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Friday, January 28, 2011

We proclaim Him. Why?

"We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ."--Colossians 1:28.  In looking at this verse one would notice a cause and effect.  We proclaim Him. Why? So that we may present every man complete in Christ. I studied the word complete in this verse.  The original Greek word for complete transliterated teleios also means perfect.

"We proclaim that we may present every man complete (perfect) in Christ."  As I THINK SOULS, this one little verse reminds us of three crucial elements of the evangelistic process and what the result should be as we THINK SOULS and proclaim Him.

First, we proclaim Him by admonishing every man. To admonish means to urge or to warn. We must urge those we share Jesus with to respond to what God has commanded.  We must admonish people to respond to the gospel message. See 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.  We must admonish EVERY MAN, Christian or not.  

Second, we proclaim Him by teaching every man. Teaching is crucial.  One of the things Jesus commands us to do in the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20 is to teach others to obey everything He has commanded.  We must teach EVERY MAN, Christian or not.

Third, we must admonish and teach with all wisdom. I wish evangelism was as simple as just going out teaching and admonishing the same way to everyone. But this is not the case, every person is different so we have to take different approaches with different people.  This calls for wisdom and patience.  You change the approach, NOT the message!

The result? Perfection. No, not perfection in that you will never sin again. But if they obey God and make Christ their Lord, we are able to present those we admonish and teach as complete or perfect in Christ. Being in Christ is the ONLY chance we have at perfection. Whether you are a Christian or not, if you want to study a little bit more about eternal salvation based on the Scriptures, click here.  Paul says in verse 29, this is the purpose of his labor. Evangelism needs to be the purpose our labor in Christ. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! PRAY ABOUT IT! LOVE Y'ALL GOD BLESS! THINK SOULS!        

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