|“The results of ‘letting the Word of Christ dwell in you richly’ (Colossians 3) being exactly the same as being ‘filled with the Spirit’ (Ephesians 5), it follows that the Word and the Spirit are intimately linked together. If you want to live in the Spirit, keep in the Word. Become totally saturated with the Scriptures and you’ll find yourself overflowing with the Spirit.” Jon Courson
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.”‘ John 14:6
You see the offense of the gospel in Jesus claim to be the only way people can get to heaven. People find three ways to eliminate this offense. First, by arguing that there is more than one God. If there are two or more gods, then my way is as good as your way. Second, by arguing that although there is only one God, there is more than one way to find Him. If you say, “There are many ways to God, my way is Jesus,” you have eliminated the offense. Third, by arguing that there is no God; troubled people create Him to solve their problems.
You can easily see why people wish to eliminate this offense of the gospel. For all three of these have in common that they abolish personal accountability. If you have more than one God or more than one standard from Him, each person can chose for himself the direction he wishes to go. Thus the offense of the gospel is not just that Jesus claims to be the only way to the Father, but also that He ensures judgment. “The hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment.” 278
Some may be indifferent to your commitment to Christ, but only because they have not made the link between the exclusivity of Christ and the certainty of Judgment. Do not avoid or back away from God’s promised Judgment because it is not polite or accepted. You do people no favor by affirming them in their error.
278 John 5:28-29
Psalm 49-50 Romans 1 (New King James Version)
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