By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Christianity unveiled is a demonstration of the power of the Gospel since its inception into the world stemming from the life, teachings, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
An encyclopedia noted: Christianity has become the largest of the world's religions and the most widely dispersed of all faiths. It has a base of more than two billion believers. Its largest groups are the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox churches, and the Protestant churches.
Significant movements within the broader Christian world are Pentecostalism, Charismatic Christianity, and Evangelicalism. The agent of Christianity is the church, the community of people who make up the body of believers. (Comment)
Christianity is summed up the words of Jesus: I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father but by me (John 14:6). I am come that they might have life, and they they might have it more abundantly (John 10:20).
The doctrines of Christianity is in the words of the apostle Paul: I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins; and he was buried, and that he rose again the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
Paul was proclaiming what he had miraculous received on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3-6) with Christianity unveiled being a pivot point in his life!
The unveiling of Christianity was accomplished by apostle Paul when he was brought to task for a false charge of being a mover of sedition among the Jews. Paul spoke on the behalf of his innocence expounding the Gospel as his defense. In addressing King Agrippa, who was in attendance, he asked: King Agrippa, believe you the prophets? I know that you believe. His response was: Almost you persuade me to be a Christian.
A Bible commentary noted: An almost Christian is one that has no true repentance; a taste of a superficial one, not faith of the right kind, nothing solid and substantial. An almost Christian becomes one merely through the persuasion of men; while a genuine Christian is made by the power of divine grace.
There are many today who suffer from a half-hearted commitment to the Lord that will not sustain one through trying times. The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:18-23) explained why.
A Bible commentary noted some of the characteristics mentioned in the Parable: The seed (or Word of God) falling on stony places are shallow-hearted individuals who at once receive the Word but are not truly born again, for they have not root and wither away. The seed which fell among the thorns is the carnal, worldly convert, who never really breaks with the past. Worldliness and materialism takes hold and he is found unfruitful.
The seed which fell on good ground is the one who has both heard the word and understood it, which also bears fruit; the evidence of a true conversion. While such evidence may vary in its amount all true believers will produce fruit.
Jedediah Morse stated: Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present forms of government, and all the blessings, which flow from them, must fall with them. Patrick Henry: It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Daniel Webster: Moral habits cannot be safety trusted on any other foundation than religious principle, nor any government be secure which is not supported by moral habits. If truth is not promulgated, error will be. If the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breath of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.
A famous 19th century French statesman, and historian, traveled to America to discover the reasons for the incredible success of this new nation. His finding was: Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.
His statement revealed that Christianity unveiled was the factor that made America great! It took the power of the Gospel being promulgated to oppose the ungodliness of man. It still takes the power of the Gospel to make any nation truly great! Many once godly nations are experiencing the results of failing to uphold and stand true to the Word of God.
Another instance in which Christianity unveiled became a factor was when the apostle Paul declared the "Unknown God" to the people on Mars Hill in Rome:
To the unknown god whom you ignorantly worship, him declare I to you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands (Acts 17:22-24).
The one who gives to all life, and breath, and all things; who has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth; that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might find him, though he be not far from every one of us. For in him we live, and move, and have our being (Acts 17:25-28).
God has many who are proclaiming the Gospel of Christ; with Christianity unveiled being a reality, to many throughout the world. I pray that many once godly nations will come back into the fold; adhering to God's promise to the repentant in heart:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
While this promise was originally given to King Solomon regarding the people of Israel, it is applicable to all who will call on the Lord in repentance and faith.
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