This article is written to those that have been almost persuaded to come to the fold of Christ. This article will also apply to those who are in Christ but have not been fully persuaded to remain faithful. I know of times in the past that I have seen folks in the past sit from service to service and never respond to an invitation. Some of these folks were more faithful in their attendance than those that were of the body of Christ. There is one man in particular that comes to my mind. I do not know what took this man the years that it did to respond to the Gospel, but it did occur. It was in no doubt his faithful wife that brought him to that point. Yet, this man sat and pondered. I do not remember clearly all of the lessons he had sat through, but I do know that they were a most times powerful. We never know when one will be persuaded, but the Gospel is the only thing that can persuade one to come to Christ.
There is an example that would top the list in the book of Acts of one almost persuaded. (Acts 26:27-29) “King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.” Prior to this in the early parts of this chapter Paul told them of his conversion. He told them of how Christ came to him, and the steps that occurred after that. Paul preached Christ to those present. He then simply asked him to be saved. Agrippa’s response was the response that many give to the Lord each time the invitation is given and they do not respond. He was not persuaded to become a Christian.
Some might think that by saying “no” that they
are not turning Christ down. The Bible teaches contrary to that thought.
(Matthew 10:32-33) “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him
will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever
shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is
in heaven.” Christ tells us that if we do not confess him and we
deny him he will deny us. This may seem superficial to some as they
feel that they day of the Lord is afar off. Yet we fail to remind
that no man knows that day when the Lord will come. (Matthew 24:36)
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