Who Rejects the Gospel

And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.  Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that city!

Matthew 10:14-15

The servants of Jesus Christ have been commissioned to preach the gospel to every creature in every nation on earth. Our commission does not involve trying to convince people about Jesus Christ, but just delivering the message. Some will heed the call; but others will reject it. In Matthew 10:14-15, the Lord does not tell us to keep arguing with people who reject the gospel, but to leave that house or city. Already God himself will take care of passing the bill to those who reject it.

I remember a phrase my mother used to say, “These are lentils, or you eat them or leave them.” What she meant by that phrase was that she was not going to force me to take what she offered me, but I would have the option of decide. In the same way, the gospel is presented to the people and they decide to accept or reject it without further argument. Indeed, the offering of the gospel is like a unique opportunity that if we reject it, the Lord might tell us: “You lose it.” And it is that He does not have to beg us to accept grace.

I know that when we have met Jesus and we have realized that there is salvation only in Him, our desire for others to be saved is also great. We long for everyone to whom we preach the gospel to tell us immediately: “Yes, I accept Jesus Christ,” but that will not happen, since many will reject it regardless of how well we show Him the good news of salvation. When we are in the first love with Jesus Christ, we tend to feel much pain when someone to whom we present the gospel rejects it.

And knowing that whoever rejects Jesus Christ has no salvation, we are horrified if it is a loved one who does not accept it. But we must have something very clear, all human beings have offended God by sinning. Romans 3:23 says this very clearly, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. It is we who are at fault with God, not Him with us. By His infinite mercy, God sent His Son to die in our place, and if we repent and accept grace, we will be saved.

If our pride and self-sufficiency do not allow us to see our depraved condition, God is not compelled to beg us to accept His forgiveness. Romans 6:23 gives the two options: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. In presenting the gospel to someone we give the person the option of accepting God’s gift of salvation or, in case of rejection, the person assumes the responsibility of paying the price for his sins.

The blood shed by Jesus on Calvary is too valuable to be trampled on by those who do not want to repent of their sins. So if the message we present to someone is rejected, let’s do as the Lord tells us: when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. If he who rejects the lentils will be hungry, he who rejects the gospel, he is left without salvation: Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that city! God bless you.

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Approved Worker

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15

Who has studied some career he knows that to approve the different subjects he should study enough to achieve the necessary grades to pass. When you do not have the proper preparation, you run the risk of not being approved. When one fails in a course, it is very natural to feel shame. When it comes to serving God, we cannot improvise. We must also study! The big advantage is that all we need to know about God is in one place, the Bible, which is the true textbook, what Paul calls the word of truth.

In my 10 years I went to study at the best school in my hometown. There I met Hannibal who was the best student of the classroom. Hannibal is perhaps the oldest friend I have. We graduated together from high school and went to the same university to study the same career, chemical engineering. Up to half of our studies everything was fine; but Hannibal, for the first time in his life flunked Physics II and that shamed him to the point that he left the career, he changed his college and finished graduating in quite another different area. I know that Hannibal was able to overcome that obstacle if it had not been for the shame he felt at being disproved in the course of Physics II.

When I met the Lord, almost immediately I felt the desire to serve. I soon realized that it was necessary to be prepared for that responsibility. So when I gathered the church where it opened its Bible school, I was the first to enroll. The day of our graduation, which I got the first place, I sang a song composed by me whose title is the same as the message today. The chorus of the song says. “Be diligent to present yourself to God as a workman approved and not feel ashamed to accurately handle the Word of truth, to accurately handle the word of truth.” Obviously my song is based on 2 Timothy 2:15.

The domain of the Word is vital in order to be efficient serving God. We cannot forget that the enemy knows it very well and often he used it out of context to try to deceive. In Matthew 4:5-6 we read: Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”

Who does not know how to use properly the Word of God it could be mistaken by the enemy and false teachers. The servants of Jesus Christ are required to act diligently in the pursuit of truth contained in Scripture. That is an important part of our approval as workers of the Kingdom. If we do not fully know God’s instructions, our work for the Kingdom would be mediocre. God requires that we work with excellence for Him.

It is therefore totally unacceptable to pretend that we serve God while neglecting the study of the Word. And although it is not necessary for every Christian to go through a seminary or Bible college, as I said earlier, the Bible is the essential textbook to study God’s Word. Let us try to read it every day because only then we will see revealed the mysteries of our Heavenly Father. God bless you.

Not as Blind as Those Who Will Not See

But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4

No need to be a rocket scientist to understand the Word of God. If it were not, most of mankind would be excluded from the scope of knowledge of God. The gospel is hidden and concealed only to those who are perishing for having blinded their mind. And it is not for lacking of sufficient human intelligence, many people whose IQ is quite high they are incredulous. They are not blind to the truth of Christ because they have no vision, but because they have succumbed to the father of lies.

The gospel message is extremely simple and easy to understand when we are led by the Holy Spirit. However, when we decided to apply logic and human reason, we find it virtually impossible to see the truth. Let’s summarize what the Bible salvation is. All human beings have sinned against God and are excluded from His presence. Only we are justified, that is, declared righteous, through faith in Jesus Christ, who shed His blood on the cross of Calvary for our redemption.

According to Romans 3:23-26: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Salvation is of grace, reconciliation, propitiation, redemption and justification. By grace, the sinner stands before God as a debtor; but he does not get what he deserves. Instead of being punished for his crimes and sins he is forgiven and declared acquitted. Reconciliation is a junction where two who were separated are now together again. Sin separates man from God, but Christ reconciles us to Him.

The sinner stands before God as an enemy, but receives peace. Jesus with His blood paid the price of sin and, once the price is paid, God accepts us and we stopped being enemies. Romans 5:1-2 says: Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

The just demand of God’s wrath against the sinner was satisfied by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. That is the propitiation. Through the redemption, the sinner stands before God as a slave of sin; but he receives his freedom to be rescued because Jesus Christ paid the price with his blood. Romans 6:22 says: But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

Finally, with justification, the sinner is before God and he is accused and convicted of being a sinner; but what God declares blameless because Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins with His own blood. It boils down to that Jesus Christ died for your sins and mine and we are justified by faith in Him. Do not follow allowing the enemy to blind your mind, open your spiritual eyes and see the cross that has saved you. God bless you.

Believing in Jesus for Eternal Life

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.

John 6:47

Although exist today people who believe that everything ends at death, the truth is that God has established the opposite. When you died two things can happen: eternal life or eternal death. Of course, those who do not believe that there is something beyond the earthly life, they probably will not reach eternal life. Clearly it explains why John 6:47: you must believe in Jesus Christ for eternal life.

What John 6:47 says is a reaffirmation of what expresses the best known verse in the Bible, John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Eternal life is the goal, believing in Jesus is the only possible way to achieve that goal. No other alternative path to everlasting life was to believe in the one and only God.

Modernity has sought to portray Jesus Christ as a person out of fashion. Countries that once were considered Christians today impose laws that restrict pronounce the name of Jesus, supposedly defending the rights of non-believers. However, those laws violate the same rights of believers and, often, nobody says anything. The image of God for the world today is not the truth of the Bible. Invoking the coexistence of creeds, they have tried to invoke a God in whom Jesus Christ is excluded.

We are living in a time where free thinking is encouraged. In these times, the accepted truth depends on the reference axis. Everyone defends his or her point of view as true. Certainly we live what is written in Isaiah 5:20-23: Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!  Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!

The same prophet continues, then the consequences of such conduct. Isaiah 5:24: Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom will ascend like dust; because they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Try to change the rules and laws to suit the preferences in force in the world neither change the Word of God nor exonerate us from guilt.

The Lord Himself says in Mark 13:31: Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. Therefore, no matter what the world says, no matter what your beliefs, you just believe in Jesus Christ guarantees everlasting life because it lays the Scripture. How long are you going to risk your salvation by believing in fairy way? Keep in mind that what is at stake is your eternal destiny. Do not let another day pass without depositing your trust in Jesus Christ. You do not know how long you are in this world and this is where you should make that decision. God bless you.

Here Am I! Send me

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Isaiah 6:8

The children of God are His hands and mouth on Earth. All work to expand the Kingdom of God and reaching the lost is part of our task. We must give by grace what by grace we have received. There are still millions of people around the world who have never heard the message of salvation. Do not expect God to send angels to preach the gospel, this work is for us. For this reason, if God calls you to share the good news of salvation, just say, “Here am I! Send me.”

There are very large Christian churches which consist of thousands of members today. Most members of the large and small churches fell not referred not about being sent to preach. They feel very comfortable sitting listening to the sermon of the pastor, who they think is the only one with a responsibility to share the gospel with the lost.

And while many Christians are so obese of spiritual food in many parts of the world people die of spiritual starvation. Luke 10:2 says: Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” The spiritual harvest of souls is ready, but the workers that pick it are few. The Lord invites us to pray to the Father to send laborers to gather the harvest; but some people do not even stop to pray for this cause. Rather they are seeking to pray for their own needs only.

As I said, in the world every day many people die without hearing about Jesus Christ ever. Romans 10:14-15 says: How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”

Again God speaks with reference to reach the lost. The previous verse, that is Romans 10:13 says: For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” But if nobody tells them about what Jesus Christ did on the cross for every human being, these people could lose their salvation by not having the opportunity to hear the good news of the gospel and make the decision to accept Him.

When I gave my life to Jesus Christ, I realized that I was lost if I had died without making that decision. This aroused in me a great desire to share with others the good news of salvation. I know that God has saved me so that I cannot remain unmoved watching people die without Christ and going straight to spend eternity in hell.

The harvest is plentiful, missing workers who preach the gospel of peace. If you already know the Lord, what do you expect to be one of those workers? God is calling me and calling you who hear me or you who read this message. I decided to answer the call, would you do that too? God bless you.

Anointing Mission

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

Luke 4:18-19

My pastor continually has repeated that anointing is synonymous with training. He has taught me that the Holy Spirit anoints us in order to enable us to efficiently carry out the Lord’s work. When I read Luke 4:18-19 or Isaiah 61:1-2, I understand that he is absolutely right. We are anointed in order to fulfill our mission as soldiers of Jesus Christ.

In 2008, my oldest son decided to join the United States Army. The first requirement was to receive training that will enable him to be an efficient soldier. His basic training was in Fort Knox, Kentucky. I went there for his initiation ceremony. But his training does not end there. After basic training, my son went through three more bases: Fort Lee, Virginia; Fort Benning, Georgia; and Fort Polk, Louisiana, before being assigned to his permanent base in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

In each of the military bases to which he attended, my son received specialized training that would qualify him to serve in the United States Army. After the series of training, he was ready to fulfill his primary mission in Iraq, where he served for two years and then he returned to his respective military unit.

Spiritually, it says that God does not choose the trained people He but trains those who are chosen. As in human armies in which a recruit is not sent to the battlefield without being previously trained, God will not send any of His servants to a mission without first being trained properly. But the big difference is that the divine training does not necessarily imply spend certain time at an academic institution or a spiritual camp.

In Luke 24:49 the Lord says:  Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem[a] until you are endued with power from on high. The power that our Lord refers to is the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which was poured out on the disciples at Pentecost. Thus, a simple fisherman like Peter was able to preach with such power that thousands of people were converted to Christ.

In Isaiah 10:27 we read: It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil. The anointing gives us the ability to preach the gospel of power that sets the captives of sin, gives hope to the poor in spirit, heals the sick, casts out demons and perform miracles and wonders and signs that glorify our Heavenly Father. We should seek a fresh anointing every day to be able to fulfill the great commission that has been entrusted to us to make disciples of all nations. God bless you.

Give to Receive

Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.

Luke 6:38

The issue that brings Luke 6:38 it is not very pleasant to many people these days. To most people today seems right to take out their own first and then give to others what is left. However, that was not what the Divine Master Jesus taught, but what we will receive will come as a result of what we have given first.

In this century, human societies have become increasingly selfish. Everyone is looking only to their own interests and do not care what might happen to others. The least people think is to give all expect to receive; but very few are available to deliver something. And it assumes the ownership of things. Therefore, very few remember to give thanks for favors received much less give thanks to God, who increasingly is leaving out of their lives.

There is a Bible verse that has often been used with a different purpose for which it was written. Says 2 Corinthians 9:6: But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. What Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians is a reaffirmation of what Jesus said in Luke 6:38, we must give to receive. However, I have seen some use 2 Corinthians 9:6 to lead people to make assumptions covenants with God, as a stock market type of business transaction.

God Himself gave the example of giving first, as John 3:16 says: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Against humanity corrupted by sin, God gave His Son as a sacrifice for the sole purpose that every man or woman has the opportunity to avoid spending eternity in a place of perdition. Giving His Son was a supreme act of love of God.

It is not a coincidence that you are reading or listening to this message. I’ll tell you about something you can take for you to receive a good, pressed down, shaken together and running over measure. Watch what John 3:16 say after only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. I invite you to believe in Jesus Christ, that you surrender your heart to Him on this day. If God has given His Son, for love, would it be asking too much if God expects you to give your heart?

Remember that you will give your heart first; but in return you will receive a good, pressed down, shaken together and running over measure. And that as you receive is eternal life, which does not have any way of winning according to your own merits. It is a gift that, although apparently free for you, but God paid a very high price: the life of His own Son. Giving your heart to Jesus Christ today is the best decision you can make in your life and you will receive in return salvation and eternal life. No sow sparingly, you do your best and reap the forgiveness of your sins. God bless you.