Today I want to look at how to share the Gospel so that we don’t get false converts. We don’t want converts that our won by our wisdom, by our intellect, by our ability to sell the Gospel and close down any objections they may have, and to have them left with just an intellectual understanding. We don’t want simply a conversion of their mind, we want a conversion of the heart, a conversion that results in a changed life. We also want to make sure that people don’t think they are earning their salvation by being a good person.
There are two major tools we can employ when we are doing our soul-winning. If they have not already been introduced to you, I would like to introduce them to you today. If you are already familiar with them, I want to confirm their value in reaching the lost for Christ.
The first tool is the conscience. As we talk to those we are trying to reach, we need to speak to their conscience, not their intellect. I know that the Bible says “come let us reason together,” and when someone is saved, there is a renewing of the mind. The intellect is involved and cannot be ignored. What I am saying is that we can’t just speak to the intellect, we also have to speak to the conscience. This is where they will sense their guilt, and if their is no feeling of guilt, there will be no real conviction of sin.
The second tool is the use of the law. The law is summed up in the Ten Commandments, and was given for the purpose of bringing conviction of sin. In Galatians we are told the purpose of the law.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Gal 3:24
The law is like a schoolmaster, it directs, it teaches, and it guides. It brings knowledge to a person. Through that knowledge the schoolmaster brings us to Christ where we can be justified by faith.
The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple. Psa 19:7
I am not talking about a works based salvation based upon our keeping the law. The law is like a mirror, it shows us our guilt. When we get a person to examine himself according to the law, it shows him something about himself. If you have a dirty face, the mirror doesn’t clean your face, it shows that your face has need of being cleaned. The law shows our lost condition, it does not fixt the problem.
What shall we say then? [Is] the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. Rom 7:7
We only know our sinful condition because of the law.
The best explanation of our lost condition is found in the book of Romans. It starts in Romans Chapter 3 verse 19:
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Rom 3:19
Let’s reflect on this for a moment. The law speaks to those who are under the law,This is not only the Jews to whom the law, the Ten Commandments, was given. We find that the law also belongs to the Gentiles, which we will look at in a moment. We do get a hint of this here because it says “that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”
The law speaks to every heart, and their mouths are stopped because they find themselves without excuse. They cannot justify themselves, and they will have to admit their guilt before God.
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin. Rom 3:20
We, as Christians, know that we live in a day of grace. The problem is, we don’t want to talk about the law because it condemns. We have thrown the baby out with the bathwater by saying we are not saved by the law, so we no longer have need of the law.
We cannot properly get someone saved until the know how awful their sin is before God. Why would someone want to get saved, why would they want to repent toward God, if they don’t know how terrible their sin is before God? Many people think they are basically good, and they don’t need to humble themselves. They believe they are earning their salvation by being “good.” This is a false understanding of what salvation is.
No flesh can be justified by the law because all have sinned. When confronted by the law, no one can argue that they are good. Remember, Paul said that he would not have known about sin were it not for the law.
Listen to what Paul says in Romans Chapter 2:
For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and [their] thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) Rom 2:14-15
We need to speak to the conscience because that is where guilt is felt. The fact that the Gentiles, not having the law, that is to say the Ten Commandment, do naturally those things contained in the law, shows that the law is written in their hearts. The heart of every man has the knowledge of the law. Their conscience bears witness to this fact. By nature they know that some things are wrong.
Because of these things, their thoughts either accuse or excuse one another. When some one does something that is a violation of God’s law, there is something in their heart that tells them it is wrong. You don’t have to tell a child that lying is wrong, their conscience tells them it is wrong. The same is true of stealing someone else’s property. This confirms that the law is written in the hearts of men.
It is important that, when we are trying to reach someone for Christ, we bring the law into the conversation. We can ask questions like: Have you ever taken something that didn’t belong to you? Any honest person will say that they have. This is called theft. Another question is: Have you ever told a lie? Again, every honest person will admit that they have. That is called lying, or bearing false witness. When you get people to admit to these things, they are admitting that they are liars and thieves.
If we were to go through all the Commandments in light of what the Bible teaches, we would find that we have broken all of them. Someone may say that they have never murdered anyone, but listen to what Jesus said about this:
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Mat 5:21-22
We may not have committed murder physically, but we have in our hearts. How many times have we said, “I could kill them for that?”
You may say that you have never committed adultery, but have you ever had lust? Again, listen to what Jesus had to say:
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Mat 5:27-28
The fact is, we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. You are not good enough to save yourself, nor is anyone else. This is why God has a rescue plan. He knew we were without hope, there was no way we could save ourselves. God has a wonderful plan of redemption so we can be restored to a wonderful relationship with God.
The plan requires someone who has never sinned to pay our sin debt. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, took our sin upon Himself and died on the cross in our stead. He paid the price of our sin so we could be restored to a relationship with God.
Our part is not do do any works, it is to trust fully in the work He did on the cross. Have you put your faith in Him, or are you putting your faith in your good works? If you are trusting your works, you are fooling yourselves. You cannot earn your salvation, Christ has already paid for it, you must simply accept it by faith.
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. Eph 2:8-9
If you have not done this, would you repent of your dead works, humble yourself before God, trust Christ and His work on the cross, and be saved today? If you have trusted Him, will you share these truths with your friends?
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