MARK 1:1-3: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’ “

Some of my Baptist friends said (with their tongues in their cheeks) that the gospel began with the the appearance of a Baptist.  As they said: “He wasn’t John the Methodist; or the Presbyterian; or John the Lutheran; or John the Roman Catholic; but, John the Baptist.  Actually he was John the Baptist – the messenger.  He was the one God chose to go before the Lord.  It was he who identified Jesus as “The Lamb of God who take away the sin of the world,” and his faithful witness to Christ cost him his head.

So it may soon be with us.  We live in a world that is vastly bigger and more populated than in the times of John the Baptist’s, and the Lord Jesus’ sojourns on earth; but people are basically the same.  There are those in our day, as in those days, whose eyes are blind, and whose ears are deaf to the saving message of Jesus Christ; and, there are those whom God has made alive that they may hear, and see, and obey the gospel.  These latter ones, are those who have been blessed in that Almighty God “chose us in him (in Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him.  In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he blessed us (and made us accepted) in the Beloved.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven, and things on earth” (Ephesians 1:4-10).

How can God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit make it any plainer than that?  So, are you going to hold onto tradition, and prearranged extra-scriptural false beliefs, or are you going to come to Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the life (John 14:6)?  If you know the Holy Spirit is drawing you, if you believe the truth of God’s Word, and receive Christ as he is revealed in Scripture; you may be sure that God has chosen you from the foundation of the world!  Come to him today!

Yours for the sake of Christ and the Gospel!

A sinner saved by grace






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