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Easter According to the Nicene Creed, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 731 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,096 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

——-

Regarding First Corinthians 15:1-8, Dr. R.C. Sproul said: “When I would teach a doctor of ministry program, I would ask the clergy there to define the gospel. And if I got ten percent of them to give an adequate answer, I would be happy. Because that word is thrown around so much it has died the death of a thousand qualifications. In New Testament terms, the gospel is the proclamation of the person and work of Jesus Christ plus how the benefits of that work can be appropriated to us by faith and by faith alone. So the gospel has a narrow definition: it’s the message about Jesus.”

Marshall Segal said, “Many of Jesus’s followers thought Jesus came to rescue and reign now. They anticipated a physical and political freedom from the oppressive Roman rule. For them, the Christ was the key to their immediate, this-world issues. Life now. Freedom now. Power now. But Jesus, walking to the cross, instead says to wait. Be patient. The rewards of following me, of finding life in me won’t come in full today, but they will far surpass anything else you could have hoped for. In this story of life and hope and freedom, death comes first, and then life. Darkness, and then liberating, untouchable, unsearchable light.”

On this Wednesday of Holy Week (sometimes referred to as Spy Wednesday), we are continuing our series drawn from the Word of God, the Holy Bible, and a historical text based on the Word of God, the Holy Bible, that was passed down from the early church all the way to us today — the Nicene Creed. Not only are we talking about the power of Easter and Resurrection Sunday, but we are talking about the importance of the historical Christian faith that was passed down to us from the early church, how that we as Christians who are falling away from it ought to return to it, and how that the world ought to hear it so they can believe on Christ.

Regarding the use of creeds in the church, John Piper said, “Is there a place for creeds in the church? I think they have a really important place. But they aren’t to be a replacement for the Bible and they shouldn’t be given equal authority to the Bible. Rather, they are to be considered faithful expressions of the Bible. We need faithful expressions of the Bible—both those written for our generation and those preserved from other generations.”

On Sunday, we looked at the first section of the Nicene Creed, which reads:

We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

Over the past two days, we have been looking at the second section of the Nicene Creed, which reads as follows:

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.

From these few words, we see three important facts about Jesus Christ, the focus of Holy Week. We have looked at the ETERNALITY OF JESUS CHRIST — that He is eternally existent, without beginning or end, just as God the Father is. Then, we looked at the UNIQUENESS OF JESUS CHRIST, the “only begotten Son of God,” one of a kind, not one of many.

THIRD, WE SEE THE NATURE OF JESUS CHRIST. He is “God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God…of the same essence as the Father.” In John 14:9, Jesus says to Philip, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?” Jesus’ nature is that of His Father. He is complete God, complete light, complete truth. Every attribute that Scriptures apply to God are also applied to Jesus.

No one in their right mind would claim to be God. But Jesus did. He told the Jews who wanted to know who He was, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” Here, Jesus was not just describing His eternality. By using “I AM,” the name by which God revealed Himself to Moses and the nation of Israel, Jesus was claiming for Himself all of the attributes of the Heavenly Father as a part of His own nature.

Apologist and professor J. Warner Wallace said, “All worldviews have distinctive beliefs and characteristics distinguishing them from other ways of viewing the world. Christianity is no different. When it comes to the nature of Jesus, the Deity of Christ is a Christian essential. It has been affirmed by believers over the centuries based on the reliable eyewitness testimony of those who saw Jesus after He rose from the dead. Jesus was all man and all God and as part of the triune Godhead, Jesus is the uncreated Creator of the universe. As bold and exclusive as this claim may seem, it is the defining and distinctive teaching of the Bible. To reject the nature of Jesus is to reject the clear teaching of the Scriptures.”

This Easter season, we reaffirm our belief in the eternal, unique Son of God, Jesus Christ who is the “express image of the Father.

Edward Perronet said,

All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Crown Him, ye morning stars of light,
Who fixed this floating ball;
Now hail the strength of Israel’s might,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race,
Ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Sinners, whose love can never forget
The wormwood and the gall,
Go spread your trophies at His feet,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Let every tribe and every tongue
Before Him prostrate fall
And shout in universal song
The crownèd Lord of all.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

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.

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Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks, Repeat, Part 12 (Praying Through the Bible #347)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Thessalonians 5:19-24

19 Quench not the Spirit.

20 Despise not prophesyings.

21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

— PRAYER —

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 346 messages in this series.

This is message #347 titled, Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks, Repeat, Part 12.

John Walvoord said, “It may be concluded that quenching the Holy Spirit is to suppress, stifle, or otherwise obstruct the ministry of the Spirit to the individual. In a word it is saying, ‘No,’ and replacing the will of the Spirit with the will of the individual. This, in brief, is the whole issue of morality—whether man will accomplish what he wants to do or whether his life is surrendered and yielded to the will of God.”

Today, we will continue looking at the series of concise yet significant statements which close out Paul’s letter to the believers at Thessalonica as they show us some of the things that prayer helps us do and maintain in our walk with Christ.

In verse 19, we have the command, “Quench not the Spirit.” The “Spirit” is, of course, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God. The Greek word translated as “quench” means: “to extinguish, to suppress, or to stifle.” Regarding this command, Warren Wiersbe writes: “In using the word quench, Paul pictured the Spirit of God as fire. Fire speaks of purity, power, light, warmth, and (if necessary) destruction. When the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives and churches, we have a warmth of love in our hearts, light for our minds, and energy for our wills. He ‘melts us together’ so that there is harmony and cooperation, and He purifies us so that we put away sin. The fire of the Spirit must not go out on the altar of our hearts; we must maintain that devotion to Christ that motivates and energizes our lives.”

As you can see, not quenching the Spirit is a very important imperative. It is only by the Spirit of God that we can live the Christian life. And there are two reasons why we ought not to quench the Spirit when it comes to our prayer life.

FIRST, WE OUGHT NOT TO QUENCH THE SPIRIT BECAUSE THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS US PRAY. If you have been praying long enough, you will have experienced a time when you felt weak or ineffective in prayer. It is at these times that the Holy Spirit comes alongside us and helps us pray. Romans 8:26 says, “The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” When all you can do is groan in your heart to God, the Holy Spirit helps you communicate with God the Father who, in your weakness, hears even your groanings in prayer.

THE SECOND REASON WHY WE OUGHT NOT TO QUENCH THE SPIRIT IS BECAUSE WE OUGHT TO BE PRAYING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. In Ephesians 6:18, we are told to “pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” When we pray in the Spirit we are letting the Holy Spirit guide and direct our requests. The opposite of praying in the Spirit is praying in the flesh. However, when we pray in the flesh, we often end up trying to force things along by using many words, repetitive phrasing, and lengthy prayers. However, praying in the Spirit is quite different. This is how Martin Lloyd-Jones describes it: “You are aware of a communion, a sharing, a give-and-take, if I may use such an expression. You are not dragging yourself along; you are not forcing the situation; you are not trying to make conversation with somebody whom you do not know. No, no! The Spirit of adoption in you brings you right into the presence of God, and it is a living act of fellowship and communion, vibrant with life.” He also said, “The quickest way to quench the Spirit is to not obey an impulse to pray.”

Let’s not quench the Spirit in our Christian walk. We need the Spirit to help us pray and we need to pray in the Spirit every day.

Andrew Reed wrote:

Spirit divine, attend our prayer,
And make our heart Thy home;
Descend with all Thy gracious power;
Come, Holy Spirit, come.

Come as the light! to us reveal
The truth we long to know;
Reveal the narrow path of right,
The way of duty show.

Come as the fire and purge our hearts
Like sacrificial flame,
Till our whole souls an offering be
In love’s redeeming name.

Spirit divine, attend our prayer;
Make a lost world Thy home;
Descend with all thy gracious powers,
O come, great Spirit, come.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. 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 this 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. 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 just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

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


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.

Easter According to the Nicene Creed, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 730 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,095 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

——-

Regarding First Corinthians 15:1-8, Dr. Warren Wiersbe said: “On the cross, Jesus was exposed to the eyes of unbelievers; but after the resurrection, He was seen by believers who could be witnesses of His resurrection. Peter saw Him and so did the disciples collectively. James was a half-brother of the Lord who became a believer after the Lord appeared to him. The five hundred plus brethren all saw Him at the same time, so it could not have been a hallucination or a deception. This event may have been just before His ascension. Christ came as a man, truly human, and experienced all that we experience, except that He never sinned. If there is no resurrection, then Christ was not raised. If He was not raised, there is no gospel to preach. If there is no Gospel, then we have believed in vain and we are still in our sins! The resurrection is not just important; it is ‘of first importance,’ because all that we believe hinges on it.”

David Mathis said, “Celebrating Holy Week is not an obligation, but it is an opportunity. It is a chance to walk with the church, throughout time and throughout the world, as she walks with her Bridegroom through the most important week in the history of the world. It is a chance to focus our minds on, and seek to intensify our affections for, the most important and timeless of realities. Indeed, it could even be said that all the Old Testament anticipates this week, and the rest of the New Testament reflects it in theology and practical living.”

On this Tuesday of Holy Week, we are continuing our series drawn from the Word of God, the Holy Bible, and a historical text based on the Word of God, the Holy Bible, that was passed down from the early church all the way to us today — the Nicene Creed. Not only are we talking about the power of Easter and Resurrection Sunday, but we are talking about the importance of the historical Christian faith that was passed down to us from the early church, how that we as Christians who are falling away from it ought to return to it, and how that the world ought to hear it so they can believe on Christ.

Regarding the Nicene Creed, Ed Stetzer said, “We are not a creedal people in the formal sense, in that we do not consider them binding in the same way as some denominations do. However, we do see the value and are thankful for how Christians have formulated their faith through creeds for many centuries.”

On Sunday, we looked at the first section of the Nicene Creed, which reads:

We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

On yesterday, we began looking at the second section of the Nicene Creed, which reads as follows:

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.

From these few words, we see three important facts about Jesus Christ, the focus of Holy Week. On yesterday, we looked at the ETERNALITY OF JESUS CHRIST — that He is eternally existent, without beginning or end, just as God the Father is.

SECOND, WE SEE THE UNIQUENESS OF JESUS CHRIST. He is the “only begotten Son of God” — emphasis on “only.” Hebrews 1:6 says, “When he [God] bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.” Jesus is not one among many; there is no one else like Him. John 3:16 calls Him the “only begotten Son.” The Greek word translated ‘only begotten’ is “monogenes.” It literally means ‘one of a kind’ while at the same time showing that Jesus is of the very same essence as the Father.

The apologist Norman Geisler points out: “Jesus Christ was unique in that he alone, of all who ever lived, was both God and man. The New Testament teaches the fully unified deity and humanity of Christ. The Nicene Creed states the uniform belief of all orthodox Christianity that Christ was fully God and fully man in one person. All heresies regarding Christ deny one or both of these propositions. This as a claim alone makes Him unique above all other religious founders or persons who have ever lived, and it can be backed up with factual evidence.”

If Jesus were not unique this way, He would be just one of many religious founders with similar teachings about how to get to Heaven. But Jesus — completely eternal, completely unique — leaves us no room to contemplate Him as one of many. He stands alone.

THIRD, WE SEE THE NATURE OF JESUS CHRIST. He is “God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God…of the same essence as the Father.” In John 14:9, Jesus says to Philip, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?” Jesus’ nature is that of His Father. He is complete God, complete light, complete truth. Every attribute that Scriptures apply to God are also applied to Jesus.

No one in their right mind would claim to be God. But Jesus did. He told the Jews who wanted to know who He was, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” Here, Jesus was not just describing His eternality. By using “I AM,” the name by which God revealed Himself to Moses and the nation of Israel, Jesus was claiming for Himself all of the attributes of the Heavenly Father as a part of His own nature.

Apologist and professor J. Warner Wallace said, “All worldviews have distinctive beliefs and characteristics distinguishing them from other ways of viewing the world. Christianity is no different. When it comes to the nature of Jesus, the Deity of Christ is a Christian essential. It has been affirmed by believers over the centuries based on the reliable eyewitness testimony of those who saw Jesus after He rose from the dead. Jesus was all man and all God and as part of the triune Godhead, Jesus is the uncreated Creator of the universe. As bold and exclusive as this claim may seem, it is the defining and distinctive teaching of the Bible. To reject the nature of Jesus is to reject the clear teaching of the Scriptures.”

This Easter season, we reaffirm our belief in the eternal, unique Son of God, Jesus Christ who is the “express image of the Father.

Edward Perronet said,

All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Crown Him, ye morning stars of light,
Who fixed this floating ball;
Now hail the strength of Israel’s might,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race,
Ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Sinners, whose love can never forget
The wormwood and the gall,
Go spread your trophies at His feet,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Let every tribe and every tongue
Before Him prostrate fall
And shout in universal song
The crownèd Lord of all.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

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.

Easter According to the Nicene Creed, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 729 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,094 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

——-

Regarding First Corinthians 15, David Guzik said, “The word gospel means ‘good news.’ As the word was used in ancient times, it didn’t have to describe the message of salvation in Jesus Christ; it could describe any good news. But the best news ever is that we can be saved from the punishment we deserve from God because of what Jesus did for us.”

On this Monday of Holy Week, we are continuing our unique series drawn from the Word of God, the Holy Bible, and a historical text based on the Word of God, the Holy Bible, that was passed down from the early church all the way to us today — the Nicene Creed. Not only are we talking about the power of Easter and Resurrection Sunday, but we are talking about the importance of the historical Christian faith that was passed down to us from the early church, how that we as Christians who are falling away from it ought to return to it, and how that the world ought to hear it so they can believe on Christ.

Let’s start by reading the Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.

Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.

He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered, died, and was buried.

The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He was seen alive by Mary Magdalene and the other women,
the disciples, and over five hundred other brethren;
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.

We believe in one holy universal and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.

In our last message, we looked at the first few lines of the Nicene Creed which tell us about the nature of God, specifically His uniqueness, omnipotence, and sovereignty. The next few lines of the Nicene Creed tell us about Jesus Christ: “We believe… in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father.” From these few words, we see three important facts about Jesus Christ, the focus of Holy Week.

First, we see the eternality of Jesus Christ. Jesus was “begotten from the Father before all ages,” that is before time began. According to Luke 2:11, when Jesus was born, the angels declared to the shepherds outside of Bethlehem, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” The coming of Jesus Christ had been promised for hundreds of years. Yet, Jesus Christ did not come into existence when He was born in Bethlehem. Jesus was in existence “before all ages” just like God the Father.

David Mathis said, “Christmas does indeed mark a conception and a birth. For mere humans, no doubt, such is the stuff of our origins. Prior to earthly beginnings, we simply did not exist. But it is not so with the Son of God. According to Micah 5:2, Jesus’ ‘coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.’ Unlike every other human birth, Christmas was not a beginning, but a becoming. Christmas wasn’t His start, but His commission. He was not created; He came. No other human in the history of the world shares in this peculiar glory. As remarkable as Jesus’ virgin birth is, His preexistence sets Him apart even more distinctively, even as he is fully human.”

Jesus’ eternality negates any of the secular ideas about Jesus being an ordinary man who achieved a high level of spiritual insight and transcendance. Jesus is not a mortal who rose up into the divine plane; Jesus came down to man; He came into time out of eternity.

Second, we see the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. He is the “only Son of God” — emphasis on “only.” Hebrews 1:6 says, “When he [God] bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.” Jesus is not one among many; there is no one else like Him. John 3:16 calls Him the “only begotten Son.” The Greek word translated ‘only begotten’ is “monogenes.” It literally means ‘one of a kind’ while at the same time showing that Jesus is of the very same essence as the Father.

The apologist Norman Geisler points out: “Jesus Christ was unique in that he alone, of all who ever lived, was both God and man. The New Testament teaches the fully unified deity and humanity of Christ. The Nicene Creed states the uniform belief of all orthodox Christianity that Christ was fully God and fully man in one person. All heresies regarding Christ deny one or both of these propositions. This as a claim alone makes Him unique above all other religious leaders or persons who have ever lived, and it can be backed up with factual evidence.”

If Jesus were not unique, He would be just one of many religious leaders with similar teachings about how to get to Heaven. But Jesus — completely eternal, completely unique — leaves us no room to contemplate Him as one of many. He stands alone.

Third, we see the nature of Jesus. He is “God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God…of the same essence as the Father.” In John 14:9, Jesus says to Philip, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?” Jesus’ nature is that of His Father. He is complete God, complete light, complete truth. Every attribute that Scriptures apply to God are also applied to Jesus.

No one in their right mind would claim to be God. But Jesus did. He told the Jews who wanted to know who He was, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” Here, Jesus was not just describing His eternality. By using “I AM,” the name by which God revealed Himself the nation of Israel, Jesus was claiming for Himself all of the attributes of the Heavenly Father as a part of His own nature.

Apologist and professor J. Warner Wallace said, “All worldviews have distinctive beliefs and characteristics distinguishing them from other ways of viewing the world. Christianity is no different. When it comes to the nature of Jesus, the Deity of Christ is a Christian essential. It has been affirmed by believers over the centuries based on the reliable eyewitness testimony of those who saw Jesus rise from the dead. Jesus was all man and all God and as part of the triune Godhead, Jesus is the uncreated Creator of the universe. As bold and exclusive as this claim may seem, it is the defining and distinctive teaching of the Bible. To reject the nature of Jesus is to reject the clear teaching of the Scriptures.”

This Easter season, we reaffirm our belief in the eternal, unique Son of God, Jesus Christ who is the “express image of the Father.

Edward Perronet said,

All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Crown Him, ye morning stars of light,
Who fixed this floating ball;
Now hail the strength of Israel’s might,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race,
Ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Sinners, whose love can never forget
The wormwood and the gall,
Go spread your trophies at His feet,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Let every tribe and every tongue
Before Him prostrate fall
And shout in universal song
The crownèd Lord of all.

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Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

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.

Easter According to the Nicene Creed, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 728 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,093 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

——-

Stephen J. Nichols said, “The Councils at Nicea (in 325 AD) and Constantinople (in 381 AD) emphatically affirmed the divine and human natures of Christ. The Nicene Creed declares Christ’s deity and Christ’s humanity. The Creed further and rather eloquently declares that this view of the person of Christ has everything to do with the work of Christ. He is the God­man ‘for us and for our salvation.'”

On this Palm Sunday, we begin a unique series drawn from the Word of God, the Holy Bible, and a historical text based on the Word of God, the Holy Bible, that was passed down from the early church all the way to us today — the Nicene Creed. Not only are we talking about the power of Easter and Resurrection Sunday, but we are talking about the importance of the historical Christian faith that was passed down to us from the early church, how that we as Christians who are falling away from it ought to return to it, and how that the world ought to hear it so they can believe on Christ. If you have attended a Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, or Presbyterian church, you may have heard something similar to the words which are referred to as the Nicene Creed. Now, Baptists (which I consider myself to be), as a rule, do not subscribe to any creed. For centuries before, and coming through the Protestant Reformation, Baptists decided that, unlike Protestant denominations, they would be non-creedal. Baptists state that ‘the final authority for faith and practice is the Bible, not words about the Bible.’ However, even though I am a Baptist, I like Biblical creeds such as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, and I use them in my family’s devotions. While we should not hold any creed to the level of inspired Scripture, there are elements from church tradition that we can learn from and at least should be aware of. The Nicene Creed is one of those things.

Let’s start by reading the Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.

Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.

He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered, died, and was buried.

The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He was seen alive by Mary Magdalene and the other women,
the disciples, and over five hundred other brethren;
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.

We believe in one holy universal and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.

Starting today, and each day throughout Holy Week, leading up to Resurrection Sunday, we are going to break down this creed and look at the biblical basis for each of the truths that every Christian ought to believe. The first few lines of the Nicene Creed tell us about God: “We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible….” From just these few words, we see three important facts about the God we believe in.

FIRST, WE SEE THE UNIQUENESS OF GOD. Isaiah 44:6 says, “Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” In Isaiah 45:5, God says, “I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me.” God makes it clear that He alone is God. He alone is in control. He alone is almighty.

According to Martin Manser, editor of the Dictionary of Bible Themes, the uniqueness of God means that “no one and nothing is comparable to the triune God in his nature or comparable to him in his character and activity.” The early church fathers lived in a day and time when people worshipped the Roman Caesar and an entire pantheon of mythical Greek and Roman gods. Yet, the apostles believed in the uniqueness of God and they passed that belief down to us. In Ephesians 4:6, Paul tells us that there is “one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”

The uniqueness of God is the basis for every belief that follows in Christianity. Without there being one, true God, every Christian doctrine falls apart. We must choose to acknowledge God in all of our ways and let Him be the master over us.

SECOND, WE SEE THE POWER OF GOD. He is “the Father almighty.” Psalm 147:4-5 says, “He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.”

Just as Christian doctrine hinges on the uniqueness of God, Christian doctrine also hinges on the power of God. God is not, as some would have us to believe, a weak, immobile, old man in the sky who leaves his creation to their own devices. No, God possesses all of the might and power in the world, and He can do as He pleases.

John MacArthur said, “God’s omnipotence describes His ability to do anything consistent with His nature. Scripture reveals that God in His power is able to do more than what actually occurs but that His power operates within the context of His will and all of His other perfections. Real divine power is God’s ‘ordinate power,’ that is, His ability to do everything that He has decreed He will do.”

We see the uniqueness of God. We see the power of God.

THIRD, WE SEE THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD. The Nicene Creed calls God “the maker of Heaven and Earth.” Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” God’s sovereignty is shown through His creative acts. If God created the world, He certainly has “the whole world in His hands.” He is over all. He is in control of every aspect of the universe. In his book, The Sovereignty of God, Arthur W. Pink wrote, “What do we mean by [the sovereignty of God]? We mean the supremacy of God, the kingship of God, the God-hood of God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that God is God.”

The apostles taught the sovereignty of God in the early church. In Acts 14:15, as Paul is preaching to the people of Lystra, he says, we “preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein.” The sovereignty of God is shown in His creative work. Many secular scientists are beginning to admit that nature shows proof of a sovereign, intelligent designer. Stephen C. Meyer, writing in Evolution News & Science Today, said, “Biologists have long recognized that many organized structures in living organisms ‘give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.’ There is now compelling evidence of intelligent design in the inner recesses of even the simplest living one-celled organisms. Moreover, there is a key feature of living cells — one that makes the intelligent design of life detectable — that Darwin didn’t know about and that contemporary evolutionary theorists have not explained away.” God is in control of both the expansive universe and the most insignificant living cell.

Have you ever had to remind yourself that “God is in control.” That is not just something we should say when we are in trouble, but that is something we should believe wholeheartedly. If we believe that God is in control, we can face any situation in life. We can bravely march into difficulty because we believe, like the early church, that our lives are not our own. Our lives rest in God’s hands.

These three facts about God — that He is unique, that He is all-powerful, and that He is sovereign — form the foundation of everything we believe as Christians. It is what Jesus’ disciples believed. It is what the early church believed. It is what we ought to believe as well.

Maltbie D. Babcock wrote:

This is my Father’s world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas–
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world:
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world:
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world:
O let me never forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
Why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King: let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let earth be glad!

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

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.

Of Forgotten Faith, Part 12 (The Lost Souls of Black Folk and White Folk, Part 26) [Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 726 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,091 since Jan. 1, 2016]


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Jeremiah 2:1-9

1 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

3 Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the Lord.

4 Hear ye the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel:

5 Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?

6 Neither said they, Where is the Lord that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?

7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.

8 The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

9 Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the Lord, and with your children’s children will I plead.

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Aleksandr Sol-zhen-it-syn said, “If I were called upon to identify briefly the principal trait of the entire 20th century, I would be unable to find anything more precise and pithy than to repeat once again: ‘Men have forgotten God.’ The failings of human consciousness, deprived of its divine dimension, have been a determining factor in all the major crimes of this century.”

In our last message, we considered Israel’s unfortunate behavior as recounted by the Lord. The children of Israel, once they got secure and comfortable in the Promised Land, began wandering off and dallying with other gods, little by little turning away from the laws of their own God, until they were engaged in full-fledged idolatry. Scripture tells us that, while there were periods of temporary repentance, the nation as a whole never returned fully to walk in the ways of the one true God until after the Captivity in Babylon. All the time, though, they largely believed that they were in the right.

Not once did they look around and say, ‘Where is the Lord?’ They did not feel — or, at least, they chose to ignore the feeling of — the Lord’s absence in their lives and in their nation. They chose to fill that void with empty ritual and hypocritical religious practices. We must consider that we might be in the very same place today. Have we completely forgotten God? Is the Lord in all our thoughts? If the Lord is in our thoughts, He is going to trouble us if we are engaged in sin idolatry. And either we must let go of the Lord or we must let go of sin.

Benjamin Shaw said, “It is easy for us as modern Christians to point the finger at the Israelites and take them to task for the fact that they forgot God. The complaining we see in the wilderness, the cycle of apostasy, judgment, and restoration that we see in Judges, and the good king/bad king alternations [that we see after the death of Solomon] emphasize the incessant inability of the Israelites to heed Moses’ admonition to ‘take care lest you forget the LORD.’ However, we forget that the same applies to us. We tend to think that ignoring, or rather, not fully living up to one commandment of God is a small thing. But the result is not simply disobedience. It is the beginning of idolatry, of making a god in our own image, a god we can easily obey.”

Now, you might say, ‘Well, I’m not as bad as those Israelites. I think of God all the time. Jesus is constantly on my mind.’ But, are your thoughts tuned to the God of the Bible and the Jesus of the Gospels? In our day, when many claim to live by their own personal “truth,” which includes selectivism in their “Christian” beliefs, there are many who have constructed or adopted pseudo-Gods and pseudo-Christs — figments that allow them to remain comfortable in their sins while maintaining a pretense of faith. It is strange to say, but we very well may have forgotten the one, true God and His Son, Jesus Christ. And the first step to repentance and restoration in our nation is taking a look around and saying, ‘Where is the Lord? Where is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Israel? Where is the God and Father of Jesus Christ?’

Isaac Watts wrote:

And are we wretches yet alive?
And do we yet rebel?
‘Tis boundless, ’tis amazing love,
That bears us up from hell!

The burden of our weighty guilt
Would sink us down to flames;
And threatening vengeance rolls above,
To crush our feeble frames.

Almighty goodness cries, Forbear!
And straight the thunder stays;
And dare we now provoke His wrath,
And weary out His grace?

Lord, we have long abused Thy love,
Too long indulged our sin;
Our aching hearts now bleed to see
What rebels we have been.

No more, ye lusts, shall ye command,
No more will we obey;
Stretch out, O God, Thy conquering hand,
And drive our sins away.

——-

If you are a Christian listening today, here are three things you need to do:

1. Confess and repent of your own sins. You already know what they are.

2. Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ to repent of their sins and get back to their first love

3. Pray for souls to be saved, and do your part by witnessing to the lost.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

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.

Of Forgotten Faith, Part 11 (The Lost Souls of Black Folk and White Folk, Part 25) [Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 725 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,090 since Jan. 1, 2016]


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Jeremiah 2:1-9

1 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

3 Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the Lord.

4 Hear ye the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel:

5 Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?

6 Neither said they, Where is the Lord that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?

7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.

8 The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

9 Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the Lord, and with your children’s children will I plead.

——-

Joseph Nally said, “Nations and individuals that turn away from God incur his wrath. God’s wrath is always just and to be feared, it is patient, consistent, and stored up; it is for sinners and for God’s glory. At times, it is partial and at other times, it is complete. At times, though their ultimate end is Heaven and not Hell, even Christians may be swept away in the judgment of a nation.”

In our last message, we took a look at the heartbreak of the Lord as He asks His people to explain why they have left Him. Throughout the prophetic books, God takes on the persona of a faithful husband reaching out to his unfaithful wife who has ‘dealt treacherously.’ But, it is not just ancient Israel. Sometimes, we treat God like that today. In fact, it may very well be something we are doing right now. We have strayed from the Lord, and yet, the Lord calls after us, asking, ‘What have I done to offend you?’ Perhaps, in our sinful human nature, we think that we can easily return to God whenever we make up our minds. But, as the adage goes: “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”

And, that is the example we see when we look at verse 6 of our passage today. The Lord says of the Israelites, “Neither said they, Where is the Lord that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?” Even in their sin, the Israelites never looked around and said, “Wait a minute. Where is the Lord? Where is the Lord who blessed us so immensely? Where is the Lord who brought us into the Promised Land?” If they had simply paused to consider their own spiritual bearings, they would have realized that they were lost at sea and could have decided to make their way back to shore. But, that is the nature of sin. It takes you so far that you are blind to the destructive consequences of your own actions.

Regarding this verse, John Wesley remarked, “The Israelites never concerned themselves about what God had done for them, which should have encouraged them to cleave to him.” Daniel Whedon said, “God was not in all their thoughts; there was total forgetfulness of him.” Dr. Thomas Constable noted, “The Israelites had not even asked themselves where the Lord — who had redeemed them in the Exodus and preserved them through the wilderness — was. They totally disregarded Him.”

It is necessary for us to consider that that might be where we are today. Have we completely forgotten God? Is the Lord in our thoughts? If the Lord is in your thoughts, He will trouble you if you are engaged in sin. And either you must let go of the Lord or you must let go of sin. Now, you might say, ‘Well, I think of God all the time. Jesus is constantly on my mind.’ But, are your thoughts tuned to the God of the Bible and the Jesus of the Gospels? In our day, when many claim to live by their own personal “truth,” which includes selectivism in their “Christian” beliefs, there are many who have constructed or adopted pseudo-Gods and pseudo-Christs — figments that allow them to remain comfortable in their sins while maintaining a pretense of sincere faith. It is strange to say, but we very well may have forgotten the one, true God and His Son, Jesus Christ. And the first step to repentance is taking a look around and saying, “Where is the Lord? Where is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Israel? Where is the God and Father of Jesus Christ?”

Isaac Watts wrote:

And are we wretches yet alive?
And do we yet rebel?
‘Tis boundless, ’tis amazing love,
That bears us up from hell!

The burden of our weighty guilt
Would sink us down to flames;
And threatening vengeance rolls above,
To crush our feeble frames.

Almighty goodness cries, Forbear!
And straight the thunder stays;
And dare we now provoke His wrath,
And weary out His grace?

Lord, we have long abused Thy love,
Too long indulged our sin;
Our aching hearts now bleed to see
What rebels we have been.

No more, ye lusts, shall ye command,
No more will we obey;
Stretch out, O God, Thy conquering hand,
And drive our sins away.

——-

If you are a Christian listening today, here are three things you need to do:

1. Confess and repent of your own sins. You already know what they are.

2. Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ to repent of their sins and get back to their first love

3. Pray for souls to be saved, and do your part by witnessing to the lost.

——-

Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

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.

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