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GOD'S PURPOSE: That NONE Should Perish-by:A.Bascon
GOD'S PURPOSE: That NONE Should Perish-by:A.Bascon
GOD'S PURPOSE: That NONE Should Perish-by:Pastor Abraham Bascon
Question: What happens when "REVIVAL" comes. Answer: When REVIVAL comes, we experience "CHANGE."When "REVIVAL" comes, we go from feeling "spiritually dead" so to speak; to feeling
"SPIRITUALLY ALIVE!"And, as we are all aware, that if there is no "CHANGE" at all, things can get stagnent!
By "spiritually dead," I mean that we can experience a lack of energy and interest in the "saving of souls!" As Christian Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus, Himself tells us in ACTS 1:8, that disciples of Christ have been "endued" or "equipped" with "miraculous powers" (Grk. dunamis) for God's Purpose of the "saving of souls!"
Believers are "equipped" by God, not so that they can go out and brag about "miraculous powers;" but, for God's own Purpose of equipping us to be effective "witnesses" of Christ! That the world might believe that God sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus, that NONE should perish; but, that they would receive eternal life!(JOHN 3:16)Question: One might ask; Just "how" do they receive eternal life? What must one do to be "saved?" God, the Author of the Bible,clearly answers these questions in scriptures such as:ACTS 2:36; JOHN 3:16 and JOHN 20:31 just to name a few.
Now, may I remind you; let us NOT get caught-up with the subject of "miraculous powers." For God's Purpose for giving these to us is for the "saving of souls!" Let me also remind you that God has
given us "our own free will" as well.
We have our own "free will" to worship, to come together etc.. God's Will, according to what Apostle Peter says, is: "That NONE should perish!"
Praise God for those who prayed for me to be saved. Praise God that they never gave up on me; but, they perservered in prayer!
And, I would also rank myself as Apostle Paul did when he said that he was the chief of all sinners. Well, I admit pretty much the same, for who I was BEFORE I was saved! I look at myself in the same light as Paul; yet, someone perservered for me! Folks witnessed the Lord Jesus Christ to me; and, of course there were times when (in my ignorance), I rejected the offers that many of the folks presented to me. But, the day did come when I DID accept God's offer, and it "completely" and "totally" changed my life! And, my life was changed in a way that only the "miraculous" Power of God could have changed it! Praise God that the price for our salvation has been PAID IN FULL by the Lord Jesus Christ!
In the past month or so, I have been preaching from the Books of JOEL and ACTS. We see Apostle Peter (who had been fearful for his own life, to even be recognized as an associate of Jesus).
Here now, we see that "something has changed" within Peter! In ACTS 2:14, Peter BOLDLY stands up, raises his voice and begins to speak to the men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem. He tells them: "To let this be known to you, and listen to my words!" And Peter goes on to explain to the tens of thousands of Jews from various homelands: the speaking of tongues, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Prophecy of the Prophet JOEL, concerning the Last Days, when God was going to pour-out His Spirit upon ALL flesh. ACTS 2:14-18. These Jews were amazed to hear these Galileans speaking in 'their' languages! Peter tells them: "what you see happening, is the fulfillment of JOEL'S prophecy!" God was going to pour-out His Spirit upon ALL flesh!
Be reminded,that these Jews were familiar with Joel's prophecies.
They were waiting for the fulfillment of these prophecies! They
were also well aware that only"selected" people had received the
Anointing of the Holy Spirit at that time. People such as kings, judges & prophets of God. So, when Joel prophesied this,these Jews were immediately thinking: that they too were going to receive the "Outpouring of the Holy Spirit!" That they too, would prophesy!
Ordinary folks such as bankers, bricklayers, nurses,hairdressers etc.. ALL flesh! Sons, daughters, young women, old men and so on...etc. Like King David and King Solomon, the day will come when you will all speak the inspired Word of God and prophesy, AFTER having received the Holy Spirit Baptism.
Not everyone had visions from God; but, again, only a selected few such as Daniel, Ezekiel and Joseph etc..
Not only will you prophesy; but, you are going to have visions from God. Yes, ordinary people in the Body of Christ!
Folks will experience things such as these, as "REVIVAL" occurs, and there will be "CHANGE!"
As we read the Book of JOEL, we see that initially, JOEL was speaking to a complacent people who turned from God. Question: What would God do upon seeing His people doing wrong? Answer: God's Word says in Hebrews 12:6-"For whom the LORD LOVETH, he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." Yes, God will chasten us; because He LOVES US! And, a "loving" God will always chasten His people.
In JOEL, the people became uninterested in the things of God. The swarming locust was coming to destroy everything. Pain, devestation and GREAT loss was coming their way! In 2CHRON.7:14,
God tells us:"IF MY people who are called by MY name will HUMBLE themselves and PRAY....etc. We need to HUMBLE ourselves and REPENT from our wrongdoings and complacency in not doing the Will of God!We need to TURN BACK to GOD with ALL of our hearts!
That is what the people had to do in JOEL. And ultimately, God tells them that He WILL RESTORE to them ALL that the locusts have destroyed!
In ACTS 2:16 Apostle Peter quotes what was spoken by the Prophet Joel: "And it shall come to pass in THE LAST DAYS, says God,
"That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; "Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams, And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in THOSE DAYS; and THEY shall prophesy" And, Peter did not stop at the "Outpouring," he goes on and says: "And it SHALL come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD, SHALL BE SAVED!" (v.21) In this portion of scripture (ACTS 2:18-19) we see what God has to say about the Last Days. And, the wonders He will show in the heavens as well as the signs in the earth beneath before the coming of God's judgement and desolation etc..
We all need to realize the time that we are in NOW.
HERE IS MY POINT: It is a time of GREAT importance!
It is a time of GREAT importance TO DO the Will of God!
It is a time for the "SALVATION of SOULS!"
Question: WHO has the Word of Life that the world has to hear?
WHO has the Word of Life to speak life? Answer: WE DO! The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ! The Word of God that we have, is: the Power of God unto Salvation for EVERYONE that BELIEVES, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. And Paul tells us in the Book of Romans 10:17-"So FAITH comes by hearing, and HEARING the WORD OF GOD. In RO.10:14-15, God emphasizes the fact that:
"How then shall they call on Him in whom they have NOT BELIEVED? And how shall they BELIEVE in HIm of whom thay have NOT heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?" God has called each one of us to GO, into all the world and PREACH the Gospel to every creature! (MARK 16:15).
For the most part of thirty years or so, we received the Holy Spirit Baptism. We were "spiritually rejoicing!"Over 100 million Catholics received the Holy Spirit Baptism in a few short years back then.Not even including the amount of salvations throughout the world in the last twenty-three short years!
Question: What has happened today? Altar calls are given, and no one comes up! Everyone in the church is already SAVED! We pride ourselves in the fact that we know about faith, healing, prophecy
We minister to the SAVED brethren within our churches.
We share all the knowledge that we have gained throughout the years with our SAVED brethren. But, I tell you, that we MUST take that knowledge that we have, and we MUST share it with the UNSAVED! The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ does NOT have walls, that we should keep the Good News within our churches.
Take that knowledge of God's Word out into the world, to those who DO NOT KNOW! Let's NOT become "fat cats!"
The only "certification" that will matter when we stand before the Lord, is the "certification of saving souls!" That is the point that JOEL made and Apostle Peter clarified with JOEL'S prophecy. And, as a result, 3,000 souls were saved! (ACTS 2:41)The prophecy of the "Outpouring of the Holy Spirit" has been fulfilled! Peter continued on and in ACTS 2:42-47, we read that the Lord added to the church DAILY those who were BEING SAVED!
(JOEL 2:31-32) JOEL prophesied: "And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD SHALL BE SAVED. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As the Lord said, Among the remnant whom the LORD calls."
It is such a blessing when we see the church of the Lord Jesus Christ growing! It tells us, that the growth is coming from those who are BEING SAVED! And, they are BEING SAVED TO DO the desire of God, that NONE should perish! 2PETER 3:9 All Glory to God!
LORD Bless you all!