The Only Path to Peace and Paradise (Gospel Light Minute X #398)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #398 titled, “The Only Path to Peace and Paradise.” 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.

“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.” — John 3:16

John 3:16 is often called “The Gospel Text,” for here we have the whole Gospel briefly stated. We see the source of salvation—the love of God; the channel through which salvation comes—His only begotten Son; and the way by which we receive it—faith in His Son.

Perhaps you will say, “Oh, I have read that verse a thousand times.” Even if you have, have you ever really believed it—that is, by faith made yourself one of the “whosoevers” by trusting in Christ, and thereby received everlasting life?

A Christian friend told me how he was converted through this verse. He took it, read it word by word, believing as he read, applied it to himself, trusted the Son, and received everlasting life. Multitudes of other searching souls have done the same. Have you? If not, may the Lord help you to do so now.

Just let us look at this wonderful verse, a word or two at a time, always remembering that this is God’s Word, and God means what He says. Continue reading “The Only Path to Peace and Paradise (Gospel Light Minute X #398)”

If No One Else Cares for You, God Does (Gospel Light Minute X #359)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #359 titled, “If No One Else Cares for You, God Does.” 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.

Some time ago someone placed this ad in a Kansas newspaper:

“I will listen to you talk for 30 minutes without comment for $5.00. “

Sounds like a joke, doesn’t it? But the person was serious. Did anybody call? You bet. It wasn’t long before this individual was receiving ten to twenty calls a day. The piercing pain of loneliness was so sharp that some were willing to try anything for a half hour of companionship.  Continue reading “If No One Else Cares for You, God Does (Gospel Light Minute X #359)”

Jesus, Doubting Thomas, and You, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 354)

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TEXT: John 20:24-29:

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 354.

John Walvoord said, “Thomas’ response, ‘My Lord and my God,’ is the high point of the Gospel. Here was a skeptical man confronted by the evidence of Jesus’ resurrection and he announced that Jesus, the Man of Galilee, is God manifest in the flesh. The truths of the Gospel were realized personally in this apostle.”

The story of Thomas’ unbelief cannot be divorced from its present-day implications. We live in a day of doubt, unbelief, and open mocking of faith. We find in Thomas’ questioning and in Jesus’ presentation of Himself an answer for all who have trouble believing. When Jesus showed Himself for the second time to a gathering of His followers, He gave Thomas permission to touch His wounds in order to prove to himself that He really had risen from the dead. Presented with undeniable proof, Thomas declared Jesus, “My Lord and my God.”

As we read this story, it is easy to think that Jesus had to provide extra evidence for Thomas in order for him to believe. But the truth is He actually didn’t. The other disciples were no more believing than Thomas was at first. They disbelieved the reports of Mary Magdalene and the women who said they had seen Jesus at the tomb. They, too, had not believed until Jesus personally appeared to them. In their case, Jesus had provided the answer before they had the chance to ask the question. And now He provides to Thomas the same proof that He had provided to the other disciples a week before. That proof was His own presence.

Dr. Jack Crabtree of Gutenberg College writes: “In the unfolding of the historical events, Thomas, and no one else, explicitly articulates what evidence he requires in order to believe. All the other disciples — as we can see by their actions — implicitly act on exactly the same requirements for belief, but Thomas happens to be the one whose circumstances forced him to make them explicit by articulating them. This, in turn, creates the opportunity for Jesus to make this profound and interesting statement: ‘Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.'”

In the age of skepticism and doubt in which we now live, this statement is very important. Millions upon millions of individuals have believed in Jesus without ever seeing Him with their own eyes, much less touching His body. All of these, Jesus says, are the recipients of a special blessing. They have faith without sight, trust without requirement. To believe in such a manner is not as far-fetched as some say. Every time someone gets on a plane, they implicitly trust a pilot whom they have not seen to get them to their destination. In fact, we have more reason to believe that Jesus is who He says He is than we do to trust that any pilot can safely fly a plane.

Still, it takes a leap of faith to believe in Jesus, and that is why He promises a special reward for those who do. The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, “This blessing comes to all who believe on the basis of the proclaimed gospel and the evidences for its validity. Believers living today are not deprived by not seeing Him physically.” In light of that point, Dr. Warren Wiersbe goes on to say, “You and I today cannot see Christ, nor can we see Him perform the miracles that John wrote about in this book. But the record is there, and that is all that we need. Romans 10:17 says, ‘So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’ As you read John’s record, you come face to face with Jesus Christ, how He lived, what He said, and what He did. All of the evidence points to the conclusion that He is indeed God come in the flesh, the Saviour of the world.”

The testimony of the Bible is more than enough for anyone to believe in Jesus Christ. The testimony of history — how it has been shaped and influenced by the man named Jesus — is more than enough. The testimony of the myriad of souls who have had real personal experiences with Jesus is more than enough.

As a child and young adult, you learned about events and people in the distant past. The evidence that we have for the lives of the majority of those people is the exact same evidence that we have for the life of Jesus Christ. We have written records; we have their impact on history; and we have the testimony of those who came into contact with them. If we believe what the history books say based on that alone, we need not demand further evidence in order to believe in Jesus.

Today, Christ says to us what He said to Thomas: “Be not faithless, but believing.”

One hymnist wrote:

In doubt and unbelief, I rest in Christ;
My hand in His hand, He carries my life;
My soul with His counsel through life He will guide,
And afterward make me in glory abide.

In glory He only my portion shall be,
On earth for none other I long for but Thee;
My flesh and heart falter, but God is my stay,
The strength of my spirit, my portion this day.

All they that forsake Thee must perish and die,
But near to my Savior most blessed am I;
I make Thee my refuge, my Lord and my God;
Thy grace and Thy glory I publish abroad.

Today, Jesus says to all who have doubts, all who are on the fence, all who are in the valley of decision, “Be not faithless, but believing. Rewards await you.” Not only through the Holy Spirit, but through the Word of God, the record of history, and the testimony of countless millions, He presents the truth of Himself and His sacrifice for you. Will you place your faith and trust in Him today?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please 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.

Jesus, Doubting Thomas, and You, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 353)

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TEXT: John 20:24-29:

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 353.

William Sloane Coffin said, “Faith isn’t believing without proof; it’s trusting without reservation.”

When Thomas first heard that Jesus had risen from the dead and had made an appearance to the other disciples, he refused to accept that what they were saying was true. He said that he needed to see and touch Jesus for himself before he believed. While Thomas is often chided for his doubts, we have seen from this passage that, at the very least, he was honest about his unwillingness to believe. We have also seen how that in Thomas’ mind, his doubts were plausible without solid evidence.

Now, notice another positive aspect of Thomas’ story, and that is that, despite his doubts, he stayed with the assembly of believers. Verse 26 says that “after eight days again the disciples, were within, and Thomas with them.” Thomas did not abandon the other disciples altogether after he declared his unbelief. He remained with the believers. He knew that if Jesus were truly risen, He would return to those who belonged to Him, and he wanted to be there when it happened. Too often, those who have doubts or a “crisis of faith” after they have been saved for a while choose to leave the church to “figure things out.” They think that they can find answers out in the world, but that is simply not the case. While God can and does speak to people outside of the church, the assembly of believers is the primary vehicle thru which He makes His presence known in the world today. If you are having doubts about the things of God, the last thing you need to do is run away from the place where God makes Himself known. Rather, come humbly and prayerfully to where God speaks and give Him the opportunity to speak to you.

Because Thomas was in the place where Jesus made Himself known, His doubts were answered with resounding assurance. Verse 26 reads, “then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.” As I touched on previously, Jesus did not come with a message of condemnation for Thomas. He recognized that, though Thomas doubted, he was sincere. I think Thomas wanted to believe, but he just could not bring himself to take the leap of faith without what he thought was sufficient evidence.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe points out that “John 11:16 seems to indicate that Thomas was basically a courageous man, willing to go to Judea and die with the Lord! John 14:5 reveals that Thomas was a spiritually minded man who wanted to know the truth and was not ashamed to ask questions. There seems to have been a ‘pessimistic’ outlook in Thomas. We call him ‘Doubting Thomas,’ but Jesus did not rebuke him for his doubts. He rebuked him for unbelief: ‘Be not faithless, but believing.'”

At their meeting, Jesus extends His peace to Thomas. In this case, peace that assuaged his doubts and peace that set his mind at ease. “Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.” Notice that Jesus gave Thomas permission to touch His wounds, but the Bible does NOT record that Thomas actually accepted this offer. Thomas SAW the wounds and believed, declaring Jesus, “my Lord and my God.”

Thomas was so overwhelmed that Jesus, God incarnate, would enter a tiny room and subject Himself to the examination of mere men that. In that moment, Thomas’ doubts were washed away. I think he was stunned at the SAMENESS of Jesus. The Jesus he saw before him in that locked room was the Jesus he had seen before the cross. The wounds from the beatings and the nails and the spear thrust proved that He was not an imposter. Thomas knew that Jesus in all His reality was standing before him, not just by His physical appearance, but by His demeanor and personality. Only Jesus, with all the power that He possessed, would offer His body for examination by one of His disciples. Only Jesus would patiently and humbly accept one of His disciples stumbling toward faith without judgment or condemnation. With Jesus’ few words and the presentation of Himself, Thomas realized that he needed to doubt no longer.

G.B. Timms wrote:

Here behold the love victorious,
Over death triumphant now,
See the feet where nails were driven,
And thy faith in him avow:
For he lives, the world’s redeemer,
Unto whom all knees shall bow.

Thomas looked upon the Master:
Was it then indeed the Lord?
Were those wounds no phantom tokens?
Did the sight with truth accord?
Scarce believing, joy unbounded,
Rose to greet the Saviour’s word.

Blessed Thomas, doubt no longer,
See the wounds in hand and side,
Now behold the risen Saviour
Who for thee has bled and died,
And from death’s dark pit arising,
Lives in body glorified.

Like Thomas, dear friend, you do not have to doubt any longer.. Jesus offers you peace through Himself. Through the Holy Spirit, He speaks to your heart, testifying of the authenticity of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. Will you give your life to Jesus Christ today and experience the forgiveness that only comes from God? Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please 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.

Jesus, Doubting Thomas, and You, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 348)

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TEXT: John 20:24-29:

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 348.

Ray Stedman said, “We ought to be grateful to Thomas for his doubting, because he voiced the doubts we all feel at times about the stories of the resurrection. Thomas only wanted to be sure that the Jesus of history and the risen Jesus were the same person. When he was convinced he also became a convincing element to all who would later doubt.”

When Jesus appeared to His followers on Resurrection Sunday, Thomas, one of the twelve disciples, was not present. We do not know where he was. Perhaps, he was off hiding alone, or perhaps, he simply had not caught up with the other disciples after fleeing when Jesus was arrested. Whatever the reason for His absence, imagine his shock when they told him that they had been visited by the risen Lord. One would think that with ten or more people telling him that they were all in the same room and saw and heard the same things at the same time, Thomas would have had enough eyewitness testimony to believe that what they were saying was true. But that is not the case.

We call Thomas, in a slightly condescending way, “doubting Thomas.” But, Thomas’ reaction is not simply one of doubt. His reaction is that of firm unbelief. He has sufficient evidence to believe, but he willfully chooses not to believe that Jesus has risen from the dead. In fact, he establishes his own standard of evidence. He says, “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.” The testimony of his fellow disciples is not good enough for him. He has to see and touch Jesus for himself.

Henry Morris said, “Normally, Thomas’ statement is taken to indicate that he was of a more skeptical turn of mind than the others, and, of course, he may have been. But another possibility should not be overlooked, namely that he was so shocked by the tragedy of the crucifixion that he did not find it easy to think of its consequences as being annulled.”

Thomas knew what happened when someone was flogged by the Romans. He knew what happened when someone was crucified. He knew what happened when someone died and was put in a tomb. He knew that people who died, stayed dead. Lazarus and the widow’s son whom Jesus raised from the dead were the exceptions, not the rule. If Jesus were dead, logic told Thomas that Jesus could not raise Himself from the dead. So, Thomas refused to believe.

There are many people like Thomas in our world today, and statistics show that their numbers are growing (or at least they are becoming more vocal about expressing their unbelief). They refuse to believe in God or Jesus despite the testimony of millions of people who say they have had a relationship with Him over thousands of years. They, like Thomas, say that they will not believe. They ask for evidence that no human being can provide. They want to see God. They want to see Jesus. They want to be convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt.

But God for ages has demanded that people believe in Him by faith alone. God expects you to believe in Him whom you have not seen with your eyes, heard with your ears, or touched with your hands. That is what makes faith so powerful — believing in something that, technically-speaking, you have no hard, reproducible evidence for. As some have said, you can’t put God in a test tube. You can’t go back in time and install a video camera in Jesus’ tomb. So, many people refuse to believe. They, like Thomas, say, ‘Unless these standards for evidence are met, I will not believe.’

We, obviously, are going to go into this account in more detail in our next message, but what is Jesus’ message to those who maintain willful unbelief. What does God say to the Thomases of today? His message might surprise some. It is, “Peace be unto you.” Jesus knew Thomas had refused to believe, but when He showed up the next week, the first thing He said was, “Peace be unto you.” God does not view the unbeliever wholly as His enemy. He views that person as a potential family member, a child of His who has gone astray. And that is why He sent Jesus — to every atheist, to every agnostic, to every unbeliever, to every intellectual or scientist who demands irrefutable evidence — He offers them peace with Himself. Peace with God, peace in your soul does not demand physical evidence. Peace in your heart is its own evidence that God is real and that He is living inside of you. And that is what Jesus wants to provide to every unbeliever no matter how willful he is in his unbelief. Peace.

Haldor Lillenas wrote:

Like the sunshine after rain,
Like a rest that follows pain,
Like a hope returned again,
Is the peace that Jesus gives.

Like the soft, refreshing dew,
Like a rosy daybreak new,
Like a friendship tender, true,
Is the peace that Jesus gives.

Oh, the peace that Jesus gives
Never dies; it always lives.
Like the music of a psalm,
Like a glad, eternal calm,
Is the peace that Jesus gives.

You can have peace in your heart, mind, and soul today if you accept the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross as the payment for your sins. Will you give your life to Jesus Christ today and experience the forgiveness that only comes from God? Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please 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.

Jesus the Triumphant, Part 16 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 192)

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TEXT: John 12:42-45

42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.

45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 192.

J. Hampton Keathley III said, “In Jesus, we have One who has virtually changed every aspect of human life, but sadly, most people are completely oblivious to the reality of how He has so completely impacted the world. No one else is qualified or capable to meet the needs of fallen humanity or restore that which was lost by Adam in the fall of man.”

As we continue looking at Jesus’ last public teaching before His crucifixion, we see that He begins to express even more the urgency of the matter of believing on Him. The text tells us that “Jesus cried out”; this was something He rarely did. The word “cry” means ‘to speak with a loud voice, to cry aloud, to vociferate.’ It is in the imperfect tense, meaning that Jesus continuously cried out; He spoke loudly and urgently again and again. This was His last message to the Jews and He wanted to make sure that they heard Him clearly.

Regarding this passage, Warren Wiersbe wrote: “There were those who would not believe, and there were those who would not openly confess Christ even though they had believed. Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea belonged to this group initially, but eventually came out openly in their confession of Christ. In the early church, there were numbers of Pharisees and even priests. It was the old struggle between the glory of God and the praise of men. It was a costly thing to be excommunicated, and these “secret believers” wanted the best of both worlds.

“In John 12:44-50 we have our Lord’s last message before He ‘hid Himself’ from the people. Again, the emphasis was on faith. A number of the basic themes in John’s Gospel run through this message: God sent the Son; to see the Son means to see the Father, Jesus is the Light of the world; His words are the very words of God; faith in Him brings salvation; to reject Him is to face eternal judgment. In fact, the very Word that He spoke will judge those who have rejected it and Him!”

In these final words, Christ saw fit to re-emphasize His connection with the Father. He did not back down from identifying Himself with God. Instead, He said, “He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.” Jesus represented Himself as the avenue, the way, the door through which one might truly believe on God.

Today, we are told that there are many ways to God and that one way is just as good as any other. The Jewish religious leaders had people believing that the way to God was through studying Scripture, obeying the law, and following the traditions of their forefathers.

In our society, we face the pressure to not proclaim Jesus as the one and only way. It is okay to proclaim Jesus as a Savior among saviors, but it is frowned on to say that Jesus is the only Savior. However, among the pantheon of religious luminaries, Jesus is the only one to declare Himself to be the exclusive way to God the Father. Moses never claimed this; he pointed the Jews to another “prophet” who would come. Muhammad never claimed this; historians tell us that, at the end of his life, he was not even sure if he would make it into Paradise. No one, but Jesus, ever cried out, “He that believes on me, believes on God; He that sees me, sees God.” A person with such audacity cannot be dismissed.

The Bible says in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” If you had to know a secret word to get into Heaven, that password would be the name of Jesus. John Piper said, “Jesus is absolutely unique. He is absolutely supreme among all the gods and lords of the world religions. Knowing him and believing on his name is absolutely necessary for salvation. For since the cross and resurrection there is no other way to God and to heaven.”

What does it mean to know Jesus, to believe on Jesus, to, as our text says, “see” Jesus? It means that you must, somewhere in your life, hear about Jesus as a specific Person (the only begotten Son of God) who did a specific work (dying on the cross for the sins of the world and rising from the dead) for a specific result (that whosoever believeth on him might be saved).

There is no one else who fits this criteria, but Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God and the Savior of the world.

There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus,
No, not one! No, not one!
None else could heal all our soul’s diseases,
No, not one! No, not one!

Did ever saint find this Friend forsake him?
No, not one! No, not one!
Or sinner find that He would not take him?
No, not one! No, not one!

Was ever a gift like the Savior given?
No, not one! No, not one!
Will He refuse us a home in Heaven?
No, not one! No, not one!

Here is how you can receive Him as your Savior today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus the Triumphant, Part 15 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 191)

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TEXT: John 12:42-43

42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 191.

Alexander MacLaren said, “Unbelief is criminal because it is a moral act, an act of the whole nature. Belief or unbelief is a test of a man’s whole spiritual condition, because it is the whole being, affections, will, conscience, as well as the understanding, which are concerned in it.”

In the verses that we are considering today, we come upon a rare occurrence in the Gospel of John. Throughout his book, John has demonstrated the enmity that came from the religious leaders, the leading class, the establishment of the Jews. They did not like Jesus because He upset the order of things in Israel. They felt that their way of life was threatened. Yet, apparently, some of them could not deny in their souls and spirits the power of Jesus’ ministry and miracles. So we read, “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him.”

These were Jesus’ secret believers. Nicodemus and Joseph of A-rim-a-thea belonged to this group of individuals. They believed that what Jesus was saying was true, but “because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue.” These people were afraid to be known publicly as Jesus’ followers, so they kept quiet. They kept on doing the same religious practices and consenting to the proceedings of the Pharisees so as not to rock the boat and cause problems in society for themselves.

The Bible says, “they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” Unlike the blind man, they were not willing to risk standing with Jesus and being excommunicated from Jewish religious life and Jewish public life. They did not want to be numbered among the shunned outcasts of society.

What can we say about these secret believers? Some commentators speak harshly of them and try to say that they were not truly saved, claiming that there can be no such thing as a secret believer. But John writes that “they believed” just as he wrote of the disciples who believed. He does not add qualifiers to the description of their faith, so other commentators have put forth a more sympathetic understanding of these secret believers. Richard Trench said we must ask the question, “Are all Christians heroic?”

The issue of “secret believers” is relevant even in our day where Christians in majority-Muslim countries that are closed to evangelism (such as Saudi Arabia) face the question of how public they should be about their faith in Jesus Christ. For them, it is not just a question of being thrown out of the good favor of society, but a question of life and death.

Tom Hale and Steve Thorson said, “It is possible for one to become a true believer, but for some time to keep it hidden. At the beginning of one’s Christian life, one’s faith may be weak. But sooner or later, every Christian must become ready to confess his faith openly — or else he will show that his faith was never real to begin with. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus are good examples of so-called ‘secret believers.’ But, in time, they too came forward and identified themselves as followers of Christ.” In fact, it was these two secret believers who were there for Jesus after He had died; not the twelve disciples who were known followers of Christ, and were in hiding at the time.

At the end of the day, it is not our place to measure the faith of those who say they believe. Jesus looks on the hearts, and He knows those who belong to Him.

What you ought to do today is to make sure that you are in the number of those who believe on Jesus Christ.

Here is how you can receive Him into your heart today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner 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.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus the Triumphant, Part 14 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 190)

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TEXT: John 12:35-41

35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:

38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?

39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,

40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

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

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

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 190.

Ravi Zacharias said, “A man rejects God neither because of intellectual demands nor because of the scarcity of evidence. A man rejects God because of a moral resistance that refuses to admit his need for God.”

The fact that the Jews did not believe on Jesus despite the many miracles that He performed did not come as a surprise to God. He may have been disappointed, saddened and grieved. Jesus may have been as well, especially since they both know what becomes of those who do not believe. But they were not surprised. Hundreds of years before, as John explains to us in this passage, the prophet Isaiah, inspired by the Spirit of God, predicted that people would not believe on the Messiah when He arrived.

Speaking for God, Isaiah wrote, “He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.” At first glance, it seems as though God is the one who blinds the eyes of the Jews and hardens their hearts that they might not believe. But that is not what the Scripture is saying. God never forces anyone to believe or disbelieve. Henry Morris said, “He does not mean that the blinding takes place without the will or against the will of these people. So with the hardening of their heart. These men chose evil. It was their own deliberate choice, their own fault.”

When someone rejects Christ and says, ‘I don’t believe and I won’t believe,’ it is as if God puts up His hands and says, ‘All right, I’ll leave you to your own disbelief.’ This ultimate rejection of Christ is what many scholars believe the Bible is talking about when it speaks of “the unpardonable sin,” that is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. To understand this sin, we must remember that it is the Holy Spirit that draws men to God and reveals to men God’s ways. D. A. Carson said the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is the rejection of the “truth in full awareness that that is exactly what one is doing — thoughtfully, willfully, and self-consciously rejecting the work of the Spirit. [This is what the Jews, especially many of the religious leaders, did.] For such a sin there is no forgiveness.”

This blasphemy is a sin that one cannot go back from, that even God and Jesus cannot forgive. When the Jews rejected Jesus, God did not harden their hearts or blind their minds. God simply removed his influence from their hearts and minds, rendering them completely blinded by sin and Satan’s lies, unfortunately consigning them to Hell. As C.S. Lewis said, “Sin is man’s saying to God throughout life, ‘Go away and leave me alone.’ Hell is God finally saying to man, ‘You may have your wish.’ It is God leaving man to himself, as man has chosen.”

It is a terrible thing to tell God to leave you alone, because He may just respect your wishes. That is what He did with the Jews who rejected Jesus. Because of their rejection of the Savior, Isaiah writes that they could not “see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted.” It is one thing to choose not to be converted; it is another — and a more horrible — thing to be unable to be converted. But some people have gotten to that point.

These words from Isaiah, brought to bear on the events of Jesus’ day and the events of our day, ought to make us realize how serious of a matter salvation is. It is not something you should shrug off or repeatedly delay dealing with. You must face it and make a decision: Will you reject Christ or receive Him? I hope you choose to receive the only begotten Son of God as your Savior. The earlier you say “yes” to Christ, the better off your life will be.

Here is how you can receive Him into your heart today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #55)

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TEXT: Psalm 32:1-5

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #55)

The devil has an abundance of weapons in his arsenal with which he attempts to wound and weaken followers of Jesus Christ. Over the past two weeks, we have looked at how we can combat two of his most-used attacks — the temptation to become fainthearted, and the temptation to doubt God. Today, we are going to look at how we can overcome feelings of guilt in our Christian walk.

Certainly, you have experienced the feeling of guilt; it is not a good feeling. Yet, many Christians go through life burdened down by guilt. There are two types of guilt that we must contend with. The first is natural guilt which comes after we have done something wrong. The second is the feeling of guilt that comes from the condemnation or mental attacks from the devil. One of the devil’s names is the “accuser of the brethren.” He specializes in tormenting believers with reminders of past failures, sins, and shortcomings. Many Christians live under a constant cloud of Satan’s accusations, believing his guilt-inducing words rather than what the Bible says about God’s children.

I’m sure you remember the pilgrim Little-Faith in Pilgrim’s Progress. This unfortunate soul laid down at a dangerous intersection on the Straight and Narrow Way and went to sleep. He was robbed and beat up by Faintheart, Mistrust, and Guilt. Last week, we learned how he never recovered from that attack; he was depressed and despondent throughout the rest of his pilgrimage. Perhaps, part of his problem was that he continued to feel guilty over what had happened to him because he wasn’t strong enough to ward off their attack.

What can we do to combat feelings of guilt and the attacks of condemnation from the devil? Let’s find out as we consider these verses from the 32nd psalm of David. This psalm is described as a “contemplation.” James Montgomery Boice said the Hebrew word for “contemplation” might be better understood as “instruction” as it is full of instruction and worthy of meditation.

First, to combat feelings of guilt, we must make sure that we have confessed our sins. We will not be free from guilt if there is unconfessed sin in our lives. David says there was a time in his life when he “kept silent” regarding his sins. During this time, he said, “my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand [God’s hand] was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer.” David was under stress because of the mental pain of his sin. He felt God’s hand of conviction upon him. Just as one’s mouth goes dry when one is nervous or afraid, David said his moisture was turned to drought.

These symptoms that David experienced were actually a good thing — and if you feel this way about your sin, you should take it as a good sign. This tells you that you have a healthy conscience — a sense of right and wrong. It also tells you that you are a child of God and, as such, He will not let you continue with unconfessed sin in your life. The ‘hand’ of conviction that you feel regarding your sin is the Holy Spirit telling you that you need to confess and repent of it right now. In order to get rid of his guilty feelings, David had to confess his sin to God. He says, “I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord…”

If you try to live the Christian life with unconfessed sin, you are also giving Satan ammunition to use against you. Anytime, you try to engage in spiritual work — prayer, Bible reading, or ministry to others — the devil will use that unconfessed sin to put you on a guilt trip. He will remind you of what you have done, of the secret you are hiding, and you will be crippled in your spiritual walk. Don’t let him do that to you. Take the weapon of guilt out of Satan’s hands by confessing and repenting of your sins today.

 

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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you briefly how you can be saved from your sins and be guaranteed a home in Heaven with God today.

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.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “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.”

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

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

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

Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #54)

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TEXT: Mark 16:9-14

9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.

13 And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.

14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #54)

Last week, we were introduced to a character from Pilgrim’s Progress known as Little-faith. This unfortunate pilgrim was attacked by Faint-heart, Mistrust, and Guilt, and he never recovered from their assault. As the character Christian tells us:

He was deeply distressed…. It is surprising that he did not die with grief, poor soul! I was told that, for the remainder of his journey, he chiefly spread abroad melancholy and bitter complaints concerning his misfortune. He would also explain in detail to other pilgrims encountered in the way where and how he was robbed, who they were who assaulted him, what he lost, the severity of his wounds, and the closeness of his brush with death.

One of the most disappointing things to see is a Christian who is supposed to have victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil, being distressed, depressed, and defeated. Yet, like Little-faith, that is what will happen to us if we don’t watch out for the things that can weaken us. We dealt with one of those things last week — the temptation to become faint-hearted, to become weary in well-doing. The Apostle Paul faced that temptation, and he showed us how to overcome it by doing these three things: Continue reading “Three Things that Weaken the Believer, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #54)”