Albert E. Farley
Our salvation was the whole purpose of Christ’s coming into the world and dying upon the cross at Calvary. Matthew 18:11; John 3:16. Yet, after nineteen centuries of the preaching of the gospel of Christ as the power of God unto salvation, the sinful world yawns amidst its feast upon the excesses of wickedness – the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, the pride of life – and says, “Who Cares!”
God has said, “I care.” In Ezekiel 33:18, He said, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live;” God so loved the world that He did not intervene when His only begotten Son cried out in agony, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46; Psalm 22:1.
Jesus has said, “I care.” He was moved with great compassion on the sinful crowds of people. He wept over wicked Jerusalem. Luke 19:41. He cried out, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!” Luke 13:34. He suffered awfully upon the cruel cross. He bled and He died that we might be made alive. He calls today, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28-30.
The Holy Spirit has said, “I care.” The Spirit guided the apostles into all truth – truth that makes men free from sin, guilt, and the punishment of hell. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you (apostles) into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13. Jesus said, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Today, the Spirit – through the Word – says, “Come.” Revelation 22:17.
The angels of heaven say, “We care.” They know our condition. They know when sinners are saved. Jesus said, “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Luke 15:10. Angels are ministering spirits, “sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation.” Hebrews 1:14. In God’s revelation to Jacob who was on his way to Haran, He showed him a ladder set up on earth and reaching to heaven. On the ladder were angels “ascending and descending.” Genesis 28:12-15. The Lord knew Jacob would be gone for many years. He stood above the ladder and said, “… behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land …” He kept His promise and Jacob was blessed and preserved by the hands of the angels.
The apostles said, “We care.” They carried out the greatest of all commissions in going into the entire world and preaching the saving gospel to all nations. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15, 16. They suffered great hunger, cold, tribulations, and persecutions. All of them – with the exception of John – were murdered for Christ’s sake. Why? Because they cared.
The church continues to say, “We care.” For over 1900 years, the church of Christ has gone into the world saying, “Come … whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” The church continues to spend and to be spent that men and women will hear and obey the gospel of Christ! Dear friends, the purpose of the church of Christ is the same as that of her Head: to seek and to save that which is lost. Luke 19:10.
Yes, all of these care. However, the question is, “Do the lost care?” Do they care about their impending damnation?
Dear Reader: Do we care what God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the angels, the apostles, and the church have done – and are doing – that you might be saved? Do you care where you will be in eternity? Matthew 25:46. -Editor.
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