Would You Like to Become a Fisher of Men?
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In the apostle Paul’s letter to the churches at Galatia, he wrote these words as he was led by the inspiration of God:
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).
The Jews at the time were for a while under the law, but Christ came to redeem, and to give both Jews and Gentiles the opportunity to be adopted into God’s family as his precious children.
Then in Galatians 3:22-26, we read this from the Word of God:
“But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
The apostle Paul writes to the church at Ephesus and reminds them of their once sinful state:
“And you hath he quickened [which means to be made spiritually alive], who were dead in trespasses and sins [this is the actual spiritual condition of all who are unsaved]; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:1-2).
Paul then continues to explain to them this wonderful truth:
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Have you been saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ ?
God’s word makes it very clear in Acts 4:12 that there is only one Saviour for man’s lost soul:
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
We can’t be saved by any other person, place, or thing—only by Jesus Christ and in Him alone.
In Acts 16:25, 29-31 we see Paul and Silas in prison praying and singing praises unto God. Suddenly, the keeper of the prison wakes up from his sleep and comes trembling, falling down before Paul and Silas. He asks them this question:
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
How about you and all those that live in your house? Have you believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Saviour?
Following the announcement by John the Baptist that Jesus was “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), Jesus soon began to gather His disciples. He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” and for three years, this is exactly what he did (Matthew 4:19).
Jesus taught his disciples by example how to become fishers of men. Prior to his ascension back to heaven, the very last words that Jesus said to his disciples enabled them to be his witnesses. He spoke:
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
Then, ten days later when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and they were empowered to go forth as his apostles and as his ambassadors with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The disciples were now prepared to become his fishers of men.
In 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, the apostle Paul explained the gospel message of Jesus Christ:
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
Paul also wrote these words:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth...” (Romans 1:16).
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
The very moment that one is born of the spirit into God’s family, his Holy Spirit takes up residence in each of his children and gives them his power to become a fisher of men with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Paul, clothed with the humility of Jesus Christ his Saviour, wrote these words in 1 Corinthians 15:8-11:
“And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.”
It was the apostle John that teaches us these words that we read in the Gospel of John 3:16-18:
“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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Are you still condemned?
The apostle Paul tells us these words in Romans 8:1-2:
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Wouldn’t you like to be set free from the law of sin and death? Jesus wants you to know what he said in the Gospel of Luke 5:32:
“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Jesus came to save sinners. One example was a man named Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a thief, but that day he repented of his sins, Jesus told him:
“This day is salvation come to this house … For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:9-10).
After that day, Zacchaeus was no longer lost.
How about you?
Are you still lost and separated from the Saviour? The apostle Peter tells us these promising words:
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
Repentance is when one has been convicted by the Holy Spirit and is willing to change his mind from living a life in sin and to turn and receive the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul wants you to see God’s desire for you with these words:
“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).
Are you willing to receive God’s truth from his word today and be saved from your sin? God’s will is that you don’t perish—he desires you to be saved from the penalty of your sin.
Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
The psalmist David describes how each one of us were “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). When God created each one of us, he gave us our own free will. You have the ability to choose to accept or reject this message.
What is your will today after reading God’s love message for you? God wants you to know:
“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
In the book of Romans 6:23, the apostle Paul reminds us of this:
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Wouldn’t you like to receive God’s gift today so that you can become a fisher of men?