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Acts 9:1-20
Psalm 117:1-2
John 6:52-59

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god's desire

"I have been sent by the Lord Jesus Who appeared to you on the way here, to help you recover your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." —Acts 9:17

Jesus wants all to be saved (1 Tm 2:4). He wants this so much that He:

  • hung on the cross, shed His blood, and died,
  • gives us the Holy Spirit (Mk 1:8),
  • founded the Church (Mt 16:18),
  • will knock a person to the ground with a flash of light and then audibly question them (Acts 9:3-4),
  • will strike a person blind to lead them to repentance (Acts 9:8ff),
  • calls Christians to risk their lives (see Acts 9:13ff) and even be martyred,
  • saves the worst of sinners as "an example" to show that He can save anyone (1 Tm 1:15-16),
  • gives us His flesh to eat and His blood to drink (Jn 6:55),
  • lives inside us (see Jn 17:23), and
  • insists on each of us proclaiming the gospel to all creation so that as many as possible believe and are saved (see 1 Cor 9:19).

In this Year of Faith, live and die that all may be saved.

Prayer:  Father, may I want all to be saved more than I want anything else in life.

Promise:  "He who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood has life eternal and I will raise him up on the last day." —Jn 6:54

Praise:  Because another Christian cared enough to lovingly speak the truth, Rhonda repented of living with her boyfriend.

Reference:  (Give your all to Jesus by being a Bible teacher. For encouragement, order our tapes on the Bible Teachers Series. Our six-tape audio series starts with AV 117-1. Our three-part video series starts with V-117.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 2, 2012

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