Watering the Tulips
June 25, 2014
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” –John 6:37
What encouragement do we really have in spreading the Gospel? Is there any? We’ve been sent forth into a world full of depraved, wicked sinners. Is there a possibility that nobody will ever be saved? Does the preaching of the Gospel just make it possible for people to be saved? Or, is there more? We want to consider some of these questions in today’s lesson.
Jesus’ words here are plain and powerful. The Father has given Him a people. Incidentally, these are those whom He was sent to save (Matthew 1:21). Every one of these without exception “will come” to Him. His words here leave no possibility of one of these not coming. Every one that comes to Him by faith will not be cast out. How’s that for encouragement?
Is it any wonder that God said through Isaiah, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). When we take the Gospel into the world, the effects are not dependent on the fickle will of man (John 1:13). The effects are not dependent on our ability to frame the sentences in a way that is attracting to people. In fact, the things of God are not naturally attractive to man (1 Corinthians 2:14). When we share the message of Jesus with people, the increase is given by God’s power alone – not ours (1 Corinthians 3:6).
Though a man may boast of how many people he has saved throughout his ministry, his boasting is unwarranted. It is God that saves (Jonah 2:9). The messenger cannot change the nature of those he delivers the message to. And naturally, those receiving the message are at “enmity with God” (Romans 8:7). Only God can open a heart and give a depraved sinner a desire to come to Christ (Acts 16:14).
Paul knew something of this encouragement when the Lord told him, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent;for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city”(Acts 18:9-10). Though these people were yet in unbelief, God told Paul to preach because He was going to save many in the city. We can be sure that Paul had a similar experience as we read about in Acts 13:48 – “Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed”.
Child of God, do not be afraid to share the Gospel with those you come in contact with. Be like Paul when he said, “I am ready to preach the Gospel…” (Romans 1:15). Why was he ready? Simply, he knew God was mighty to save in spite of him.
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