What Really Matters

Continued from> Gods AmazinGrace

What really matters among all the do’s and don’ts should and should nots in gods graces, grace and mercythe New and Old Testaments, what is essential , and what is indispensable, is  it baptism, eternal security, grace, what is essential , and what is indispensable.

All these subjects are important for the Bible tells us in Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”

What would you have said to Ivan, the young man we mentioned in Gods AmazinGrace.

Would you have spoken about the condition of the world, or about heaven, would you have quoted John 3:16, or Acts2:38  maybe read from the 23rd Psalm?

What really matters?

It may be that you have asked the same question.

Maybe you’ve gone though the acts of religion and yet found yourself at a dry well, your prayers seem empty, and God seems a million miles away.

Church attendance is just a ritual, and your Christianity is just a series of ups and downs–no joy–no excitement.

You go to Church, you go to Sunday school, and even Wednesday Bible study and prayer.

And Yet -if you had been talking to this young frustrated man when he asked the question “tell me the part that matters” what would you have told him?

Years later this young Christian man had this to say about the meeting he had with his non-Christian friend, he said ” I didn’t have an answer to my friends question when he asked me, tell me the part that matters, but if  I could only see him again I could give him the answer to his question. But it’s to late, I heard my friend was killed in an accident a few months ago.”

Paul the Apostle found the answer to this question centuries ago.

Think about Paul for a moment;

  • He was a church person
  • He thought he knew God
  • He thought he was serving God by hunting down those people who called themselves people of the way. He gave his approval when they stoned Philip to death.

Paul the Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ could not have given an answer to the question “what is the part that matters” at this time in his life. For you see Paul needed to have an experience with Christ-an encounter with the Lamb of God who poured out His life blood on a wooden cross on Calvary’s hill.

Paul thought he was doing Gods work, by getting rid of the people of the way, who were indeed the true followers of Jesus. Isn’t amazing what people will do in the name of God, and still believe their doing it for God!

In Acts chapter 8 we see  Paul the murderer finally has an encounter with Jesus on the Damascus rood that changed his life forever.

Saul Goes to Damascus (Acts 9:1-2)

“Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.” Saul Meets Jesus (Acts 9: 3-9) “As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul asked. ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. ‘Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.”

Paul later writes about “the part that matters”  that changed him from a

religious man into genuine born again follower of Jesus.  Its recorded in first Corinthians chapter 15:

“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.  By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter,  and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,  and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.”

There it is–almost too simple– Jesus died– was buried–resurrected,

The “Part That Matters” is The Cross–No More No Less!

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