Msg #1332 Great Plainness of Speach
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Hebrews is a book to Hebrews, to convince the Hebrews that in Christ, they are no longer Hebrews. Its theme is the full sufficiency of Christ. Its introduction is the best of Hebrew poetry. Its first point, which ought to be given the more earnest heed, is Christ's sufficiency in the gospel message. “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” is a redundant question. (Heb. 2:3) This “so great salvation” at the first began to be spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ, who said, “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted.... ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 18:3). That is pretty serious if you have not been converted, and conversion is testified to be no less than “Repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20: 21) Only you can initiate your conversion by believing the gospel; “how that Christ died for your sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” (1Cor. 15:3b-4) Some trite church goers say there is nothing you can 'do' to be saved, but my Bible says unless you are converted by doing what Romans 10:9-10 says, you will not be saved from your sin, nor will you enter his Kingdom. Are you Saved? Have you been converted? If you are, you should get your feet shod with this short gospel message and go out and ask someone else the question. If they get upset, it's because they ain't. The church is apostate concerning the gospel and Christ's “so great salvation.” A gospel witness needs to be clear in a dark misguided world. Except ye be converted you can not enter the Kingdom of heaven: use great plainness of speech.
An Essay for week #32 Sun, Aug 11, 13
Published at www.GSBaptistChurch.com/ppulpit/biblesays13.pdf
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