Scripture: 1 Peter 3:19-20
in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.
Insights: The theological implications regarding these two verses is numerous. There are those who take these verses to mean that Jesus actually went to Hades after His death on the cross and that He preached to the damned of ages past. Others think this preaching is actually in reference to the work of Noah and his proclamation before the flood about God’s judgment on the world. There are even a few other lesser opinions that do not carry much weight, but here is all I desire to say about this aspect of today’s Thoughts by Scott: whatever you believe regarding this subject is okay with me. I may have an opinion about this passage, but it is not one of those dogmas that must be defended to the bitter end. There is no reason to divide the church on this particular subject because either position you hold to has a singular impacting point and that is on what I desire to focus the remainder of this blog. Whether it is Jesus or Noah preaching in this passage the point is that someone was declaring resolutely that salvation was needed. People were in desperate need for a Savior. So, if we are going to have confidence in our relationship with Jesus, then we need to learn to worship God as we let people know about His Son. Evangelism ought to be a very important part of our lives. We ought to have a list of about five people that we have asked the Lord to lay on our heart and to pray for them to come to a saving relationship with Jesus. We then need to pray that the Lord would open up opportunities for us to share the love of Jesus with these individuals. Finally we need to pray for the individual to respond favorably to the gospel. It is possible there is someone out there reading this blog that does not have a relationship with Jesus. All you have to do is admit to God that you are a sinner and believe that God rose Jesus from the dead to purchase your salvation from the grave. Finally you confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior and faithfully follow Him from here on out. If you have never done that, then I encourage you to do so right now. May God be glorified as you share Jesus and as many come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord.
1. When was the last time you had an opportunity to share the gospel with a lost individual?
2. Are you one who does not have a relationship with Jesus, but you know you need to have one?
Prayer: Father, thank You for saving me. Because of the immense mercy I have received from You, please embolden me to share the gospel with those who do not have a relationship with You. Amen.