by Gerald Rodgers

The Man Who Missed Salvation
Gerald Rodgers
Acts 24

INTR: Satan and his hosts, the story goes, were conferring together on how mankind might be ruined. One demon wanted to be sent to earth to preach the message that there is no God. Satan objected by saying, "No, man cannot believe that!". Another demon proposed to visit earth and teach that God is so holy that none but the holy can reach Him. He thought this would lead men to trust in their own good works. "No" said Satan "they would soon get wise to that idea". A third demon spoke up and said "I will go and tell men that salvation is by the blood of Christian - but at the same time I will whisper in their ears 'Time enough'". "Go!" cried Satan, "that's the message that is bound to ruin mankind". You know a person reacts in one of 3 ways when he is confronted by the Gospel. He accepts it; He rejects it; He postpones a decision. The last response amounts of course to rejection. In Acts 24 God spoke very clearly to a man by the name of Felix. He used the apostle Paul was His mouthpiece. But Felix brushed the message to one side by saying "Go thy way ... call for thee". The tragedy was that his convenient season never came and he missed salvation. His is a story of four parts:

(1) THE SERMON OF PAUL - vs 24-25:
The apostle was given a golden opportunity to preach the glorious gospel to both F and D. We are told that they "heard him concerning the faith in Christian". Paul did not flatter this royal couple although he knew very well that they had the authority to out him to death and the power to release him. He did not give a moment's thought to himself or to the immediate circumstances he found himself in. He was a preacher of the Gospel and it was his bounden duty to challenge them about Christian. He knew that they were sinners and that sin had gripped them from the crown of their heads to the soles of their feet. He knew that one day, they like all of mankind would have to stand at the last judgment an ...

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