Wrath is Coming (Gospel Light Minute X #393)”

How a Key Principle of Karate Helps You Understand Getting Your Soul Saved From Hell Through Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute X #389)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #389 titled, “How a Key Principle of Karate Helps You Understand Getting Your Soul Saved From Hell Through Jesus Christ.” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

Most people are familiar with Karate, a martial arts form of self-defense. Its origin dates back many centuries ago, when Chinese monks developed Kung Fu. In the 1600s, this system of self-defense was imported to the tiny island nation of Okinawa. Under the dominion of the Japanese Samurai, all weapons were banned to keep the people of Okinawa in subjection. For protection from their oppressors, the native people learned to use their farm tools as weapons, and over time perfected Chinese boxing into its present form we know as Karate.

The creed of all true Karate practitioners is this: I come to you with only karate, empty hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles, or my honor, be it a matter of life or death, right or wrong, then here are my weapons, karate, my empty hands.

This  reminds me of the way of salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You see, the word “karate” literally means ‘empty hands’. The way of Karate (Karate-do[doe]) is the way for salvation. Continue reading “How a Key Principle of Karate Helps You Understand Getting Your Soul Saved From Hell Through Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute X #389)”

The Day the Sinless Son of God was Baptized by a Sinner, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 79 / Day 446 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 3:13-17:

13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

———-

After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

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 79, day 446 since Jan. 1, 2016.

John F. Walvoord said, “No one else has ever come from infinite heights of glory to such a shameful death. If there had been a better way or another way by which the sin of the whole world could have been taken away, surely God would not have required His beloved Son to submit to such a death.”

The baptism of Jesus was accompanied by the declaration of God the Father, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Throughout history, God has spoken through Spirit-filled men. Only rarely did man hear God’s voice directly. But God saw fit to speak from Heaven on behalf of His Son as He was being introduced to the world. The voice of the Heavenly Father is significant for several reasons.

First, God’s declaration on behalf of His Son emphasizes how central Jesus is in God’s heart and how important He is to God’s plan of redemption for man. God calls Jesus “my beloved.” The word beloved means “esteemed, dear, favourite, or worthy of love.” We cannot separate Jesus from the plan of God. We cannot please God without receiving His Son. At the Mount of Transfiguration, God spoke again saying, “This is my beloved Son. HEAR HIM.” Those who try to minimize the importance of Jesus and the work that He did are severely misguided. He is the messenger and He is the message. Jesus said, “No one cometh to the Father but by Me.”

Second, God’s declaration on behalf of His Son gives us a glimpse of the future for all those who trust Christ as Savior. Jesus is God’s Son, and we will be God’s Children. God is pleased with Jesus, and He will be pleased with us if our sins are washed away in the blood of Christ. Even though Jesus went through much difficulty while on this earth, even though He had the sins of the entire world placed on His shoulders, prompting God to turn His back on His Son, we can look back to Jesus’ baptism in order to see how things really stand. We face suffering in our lives as believers, but we can look back at the Baptism as well in order to be reminded of where we will end up. We are baptized with Christ, and we, too, are God’s children, His beloved, in whom He is well-pleased.

Third, God’s declaration on behalf of His Son highlights Jesus as an example for us. Jesus set aside His glory in order to identify with us in baptism and in death. Jesus was obedient, even in matters that would be considered beneath Him. He did not have to be baptized. He was God’s beloved Son! But He submitted to the baptism in order to fulfill all righteousness. How much more should we not hesitate to fulfill the righteousness that God demands of us? If we trust Christ as Savior and obey His Word, we will be met with the commendation of the Father: ‘This is my beloved child with whom I am well-pleased.’

F. Bland Tucker and Nikolaus Herman wrote:

Christ, when for us you were baptized,
God’s Spirit on you came,
as peaceful as a dove,
and yet as urgent as a flame.

God called you, “My beloved Son”;
you are God’s servant true,
sent to proclaim the reign of heaven,
God’s holy will to do.

Straightway and steadfast until death
you then obeyed the call
to serve with free and willing heart,
to give your life for all.

Baptize us with your Spirit, Lord;
your cross on us be signed,
that likewise in God’s service we
may perfect freedom find.

Only through Jesus can we be baptized by the Holy Spirit and become a child of God. If you are ready to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how:

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 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 Day the Sinless Son of God was Baptized by a Sinner, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 74 / Day 441 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 3:13-17:

13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

———-

After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

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 73, day 441 since Jan. 1, 2016.

G. Campbell Morgan said, “In baptism, Jesus confessed, as His own, sins which He had not committed, and repented of them before God even though He had never committed one sin. He was numbered with the transgressors and bore the sins of many.”

In verse 13 of Matthew 3, we see the fulfillment of John’s preaching that the kingdom of God was at hand and that people needed to confess their sins, repent, and begin living righteously in order to be prepared to receive it. We do not know how long John preached, but it was likely a few months. One day, as he was preaching and baptizing, Jesus came “from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.” Knowing what we know about Jesus now, His coming to John to be baptized seems strange to us. Some commentators have noted that among some early Christians, when the faith was being attacked by Jews who argued that Jesus was not divine, the baptism of Jesus was viewed almost with embarrassment. It was something they didn’t want to talk about much, because the perfect, holy Son of God had taken part in a baptism meant for those who had sins to confess.

Even John, when He saw Jesus, was confused. He said, “I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?” He was ready for Jesus to take over and start baptizing people with the Holy Spirit right then and there. But Jesus says, “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.” “Righteousness,” in this sense, does not mean good as in that which is opposed to evil, but good as in something which God has ordained. It was God’s will that Jesus be baptized for this reason: that He might fully identify with sinners. Jesus didn’t need to be baptized because of His own sins; He was baptized because WE need such baptism.

Warren Wiersbe said, “Jesus was not baptized because He was a repentant sinner. Even John tried to stop Jesus, but the Lord knew it was His Father’s will. Why was Jesus baptized? First, His baptism gave approval to John’s ministry. Second, He identified Himself with publicans and sinners, the very people He came to save. Third, His baptism pictured His future baptism on the cross when all the “waves and billows” of God’s judgment would go over Him due to the sins of the people. Thus, John the Baptist bore witness to Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and also as the Lamb of God. Because of John’s witness, many sinners trusted Jesus Christ.”

Jesus identifying with sinful humanity is the cornerstone of His life and ministry. That’s why He was born a vulnerable infant. That’s why He ate and drank with publicans and sinners. That why He died our death and suffered our hell. And that’s why He was baptized. He identified with us not only to save us, but to show us how to live. Jesus set aside his glory and humbly submitted to a ritual meant for sinners, a ritual administered by a sinner — John — who deemed himself unworthy to loose the straps on Jesus’ sandals, much less baptize His Lord. Jesus’ humble submission to baptism, even though He never sinned, sets an example for us today. Not only do we need salvation and baptism, but confession, repentance, and a commitment to righteous living.

Charles Coffin wrote:

On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
announces that the Lord is nigh.
Awake and harken, for he brings
glad tidings of the King of kings!

Then cleansed be every life from sin:
make straight the way for God within,
and let us all our hearts prepare
for Christ to come and enter there.

We hail you as our Savior, Lord,
our refuge and our great reward.
Without your grace we waste away
like flowers that wither and decay.

Stretch forth your hand, our health restore,
and make us rise to fall no more.
O let your face upon us shine
and fill the world with love divine.

Jesus humbled Himself to be baptized in order to identify with us who truly need baptism and, more than that, salvation from our sins through Him. If you are ready to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how:

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 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.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

John the Baptist: Not the Prophet We Want, but the Prophet We Need, Part 9 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 73 / Day 440 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 3:7-12:

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

———-

After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

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 70, day 437 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Ray Stedman said, “Fire is always a symbol of judgment. John is saying, ‘This one who is coming is going to deal with everyone in the world, without exception — by dispensing the baptism of the Holy Spirit or the baptism of fire which is the judgment of God. If you don’t want to be baptized with fire, then confess your sins, and be baptized with water as a symbol of it, so that, when he comes, your baptism may be that gracious outpouring of the Holy Spirit which perfects and fulfills God’s plan for men.'”

We have talked about the baptism of water unto repentance that John administered. We have also talked about the baptism of the Holy Ghost that Jesus brought about. The first was a baptism for those who were preparing to receive the Lord. The second is a baptism for those who have received the Lord. John says, however, that Jesus is bringing a third baptism as well — a baptism of fire. This is a baptism for those who have chosen to reject the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and those who are the enemies of the Kingdom of God.

Now, the word translated as “baptize” means to immerse, to submerge, or to overwhelm. We can imagine being immersed in water. We have often done it ourselves when swimming or soaking in the tub. But you probably wouldn’t want to imagine being immersed in fire. Yet, that is the baptism that John the Baptist says Jesus will bring. Now, some commentators conflate the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the baptism of fire. And, while the Holy Spirit is often symbolized by fire, Dr. Warren Wiersbe says, “The baptism of the Spirit came at Pentecost (and Jesus said nothing about fire). The baptism of fire refers to the future judgment.”

Jesus came to save. But He will also return to judge those who would not be saved. Returning to agricultural imagery, John refers to Christ as Him “whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” When harvest time came, the farmers of that day would gather the wheat in a huge pile on what was called a “threshing floor.” They would separate the good, useful wheat from the useless chaff by tossing it up in the air. The chaff would be carried away by the wind, and the wheat would fall to the ground and be gathered for storage. John says that Jesus will burn the chaff, representing those who have not been saved, “with unquenchable fire.”

Those who take part in the baptism of water are blessed. Those who take part in the baptism of the Spirit are saved and brought into God’s house forever. But those who are baptized in fire will be tossed aside into the fires of Hell for eternity.

Elisha A. Hoffman wrote:

The judgment day is coming,
We warn you faithfully;
A shelter find in Jesus;
Be saved eternally.
We plead with fervent pleading:
From wrath and peril flee,
And find in Christ a refuge,
A hiding place for thee.

The shoals and rocks hold peril
And danger, soul, for thee;
On Jesus cast thy anchor,
And find security;
When thou art called to judgment,
What then will be thy plea?
The blood of Jesus only
Will then avail for thee.

The day of judgment hastens;
What shall thy sentence be?
Redeemed and saved through Jesus,
Or lost eternally?

If you are ready to partake of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour:

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 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.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

John the Baptist: Not the Prophet We Want, but the Prophet We Need, Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 70 / Day 437 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 3:7-12:

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

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After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

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 70, day 437 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Cyprian of Carthage said, “He who has been sanctified, his sins being put away, and spiritually reformed into a new man, has become fitted for receiving the Holy Spirit; since the apostle says, ‘As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.'”

In our last message, we talked about the baptism of “water unto repentance” that John administered. Now, he speaks of two other baptisms that the Messiah will administer when He comes — the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the baptism of fire.

The baptism of the Holy Ghost is something that only Christ can give. Whereas John’s baptism signified something changing on the outside of man — that is, his behavior, the baptism of the Holy Spirit signifies something changing on the inside of man — the condition of his soul. Society places much value on reform, rehab, and helping people to change for the better, and that is something that is good. But, the only thing that can save a person from Hell is a change on the inside. And that change can only be brought about by salvation through Jesus Christ which is followed by the baptism of the Holy Ghost. (The ritual of baptism, of course, continues in churches today. But that is symbolic of our death, burial, and resurrection in Christ. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not symbolic; it is a reality for every believer.)

The baptism of the Holy Ghost took place at Pentecost and continues to this day. The book of Acts tells us of how the members of the early church had the Spirit of God poured on them after Jesus’ resurrection. Every believer since then has also been filled or baptized with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the life of Christ inside of the believer. It is He who empowers those who are saved to do what is right. A man might reform himself and strive to do what is right of his own will, but his will is only so strong. The Holy Spirit living inside of him gives him the power of God to conquer sin and his flesh everyday.

The baptism of the Holy Ghost is also what empowers natural beings like us to take up supernatural works such as preaching the Gospel and serving others in the name of Jesus. John Piper said, ‘The baptism of the Holy Spirit fills us with an overwhelming sense of God’s greatness and a sense of wonder at his works. The Spirit fills us with His own vision of God and His own passion for God and His own prophetic words of praise.’ There are things that God has planned for us to do that we can only do by the power of His Holy Spirit. We are not just repentant believers, but empowered believers who are set apart to make an impact on the world.

Barney E. Warren wrote:

Let cloven tongues of holy fire
Baptize each soul with power;
Come, blessed Spirit, sanctify
With Jesus’ blood this hour.

Come, blessed Spirit, and restore
God’s image in my heart;
By faith now cleanse me, I implore,
This crowning grace impart.

Come, blessed Spirit, Comforter,
Dwell in my heart, Thy throne;
Make me over sin a conqueror,
Oh, seal me for Thine own.

Oh, let Thy glory, Lord, descend
Upon my waiting soul;
Preserve me spotless to the end,
And every whit made whole

If you, like John, are ready to confess your need for Jesus, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him as your Saviour:

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 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.

It’s All About Jesus and it’s Not About You At All, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 31)

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TEXT: John 3:22-30

22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

24 For John was not yet cast into prison.

25 Then there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying.

26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.

27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

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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 and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission 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 the 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 31. Continue reading “It’s All About Jesus and it’s Not About You At All, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 31)”

It’s All About Jesus and Not About You At All, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 30)

John 3:22-30

22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

24 For John was not yet cast into prison.

25 Then there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying.

26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.

27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

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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 and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission 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 the 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 30.

Charles Spurgeon said, “The motto of all true servants of God must be, ‘We preach Christ; and him crucified.’ A sermon without Christ in it is like a loaf of bread without any flour in it. No Christ in your sermon, sir? Then go home, and never preach again until you have something worth preaching.”

Our passage begins with a geographical shift taking place in Jesus’ ministry once again. In John chapter 2 we learned that Jesus, His disciples, His mother, and some of His other family members moved to Capernaum. For a brief time, that city became Jesus’ base of operations; Capernaum is also the place from whence scholars believe Jesus called the rest of His disciples.

Now that He has His group of 12 followers, Jesus moves to Judea. Commentators have noted that Matthew, Mark, and Luke focus on Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee region; John is the only one who focuses on Jesus’ ministry in Judea. He provides us a different perspective.

Jesus continues preaching that the kingdom of God has come and He also begins to baptize as John did. Now, this baptism was not the same as the baptism of the new believer that the church practices today. This was a Jewish purification ritual which signified that the one being baptized was repenting and being cleansed of their sins. Both John and Jesus called on people to repent of and turn from their sins in order to prepare their hearts for the arrival of the kingdom of God.

Now, a conflict arises between the disciples of John the Baptist and some religious Jews over the nature of this purification ritual. We do not know all the details of this conflict, but the Bible Knowledge Commentary suggests that these Jews wanted to know why they should follow John’s baptism. After all, Jesus was attracting larger crowds. Why shouldn’t they follow Jesus instead?

John’s disciples, being at a disadvantage, go to their leader. Verse 26 says, “They came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.” John’s disciples were beginning to feel jealous over Jesus’ success. They didn’t like the fact that a young upstart like Jesus, who had been baptized by their leader, had gone out, started His own ministry and was now commanding more of an audience and was more popular than John the Baptist.

Sadly, many people involved in ministry have these kinds of feelings today. They like to play the numbers game: Who is more popular than who? Whose meetings had bigger attendance numbers? Who raised the most money? Who has more likes on Facebook? Who got invited to the White House and who didn’t? And so on. Ray Stedman said, “Competition is one of the most dangerous things to enter the family and people of God. A sense of rivalry between ministries is one of the devil’s most effective tools to impede the progress of the gospel.”

John did not let his disciples get carried away with this competitive foolishness. Verse 27 says, “John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.” John lets his disciples know that everything that they received in their ministry was a gift from God. God did not have to give John anything; thus, whatever John received, he viewed it as a gift from God and was grateful to God for it.

Preachers today need to be content with the ministry God has given them. If God has given you a “small” ministry, be grateful for it and and serve God with all your heart, mind, soul, and spirit in that ministry. If God has given you a “large” ministry, be grateful for that and serve God with all your heart, mind, soul, and spirit in that ministry. And, remember, no ministry is “small” in God’s eyes. For as the hymn writer put it, “little is much when God is in it.”

Everything that God has given to us is a gift; we deserve nothing from His hand. The greatest gift that we have received from Him is His Son, Jesus Christ, and the salvation He secured for us on the cross. For those of us who are already saved, the greatest thing we can do in response to this gift is to live a life of service to God by lifting up the Lord Jesus Christ. And say what John said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” We must, as Martin Luther King Jr. once suggested, keep ourselves in the background and keep Jesus in the foreground. He is the star of the show — the One to whom we should draw people to as John did.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, the greatest thing you can do today is receive His free gift of salvation and give your life and heart to Him. Allow me to show you how you can do that right now.

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! I want to congratulate you 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.”

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.

Are You Ready to Follow Jesus Christ? (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #9)

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John 1:24-27:

24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.

25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

John, the forerunner of Jesus Christ, is known by his title, “the Baptist.” As he preached to the crowds telling them that the Messiah was coming soon, he also baptized many people. When we think of Baptism, we often think of a ritual that is done after one accepts Christ as Savior in order to identify symbolically with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. However, John baptized people before Jesus even began his ministry. Continue reading “Are You Ready to Follow Jesus Christ? (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #9)”

The Importance of the Local Church, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #101)

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Onward Christian Soldiers

1 Corinthians 12:27: “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”

There are many things that a local church ought to be engaged in. However, two have great importance according to the word of God. These two things are called ordinances which were given to us by Jesus Christ. These two ordinances are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper and they were observed by the earliest Christians. In fact, they were observed and instituted by Christ himself. We want to consider the meaning of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, but first, what is an ordinance? An ordinance is a ceremony ordained by Christ which pictures a spiritual truth. It is something we can see and feel which symbolizes a spiritual truth.

What is Baptism? Baptism is a ceremony which pictures our union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. When we stand in the water to be baptized, we testify to the fact that we have been crucified with Christ; when we are placed under the water, we picture our burial with Him; and when we are lifted up out of the water, we picture our resurrection with Him. The Lord Jesus commanded every one who believes on Him to be baptized. By baptism we give public testimony to the fact that we belong to Jesus and that we are united with Him in His death, burial and resurrection.

What is the Lord’s Supper? The Lord’s Supper is a time of remembrance of our Saviour’s death on the cross. The cup which we drink represents His blood which was shed for our sins. The bread of which we partake represents His body which was broken for us. The Bible says that we are to observe the Lord’s Supper till Jesus comes again: First Corinthians 11:26 says, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”