Calvary Baptist Church
Do you remember the last hug you had? Do you remember the last time that your mother cooked for you? Do you remember the last time you saw your mother?
If your mother has passed into eternity this is a major question for you. My mother has been passed for many years now, and I will never forget the last kiss I gave Mom.
I want us to focus on the last times we will have. We will have a last time with our parents, a last day at work, and a last opportunity to accept Christ as our Savior.
The Bible gives us the last invitation in Revelation 22:17: “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.” As we look at the last invitation from the word of God, we see many things.
First we see the job of the Spirit. We know the Spirit is the third person in the Godhead; we know the Spirit is the birthing element of the Trinity. We also see that God uses the Holy Ghost to call sinners to repentance.
I remember when the Holy Ghost began to deal with me. When I realized I was lost I knew I was in a world of trouble. The same Spirit that made me realize I was a sinner called me to accept Christ as my savior.
In the same verse, the church invites you to Christ as well: “and the bride say come.” The church represents Christ on the earth. In Second Corinthians 5:20 we are referred to as the ambassadors of Christ. We need to be busy about the work of inviting lost people to Christ. Not only does the church have an obligation, but we as individuals have an obligation as well.
“Let him that heareth, say Come.” We, the children of God, should hear Him; we should get it. We know we are living in the last days. Let us be diligent in the work of the master. We have a call from the Spirit, from the Church, and from the individual. The call is to the lost person: “him that is athirst, Come.” If you are lost, you know just what I am talking about.
When the Spirit deals with you, you will know God has a call upon you for salvation. Don’t be afraid of the call, just accept it and ask for forgiveness. God has not made salvation complicated, but simple enough for even me to understand. We have to remember Romans 5:8: “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” That says a lot about God and us as well. We are the sinners, and God is the answer to the eternal problem we have.
In the book of John, the Word of God says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.” It is perfectly clear that Jesus is the savior. In Acts 17, the Word of God says, “God now commandeth all men everywhere to repent.” Again, this is pretty straight forward, isn’t it? In Acts 16 the jailer asks the apostle, “What must I do to be saved?” And they responded, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”
This may be the final time that God deals with you. Life is uncertain, but death is sure. With this being the final invitation in the word of God, I would give it the more earnest heed. The Spirit, the Church, and God’s children say come. You will be very glad you did.