There are two types of people in the world when it comes to hearing the Gospel. There are those who listen and those who do not. In the case of the latter the gift of salvation is not withdrawn from them but it will not have the effect upon their life that it should as they choose to stand apart from the grace of salvation that God offers them. This is about the biggest mistake anyone can make in their lives so we ought to pray daily for the grace to accept the offer of salvation ourselves and then also for those who have not yet made this choice, that they will come to their senses and do so. Thirdly, we should also pray that those who have never heard the Gospel be given the opportunity to hear it and surrender their lives to the grace of God.
1 Therefore, let us be on our guard while the promise of entering into his rest remains, that none of you seem to have failed. 2 For in fact we have received the good news just as they did. But the Word that they heard did not profit them, for they were not united in faith with those who listened. 3 For we who believed enter into [that] rest, just as he has said: ?As I swore in my wrath, ?They shall not enter into my rest,?? and yet his works were accomplished at the foundation of the world. 4 For he has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this manner, ?And God rested on the seventh day from all his works?; 5 and again, in the previously mentioned place, ?They shall not enter into my rest.? 11 Therefore, let us strive to enter into that rest, so that no one may fall after the same example of disobedience.
P S A L M
Psalm 78:3 and 4bc, 6c-7, 8
R: Do not forget the works of the Lord!
3 What we have heard and known, and what our fathers have declared to us, 4 we will declare to the generation to come the glorious deeds of the LORD and his strength, (R) 6 that they too may rise and declare to their sons 7 that they should put their hope in God, and not forget the deeds of God but keep his commands, (R) 8 and not be like their fathers, a generation wayward and rebellious, a generation that kept not its heart steadfast nor its spirit faithful toward God. (R)
G O S P E L
Not only does Jesus preach with authority, He can also heal people and drive out evil spirits through the authority of His word. All this means that He very easily draws a crowd. I think that it is very important for us to notice that Jesus never allows this power and authority to ?go to his head? so to speak. Too often today many famous preachers and speakers lose sight of the fact that their ability to preach and heal and so on, is really the Holy Spirit at work in them. I am not interested in listening to any of them unless their lives clearly demonstrate their humility and ability to realize that it is the grace of God within them that gives them their power.
1 When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home. 2 Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the Word to them. 3 They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4 Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ?Child, your sins are forgiven.? 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, 7 ?Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?? 8 Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, ?Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ?Your sins are forgiven,? or to say, ?Rise, pick up your mat and walk??? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth? ? 11 he said to the paralytic, ?I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.? 12 He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, ?We have never seen anything like this.?
think: There are two types of people in the world when it comes to hearing the Gospel. There are those who listen and those who do not.
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