by Jerry Vines

God’s Final Invitation
Genesis 7:1; Revelation 22:17
Jerry Vines

And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee
have I seen righteous before me in this generation (Genesis 7:1).
In just a little while, at the climax of this wonderful service we are having, we are
going to extend what we call in our fellowship an invitation time. The choir will sing an
invitation hymn. We’ll have some of our ministers down here at the front and we will
ask many of you to come forward to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and
Savior. It is really the focal point—the climax—of the service. All of the music, the
wonderful testimonies, the prayer, the preaching of the Word, explaining of the Gospel,
will come to a climax when we extend this invitation.
This may be new to many of you. You may co me from fellowships where this
does not take place or it is not something you have seen done before. There may be a
number of questions you raise. What is this invitation about? Why are you giving this
invitation? What should I do in response to this invitation?
Actually what I’m doing today in extending this invitation is representing
someone else. In II Corinthians 5:20 it says this, Now then we are ambassadors for
Christ, as though God did beseech you by us, we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye
reconciled to God.
Really as I view what I’m doing this morning I’m just a representative of the Lord
God of the universe and also a representative of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. In their
stead and in their name, I am extending this invitation for you to come to Christ and
receive Him as your Lord and your Savior.
It’s a wonderful thing to get an invitation. It is always an honor when someone
invites you to come to something which is important to them. If you get a wedding
invitation you have been honored because someone has invited you to come. An
invitation to attend an annivers ...

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