3 John 2, “Beloved, I pray that in all things thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
A. For those of you, my friends, who are living in the confusion and darkness of sectarianism; hindered and plagued by the creeds, doctrines and commandments of uninspired men, I am praying in the words of Paul that “the eyes of you heart may be enlightened… that ye may know what is the hope of his calling…” what the Ture will of God is in Christ Jesus, Eph, 1:18. I am praying and at the same time urging you and pleading with you to “search the Scriptures” John 5:39, that you might know the TRUTH that will make you free, free from sin, free from error, free from condemnation John 8:32. That you will “prove all things that Christ has commanded and that are pleasing to him, 1 Thess 5:21-22.
B. For those who are active, religious people but not members of the undenominational, New Testament church of Christ, I am praying that your eyes may be opened that you may come to see the simplicity, beauty, and scripturalness of the undenominational, non-sectarian Christianity of the church of Christ as we reproduce in our day, the church that one reads of in the Bible. It is the very church that Christ purchased with his blood and built according to this divine will… the same church the apostle of Jesus planted throughout the Roman Empire of the first century. It is identical in Name, Worship, Doctrine and Practice with the church in Jerusalem, Philippi, and Ephesus. Beloved, may God help you to see the church of Christ as the True church that Jesus is head of and Savior of. And may He help you to give up the humanly originated group you are now a part of to be a member of the blessed church of the Lord.
C. If you are one of the many who once was Christians, living for Jesus and having the promise of Eternal life, have now drifted away from your Lord and His church, stumbled and fallen back into sin and condemnation, it is my fervent prayer that this day you will come to yourself as did the Prodigal Son of old. May you realize all the realize all the spiritual blessings you are missing. Realize the punishment in hell that awaits you, if you continue and die in your state of backsliding. And may the God help you to muster the strength and courage to break the bonds Satan has cast about you and return unto your Father’s house, the church of Jesus Christ, that you may be restored to the fellowship of the saints and the hope of glory.
D. If you, my friend, have spent your life in ungodliness and sin, I am concerned for you. Whether your sin was lying; stealing; drunkenness or adultery; abusing your fellow man; cursing; gossiping or swearing; taking God’s name in vain; failing to pay your debts; failing to provide for you loved ones and rejecting God’s mercy; I want you to know that God the Father who created you and provides for you still loves you and wants you to be saved. He loves you so much that he gave his only Son, Jesus, to die for the sins you have done, John 3:16. He “is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter. 3:9. He has given us Saul the persecutor as an example of his great mercy. Read 1 Tim. 1:12-16 and see how he forgives even the chief of sinners. He has provided the gospel as the plan and power to save you. If you will only come to Jesus, believing in and obeying in Him as you savior, he will save you. You must truly repent of your sins, Lk. 13:3; and confess Him to the world; Rom. 10:9-10. Then, if you will be born again, born of water and the Spirit John 3:5; that is be baptized into the communion of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for the Remission of your sins, he will cleanse you, save and sanctify you. Matt 28:19; Acts 2:28. He will place the seal of God upon you and own you and crown you in heaven.
Won’t you make the following resolutions for this New year? 1. Be Reconciled Unto God. 2. Live to the very best of your ability the Holy calling —- put off the old man, worship God in His church every time the saints meet to pray together, read together and serve together. 3. Read the Book of Life daily. 4. Make your home a place where God is honored daily. 5. Love, serve and help your fellow man and teach him about Jesus. God will bless and truly make your New Year happy and prosperous.
This article is adapted from the book “Searching the scriptures” written by John Waddey.
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