Saturday, October 24, 2020

201025 Reaching the World (6)

We have seen in the last few weeks that God gave a commission, or a mandate, to Abram while the still lived in Ur of the Chaldeans. At that time the only apparent contact with God was through the spoken word. God told Abram, “If you will trust me and obey me I will bless you and make your name great” (Genesis 12:1-2). And along with the personal blessing there was a general blessing covering the entire earth. We find the general blessing in Genesis 12:3 “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

This promise that all the families of the earth shall be blessed was part of a divine plan. It would be 2000 years before that promise would begin to be completely fulfilled. God not only chose a man, he chose a people as well. Taking the promise forward from Abram through Isaac, his son, and Jacob his grandson God began to prepare for his promise to be completely fulfilled. God, through Joseph, brought Jacob and his extended family from Canaan to Egypt where they would live 400 years. In a sense they were “parked” until the iniquity of the Amorites would be complete (Genesis 15:16). God would not take the land away from godly people but he would take it away from ungodly people.

Joseph, the son of Jacob, had saved Egypt, and the surrounding areas, from a disastrous famine and through that act established a place for his chosen people to live. The result had been that the sons of Jacob were given the best agricultural land in Egypt. Toward the end of the 400 year period God raised up a pharaoh who did not know Joseph.

Had God sent in Moses while they were enjoying the best part of the land the people of Jacob would have refused to go anywhere. So, this new pharaoh, sent by God, made slaves of these people who were occupying the best of the land. This was an arrangement by God’s purpose to prepare his people to follow Moses when he came to call them out of slavery.

Let’s take a side trip to look at Moses. He was born during the time when the Pharaoh of Egypt was having all the baby boys born to Hebrew mothers killed at birth. In order to escape this cruel fate Moses was put in a basket and floated into the bath area of the daughter of Pharaoh. When the Egyptian princess saw this baby she took pity on him. Knowing that he was a Hebrew, she still decided to take care of him. Moses’ sister had been assigned to watch and see what happened to Moses. So, she boldly went to the Egyptian princess and asked if she wanted a nurse for the baby. Then she introduced Moses’ mother as the prospective nurse. You see, God used the household of Pharaoh to protect the man he had chosen to lead Israel out of Egypt and into Canaan. It’s a wonderful story. The most wonderful part is that it is true! You can read the account in the first two chapters of Exodus.

Throughout the Old Testament there are glimpses of the Missionary Mandate at work blessing all the earth. Early on we find Abraham rescuing his nephew Lot. On the way home from that rescue Abraham was met by a man identified as Melchizedek the king of Salem. The title King of Salem means King of Peace. He brought out bread and wine for Abraham. He was priest of God Most High! And he was a contemporary of Abram.

When Moses escaped from Egypt he was taken into the household of a man identified as the priest of Midian. Moses married one of his daughters and fathered two sons during the 40 years he was in Midian.

Time will not allow us to look at all those Gentiles who were blessed by God’s people. Or those who blessed God’s chosen people. We know that Abraham was used by God to provide a lineage that would be a blessing to everyone.

Specifically, that blessing would come through Mary’s Son, Jesus the Christ. Paul explained it to the Galatians this way, (Galatians 3:7-9). Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

A little further down in the letter Paul wrote Galatians 3:16, Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ.

Last week we came to the first Jerusalem conference. Found in Acts 15 this conference settled the issues for Gentile believers. There was a group of Jewish believers who were convinced that any Gentile who came into the church had to first conform to the Jewish customs. Paul and Barnabas argued in favor of the Gentiles being received based on their faith. Peter recounted the story of his encounter with Cornelius the Roman centurion. He observed that the Gentiles were accepted by God and they could not refuse them. James, Jesus’ half-brother, quoted Scripture showing that God always planned to bring the Gentiles to himself.

After they settled these issues a letter was written listing four conditions that would prove they had left their pagan lifestyle behind. Those conditions are found in Acts 15:29, “that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.” Each of the four practices mentioned in this verse took place regularly in Gentile culture and pagan worship and were condemned by the Jews as unclean.

Now, officially the Missionary Mandate could be pursued. All people everywhere could be invited into the church by grace alone through faith alone.

When the letter was read to the church in Antioch there was great rejoicing.

We have already granted the fact that the apostles, who were the first to receive Jesus’ instructions, did not go out to all the world. Instead they stayed in Jerusalem and the other believers went to Samaria and the end of the earth. These traveling missionaries only did so under the fist of persecution.

After the Jerusalem conference Paul and Barnabas settled into ministry.

The churches that Paul and Barnabas had established needed to be encouraged. Paul suggested they go back to those cities and see how they are doing. Barnabas believed they should take John Mark with them. Paul, on the other hand, believed that John had failed the “stick to it” test. We do not know why John Mark left them on the first missionary journey. This disagreement resulted in a split between Paul and Barnabas.

Barnabas took Mark and traveled to Cyprus beginning a new missionary fellowship. We do not have a written record of their trip. I am sure their trip resulted in effective ministry. Later Paul would write, more than once, to commend John Mark even referring to him as “very useful to me for ministry” (2 Timothy 4:12).

We do not have a record of the thousands who left Jerusalem after Pentecost and then again after the persecution following Stephen’s martyrdom. There must have been many believers who carried the gospel to the farther reaches of the empire. Imagine with me one possible scenario.

It was to be the trip of a lifetime. Money had been put aside for years. Now it was time to use it. The middle aged business man had dreamed of the day he would arrive in Jerusalem. He and a group of his friends had often parted from one another at the end of a Passover celebration with the words, “Next year in Jerusalem”. Now it was time to go and rejoice. When they arrived in the city they found a lot of discussion on the streets concerning a man called “Jesus”. It seemed the rulers were determined to be rid of him. All week long the focus came back again and again to the same person. Jesus had come into the city riding on a donkey. Later in the week he was arrested and put through a severe trial. Pilate, the Roman governor, had put him before the crowds and even called him their king! This is hardly the Passover these travelers from the far reaches of the Empire had expected. Many ended their trip and returned to their homes without a clear understanding what they had seen. Some of them decided to stay until Pentecost. After all, they probably would never again be able to visit Jerusalem.

Their time was filled with sightseeing and travel about the region just as it would be today. Finally, the feast of Pentecost was there! The day arrived and the crowds from all over the Empire gathered in the temple district. There seem to be a lot of confusion and so our friend pushed himself through the crowd to see what it was all about. Even though he came from a region that spoke a non-Hebrew language he was hearing his language coming from some who were gathered there. All around him groups were gathering to hear their own language being spoken as well. While they were trying to determine what was happening, a man stood on the platform and began to speak. He explained that these people were simply fulfilling the prophecies of Joel. The Spirit would be poured out on the people and prophecies would be fulfilled. And everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. This was good news and it needed to be shared. At the end of the day our friend had gone to a nearby mikvah and had been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. He was one of 3000 saved that day.

He stayed a few days longer so he could hear the words these people were speaking. His life had been changed he couldn’t wait to get back to his friends and family and tell them about a man named Jesus who was called the Christ! A man who had been crucified, died, and raised back to life on the third day! He had heard the witness of many people about this man and now he had given his life to this Jesus. We do not have a record of such a trip but I am sure it happened hundreds of times.

Since we do have Luke’s record let’s follow his account for a while. In the absence of Barnabas Paul enlisted a new partner. Silas had been one of the leaders of the church in Jerusalem. After the Jerusalem conference he was one of those chosen to carry the decision back to Antioch. Luke identifies him as a prophet. When Barnabas separated from Paul, Silas was a good choice as Paul’s companion. Since Barnabas and Mark had left by boat for Cyprus Paul and Silas set out afoot. They traveled through Syria and Cilicia strengthening the churches. Along the way, they picked up Timothy. Timothy’s mother was a Jew and his father a Greek. When Paul decided to take him along it was decided to circumcise him since he was a Jew. Even today a person is identified as a Jew by being born of a Jewish mother. Obviously, the conflict between Jew and Gentile would continue to plague the church.

Paul had in mind that they would spend their time with the churches in what is today the western coast of Turkey. God had a different opinion. Acts 16:6-10, And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

Remember, the Mandate given to the apostles so many years before had included carrying the gospel to the end of the earth. I believe we would have a great deal more patience if we paid attention to the kind of things happening here. There is a time and place for everything. Paul was full of the Holy Spirit and felt compelled to preach the gospel everywhere he went. He had a plan and it was going to work. He intended to go into the province of Asia. Ephesus is one of the cities of Asia and I’m sure Paul had in mind strengthening the church there. I do not know how the Holy Spirit blocked the trip. Each choice they made was blocked by God. Finally, Paul received a vision of a Macedonian man. Now they had something to work with!

No doubt they were to go on to Macedonia. They did not sit around talking about it. They immediately set out. Luke appears to have joined the fellowship at this point. For the first time in Acts we see the pronoun “we” rather than “they” or “he” thus indicating that Luke was traveling with them. Following the direction of the Spirit they came to Philippi. They looked over the city and on the Sabbath day went down to the riverside to join with a prayer group. That was where they needed to be when they needed to be there. We need to imitate the example set by these men. They already knew what they were to do but they had to wait on God to know when they were to do it and how they were to do it. God’s will done God’s way will never fail. It may not follow our planned timetable or even our methods. However, if it’s God’s way it’s the right way.

It happened on that day that a lady from quite a distance away was at the prayer meeting. Maybe this would be her only visit. It may have been the reason God urged them on to Philippi when they wanted to stay in Asia and preach the gospel. Luke tells us that the Lord opened her heart to hear what Paul had to say. After she was baptized, and her household as well, she insisted on the missionaries coming to her house to stay.

Paul and Silas kept up the ministry of prayer. One day as they were going to the place of prayer they were met by a demon possessed slave girl who was a fortuneteller. She followed Paul as he traveled down the road. She was shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” (Acts 16:16).

She did this day after day. Now many people might think that any advertising is better than none. Obviously she would be gathering a crowd. There are people and programs real Christians do not want to be identified with. This was one of them and Paul, after many days, turned on her and spoke to the demon. “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” (Acts 16:17-18). Immediately she was freed from the demon that had possessed her. That seems to be a good thing but it closed down the fortunetelling business. Her owners looked up Paul and Silas and had them arrested.

They were brought to the jail and beaten with rods. They were turned over to the jailer who put them in stocks and they waited for morning.

Meanwhile, Paul and Silas bided their time by praying aloud and singing hymns of faith. About midnight there was a great earthquake. In fact a strange earthquake because not only was the building damaged but the chains on the prisoners were unfastened. The jailer assumed the worst. He naturally thought that the prisoners would all be gone. It seems that the prisoners were probably waiting to see what would happen next! The jailer sought Paul and Silas and determined that no one had escaped he said to them, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Paul and Silas answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31).

The jailer was a changed man. He had surrendered his life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He cared for their wounds and listened to their words. He and his household were baptized and joined together in a meal and fellowship with the missionaries.

When daylight came I am sure that everyone in the area already knew what had happened because the people who had arrested them and caused them to be beaten sent the police to let Paul and Silas go.

The jailer reported this to the missionaries. Now the tables were turned. Let’s look at Luke’s account found in Acts 16:37-40, But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out.” 38 The police reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens. 39 So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and asked them to leave the city. 40 So they went out of the prison and visited Lydia. And when they had seen the brothers, they encouraged them and departed.”

There comes a time when it’s necessary to use civil authority. In the Roman Empire it was a good thing to be a Roman citizen if you’re going to be charged with a crime in court.

If God chooses we will pick up the story of the Missionary Mandate in a couple of weeks.


Let’s finish up today with another walk down the Roman road.

All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory — Romans 3:23

The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord — Romans 6:23.

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. — Romans 5:8.

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved. – Romans 10:9.

We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. — 2 Corinthians 5:20.

Sin always has evil consequences. Just as Adam and Eve were promised a wonderful world of knowledge by disobeying God. Satan promises good things for us. The Bible says there is pleasure in sin for a season.

But seasons always come to an end.

Have you trusted Jesus for your salvation? Today could be your day.

All scriptures quotes are from: The Holy Bible: English standard version. 2001. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

201018 Reaching the World (5)


I want to begin today by reviewing the past four messages and filling in some other parts of God’s outreach to the world.

God called out Abram to begin the Missionary Mandate — that all the families of the earth would be blessed in Abram and his descendants. I don’t know of any recorded family/nation that worshiped Yahweh during the time after the flood between the end of Noah’s line and Abram. However, there were some out there. We know that because during Abram’s lifetime he was met by the priest of God most high. Also called the king of Salem who brought out bread and wine and blessed Abram. This happened after Abram had led a successful rescue of his nephew Lot and other captives from Sodom and Gomorrah!

Immediately after that experience the Lord God came to Abram in a vision (Genesis 15:1 and following). During that encounter God enlarged Abram’s understanding of what was meant by blessing all families.

God promised Abram that his descendants would be given the land of Canaan. They would be held in captivity for 400 years waiting for the time when the iniquity of the Amorites would be complete. We know now that captivity would be in Egypt when Abram’s grandson, Jacob, followed his son Joseph into Egypt and they settled in the best part of the land because Joseph had rescued the Egyptians from starvation. After 400+ years the Bible tells us that “there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph (Exodus 1:8). It was time for the people of God, (descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) to move on. In order for them to give up the best part of the land of Egypt God allowed them to become slaves! After some time as slaves they were fairly eager to go to wherever God sent them.

In order for the blessing of Abraham to spread across the world there needed to be a home base. That would be the land of Israel!

However, the message did not easily spread. Instead, the Jewish nation circled the wagons and separated themselves from all the surrounding nations. God gave them plenty of opportunity to see what he meant when he stated in the Missionary Mandate that he would bless all nations through Abram.

When Moses led Israel out of Egypt the word of God tells us that “A mixed multitude also went up with them” (Exodus 12:38). From the very beginning of the nation of Israel they were blessing people who were not their own.

During the years Moses was waiting for the right time to bring the people out of Egypt he lived with the priest of Midian, married his daughter, and fathered two sons that were of mixed blood.

In the years of the conquest of Canaan one of the nations, the Gibeonites, made peace with Joshua and became intermixed with the Jews. They became one of the first blessed nations. I’m fairly sure there were more.

When Rahab and her family joined with the Israelites at Jericho they also were not descendants of Abraham. In fact, Rahab is listed in the genealogy of Jesus. She was one of the women listed in Jesus’ genealogy who were not Israelites. Ruth was a Moabite and also the great grandmother of David the king. Bathsheba the mother of David’s son, Solomon, was possibly a Hittite — her first husband certainly was.

These came into the family to be blessed by the descendants of Abraham. Again and again throughout the Old Testament we have non-Israelites mixed into the Jewish race. As time passed instead of becoming more open to the Gentiles the Israelites became more insulated.

By the time of the birth of Jesus the ruling party, who were called Pharisees, had created a whole set of laws designed to keep them from mixing with other races. As Jesus went through his ministry as a human on earth he demonstrated an attitude of inclusion towards Gentiles. Jesus intentionally spent time with the Samaritan woman at the well. He also spent a couple of days at her village. Something no Jew would have voluntarily done.

When Jesus used human interest stories in his preaching he made a point of bringing in one called “the Good Samaritan”. In it he described how a man was beaten. He was left in a ditch to die only to be passed up by a priest and a Levite. He was rescued and taken care of by a hated Samaritan.

The very last words that Jesus spoke on earth is called the great commission. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20). Clearly, Jesus is saying to them, “Not just the Jews! Make disciples of all nations!” No words could be clearer. “Make disciples of all nations!” There were two angels who witnessed Jesus’ departure from Earth and his disciples receiving instructions from Jesus. Instructions that they did not immediately obey.

They had no problem being his witness in Jerusalem and Judea. They seemed to draw the line at Samaria and the end of the earth. Following Jesus’ directions they waited in Jerusalem for the day of Pentecost. On that day the Holy Spirit came down on the disciples of Jesus. It happened, coincidentally, to be a day when men would be in Jerusalem from all over the Roman Empire. They were Jews or Gentile proselytes. Many of those who were saved that day must’ve gone back across the Empire carrying the gospel with them. I do not know of any record of the events of those new believers. For those who stayed in Jerusalem, beginning that day and going on for the next several months, or perhaps years, Jesus’ apostles and other disciples ministered to thousands who came to faith in Christ. They really did an effective job of witnessing to their own people.

The church in Jerusalem was organized to meet the needs of their people. The apostles chose a replacement for Judas. Then they chose seven men to take care of the needs of the widows. In doing so they were freeing the apostles to pray and preach. With the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost there was a new opportunity for the apostles to get on with reaching all the world but they still centered on Jerusalem.

There was a growing hostility by the Pharisees and their allies against the new church. That hostility led to one of the seven, Stephen, being executed and to the scattering of the church throughout Judea and Samaria. (Acts 8:1)

Incidentally, a young man named Saul witnessed that execution and approved of it. He became the ringleader of the opposition.

Another member of the seven, Philip, began to openly preach in Samaria. He was pretty safe there since the Jews had no dealings with the Samaritans. When the apostles heard about Phillip’s successful ministry they sent a delegation of two, Peter and John, to check out the situation. These two did preach the gospel to the Samaritans but they were on their way home to Jerusalem while doing so.

Philip was given the opportunity to meet with, and witness to, an official of the Queen of Ethiopia. Planting a witness in Africa to get on with reaching the world.

Meanwhile, Saul was taking arrest warrants to Damascus when the Lord Jesus appeared to him on the road. That encounter started Saul on the path to carry the name of Jesus before the Gentiles and kings of the earth. The record of that event is found in Acts 9.

Even though the apostles had not really reached out beyond Jerusalem and Judea God’s Holy Spirit was preparing a way to get them involved. Peter was visiting with a friend in Joppa. While he was in prayer one day he was called by God to go to the home of a Roman centurion named Cornelius. Luke told the story in Acts 10-11.  During that encounter Peter was convinced that God had broken down the wall that divided the Jews and Gentiles. Perhaps he remembered a day several years before when he followed Jesus into Capernaum. A centurion met them and pleaded with Jesus to heal his servant. When Jesus said he would go with him the Roman replied, Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” (Matthew 8:8-9). That officer caused Jesus to marvel at his reply. Then Jesus said, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. 11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

(Matthew 8:10-12). Matthew noted that the servant was healed at that very moment.

That occasion strengthened the hatred of the Jewish leaders. Look at it!, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will be spending time with Gentiles while the sons of the kingdom would be outcasts.

At about the same time, those who were scattered because of the persecution, went as far as Antioch in Syria. There, a great number of Gentiles were coming into the earthly kingdom of God. When the apostles heard of this they sent Barnabas to investigate. After he saw what was going on Barnabas remembered that Saul had been sent back to his home in Tarsus some 14 years before. So he went to Tarsus and brought Saul back to help with the work in Antioch. Apparently he forgot he was supposed to report back to the church in Jerusalem. He settled into ministry in Antioch. During a time of prayer and fasting the leadership of the church in Antioch were instructed by the Spirit to set apart Barnabas and Saul for a new work.

That was the first intentional missionary journey that we know of. Barnabas and Saul, accompanied by John Mark, traveled to Cyprus, and several different cities in the territory of the modern-day country of Turkey. During that journey Saul began to use his Roman name, “Paul”. John Mark left the team along the way.

They returned to the church in Antioch and settled into ministry there. A problem arose when some men came down from Judea who claimed that a person cannot be saved unless they follow the custom of Moses. Specifically, men who were coming to faith from the Gentile world would have to be circumcised as Moses had commanded. Let’s look at Luke’s account: But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question. 3 So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers. (Acts 15:1-3).

Paul and Barnabas had witnessed the breaking down of the wall of separation and had no intention of allowing it to be built again. I am not sure what Luke meant by “no small dissension”. They certainly made an effort to solve the problems being raised by these Judaizers. After failing to settle the issue in Antioch they determined to take it to Jerusalem. Luke doesn’t tell us whether the Judaizers traveled to Jerusalem with Paul and Barnabas. It seems to me they probably were not because they were able to meet with Christians along the way. The team was able to pass through Phoenicia and Samaria unhindered by dissension. On that journey they described the conversion of the Gentiles. And the believers rejoiced.

Luke continues his account: When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them. But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.” (Acts 15:4-5).

After that introduction the elders in Jerusalem met and considered the problem. Peter recounted his experience with Cornelius and the Romans and encouraged the council to accept the work of Paul and Barnabas as the work of God. Then James, the half-brother of Jesus, stood and pronounced the verdict. “Brothers, listen to me. 14 Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name. 15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written, 16 ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it,17 that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things 18 known from of old.’ 19 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, 20 but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.

Each of the four practices took place regularly in Gentile culture and pagan worship. James then put together a letter listing these directions and commended the four conditions to the Gentiles. When the delegates returned to Antioch the people rejoiced in the freedom from the Jewish rules.

Let’s finish up today with another walk down the Roman road.

All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory — Romans 3:23

The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord — Romans 6:23.

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. — Romans 5:8.

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved. – Romans 10:9.

We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. — 2 Corinthians 5:20.

Sin always has evil consequences. Just as Adam and Eve were promised a wonderful world of knowledge by disobeying God. Satan promises good things for us. The Bible says there is pleasure in sin for a season.

But seasons always come to an end.

Have you trusted Jesus for your salvation? Today could be your day.

All scriptures quotes are from: The Holy Bible: English standard version. 2001. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.