The Word Of God Is The Power Of Salvation

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
2 Timothy 4:1-4

 Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth!  For I am God, and there is no other.
Isaiah 45:22 

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Romans 10:14-15, 17

I am more convinced now than ever over the absolute necessity of solely preaching the word of God alone from the pulpit.  From the pulpit we are to preach the word of God so that unregenerate man sees his need for a Savior and turns to Jesus Christ to be saved.  Because faith comes only through hearing the word of God preached.  Take your Bible, take the pulpit, and preach the Word.

As an illustration I present to you the conversion of Charles Haddon Spurgeon:

I sometimes think I might have been in darkness and despair until now had it not been for the goodness of God in sending a snowstorm, one Sunday morning, while I was going to a certain place of worship.  When I could go no further, I turned down a side street, and came to a little Primitive Methodist Chapel.  In that chapel there may have been a dozen or fifteen people.  I had heard of the Primitive Methodists, how they sang so loudly that they made people’s heads ache; but that did not matter to me.  I wanted to know how I might be saved, and if they could tell me that, I did not care how much they made my head ache.  The minister did not come that morning; he was snowed up, I suppose.  At last, a very thin looking man, a shoemaker, or tailor, or something of that sort, went up into the pulpit to preach.  Now, it is well that preachers should be instructed; but this man was really stupid.  He was obliged to stick to his text, for the simple reason that he had little else to say.  The text was, –

“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.”

He did not even pronounce the words rightly, but that did not matter.  There was, I thought, a glimpse of hope for me in text.  The preacher began thus: – “My dear friends, this is a very simple text indeed,  It says, ‘Look.’  Now lookin’ don’t take a deal of pains.  It ain’t liftin’ your foot or your finger; it is jut, ‘Look.’  Well, a man needn’t go to College to learn to look.  You may be the biggest fool, and yet you can look.  A man needn’t be worth a thousand a year to be able to look.  Anybody can look; even a child can look.  But then the text says, ‘Look unto Me.’  Ay!” said he, in broad Essex, “many on ye are lookin’ to yourselves, but it’s no use lookin’ there.  You’ll never find any comfort in yourselves.  Some look to God the Father.  No, look to Him by and by.  Jesus Christ says, ‘Look unto Me.’  Some on ye say, ‘we must wait for the Spirit’s workin’. You have no business with that just now.  Look to Christ.  The text says, ‘Look unto Me.'”

Then the good man followed up his text in this way: – “Look unto Me; I am sweatin’ great drops of blood.  Look unto Me; I am hangin’ on the cross.  Look unto Me; I am dead and buried. Look unto Me; I rise again.  Look unto Me; I ascend to Heaven.  Look unto Me; I am sittin’ at the Father’s right hand.  O poor sinner, look unto Me!  Look unto Me!”

When he had gone to about that length, and managed to spin out ten miutes or so, he was at the end of his tether.  Then he looked at me under the gallery, and I daresay, with so few present, he knew me to be a stranger.  Just fixing his eyes on me, as if he knew all my heart, he said, “Young man, you look very miserable.”  Well, I did but I had not been accustomed to have remarks made from the pulpit on my personal apperance before.  However, it was a good blow, struck right home.  He continued, “and you always will be miserable-miserable in life, and miserable in death, – if you don’t obey my text; but if you obey now, this moment, you will be saved.”  Then, lifting up his hands, he shouted, as only a Primitive Methodist could do, “Young man, look to Jesus Christ.  Look!  Look!  Look!  You have nothin’ to do but to look and live.”

I saw at once the way of salvation.  I know not what else he said, – I did not take much notice of it, – I was so possessed with that one thought.  Like as when the brazen serpent was lifted up, the people only looked an were healed, so it was with me.  I had been waiting to do fifty things, but when I heard that word, “Look!” what a charming word it seemed to me!  Oh!  I looked until I could almost have looked my eyes away.  There and then the cloud was gone, the darkness had rolled away, and that moment I saw the sun; and I could have risen that instant, and sung with the most enthusiastic of them, of the precious blood of Christ, and the simple faith which looks alone to Him.  Oh, that sombody had told me this before, “Trust Christ and you shall be saved.”

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  1. God’s Word is powerful and living. Thanks for the post.

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