A Christian Witness to
the Whole World
I am involved in something that will still be worthwhile a
million years from now because God has not revoked the great commission.
Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be
preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end
shall come” (Matthew 24:14).
Today the kingdom of God is realized as we proclaim the
crucified, risen, and returning Lord Jesus Christ.
The gospel is the good news of the kingdom of God that has
come in the person and work of Jesus Christ. How do we enter into the kingdom of
God? There is only one way. “Repent of your sins and believe on Jesus Christ.”
That is the message we preach.
Our message is the gospel of free grace. It is what God has
accomplished for us in the sacrificial substitutionary atoning death of Jesus
Christ for our sins. We offer the gospel freely “without money and without cost”
John Ryle once said, “Men are apt to forget that it does
not require great open sins to be sinned in order to ruin a soul forever. They
have only to give hearing without believing, listening without repenting, going
to church without going to Christ, and by and by they will find themselves in
It is imperative that we make the message of salvation
crystal clear in our presentations. Salvation is the gift of God and it is “by
grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves.” God has
provided everything we need in order to be saved. “Believe on the Lord Jesus
Christ and you shall be saved” (Acts 16:31). But also be assured, “Reject Jesus
Christ, and you will perish forever.”
Every time we share that message we are personally involved
in what God is doing in building His eternal kingdom.
What can we expect as we take the gospel out of
self-edification and share it with others? We can prepare for and accept
hostility from some listeners (Matthew 10:16-18, 21-25). There will be men who
“will deliver you up to the courts, and scourge you in their synagogues, and you
shall even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to
them and to the Gentiles (v. 17). The history of Christianity is the history of
persecution and martyrdom for the cause of Christ. More people have been
persecuted and died for Christ during the last hundred years than in the
previous two thousand years.
We can expect God’s power and sustaining grace to meet all
of our necessities as we take the good news to a lost world. Jesus said, “When
they deliver you up, do not become anxious about how or what you will speak; for
it shall be given you in that hour what you are to speak” (v. 19). Those are
instructions for martyrs and Christians under persecution, not preachers getting
ready for Sunday morning without doing their homework. The Holy Spirit gives
boldness to testify under all circumstances for Christ. “For it is not you who
speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you” (v. 20). Success
in personal witnessing is simply sharing Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy
Spirit and then leaving the results up to God.
Our job is to be faithful to Christ under all circumstances
(vv. 26-27). The only person we are to fear is the LORD God “who is able to
destroy both soul and body in hell” (v. 28). The worst thing a man can do to us
is to kill the body. But “for me to live is Christ and to die is better yet”
The Lord is sovereign in His kingdom (vv. 30-33). There is
nothing that can happen to His faithful servant who is not fully known to Him.
Whatever we experience as His servants is fully known to Him and happens
ultimately for our good and His eternal glory. The responsibilities are great
for all believers (vv. 34-39).
However, the rewards of being faithful to the Lord Jesus
Christ are eternal (vv. 40-42). “He who receives you receives Me, and he who
receives Me receives Him who sent Me. . . . And whoever in the name of a
disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink,
truly I say to you he shall not lose his reward” (vv. 40, 42).
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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