The Apostle Paul puts it in different words in the New Testament passage 2 Corinthians 5:17-21:
17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed
away; behold, all things are become new.
all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19To wit, that God was in Christ,
reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20Now then we are ambassadors
for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made
the righteousness of God in him.
Note: God has committed to US the
ministry of reconciliation.
Note: People must be reconciled to the TRUE GOD
described in the Bible as a straight male, NOT to the fictitious neuter god being pushed by most theologians and church teachers.
See GOD IS A STRAIGHT MALE...
We each have our own gifts, abilities, talents, so we can be apart
of this ministry.
Every believer will be rewarded by God, according to
Jesus Christ said in the New Testament -- John 4:33-38:
33Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
34Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
35Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest?
behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
36And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that
soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
The Apostle Paul said in the 1 Corinthians 3:5-9:
then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God
that giveth the increase.
8Now he that planteth and
he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
9For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
In the Old Testament -- the great prophet Daniel said, in 12:1-3:
at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a
time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered,
every one that shall be found written in the book.
many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting
3And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament;
and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
|Jesus said: I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
The Apostle Paul notes, below, that we have differing gifts.
have many differing kinds of enablements, endowments, assets, etc., too!
We all have various
gifts and abilities. But, we need to seize opportunities, whether we are gifted or NOT!
Repeat -- if we have an opportunity to promote Christ's message -- great-- we should NOT worry
about whether we have some particular gift! We should take all opportunities and make the most of them.
We all have some abilities in many things -- we need to take every opportunity to do God's work.
We need to start where we are, with what we've got.
We need to be ready with an answer
when opportunities fall into our laps. We don't need school training!
Be up on current news
and issues. Form some basic Christian views of these, from which you can speak.
See my pages
Be Ready Always to Give an Answer, They Came to Jesus, The Creation Outreach Approach, and other pages.
Through the New Testament, we see how Jesus and his disciples
(trainees) seem to happen upon occasions to share God's message of salvation or redemption.
employ a variety of techniques. The Holy Spirit is able to enable and guide us on these occasions.
But -- we SHOULD ENGAGE -- NOT AVOID, NOR DRAW BACK, from these opportunities -- praying as we
See also my page Put On the Whole Armour of God! We should be as prepared as we can. We don't need special school training.
1 Corinthians chapter 12-13 is an extensive passage on spiritual gifts.
Here is part
of the passage:
4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5And there are differences of administrations,
but the same Lord.
6And there are diversities of operations,
but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another
divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many,
are one body: so also is Christ.
13For by one Spirit are
we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink
into one Spirit.
14For the body is not one member, but
15If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand,
I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the
18But now hath God set the members every one
of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19And if they
were all one member, where were the body?
20But now are
they many members, yet but one body.
Again -- let me say -- we SHOULD NOT miss any opportunity
to do Christ's ministry -- we SHOULD NOT stop to worry about whether we have a particular gift or ability.
We should all do what we can, were we can, and when we can, and with what we have!
Jesus said: I am the way, the truth, and the life: No man cometh unto the Father,
except by me. New Testament - John 14:6
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|were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, for the word of God and which had not worshipped the beast."
The Great White Thrown of Judgement
light of the terror of God's ultimate judgment day
...we should use every opportunity
to reach the lost.
We should train ourselves. We don't need more talents
In reading Revelation 20 below, realize there are two judgements
separated by 1000 years (the millennium).
The first one is of the righteous dead,
who are redeemed already.
The second one is the one that only the unredeemed
will be at.
This is the judgement of the Great White Throne.
Revelation chapter 20:
1And I saw an angel come down from heaven,
having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand
3And cast him into the bottomless pit,
and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled:
and after that he must be loosed a little season.
I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for
the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received
his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were
finished. This is the first resurrection.
and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests
of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
7And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters
of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of
the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone,
where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose
face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book
was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according
to their works.
13And the sea gave up the
dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according
to their works.
14And death and hell were
cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Read the New Testament Book of John.
THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT -- get up close and personal with Jesus Christ -- choose him, embrace him, for eternal
EMBRACE The Lord Jesus Christ --- FOR LIFE! CHOOSE HIM, BELIEVE IN
Pray to CHOOSE him, and BELIEVE in, and on, him.
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