I Am Telling the Truth
March 22, 2009
INTRODUCTION: NASB "I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart."
Paul writes with a burdened heart, as one whose heart is literally breaking in two, because his own brethren, those so near and dear to him, had refused to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their own Savior and Messiah.
It is not without significance that this passage follows hard upon Chapter 8 of Romans; for only a man who knows the Spirit-filled life of Romans 8 can appreciate the evangelistic heartthrob of Romans 9.
Also, I have come to believe, through my own experience and the testimony of my own efforts, that you never win people to the Lord unless somehow you develop, down in your heart, a genuine, real-life burden and compassion that they come to know the Lord. If the Lord Jesus had to shed His blood on the cross of Calvary that we might be saved, then we who would win souls to Him must expect to have same kind of burden and compassion of heart in order to win them.
"The longer I am in the faith, the further removed I seem to become, to those for whom Christ died."
I must become intentional with sharing my faith and inviting my friends, relatives, associates, and neighbors. (96% come this way!)
"The crying need today is for believers in Christ to have a burden for people who are on their way to hell. They need someone who will lovingly urge them to flee from the wrath to come. When we read Paul's words in our text for today, we sense his great compassion for his fellow Israelites who were lost.
George Sweeting, in his book The No-Guilt Guide to Witnessing, tells that during a serious shortage of currency in Great Britain, Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) selected a group of men to search for silver to meet the need.
Several months later they filed ...
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