We are not in the business of making speeches or giving presentations. We are instruments of God to change eternal destinies!
Acts 26:18 “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”
Our mission to preach the Gospel is supernatural. The commission comes from God. We must be empowered by Him to accomplish it. Good organization is not enough. A sound plan is sufficient. We are in God’s business. He must energize our efforts to make the difference. Acts 26:18 gives us a five-point outline of God’s work in individual lives through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
1. Open their eyes
Unbelievers are blind to the Gospel. They are lost not knowing their way to God. Their lives are filled with sin and their hearts with doubt. Often, they are in bondage to a false religion. They serve phony gods from paganism to atheism and everything in between. But the God of Heaven can open their eyes!! God can make the blind to see the Glorious Gospel of Christ!
Isaiah 42:6–7 “I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, And will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, And give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, To bring out the prisoners from the prison, And them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.”
2. Turn from darkness to light
Blindness equals darkness. Unbelievers live in darkness. They cannot see what they stumble over in this life. They grope and groan desiring to see!
Thank God for the light! The light makes manifest their condition showing the way to God. The Savior rescues the children of darkness and makes them children of the light!
2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
3. Turn from power of satan unto God
Satan is a hard master. He leads with fear, intimidation, and punishment. He imprisons lost souls in a web of lies, deceit, discouragement, and destruction. His goal is to deceive them straight into Hell.
God rescues sinners from satan’s power! He miraculously changes their earthly destiny and their eternal destination. Christ frees them from bondage and makes them His own to live by grace and faith. Praise God!
Ephesians 2:1–9 “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
4. Receive forgiveness of sins
Many sinners long for forgiveness. They seek it in false religions. They hope for it through good intentions. Desperation for forgiveness sets in as a sinner gets closer to death. They grasp for it through religious contrivances.
The Gospel gives them the answer! God forgives sinners for Jesus’ sake. God releases sinners from the penalty of sin through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. What joy forgiveness brings! The priceless knowledge that one is at peace with God – that death holds no danger!
Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”
5. Receive a Divine Inheritance
Not only are sinners saved from Hell, but also they are given the inheritance of sons. They are birthed into God’s family through faith in Christ. They are given full rights and privileges of a child of God regardless of where they are from or what they have done. Earthly blessings and eternal rewards are now their inheritance!
Colossians 1:12–14 “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”
These five supernatural benefits happened in your life when you trusted Christ. Don’t keep it to yourself! Share the glorious Gospel with someone this week!