Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.~Ezekiel 3:17-19
Between the Old Testament and the New Testament we have been given our marching orders to warn EVERYONE of the impending judgement upon us all. An earlier post where I discussed my belief that we are NOT once saved always saved (Part 1 & Part 2), we are sinners by nature and we are obligated to rule over that nature and control our urges…this is something the Bible teaches us!
In the Old Testament we were given mandates, which are either inferred or specific, setting us on a path to warn our fellow man of our impending judgement. Either we were people in Israel and the other people came to us to seek our instruction; or like Jonah, we were sent to another nation, or people, to warn them of impending judgement and woes. In the New Testament we were given a commission to tell others of Jesus, salvation, and our impending judgement; of course this first begins with how we are to act and treat our fellow man, as well as the honoring of God our Creator.
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”~Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV
The best way to love God and honor Him, is to share Him and His message with our fellow man. To share the purpose of Christ’s coming to earth as a mortal man being the final sacrifice for man’s sin. Never again to sacrifice again.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.~Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV
We are to talk to, minister to EVERYONE throughout this world for the sake of God. While it is a song, it is quite telling:
“…For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”~Revelation 5:9-10 NKJV
It simply reiterates the following:
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; ~1 Peter 2:9 NKJV
Which indicates that we are priests for God in our own right, as we are Sons of the Most High God. We are intended to and obligated to serve our God and Creator! So, what have you done for God lately? We are simply messengers for God, but it is the Holy Spirit who actually speaks to the hearts and minds of others in order to save them, to turn them around (as well as, their lives.)
As servants and children of God, we need to learn to suck it up and begin to speak to others about the impending disaster and final judgement of all mankind. We just need to speak the truth at the appropriate times; thereby, enabling the Holy Spirit to His work on their heart.
Just imagine what would happen if we would speak to our kids about God, the kingdom, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit? To aid our kids in the overall development of their evangelistic and apologetic skill-sets.
There was a study a number of years ago where it was determined that, on average, the college freshmen was so uneducated in the art of Christian apologetics that many lost their faith by their sophomore year, or earlier. That our rate of increased atheistic, or at minimum agnostic, minded has increased to 16% which is double from just ten years prior.
Consider, at the very least, to reassure, if not train, your child (children) in the arts of evangelism, but even more importantly the in the art of Christian apologetics. After all, we are the watchmen and were commissioned to make disciples of all nations!
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD