One of the most quoted verses of scripture is: I Corinthians 10:31. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
That is a principle that should govern everything in our lives. Is should be our constant driving force and the dominant principle that overshadows our actions.
But… the primary application in the context of this verse is evangelism. The next couple verses say: “Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God,
just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.”
It is obvious that God intended this verse to relate to evangelism. The primary way we bring glory to God is through declaring His greatness to the world. So as we quote this verse, we should think primarily about evangelism and doing it.
So how are you doing?
Officially, the season of thanks has completed and the season of spending has commenced. For many the season carries a hurried and frantic pace moving from store to store searching for that perfect gift. Fascinatingly, that search for the perfect gift often neglects the perfect gift, of which we are supposed to be celebrating. If there is something to be considered with giving this Christmas, it is the gift of life through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The results of this gift are so immense while the consequences are so severe that such a gift is deserving of attention and not neglect. Many points in Scripture exalt Jesus Christ and put a right emphasis on him as the object of our faith. However, the author of Hebrews continuously exalts Jesus Christ throughout, and when we come to chapter four, in particular, we can see several points that make the message and work of Jesus Christ the most magnificent gift of all. Exhorting believers to not neglect the promise of God as Israel has previously done, the author compels believers to look to the rest that comes when united by faith (verse 4). In doing these, we see that the message that comes from Christ has four characteristics:
- It Is Good News (v. 2): The very word from which we get the name gospel, literally means good news because that is what this message is, good news.
- It Is Available (v. 1, 8-9): The Lord has not withdrawn his promise, but instead, it continues, which means that it is available now and because the opportunity exists, Hebrews warns against neglecting this precious gift.
- It Brings Rest (v. 1-10): The emphasis is on the rest that God provides. Through Christ, we can rest from our works righteousness, we can rest from our search of vain philosophies and empty religions that leave us unsatisfied, and we can rest in firm confidence in a God who does not change.
- It Has Eternal Consequences (v.1-3, 6-7): Finally, this gift has eternal consequences. For those who believe it brings eternal sanctification with God, but for those who ignore it brings eternal separation from God. Never have two options been so extreme.
Looking at the stakes, the question becomes, “Why would we neglect such a perfect gift?”
There exists no other gift that has the ability to bring godly rest. There exists no other gift that has the disposition to impact one’s eternity. There exists no other gift that has the propensity to save one’s soul. Therefore, there is no other gift worth giving.
By: Robert E. Zink, BMW Missionary to Argentina
When should a person be baptized? I was recently in a country where they baptized people within minutes of receiving Christ as Savior. Most around the world delay baptism for several months or years after salvation.
There is no debate that a new believer should be baptized but the question is: how soon? The Great Commission makes it plain that baptism is part of the whole package but it doesn’t say “when.”
In the book of Acts, there does not seem to be a delay in baptizing new believers. Philip was evangelizing the Ethiopian Eunuch and the first question he had was can I be baptized? Paul led the jailer and his family to Christ and they baptized them that night. So there seems to be a precedent for immediate baptism. Some however argue that baptism should be delayed until there is sufficient time to teach the new believer about the Christian life or until they prove through their actions that they are truly regenerate. This approach is governed by experiences where false professions were made.
Those who baptize immediately, indicate that it sets the pace for obedience to the rest of the Bible. Those who refuse immediate baptism seem to always struggle with obedience from that point on. There seems to be something about baptism that crystalizes the decision and indicates the new believer will do whatever the Bible says.
This may not answer the question for you but there is one thing sure: baptism is part of the Great Commission (Matthew 29:19).