A. We know that what is commonly called “The Great Commission” was for the Apostles (Matthew 28:16-20 and Mark 16:14-20).
- We know they fulfilled that commission (Romans 10:17-18, Romans 16:24-26, Colossians 1:5-6, and Colossians 1:23).
- We know that Jesus is not a stranger to anyone (Hebrews 8:7-13).
- Obviously, those who have not obeyed the Gospel (Acts 8:30-39 and Romans 10:14).
- This is also true of those who have come to know the truth, have been added to the body, and have not lived it aright (Galatians 6:1-2, James 5:19-20, and Jude 1:21-23).
II. Body: He That Winneth Souls Is Wise (Proverbs 11:30).
A. The word translated “winneth” in Proverbs 11:30 means: “To take (in the widest variety of applications): — accept, bring, buy, carry away, drawn, fetch, get, infold, x many, mingle, place, receive(-ing), reserve, seize, send for, take (away, -ing, up), use, win…” (Strong’s # 3947).
- The idea of the meaning of that word is illustrated in various N.T. applications (Luke 4:16-21, Acts 2:40-41, and Acts 26:13-20).
- A similar concept was used by Jesus when He talked with Peter, Andrew, James, and John (Luke 5:1-10).
- The fruit of righteousness being a tree of life is about being a good example (I Timothy 4:12). *More on this later.
- Real simple… Think of why we call those in sin “lost” (Luke 15:24, Luke 19:10, and II Corinthians 4:3-6). Thus, if we can win that which was lost we are wise!
- Continuing the work, with limitations in authority and abilities of course, that the Apostles did (I Corinthians 16:10).
- Preventive measures among the save (I Corinthians 4:17 and I Timothy 4:6-15).
- Even clean-up duties (Titus 1:1-5).
- Being lights (Proverbs 4:14-19 and Matthew 5:14-16).
- A pattern for others to follow and teaching in various situations (Titus 2:2-8).
- Reaching a point wherein you are capable of teaching others (Hebrews 5:12-14) within your own level of capabilities (Matthew 25:14-15).
- In a context dealing with spiritual gifts (Ephesians 4:7-16), teachers with the local church were listed separately from apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastors (Ephesians 4:11).
- A caution is, a desire to teach and ability to do so are not the same thing (I Timothy 1:3-7).
- Think about the principle of loving thy neighbor as thyself (Romans 13:9-10 and James 2:8).
- Would we be counted innocent if we have an opportunity (with a receptive person), and the ability to cease that opportunity, to help someone lost be saved and we do nothing (Ezekiel 3:18-20, Ezekiel 33:8-9, and Acts 20:26-27)?
- At the same time, we cannot take “soul winning” upon ourselves as it such is entirely in our hands. The Gospel is what saves (Romans 1:16-17). If people are not seeking or are not receptive, we cannot do anything about that (Luke 8:4-15 and John 6:60-71).
III. Conclusion: Remember, there were/are those that are soul losers (Matthew 23:13 and Luke 11:52). Don’t be one!
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