The New Testament of the Bible is absolutely clear and unequivocal: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,” (1 Timothy 1:15, NKJV). Whoever among males and females of mankind repents of their sins and believes the Gospel of Christ that He died on the cross for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day will be saved (John 3:16-17, Acts 2:38-39; Romans 10:10-13; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4)! So then, God makes no distinction between male and female in the means of obtaining His free gift of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone. Even so, the Christian female is uniquely shown to be saved in childbearing according to Paul, the apostle to us Gentiles.
God in sovereignty established His order of mankind at creation. The apostle Paul instructs Timothy, his son in the faith, about how this foundational truth works itself out in the way women were to perpetually conduct themselves in God’s house during this mortal age. Silence and respectful submission was to characterize their demeanor in the mixed assembly of men and they are not “to teach or to have authority over a man” because in God’s standing order of mankind “Adam was formed first, then Eve,” (1 Timothy 2:11-13, NKJV).1 He also cites the fact the first woman was the one “deceived” when she usurped her husband and “fell into transgression,” (1 Timothy 2:14, NKJV).
Apparently, Paul and God inspiring his pen took the first female’s status as the first sinner and how she became one very seriously unlike many in the churches at this hour. Typically, the first to do something is considered a trail blazer, noble and good. However, to be the first human sinner is eternally ignoble in the sight of the holy God! Truly, the fact the immediate punishment of Eve (and her daughters to follow) was only “greatly” intensified grief while pregnant and “pain” in childbirth is amazing grace indeed (Genesis 3:1-7, 13, 16a, NKJV)!2 That guilty females would instead of humility, in pride today, openly rebel against God who has shown such grace is very wicked.
Whatever circumstances may have led to the apostle’s specific instruction about women (such as perhaps having some at Ephesus attempt to teach or take authority over men), the instruction is rooted in God’s design, assigned roles, responsibilities and order of rank for man as male and female. So, the saved, Christian female purposely designed by God to bear children is to please Him above all and be content with His will to do so as a wife and mother.3 This assumes of course, she gets married and is physically able to bear children.4 Her submission to God in this is proven salvation “if” she continues “in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control,” (1 Timothy 2:15, NKJV). The latter trait is needed to help avoid the first female’s impulsive act to usurp her husband, be deceived and sin.
1 Read the July 28, 2019 post, Roles, Rank And Responsibilities, under the category, God’s Creatures.
2 The grace of God also encompasses not only being willing to save females, but to redeem their purpose in His design of them by sending Christ our Redeemer into the
world through the seed, womb and birth canal of a woman as He spoke before ever announcing Eve’s punishment (Genesis 3:15; Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-14).
3 This is the heart of the aspiring great woman of God in the image of Christ I am privileged of Him to elaborate about in The Great Woman Of God Women’s Group Study
drawn from two important chapters in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics. The book and group study are available for purchase in the Strong Man Store
or by order through your favorite book seller. Please note that neither the apostle Paul or I are saying women as wives cannot engage with their husbands in Bible discus-
sion or together in the manner of Aquila and Priscilla with Apollos as an uncle and aunt (the husband leading) teach the faith to a singular man in private (Acts 18:24-26)
or finally, be a gifted teacher of women as well as male and female children (Titus 2:1-5).
4 There is no specific instance of a call from God to any woman in the Bible to lifelong celibacy. As such, a Christian female that takes it upon herself to do this is to keep
her vow to the Lord. Otherwise, she is to wait on God in all purity to send her a husband. After marriage, adoption is certainly an option if either spouse has reproductive
“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit,” (Psalm 32:1-2, NKJV). Hallelujah! I continue to rejoice in God’s salvation as I experience the awesome reality of His forgiveness of all my past sins when I first believed the Gospel and every day since as I have obeyed His Word to “confess” and repent from them as they occurred or upon later conviction (Psalm 32:3-5; 1 John 1:5-2:2, NKJV).1 While God’s salvation begins with forgiveness, its blessed benefits do not end there. As biblical Christianity, they bountifully and gloriously expand reaching into eternity!
God’s forgiveness opens the way for sinners to be reconciled to and enjoy familial relationship with Him as well as to receive all of His promised benefits. Of the many benefits as spiritual blessings God has packaged in His salvation from sin by grace through faith in the Gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ, forgiveness of all past sins is foremost and foundational (Romans 4:5-8, 5:10-11; Ephesians 1:1-10). As David testifies, God’s forgiveness for sins committed thereafter is absolutely essential to avoid the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical issues that consequentially arise from being unwilling to confess them to Him in all repentance. Sin guilt will make you sick and destroys!2
Enjoying peace with God by His forgiveness of our sins through the blood of Christ,3 the saved in Him are also indwelt and brought to spiritual life by the Holy Spirit; having an eternal inheritance as adopted sons (John 3:1-8; Acts 2:38-39; Romans 8:14-17). The spiritual life we have by the indwelling Holy Spirit is nothing short of the very life of God dynamically and eternally flowing as “rivers of living water” in our inmost being (John 7:37-39, NKJV)! There is nothing in all of human experience to which this can be compared.4 This is uniquely of God “the fountain of life,” “everlasting” and abundant David and the Lord Jesus speak of (Psalm 36:7-9; John 4:7-14, 10:10, NKJV).
The life of God in us by the Holy Spirit is evident in the display of the divine eternal nature beginning with love, character and power (Romans 5:5; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 3:14-21, 5:9; 1 John 4:8). The presence of the Holy Spirit in believers seals us not like contents in a closed jar that cannot escape, but as a living imprint that marks us out as belonging to God. Too, He is “the guarantee” and earnest payment of the Father fulfilling all He has promised us in His great salvation! As our eternal “Helper” (Comforter) and Companion, He oversees and actualizes our regeneration as well (John 14:16-17; 2 Corinthians 1:3, 19-22, 3:17-18, 5:17; Ephesians 1:11-14; Titus 3:4-5, NKJV).
As if the foregoing were not enough, the Holy Spirit carries out the will of the Father and Christ in answering our petitions for protection and deliverance (Psalm 32:6-7). He is also our Teacher teaching us the riches of God’s way in Christ through the written Word; guiding us with His “eye” that has seen and knows all past, present and future if we will be submissive to learn (Psalm 32:8; John 16:12-15; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16, NKJV). Believers as disciples are not to be stubborn, resistant and without understanding like an unbroken “horse” or “mule” that have to be forcefully “harnessed” and controlled or “they will not come near you” much less be teachable (Psalm 32:9, NKJV).
Submission to learn is God’s perfect will for everyone He saves! A submissive heart to learn describes Christ who is the perfect display and example of what a disciple is (Isaiah 50:4-5; John 8:28-29) and who commanded that His disciples be taught (Matthew 28:18-20). Further, being taught the Word of God leads to spiritual growth and maturity which are still more benefits of God’s salvation (Ephesians 1:15-23; 2 Peter 1:1-11)! Otherwise, any professed Christian that will not be taught walks in the way of the unbroken horse, mule and "the wicked" suffering “many sorrows” in contrast to those who submit to and obey God’s will through faith and experience His "mercy," (Psalm 32:10, NKJV).
Indeed, for those believers who submit to and obey God’s will through faith--even every aspiring strong man and great woman of God in the image of Christ--the Holy Spirit willingly serves as our Intercessor interceding for us with the Father when in weakness we have no clue (Romans 8:26-27).5 He is also our Equipper and Source of ability to serve God and fellow man through spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). In briefly addressing just some of the benefits of God’s salvation as biblical Christianity, it should be easily seen why those of us that are His “righteous” by grace through faith are “glad in the LORD” “and shout for joy,” (Psalm 32:11, NKJV)! Forgiveness of sin in Christ is only the beginning of these blessings that create the joy of salvation in us! Won’t you share in our joy?
1 It is deceit for any unsaved person or professed Christian to believe one can hide or God not notice or care about their sins no matter how small in human eyesight! There
is no possible way to deceive God so, why try? “...you have sinned against the Lord; be sure your sin will find you out,” (Numbers 32:23, NKJV). Christians are supposed
to walk before God and “worship in spirit and truth,” (John 4:23-24, NKJV). And forget the "nobody is perfect" argument--He already knows this while still expecting our
sold out heart attitude to obey His whole Word (not just the parts we agree with) out of love (John 14:15). His way freely offered in love is for us to own our rebellion,
missing of the mark of His perfect righteousness and perversion of His straight ways so that He can forgive these in Christ!
2 For the professed Christian David says particularly in Psalm 32:4a about the time he spent refusing to confess and repent from his sins: “For day and night Your hand was
heavy upon me,” (NKJV). There is no way a blood bought, Spirit-filled believer can sin without sooner or later experiencing His convicting work which may be quietly
resisted in denial and pretense nothing was done wrong, but as David is explaining, this does not turn out very well for the person doing so.
3 Peace with the living God is a blessing beyond description since it includes not having to fear the Day of His wrath!
4 Having been an abuser of drugs and alcohol and committed hedonist in my unsaved youth, I know what I am saying.
5 Read about the aspiring strong man of God and great woman of God in the image of Jesus Christ in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics, published by Open
Door Communication Ministries, Inc. and available in print or digital formats at major internet booksellers. You can also purchase a print copy in the Strong Man Store.
All praises, honor and glory be to the God of my salvation; the God who saved a wretch like me and granted that I with all others saved should be reconciled to Him and become an ambassador of Christ in the Gospel! In this amazing message of love, grace, forgiveness and reconciliation we proclaim to the world, our God speaks through us now and we to all with the utmost of urgency: “be reconciled to God,” (2 Corinthians 5:18-21, NKJV)! Time is of the essence as spiritual conditions and events foretold by the Lord through His prophets in Bible prophecies dormant for millennia begin to awaken to fulfillment.
The Lord’s plea to be reconciled to Him in this and every generation since the first century includes those that profess to have done so already as the Christians the apostle Paul writes to. He exhorts them “not to receive the grace of God in vain,” (2 Corinthians 6:1, NKJV). Their assumed past salvation and reconciliation to God was possible because in Christ, the proper time had come (2 Corinthians 6:2a). By way of forceful reminder to them and so many sinning professed Christians today, he also declares: “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,” (2 Corinthians 6:2b, NKJV)!
As the larger context makes clear, the Corinthians were in need of repentance from sin which to Paul’s delight he was convinced by their behavior they had experienced (2 Corinthians 6:3-7:16). I am praying and laboring for the same outcome of repentance from sin leading to revival for those professing to be Christians throughout our nation as the Lord gives leadership since the alternatives are not at all pleasant. Thus, it is imperative that professing Christians receive the instruction the Holy Spirit is giving us for this time in all soberness and with Bibles and hearts open.
Do not be lulled into complacency in the aftermath of the recent national election that because of political philosophy would seem to hold out hope for a long-term halt to the slow decline of our nation. Not so! In the grace of our God, only a temporary door of opportunity with lessened government hostility and hindrances for the proclamation of the Gospel and practice of the Christian faith will open (1 Corinthians 16:8-9; 2 Corinthians 2:12-17). However, this door will quickly close and without needed repentance among professing Christians leading to Holy Spirit fired revival and a renewed vigor to obediently fulfill our Lord’s “Great Commission,” be squandered. For the foretold times leading up to and the “appointed time of the end shall be,” (Daniel 8:19, NKJV).
Therefore, the God and only Savior of mankind reiterates again with great urgency to all alive today in our nation: repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ; that He died on the cross for our sins, was buried and on the third day rose again. Do this, so you will be forgiven of your sins, reconciled to God, receive the Holy Spirit, eternal life and deliverance from His wrath that will destroy this present evil world as we have known it. This is urgent now because the time God has allotted for the world to respond to His gracious offer grows short as prophetic fulfillment shows. Too, all anyone has is now since no one knows the day of his death when God’s offer of reconciliation also ends.
Finally, there is the present danger and foretold latter day reality of one developing a hardened heart toward God and His offer. A hardened heart is one that obstinately resists God even after severe judgments for the sake of holding onto a sinful mindset and lifestyle (Exodus 7:14-9:7; John 3:16-21). In the case of professing Christians deceived by sin, without repentance they continue in faithless, willful rebellion against God’s clearly known will, way and Word until their hearts harden solid in resistance as we have been warned not to allow because of the painful temporal and eternal consequences (Proverbs 28:13-14; Hebrews 3:7-19, 6:4-8, 10:26-31). Indeed, as I have repeatedly warned, the Lord has already begun judging in His house (1 Peter 4:17-18).
For this reason, understanding this day of salvation aspiring strong men of God in the image of Christ purposely put Him on and accept the Father’s loving discipline so we can please Him and do His will (Romans 13:11-14; Hebrews 12:3-11). This is all the more essential as we see in the persistent and growing hostility to biblical Christianity and rebellion against God as well as legalization of immorality and drug use, the trend toward hardening hearts is underway. Prophetically, we are shown this trend continues through God’s pre-wrath warning judgments that soon begin (Luke 21:11b; Revelation 8:1-11:14) and becomes irreversible in the time of the Antichrist (Revelation 13, 14:6-13) as proven when God targets his unrepentant worshippers in His wrath (Revelation 16:1-11).
Thank God, then, that in His continuing grace and mercy we still have a little bit of time left to freely preach the Gospel and witness Christ to an unsaved American citizenry that is not yet all hardened into sin. The Spirit empowered fruitful labor of this Ministry among boys and incarcerated men here in the Northwest--the most unchurched part of our nation--is evidentiary to me in this. So, now, I exhort every needful professing Christian to repent and be revived by the Holy Spirit so you may take your place among the revived saints in our nation and move with zeal to complete our Lord’s “Great Commission” here to the saving of many souls at this opportune time. The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
The teaching gift’s aim with the leading of the Holy Spirit is to give men the ability to explain and make plain the Word of God for the simplest hearts. Quickly straying from the reform intent of Martin Luther, European Protestants set aside the simple Gospel and the precious teachings of salvation revealed to the apostles by the Holy Spirit in Scripture and began inventing all manner of heretical and complicated schemes they attempted to support with Scripture. In that free for all and volatile environment Catholics and Protestants were killing folk who did not hold to their respective theological positions. Even so, the schemes and divisions have just kept coming to this very hour.
Just as a matter of human theological construction many professing Christians and their leaders want (and obviously need) a once and for all salvation with no continuing requirements such as faith, holiness or righteousness placed on them to walk in it, so also they want and have obtained for themselves a once and for all forgiveness that relieves them of the burden of continual confession and repentance! The days of God Almighty’s tolerance of such corruptions of the faith and His Word used to support them are nearing their end to His glory and sweet vindication of the faithful saints; every aspiring strong man and great woman of God in the image of Jesus Christ--hallelujah!
This nearly now two thousand year span of time God the Father has permitted to accomplish His purposes in the Gospel of His Son and the chastening of Israel is drawing to its fitting close in His judgment of all things human (Matthew 24:14; Luke 21:20-24). As is absolutely righteous, He has begun judging at His own house and before He is finished the whole world will know the wrath of the holy God against unrepentant sinners (1 Peter 4:17-19; Revelation 16:17-21)! The kingdoms of mortal man are brought down; their glory in riches, splendor and technological achievement bound up with evil allowed by God to prove their spiritual poverty apart from Him gone forever (Isaiah 2:10-22)!
Just as the prophets, our Lord and His apostles foretold would be the case near this end of the world as it has existed under the reign of Satan since man’s fall in Eden, darkness, violence, chaos, confusion and intensifying rebellion against the righteous ways of God fill it. In the midst are many professing Christians and their leaders in denial about the times, reveling in their sins and even re-defining sin to allow for example, setting aside the order of God’s house; who are also angry with anyone that might suggest they should repent because their souls are in peril. No, this group is comfy, cozy because they have constructed themselves a foolproof doctrine of salvation wherein God is locked into honoring their once and for all declared faith that Christ died for their sins.
However, while it is certainly true Christ died for our sins “once for all” meaning He in place of all men and no more sacrifices are needed or forthcoming, God’s gracious gift of salvation built on it is entered into through repentance from sin and faith as a beginning point which is expected to continue until death or the Lord’s return (Romans 1:16-17; Hebrews 10:10, 35-39, NKJV). Salvation then at present, is only a done deal in accord with the promise of God in the Gospel, His power and guarantee through the Holy Spirit along with our continuing, growing faith in Him and His Word demonstrated by faithful and obedient lives of godliness (Romans 8:24-25; Ephesians 1:13-14; Colossians 1:21-23; James 2:20-26; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2 Peter 1:1-11). Interested persons can learn more about biblical salvation in blog reposts, The Faith That Saves under the category, The Faith.
God is so committed to seeing every soul that initially comes to Him persevere, He helps us in our weakness and has suffered this long from Christ’s first coming giving men time to repent because He does not desire to see any soul perish (Romans 8:26-27; 2 Peter 3:9). Alas, though, the end is at hand and the sober truth is many have and will perish among professing Christians and their leaders because they in free will refuse to repent from their sins. No sinner practicing the deeds of the flesh will inherit the kingdom of God and eternal life (2 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21). Truly, salvation by God’s grace through our faith is not a license to sin without temporal and eternal consequences as the Lord judges (Romans 2:1-11, 6:1-23)!
Knowing sin which Christ died for offends Him, we who believe, love and honor our holy God seek to steadfastly obey His Word while confessing and repenting from our sins daily, as they occur and/or are revealed by the Holy Spirit. The title and words of that most excellent 1983 song by Candi Staton sum it up nicely for the aspiring strong man and great woman of God: Sin Doesn’t Live Here Anymore! I have heard it said a few times in my journey though, “it’s too cumbersome to do all of that confessing and repenting.” Are you kidding me? God only asks us to confess and repent before Him in prayer to include quietly in our hearts or would you prefer Israel’s system of daily and the annual Day of Atonement animal sacrifices Christ’s superior once for all sacrifice as our High Priest replaced (Hebrews 7:11-10:18)?
Also, spiritual maturity lessens our sinning and therefore, the frequency to confess and repent over time (Philippians 3:7-16). However, the willfully weak in spiritual immaturity enjoy no such experience (Hebrews 5:12-14). Though in Christ’s sacrifice our sins are atoned for forever, this speaks to the thoroughness of God’s satisfaction not the lack of necessity for us to continually confess and repent from our sins to draw upon the unending river of forgiveness He wills to release to us as a benefit! When we enter salvation through repentance and faith, all of our past sins are forgiven through the shed blood of Jesus; as we have need (and we do), in confession and repentance going forward our sins are forgiven through the shed blood of Jesus, the eternal “Advocate” of the willing who look to Him by continuing faith (Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 John 1:9-2:2, NKJV).
Otherwise, know that God remains eternally opposed to sin and His holiness demands the death of the sinner whether he calls himself a Christian or not (Ezekiel 18:4, 20; Matthew 7:21-23; Galatians 6:7-9; Hebrews 3:7-19, 10:19-31). Pastors, elders, church leaders and teachers who truly love Christ’s sheep with His love will teach them this truth. Others of you need to repent and in fear take heed to the terrifying warnings of James, pastor of the first local church at Jerusalem and the apostle Peter (James 3:1; 2 Peter 2:1-22). Stop this sentimental, make them feel good, “we are all going to Heaven anyway” lying you are doing to unrepentant sinners dressed in sheep’s clothing that gladly fill your auditoriums and dreams for worldly success about to end. The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
As should be plain to anyone that read the March 14, 2021 post the Lord led me to write presenting the biblical Gospel, salvation from sin is the uppermost concern of the living God for His human creatures.1 Every other instruction, promise and benefit follows from this divine priority and is built on that spiritual foundation. Any professed Christian preacher, teacher or anyone else that asserts otherwise is deceived and as a deceiver, not telling the truth (Mark 1:14-15, 13:10, 16:14-16; Luke 19:9-10, 24:46-47; John 3:16-18; 1 Timothy 1:15)! Also, God’s salvation is not obtained through any other person or means except His Son, Jesus Christ, (John 14:6; Acts 4:8-12).
In continuing concern for black males without Christ and now, also those that profess to know Him, I write as He leads to dissuade any that may consciously or unconsciously believe the social good works they are doing are good enough for Him to slide you into Heaven and eternal glory. Not so, according to God’s Word the final authority for what Christianity is all about. Indeed, Paul, the Jewish apostle to us Gentiles makes it clear that neither by attempting to keep “the law,” its works or those considered good by sinful mankind can anyone “be justified in” the sight of God, but only by His grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:19-4:4; Galatians 2:15-16, 3:10-14, NKJV)!
A works based salvation is common to manmade counterfeit Christianity as men strive to be good and do enough through their own efforts to make it into Heaven. Of course, those with no interest in religion at all during these socially conscious latter days also seek to do good works as a false show of inherit human goodness that is impressive to people and they think God too, should He be taking note. The Lord led me to address this contemporary pitfall of people doing social good as a replacement for His call to repentance from sin and salvation in a 2016 post.2 For professed Christians, such a notion wickedly attempts to redefine biblical Christianity and is heretical!
The reason no works or deeds no matter how noble or good can impress God our Creator enough to dismiss human sin is because of who He is eternally in character--holy, righteous and just (Psalms 90:2, 99:1-5, 9, 111:2-3, 7-8).3 As holy, God is wholly other than and set apart from sin. Sin offends the holiness of God and stirs up His wrath against it! Perfectly righteous, God can never just “let sin slide” or uphold it, but must judge it out of His perfect justice. He created angels and man perfect, but some of the angels and man sinned. God has judged all fallen sinners giving only willing mortal man grace to be saved from His wrath and eternal separation to Hell (Revelation 20:10-15).
After being saved by grace through faith in Christ, His followers enjoy intimate fellowship with Him and the Father. This fellowship is possible only because the blood Christ shed on Calvary is effectual forever to enable divine forgiveness and cleansing upon our continual humble and honest confession and repentance from our sins--often revealed in the study of the written Word along with the Holy Spirit’s convicting work (Psalm 19:7-14; John 16:5-11; 1 John 1:1-2:2). Faithful Christians in this biblical context do good works serving Christ and fellow man at His direction through the power of the Holy Spirit to glorify God (Matthew 5:14-16; John 12:25-26,13:12-17; Acts 2:44-47, 9:32-43)!4
Truly, for the Christian as it is written, “Faith without works is dead,” (James 2:14-26, NKJV). Thus, we in Christ do not do good works to be saved, but because we are saved and as a result, God who is at work in and through us is glorified (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 2:11-15)! Here is where the Lord gives sober warning to church folk doing even “wonders” in His name beyond the typical dead churchy works carried out in the midst of manmade counterfeit Christianity the religion thinking they are pleasing Him. For unless you are doing the will of His Father which is first to actually be saved by grace through faith in Christ and walking in the intimacy of relationship with Him, your works are worthless as a means to gain entry into Heaven and immortal glory (Matthew 7:21-23, NKJV).
Therefore, to the men I share identity with as black Americans and all others: not social good works, but salvation from sin is God’s limited time priority for us and only means of reward from Him! Otherwise, despite self-gratification, the honor and awards of grateful mankind, “you will die in your sins” (whether that is from the “normal” ways mortal men die or the escalating judgments of God leading to His nearing foretold wrath) to await “the judgment seat of Christ” in Hades with no hope of exoneration because you refused to believe in Him through the Gospel (Luke 16:19-31; John 8:21-24; 2 Corinthians 5:9-11, NKJV). I implore you by the mercies of God to seek His salvation now, since as His Coronavirus judgment has reminded us, tomorrow is not guaranteed and sudden happens!
1 See the March 14, 2021 post, The Gospel Is For Black Males Too!, under the category, The Cause
2 Read the January 17, 2016 post, Suffering For Preaching God’s Word, under the category, Instruction.
3 See the May 31, 2020 post, Keeping It Real About God, under the category, Instruction.
4 This is the heart of every Christian man and woman that aspires to be like and obey Christ as strong men and great women of God I write about respectively in my book,
The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics. The book is published by Open Door Communication Ministries, Inc. and is available in print or digital formats at major internet
booksellers. You can also purchase a print copy in the Strong Man Store.
The Holy Spirit continues to stir my heart from last week’s blog, The Never Changing God, under the category, Call To Repent, to remind all of us gifted to preach the Gospel and truths of God’s Word that we are “appointed” by Him as were all who ever came before us (John 15:16; 1 Timothy 2:7, NKJV)! We, therefore, are God’s preachers since it is always the case that the one appointed serves the one who appointed him. Appointed by God, Christian preachers in service and message owe Him loyalty first and above all other loyalties to include churches, denominations and self. That the Holy Spirit would insist such a reminder be given indicates not a few have forgotten these truths.
In biblical use, to preach is to herald, proclaim or publish the words or message of God to the human audience He directs. Noah is identified by the apostle Peter as a “preacher of righteousness” and would be one of the earliest in the Bible (2 Peter 2:4-5, NKJV). Appointed by God, Noah preached warning those of his day their righteous Creator was about to destroy them in their wickedness and the evil world they had created (Genesis 6:11-13). After the flood, God would appoint and equip many men to publically preach His messages as prophets (authoritative spokesmen, seers and watchmen) primarily among His chosen people, Israel, but beyond them as well (Exodus 4:10-17; Jeremiah 1:1-10; Jonah 1:1-2; Mark 1:1-8).
In preaching to Israel, Moses foretells that God would raise up a Prophet like, but greater than him (Deuteronomy 18:15-19). This Prophet is the Lord Jesus Christ as the last of the Old Testament prophets He commends, affirms (Matthew 11:7-11; John 1:29-36, 3:22-36). Moses’ announcement came with a solemn warning that reaches right down to this hour concerning any prophet that presumed to speak (or preach) a word in God’s Name which He had not commanded or in the name of other gods--so much for ecumenicalism; all the other gods do not stand on the same ground and are clearly not saying the same thing as the God of the Bible (Deuteronomy 18:20-22).
Not only is Jesus Christ the Prophet of God, but He is also the Preacher and Apostle of God’s joyful good news of repentance, faith, salvation and the Kingdom to Israel (Mark 1:14-15; Hebrews 3:1-2)! After His death for our sins, burial, and resurrection, He sent the disciples of His inner circle He had made apostles out to Israel and the nations to make new disciples by preaching the Gospel about Him, repentance and faith in Him for the forgiveness of sins, the New Covenant and promise of the indwelling Holy Spirit as well as God’s Kingdom on the earth (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:44-49; John 20:19-23; Acts 1:6-8, 2:1-40, 3:11-4:22)!
Then there is that Jewish apostle of Christ sent specifically to us Gentiles, Saul of Tarsus also known as Paul (1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Galatians 1:11-24; 1 Timothy 1:12-13). He tirelessly preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Roman controlled Asia and Greek speaking Europe; always pressing to preach where Christ and the Gospel had not yet been preached (Romans 15:14-21). It is from him that we learn Christian preachers are an important fulfillment of God’s long ago announced plan to send heralds of His greatest message to the world yet; the Good News of salvation from sin by His grace through faith in Jesus Christ, His Son (Isaiah 49:6, 52:7; Romans 10:14-15)! Truly, God desires the salvation of all men (1 Timothy 2:1-6; Titus 2:11-15).
It was by Paul’s instruction too that we understand preaching is far beyond the wisdom and skill of men even well taught in public speaking. It is the required foundational spiritual gift from God to equip His appointed heralds to deliver His message of salvation in His power (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)! Such are apostles who run to the ends of the earth as heralds preaching the Gospel where it has never been preached, making disciples and planting churches and evangelists who irresistibly preach the Gospel and witness Christ to the unsaved wherever they find themselves. Also, apostles, evangelists along with prophets within the whole Body and pastor/teachers in the local churches preach the Gospel and expound God’s Word to equip His people for service and build them up to maturity in the faith (Ephesians 4:7-16).
The foregoing all being biblically true, it stands to reason that no professing Christian man or woman having declared themselves called of God to preach should conduct their lives in an ungodly manner (1 Corinthians 9:24-27) or preach where He has not authorized in all disobedience (1 Corinthians 14:33-37; 1 Timothy 2:11-15). Neither should any preach a gospel or any other message He has not commissioned from His Word; communication embodying suppositions of their own invention and fleshly wisdom as emissaries of Satan that deny biblical truth and even the Lord of our salvation. The consequences of corruption and falsehood are eternally severe no matter who you are as the original New Testament apostles warn (2 Corinthians 1:12-14, 4:1-6, 11:13-15; Galatians 1:6-10; 2 Peter 2:1-3).
Therefore, let all of the appointed preachers of God repent to whatever extent you are coming short of His will while there is still the opportunity since the foretold judgment in His house is already underway. Caught in sin, how shall you escape? If the biblical Gospel and sound doctrine purely proclaimed are no longer enough to make disciples, form or sustain churches, then clearly we are in (and you must accept we are in) the foretold perilous paradigm of the latter days (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:1-5, 4:3-4). Resist the evil temptation to slander God, compromise or corrupt His Word to satisfy your personal thinking and ambitions in spiritual weakness to build a following.
Rather, stand as aspiring strong men and great women of God in the image of Christ preaching His Word as it is written regardless of the cost and to the end that you may please God and gain an eternal reward! Get a copy of my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics to learn what being an aspiring strong man and great woman of God in the image of Jesus Christ is all about because it is for preachers too! It is available directly or by order wherever books are sold and in our Strong Man Store at www.thestrongmanofGod.org.
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