Friday, July 17 2020
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
But what does it say? "The word is near you in your mouth and in your heart" (that is the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:8,9
The famous "Sinner's Prayer" prayed by millions to be saved and yet millions were deceived by it! Deceived how you say? This prayer was developed from Deuteronomy 30:14-20 which is an oath of loyalty and sacrifice of one's life, in other words, a total sell out! Today however it has become a magical oath that when one prays it, "POOF" you are a Christian!
Salvation and eternal life must be the most important thing in the world to obtain, so if it is that important, shouldn't we make sure that we get it right? Yes, of course, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has several components that cannot be ignored in order for one to be saved! If we could just go around leading folks to pray prayers like has been done in the modern-day church the world would be saved, even the devil would do that! Remember the Rich Young Ruler!
In our previous devotion, we saw how Jesus preached His own gospel to a man who was very wealthy and thought his goodness and obedience would save him, but he was very wrong and ultimately went to Hell if he didn't later repent! If we as God's agents of salvation are to preach the gospel to every nation we must do it right!
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:10
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin