During the holidays, we pray that you and all of yours may be deeply blessed by your time with family and with your friends and loved ones, and by the food and other things “that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth” 1 Timothy 4.3.
Our greatest prayer for those who are not yet in Christ is that they may have faith that obeys the Lord, and not just any faith; that they may know the truth which saves; that they may enter into Christ through repentance and immersion in water.
All other blessings are far inferior to the greatness of knowing God and the call to follow Jesus.
In Christ are found “all spiritual blessings” Ephesians 1.3. Outside of him, there are none. So it is for this reason that the greatest and best prayer for our friends who’ve not yet obeyed Jesus is that they may enter into him.
In Christ dwells “all the fullness of the Godhead” Colossians 2.9. And when we are in Christ, we receive such fullness, verse 10. In this same text, the apostle Paul declares that we enter into Christ by way of immersion, Colossians 2.11-13. (See also Galatians 3.27.)
By being immersed, we also enter “into one body,” the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Corinthians 12.13; Ephesians 1.22-23. This body is one, without denomination, existing before any denomination, necessary to God’s plan, in which we find God as Father and brothers and sisters in Christ who share the same goal of glorifying the Name.
God is one, and the way to God is also one: through Jesus who is “the way, the truth, and the life” John 14.6. The truth is one, as is the faith, the church, immersion, and the doctrine of God. (See Ephesians 4.4-6.)
In this unity, we become united. Human attempts to unite people fail. Only God has the plan which creates true unity among all.
During the holidays, therefore, may we dedicate our thoughts, our time, and our efforts toward seeking God’s kingdom and his righteousness, Matthew 6.33, in order that we may receive from him the great reward of all who have faith and advance toward obedience not only in word but in truth, Hebrews 11.6.
“Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth” 1 John 3.18.
In the last week, two people from our region entered into Christ. May many more, here and everywhere, also enter into Christ, for their eternal salvation and for the glory of God the Father.