Source: REAL REVIVAL PRODUCES UNITY
I’ve been praying for revival for a long time. What’s wrong? Why doesn’t God send it on a large scale; in a big way; as history tells us he has done in times past? The answer or answers can be found by reading the New Testament, John 3rd chapter, and John 17th chapter in particular.
The earth is shrouded in darkness: Is that not so? We’ve come to a place in time when the sale of weapons may well exceed the sale of Bibles on the worldwide scale. While the sale of books with Christian themes is rampant, so is the sale of guns, knives, and even (for the old folks) self defense canes and sticks. My advice is this: If you don’t have one, buy one more book: The Holy Bible. Or if you have one, and don’t read it daily and regularly, begin this very day to do that. You’ll find within the pages of that “Book of Books,” that God is the defense of those who trust in Him (Psalm 62:1,2); that Jesus Christ is Lord of all (John 1), that God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is “Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, He who is, and who was, and who is to come, The Almighty (Revelation 1:8). ” You’ll find that Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord; and believing that within your heart, and confessing Him before others will bring you salvation (Romans 10:9,10).
In the pages of God’s Holy Word, Jesus speaks authoritatively on the matters of sin, and righteousness, and judgment: Why is the world, why perhaps are you – looking elsewhere?
In John 3, there is a rather long discourse between Jesus and Nicodemus, a Pharisee who came to Jesus by night. Most people I’ve heard preach on this discourse between Jesus and Nicodemus stop at verse 7. In reality, the discourse goes on through verse 21, and is one of most important portions of Scripture in the entire Bible; because it speaks plainly to the issue of what is really wrong with human beings; and how the fall of Adam has affected us in no uncertain terms. Let’s begin at John 3:14 and continue to verse 21: “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up. That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth in him is not condemned. He that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation: That light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved (Made known with disdain). But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest (Made known), that they are wrought in God.”
Is it not abundantly plain, exactly why the earth is shrouded in darkness? Jesus says plainly that it’s because :”The Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light.” The key word here for our edification is “believe.” Believe in Jesus Christ, who is the Light who came into the world, to enlighten all who will believe, and to give them eternal life.
WHERE DOES UNITY COME IN?
In the 17th Chapter of John we have the prayer that Jesus prayed for his own. We are included in His prayer, as “them who also shall believe on me through their (The Apostles) word.” That is, we who have heard or read the Word of God, and believe in Jesus Christ as He is revealed therein. He prays in John 3:17, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” I’ve some questions: Is there more than One Jesus Christ revealed in God’s Word?” The obvious answer is, no. But, is there more than one Jesus (false Messiahs) believed on in the world? The answer is, many. This is a dilemma, is it not? Nevertheless, God Himself has given us the answer to this present dilemma in the Person of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Believe in Him as He is revealed in Holy Scripture, and no other way. Receive Him as the Bible says, by grace through faith alone – as He is revealed in the Holy Bible alone! That is the fulfillment of the unity of which Jesus Christ speaks in John 17. WE MUST BE BIBLE CHRISTIANS, “BEING BORN AGAIN, NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED, BUT OF INCORRUPTIBLE, BY THE WORD OF GOD, WHICH LIVETH AND ABIDETH FOREVER. FOR ALL FLESH IS GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERETH, AND THE FLOWER THEREOF FALLETH AWAY: BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURETH FOREVER. AND THIS IS THE WORD THAT BY THE GOSPEL IS PREACHED UNTO YOU (1 PETER 1:23-25).
ONE MORE QUESTION: Will you join, in a spirit of revival, with others, for the sake of Jesus Christ and the Gospel, by believing in Christ alone; as He is revealed in the Bible alone; by grace alone; through faith alone? If Christians of all denominations will do this, Catholics and Protestants alike, as well as those who claim to be neither (in the spirit of Chronicles 7:14), we will have a revival such as the world has never seen.
From a sinner saved by grace, in the Spirit of the Grace of our Lord Jesus,
LOOK ALL ABOUT YOU, AND CONTEMPLATE THIS: Has the world with all of its advancements in education become a safer place because of learning? If you’re honest you’ll say “no.” Why not? Because all of the knowledge that humankind has acquired, cannot effect a change in human hearts. We are sinners by nature, and God in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only one with an answer to that dilemma. Indeed, He is the One who by His Life, by His death, and by His resurrection, proved Himself to be both Lord and Savior. You and I, by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, can make a change in the world: and we who are saved by grace through faith are the only ones who can.
With all of our knowledge, we can never become people with renewed spirits, and clean hearts, except we come in repentance to God the Father, and by faith to the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:7; Jeremiah 17:9; 1 Timothy 1:15).
In 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, we are told, as new creations in Christ, exactly what we need to do. We are to share the Gospel, so that others may be reconciled to God and too become new creations; and so our revival spreads: By faith to faith (Romans 1:16,17).
Therefore, I plead with you, by the mercies of Almighty God, that if you’ve never before trusted in Jesus Christ, you will do so today. If you are a Christian, I pray that you will go out as an ambassador for the Lord Jesus, and win souls to Him.
From a sinner saved by grace, with peace, and love, and grace to all,