The Great Work of a True Christian (1 of 4)
Jesse M. Hendley
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, I want you to turn with me to Acts 26:17-18 and today we are taking up the wonderful study, "The Great Work of a True Christian." The great work of a real child of God.
Now we read back in verse 16 that Christ appears unto us for this purpose, to make us a minister and witness both of those things which we have seen in our conversion and of the things that will appear to us. That is, the things that we know of when we are converted and the things that God will speak to us about after our conversion as we walk together with Him.
So now we come to verse 17, where the Lord says to Paul (and what He says to Paul He is saying to us), "Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith in Me."
Here is the great work, then, of a true Christian: WE ARE SENT ONES. We are sent by the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice the expression in verse 17. Jesus says, "I send thee." Isn't that important?
You say, "That is the Apostle Paul He is speaking about."
That is true. But that is true of EVERY believer on the Lord Jesus! The minute you are saved, He sends you.
Now notice here first of all that Christians are sent to do a special work for the Lord Jesus Christ when they are saved. They enter into a particular mission from Jesus at that particular time. Jesus said, "I send thee." Notice the word, "I." Christ! The Mighty One! The Creator! The God of all the earth! It is an amazing thing to be sent by a man. It is a tremendous honor to be sent by your country, and to be sent by friends and loved ones. Here, the Great Sender is the Christ of God, the Great and Mighty Creator! And it is an amazing thing that God ha ...
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