Agent of Change: Changed by Christ

The great commission tells us:

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

We need to be Changed by Christ. God loves you as you are, but he loves you to much to let you stay that way.

2 Corinthians 4:2-4 (NIV)
2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Paul was certainly alluding to the Jews when he wrote these words. The Jews were guilty of twisting the Scriptures to fit their own preconceived interpretations, and people were willing to follow them. A veil was covering their hearts.

Whose hearts were veiled? – vs. 3 says it is veiled to those who are perishing. Paul says that the minds of the Jews were “veiled” because of the blindness of their minds. The minds of the Gentiles are also blinded!

Who blinded their minds?

vs. 4 says the god of this age. Who is the god of this age, it is Satan. So, the mind of the sinner is blinded by Satan. And because of this, sinful man finds it easier to believe lies than to believe truth. This blindness is due to the activity of Satan.

Why does Satan do this?

Again vs. 4 – So they cannot see the light of the Gospel. Satan does not want people to see the light of the gospel. Satan keeps lost sinners in the dark. The sad thing is that Satan uses religious teachers to deceive people. I once read, “If we can not find good religion, and cannot do without, we will turn to bad religion.” Many of the people who today belong to cults were originally members of Christian churches. Many false teachers today claim to base their doctrine on the Word and they are deceiving people.

Listen to what a famous TV preached once said: “I was shocked when I found out who the biggest failure in the Bible actually is. The biggest one in the Bible is God. Now, the reason you don’t think of God as a failure is He never said He’s a failure. And you’re not a failure till you say you’re one.”  Are you following a God that is a failure?

We need to trust but verify. The Apostle Paul tells us to – Test everything. Hold on to the good. People need to be changed by Jesus Christ. It is not just the people outside the church it is also the people in the church. It’s been said that the biggest problem with Christianity is Christians. Before we can make more Christians we need to become better Christians. Before we can be agents of change we must understand the gospel. It is only through Christ that our veils will be removed.

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