Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is Isaiah 53:6 which reads: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this passage from the Jamieson, Fawcett, and Brown commentary on the Bible:
In ourselves we were scattered; in Christ we are collected together; by nature we wander, driven headlong to destruction; in Christ we find the way to the gate of life. Christ was not merely a sin offering (which would destroy the antithesis to “righteousness”), but “sin for us”; sin itself vicariously; the representative of the aggregate sin of all mankind; not sins in the plural, for the “sin” of the world is one. Thus we are made not merely righteous, but righteousness, even “the righteousness of God.” The innocent was punished as if guilty, that the guilty might be rewarded as if innocent. This verse could be said of no mere martyr.
Our soul winning quote today is from Max Lucado. He said, “If we’re not teaching people how to be saved then perhaps we have forgotten what it was like to be lost.”
Our soul winning devotional today is part 7 of “Personal Soul Winning: How to Do It” from John R. Rice.
This section is titled: “Shorter Methods to Win Souls With Single Well-Known Passages of Scripture”
Many people are ready to be saved in a short time. The main thing is that the worker have a heart that is warm and led by the Spirit of God so that he does not do shallow, superficial work. The sinner should know that he is a sinner who needs forgiveness. He should know that Christ alone can save, and he should definitely trust Christ as Saviour, and then he should be taught to claim the Saviour openly and to know that his sins are forgiven. But the Bible is full of the plan of salvation.
1. Many a sinner has been saved by the simple Gospel in Numbers 21:5-9.
There is the clear illustration that all are sinners, and the death that comes by sin is illustrated by the fiery serpents. There is the clear picture of Jesus on the cross being counted the serpent, a sinner. And there is the illustration of faith so that every poisoned person who looked at the brazen snake on a pole was healed. So a sinner may be told to look and live.
2. Thousands have been won to Christ by John 5:24.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” “He that heareth my word…” You can say to the sinner, “You have heard it many times and you are hearing it now, are you not, as we read this?” Of course the sinner will agree to that.
“And believeth on him that sent me…” So you can say to the sinner, “Do you believe that God loved the world and gave His Son to save sinners? Then are you willing to risk that God and that Saviour today, and turn your case over to Them and rely upon Them?” Then you can show the plain statement that one who thus believes and trusts “hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” And that is a wonderful promise for assurance and certainty.
3. Many have been saved by the story of the publican and the Pharisee who went up into the temple to pray in Luke 18:10-14
The Pharisee, self-righteous and self-satisfied, was never saved. The poor publican who confessed his sinfulness and asked for mercy was saved and went down to his house justified. And so you might well ask the sinner to bow his head and make this prayer his prayer. You can teach him to pray, “God, be merciful to me a sinner, and save me for Jesus’ sake.” And then when he has prayed that prayer, you can ask him if he will here and now trust the Lord Jesus to do what He said He would do, and to manifest it either by taking your hand solemnly, or by going with you to tell the pastor or a friend, or by going forward in a public meeting.
Whatever Scriptures you use, there are two or three things that must be involved. The sinner must know that he is a sinner, and wants to turn from sin and be forgiven. Then the sinner must know that God has promised to save those who trust in Christ, and he must be brought to personally trust Christ as his own Saviour.