“Now thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ”
(II Cor. 2:14a)
The religious world is unquestionably witnessing the greatest deluge of apostasy in Christian history (II Tim. 3:1-8). The devil seems to be working overtime as the spirit of compromise, unbelief and ungodliness flood the ecclesiastical world (II Peter 2:1-3). In spite of these unwholesome trends, there is good news for N.T. Christians.
Good News: The Gospel of Christ is still the remedy for the spiritual problems that plague humanity (Rom. 1:16). The ageless message of Christ’s saving grace has not changed. Redemption’s plan is still the same: Salvation is still based solely on Christ’s completed blood atonement (Rom. 3:24-25); it is still granted by God’s unmerited grace (Eph. 2:8-9), and it is still available via repentance and faith in the Son of God (Luke 24:46, Acts 16:31).
Good News: The Word is still being fervently preached in N.T. congregations around the globe and souls are still being saved (Acts 8:4, 13:48). The Holy Spirit is still convicting of sin, convincing of the Saviour and converting sinners to new creatures in Christ (John 16:7-15, II Cor. 5:17). Though the task is becoming more difficult, fervent soul-winners are still reaping the joys of harvest gleanings as they tearfully sow the seed (Ps. 126:5-6, Matt. 9:36-38).
Good News: Christ is still building His church as the activity of the Great Commission is pursued around the world (Matt. 16:18, Matt. 28;18-20). Missionaries are still being called and sent forth (Acts 13:1-2). The tri-fold mandate of evangelism, baptism and catechism in this commission is still being implemented by fervent ambassadors of the cross around the globe. In accordance with Christ’s command, N. T. churches are still being planted at home and abroad (Acts 8:4, 16:5)
Good News: Faithful N. T. churches are still defending the faith without compromise. While most of these N. T. assemblies are generally not numerically large (Praise God, there are exceptions!), they are acting as the salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13) restraining evil, and earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3).
Good News: The filling of the Holy Spirit is still available for glorification of the Saviour (Eph. 5:18), fruitful Christian living (Gal. 5:22-23) and soul-winning power (Acts 1:8). Obedient saints can still claim the Spirit’s infilling power (Eph. 3:20) that enables them to live the balanced normal Christian life and to be victors over the triple threats of the world, the flesh, and the devil (I Cor. 15:57, I John 5:4).
Good News: God still hears and answers prayer (I John 5:14). As believers boldly approach the throne of God (Heb. 4:16) in Christ’s name (John 14:13-14) and claim God’s promises via fervent intercession, supplication and prayer (Eph. 6:18), God is still answering the prayers of his saints from heaven for a multiplicity of needs (Jer. 33:3, Matt. 21:22).
News: The Second Coming of Christ is still the hope of anticipating saints
(I Thess. 4:13-18). The Rapture of living believers is still an imminent
any-moment event for which saints expectantly wait (Heb. 9:28). It is
only a matter of God’s perfect time until the Rapture occurs and
all the church age saints receive incorruptible immortal bodies and are
forever delivered from this world’s sinful curse (I Cor. 15:51-58).
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|Editorial-October-November 2003 The Fundamental Digest; permission granted for reprint, so long as proper credit is given.|