God has graciously sent out a worldwide appeal,
and now is the time to seal the deal.
Pastors and missionaries have spread the Word
that everyone needs Jesus, so that they can be assured
that eternal life is theirs…by way of “the new birth.”
The blessing of new life is offered for all people of the earth.
So it’s not only the planting of gospel seeds that needs to go through,
but praying for many to respond is a vital part of working in the Lord’s harvest fields too.
Just as, at Jesus’ birth, the angel proclaimed God’s good tidings of great joy to shepherds in a field, we also can tell of that “good news,” and even personally pray with some individuals…for their deal to be sealed!
P. A. Oltrogge
“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.'” Luke 2:8-12
“For He says: ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2
“Jesus answered and said to him, (Nicodemus) ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.'” John 3:3
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14
Scriptures: New King James Version
Visit “25 Songs of Christmas” at http://www.kcm.org, Day 7, “I Surrender All” and Day 8, “Who is this Baby?” (a beautiful Christmas ballad, which you may not have previously heard).
Though I’ve used the familiar expression, “seal the deal,” the more Biblical way of stating what transpires when you receive Christ as Savior and Lord is that you are not only receiving forgiveness of sins, but you are entering into a covenant relationship with God.
The following quote is from the booklet, A Covenant of Blood, by Kenneth Copeland. “Jesus became the sacrificial Lamb that established your covenant with God. His own blood was shed. The book of Hebrews says that we have a new and living way to approach God. Remember ‘the way of blood’? Well, the blood of Jesus has made the way for us to have a covenant relationship with the Father.”
This quote reprinted with permission from Kenneth Copeland Ministries