THE HARVEST IS RIPE BUT THE LABORS ARE FEW (MATTHEW 9:36-38)
Today’s lesson will conclude with the fourth and final precept as we deal with the state of mind in salvation. We encourage you to return to the three previous lessons for an in-depth study of this subject matter and remember to make it a complete part of your state of mind.
The Church, are many of them are dreadfully in the dark about the conditions of salvation. I was once preaching on this subject, and urging that holiness is one condition of salvation, “without which no man can see the Lord,” when I was confronted and strenuously opposed by a Doctor of Divinity. He said, The Bible makes faith the sole and only condition of salvation. Paul, said he, preached that faith is the condition, and plainly meant to exclude every other condition.
Such preaching was greatly and specially needed then, and Paul pressed into the field to meet the emergency. But when Antinomianism developed itself, Tames was called out to uphold with equal decision the doctrine that faith without works is dead, and that good works are the legitimate fruit of living faith, and are essential to evince its life and genuineness. This at once raised a new question about the nature of Gospel faith. James held that all true Gospel faith must work by love. It must be an affectionate filial confidence, such as draws the soul into sympathy with Christ, and leads it forward powerfully to do all His will.
Many professed Christians hold that nothing is needful but simply faith and repentance, and that faith may exist without real benevolence, and consequently without good works. No mistake can be greater than this. The grand requisition which God makes upon man is that he becomes truly benevolent. This is the essence of all true religion, a state of mind that has compassion like God‘s compassion for human souls; that cries out in earnest prayer for their salvation, and that shrinks from no labor to effect this object. If, therefore, true religion be a condition of salvation, then is the state of mind developed in our text also a condition.
This concludes my argument on the four precepts of the Harvest Field. In the final lesson, I will present you with my final remarks on this subject matter. May God bless you and keep you close in His present. I encourage you to think globally and work locally. I minister to you from a position of peace, purpose, power and prosperity. I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.