TESTIMONY: The Believer’s Task

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During a recent discussion about testimony and testifying, several interesting questions were raised–as well as several finer points later researched which proved somewhat surprising.

The conversations involved a believer, a non-believer and a church person who claimed he was “born again”–though there has never been little evidence of this occurrence.

To a great extent, this piece highlights the points made by the non-believer.

The discussion initially revolved around the question: “What is it exactly that you believe you’re supposed to do?”

The answer (“Testify; offer a testimony.  Share the gospel of Jesus Christ to all who will hear or read it–though most days, there are precious few who respond positively to the gospel..”) prompted a further interesting question

“IF so few respond, then why do it at all?”

This answer led to one particularly interesting exchange.

First, it was pointed out that believers are to share (actually “preach“) the gospel to a fallen world.  As Jesus Himself commanded,

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
–Mark 16:15

God’s Word also records the apostle Peter telling Cornelius, the centurion:

“And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.”
–Acts 10:42

God’s Word informs us that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the vehicle God has chosen to unleash God’s supernatural power by which man is saved.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

Finally, it was pointed out that EVEN IF there were ten times the number of believers preaching the gospel, STILL only a few would make the decision to follow after God and be saved.

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. “
–Matthew 7:13-14

Because the believer strives to do the God’s commands (though sometimes believers stumble and come up short), he shares the gospel with as many as possible.

And prays that those he reaches may opt to be among the few.

It does not matter how unsuccessful the gospel message might appear to be: the believer is still to spread it among unbelievers, hoping that someone will sincerely be moved to throw themselves at the mercy of God through Jesus Christ and be saved.

“Still, it would seem to be discouraging, being turned down day-after-day…”

“Not if one remembers that he was EXACTLY as lost as any he reaches–MORE lost in some respects.  Somewhere, somehow, at some point someone gave a sinner the gospel of Jesus Christ–and he was saved.

No further inspiration is necessary.”

DOES the reader have a testimony of Jesus Christ?

DOES the reader share this testimony with non-believers?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: October 30, 2019.]

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