Sunday, August 2, 2015


All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
What I believe is that the Acts 2:38 message  which says,  "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost," requires a response. The Lord Jesus said in John 12:32, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." He wasn't speaking of thousands of people, in a stadium, all with hands lifted up towards heaven worshiping Him. In John 12:33, the Bible says, "This he said, signifying what death he should die." He was speaking of His death on the cross for you and I. So the next time you want to see men and women drawn to the Lord Jesus, tell them of His death on the cross that was for them. Tell them that they too can be a partaker of His sufferings (See 1st Peter 4:12-14)

That is not to say that we should not lift up the Lord Jesus in praise and worship. In Psalm 117:1-2 the Bible says, "O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD." As the Apostle Paul said when quoting these verses in Romans 15:11, "And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people." God desires praise from His people. The Bible declares that He inhabits the praise of Israel. (See Psalm 22:3) We then ought to praise the Lord Jesus for the great things He has done for us.

If you have never responded to the drawing of the Lord Jesus in your life let me say to you, do it now.  The day is soon to come that the Bible verses found in Isaiah 45:23 and Romans 14:11 will come to pass, that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all. When that day does come you won't have a choice, you will bow and confess! The title of this rather short post is, R.S.V.P. You may have seen it on an invitation. It simply means, your response is requested. If you have never done so, turn to God in repentance. God commands it of all. (See Acts 17:30) Turn to the Lord Jesus in faith. (See Acts 20:21) Obey what the Apostle Peter preached to his Jewish hearers on the day of Pentecost. That is, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." (See Acts 2:38-39

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