ARE YOUR EYES OPENED
Test #8—SALVATION IS: ENTERING GOD’S KINGDOM & FOLLOWING GOD’S WAY AND NO LONGER MINE
MESSAGE EIGHTEEN (Paul): The next Gospel Presentation is in Acts 19:8-26 where salvation is described as a Kingdom, following a Way, which people follow instead of their own way.
SALVATION IS: REPENTING & BELIEVING IN THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST
MESSAGE NINETEEN (Paul): The next Gospel Presentation is in Acts 20:21-25 where salvation is described as repentance, faith, and entering into God’s Kingdom.
SALVATION IS: FOLLOWING THE WAY OF GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS, SELF-CONTROL & JUDGMENT
MESSAGE TWENTY (Paul): The next Gospel Presentation is in Acts 24:14-27, where salvation is described as a Way of Worship, that involves righteousness, self-control, and averts judgment; and that message makes the lost to fear.
SALVATION IS: GOD-OPENED EYES & GOD-TURNED LIVING
MESSAGE TWENTY-ONE (Paul recounting Christ’s words): The next Gospel Presentation is in Acts 26:17-20 where we see the Gospel Message directly from Jesus, who is at work doing soul winning on Paul right here in the Book of Acts.
Jesus describes salvation as opened eyes, turning, receiving, and being sanctified. Jesus who saved Paul, explained to him that the same miraculous events of salvation, accomplished by God’s power, was what God also wanted to see happen in the lives of lost people everywhere Paul preached:
Acts 26:17-18 (NKJV) I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’
So what did that mean to Paul? He explains it in v. 19-20:
“Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 “but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.
What did Paul tell the lost pagans? Did his message differ from one he had for the Jews? No, one Gospel, one salvation, one faith!
SALVATION IS: ENTERING GOD’S KINGDOM & LIVING GOD’S WAY
MESSAGE TWENTY-TWO (PAUL): is the final Gospel Message is in Acts 28:28-31 where salvation is described as coming into God’s Kingdom. The starting message in Acts is: repent; and the concluding message is: enter God’s Kingdom, both rarely if ever used today.
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