Countering Foolish Statements I

“My relationship with God is between Him and me…”

Many times we are confronted with folks who think they are going to find themselves in Heaven by constructing a false relationship with ‘their’ Savior. And therein lies the problem because the Savior who sacrificed himself on the Cross belongs to no one. The fact is that He purchased, redeemed, every lost soul who will find their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

There is another fact which must be addressed, too. Our relationship with the Christ is NOT a private matter, either. Many times in the Gospel narratives and throughout the remainder of the New Testament the Followers of the Christ are instructed to proclaim the Gospel with the world. Never is there a suggestion to put this purchased relationship in a closet. We are incorrect to suggest to anyone that salvation in Jesus Christ is only “between God and me.”

In Matthew chapter 4 and again in Mark 1:14-20 we find this, “Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,  and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.  And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets.  Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him.” NASB. Reading the remainder of Mark chapter 1 we find that Jesus is busy proclaiming His message. The fact is that Jesus is crucified because of the opposition to His message. The apostles found that their efforts to preach the Gospel of the risen Savior was opposed at almost every turn as revealed in the New Testament. However difficult that Paul and other found the opposition they continued their work. The reason they refused to quit is based upon their undying commitment to these words of Jesus, “But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful.  And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20 NASB.

 

Undoubtedly, there is opposition to my words here, but the fact that a relationship with Jesus Christ is not “between me and God.” The Savior NEVER intended for anyone to think that He is possessed by anyone, but rather He is the sole Redeemer of souls that were at one time endangered and en route to Hell. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him  with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him  also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,  to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:7-12.

 

No, this relationship with Jesus is to be shared because every Believer is an ambassador, “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. Jesus is Lord.

 

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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