THURSDAY July 5, 2018
God is Among Us
But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.
1 Corinthians 14:24-25
Paul reiterated to the believers in Corinth that if a non-believer heard the Word of God being taught in a language he knew, then any prophecy within that message would be clearly understood. The non-believer would be convicted by the Holy Spirit, and He would lead them to salvation. It was a miracle. Afterwards, he would fall on his face and worship God, while reporting that God was truly among the body of Christ––beautiful. Now he truly feared the Lord.
If a Christian, as a friend, brings a non-believer into the congregation, even though he may be an atheist, he will hear the Word of God. As I teach from the pulpit through a book of the Bible, I do not know the non-believers who are listening in the congregation. Yet the Holy Spirit pricks their hearts so they can become saved.
But what would happen if I stood up at the pulpit and spoke in tongues? How would that help them? It would not; that person would think I was a babbler! It would cause confusion in the Church, and the non-believer would not come to know Christ. The Scripture is very clear; there should be no confusion in the Church.
It is important for Christians to invite the non-believer into the Church so they can hear the teaching of God’s Word, experience the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and be saved. We should talk to people and not keep the Gospel to ourselves. When was the last time you invited someone to Church? Do you care for other people’s souls?
The gospel is not to be preserved like the Crown Jewels, locked in our ecclesiastical strong room. It is to be spread locally,
and to the ends of the earth.
~Herbert M. Carson~
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