Matters Need To Be Addressed

By Paul Alberts

Unsaved or saved, there are things that need to be addressed. For the unsaved, the central issue is salvation. Eternal separation from God and people awaits every person who refuses to accept God’s gift. The redemption of a soul is costly, but the Lord Jesus paid that price for all who will put their trust in Him. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom. 10:9-10 NKJV).

For the saved, there are issues to be dealt with individually, in the family and in the assembly. Many of these things are brought up in articles this month, but I am reminded of a few verses in Hebrews 12: “You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, ‘My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives’” (vv.4-6 NASB).

In addition, God will deal with the nation of Israel, His earthly people, in years to come. We see much of this in the prophecies of Scripture, especially in the Old Testament. One matter of great significance is Israel’s rejection of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (Jn. 1:11 NKJV).

What things do you need to address? Or, what is the Holy Spirit doing about your taking on things in your life that are not pleasing to God? It is not my desire to tell of things I am aware of in my own life, as recognized through reading the Bible, but I would ask that you pray for me. In fact, let us pray for one another. Certainly there are thousands who read this magazine who are struggling even at this moment in one way or another. Pray that the Lord would be allowed to do His work in the lives and churches of each one as to the matters that need to be addressed. He knows them all, even the ones in your own life.

To Him be the honor and glory in all things!