Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #169
Welcome to the Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #169.
This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. As always, it is so good to be with you today to challenge you, encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ right where you are to those who are not believers in Christ. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.
Our soul-winning Passage from the Word of God today is John 15:16 which reads: “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from the Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable:
Again Jesus stressed that the initiative in the relationship between Him and His disciples lay with Himself, not them. He probably did this because of their tendency to think too highly of themselves, and since, in their culture, it was common for disciples to choose their rabbi. Even today, students love to seek out the teacher of their choice, and to attach themselves to him or her.
He had chosen them to be His friends, but He had also “appointed” them to a specific task. They had a job to do as His servants, a mission to fulfill. Part of His purpose for them was that they “bear fruit,” and that their fruit would have lasting effects. Evidently the “fruit” of their missionary outreach was particularly in Jesus’ mind, since He linked going with bearing fruit. In this case, new converts are the “fruits” in view.
“Though ministers make that holy calling their own choice, Christ’s choice is prior to theirs and directs and determines it.”
“All that the elders or others can do is to recognize what God has done already.”
Asking the Father in prayer—in Jesus’ Name—was necessary for fruit-bearing to happen. Jesus linked prayer and fruitbearing in a cause and effect relationship. Prayer plays an essential role in the believer’s fruitfulness.
The NIV translation is misleading. It implies that answers to prayer will be the disciples’ reward for effective fruit-bearing. In the Greek text there are two purpose clauses each introduced by hina: “that you should go and bear fruit,” and “that whatever you ask the Father … He may give you.” These purposes are coordinate, but logically, praying precedes fruitbearing.
Our soul winning quote today is from A. J. Gordon. He said: “We do not stand in the world bearing witness to Christ, but we stand in Christ bearing witness to the world.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 34 of our series titled “The Master Plan of Evangelism” from Robert E. Coleman.
Impartation – The Work of the Holy Spirit
Let no one imagine, however, that this kind of an experience with Christ could be engendered by human ingenuity. Jesus made it abundantly clear that his life was mediated only through the Holy Spirit. “It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing”. That is why even to begin to live in Christ one has to be born again. The corrupted human nature must be regenerated by the Spirit of God before it could be conformed to its true created purpose in the divine image. Likewise, it is the Spirit who sustains and nourishes the transformed life of a disciple in knowledge and grace. By the same Spirit one is made clean through the Word and set apart unto God for holy service. From beginning to end, experiencing the living Christ in any personal way is the work of the Holy Spirit.
It is only the Spirit of God who enables one to carry on the redemptive mission of evangelism. Jesus underscored this truth early in relation to his own work by declaring that what He did was in cooperation with “the Spirit of the Lord.” It was by His virtue that He preached the Gospel to the poor, healed the brokenhearted, proclaimed deliverance to the captive, opened the eyes of the blind, cast out demons, and set at liberty those who were oppressed. Jesus was God in revelation; but the Spirit was God in operation. He was the Agent of God actually effecting through men the eternal plan of salvation. Thus Jesus explained to his disciples that the Spirit would prepare the way for their ministry. He would give them utterance to speak. He would convict the world “in respect of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment”. He would give illumination of truth that men might know the Lord. By his power the disciples were promised the very ability to do the works of their Lord. In this light, evangelism was not interpreted as a human undertaking, but as a divine project that had been going on from the beginning and would continue until God’s purpose was fulfilled. It was altogether the Spirit’s work. All the disciples were asked to do was to let the Spirit have complete charge of their lives.
In our next episode, we will look at Impartation – Another Comforter
* * * * * * * * Let’s Pray * * * * * * * *
Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time,
Keep the soul winner’s fire!