“One cannot fully understand what one is saved to unless one also understands what they are saved from.” –John Barber
Submitted by Emily Ertley
During a youth conference, Ray Comfort posed the following scenario to the audience: If you were able to go back in time to September 10, 2001 – the day before the twin towers fell – would the message you give those in the towers be a message of, “Jesus loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life,” knowing that the next day, they would die when terrorist-controlled planes crashed into their office buildings?
Comfort then concluded that it would be a great injustice to preach to them about a “wonderful plan” knowing most of them would be snatched into eternal torment, having never been born again. John MacArthur reiterated this when he said, “We need to adjust our presentation of the Gospel. How can we begin a Gospel presentation by telling people on their way to hell that God has a wonderful plan for their lives?”
When we present the Gospel as a means to happiness (the “wonderful plan” presentation) rather than an appeal to righteousness, we misrepresent Jesus’ motivation to endure the suffering of His death. Jesus loves us so much that He died on the cross – not to make us happy in our temporal bodies, but that in our eternal bodies we would be able to stand forgiven before a righteous God. And that is God’s wonderful plan for us: An eternity spent glorifying Him.
Daily Reading: Psalm 132-138
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