Almost Persuaded

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I wrote these words several years ago with intentions of a tract.

In the Bible at the twenty-sixth chapter of the Book of Acts we learn that the Apostle Paul is recounting his personal testimony of conversion to King Agrippa. He shared a few details that led to that glorious moment on a road leading to Damascus. We also learn that the Apostle was chosen to minister the Gospel primarily to the Gentiles. According to Acts 26:18, “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins…” The Old Testament law and the prophets spoke of Christ’s suffering, His death on the cross, and His bodily resurrection which King Agrippa admittedly understood. In fact Paul said to the king “I know that thou believest.” Unfortunately, the king replied, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” (Acts 26:22-29)

King Agrippa like so many people today are “almost persuaded” to accept Christ as Saviour. Luke 16:31 says, “…If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” Like the king many have a basic understanding of the Bible but the plain facts of the Bible will not save a soul from Hell. Many attend church but church attendance has no saving power. Many are “almost persuaded” choosing to put it off or to make excuses. “I’m all set,” “I’m not ready,” or “I have my own beliefs,” are some of the replies among those with whom the Gospel is shared. John 5:40, “And ye will not come to me that ye might have life.” Coming to Christ is a conscious decision but pride, religion, tradition, friends, family, ignorance, or unbelief is some of the reason why many refuse to open their heart to Jesus Christ.

“Almost persuaded” is a common position insecurely held by skeptics who are not thoroughly convinced that eternal death and Hell exists. If one is drowning in water one would be a fool not to signal a lifeguard. If a house is on fire one would hurriedly call the fire department. If your home was being burglarized and your life threatened you would devise a plan to call the police. Naturally and normally one would want to be rescued from peril. My dear friend, putting off salvation is of great consequence. If a man is a fool for refusing to call for help so is a man who refuses to call upon the Lord to be saved from his sins. Psalm 14:1 says, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”

  • Admit that you are a sinner and realize that the consequence of sin is eternal death. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death.”
  • Realize that Jesus Christ died to save you from your sin. Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
  • Understand that Jesus is your only hope of forgiveness and eternal salvation. Romans 6:23b, “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
  • Finally call on Him to be rescued from eternal death and condemnation. Romans 10:9-10, 13, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.“

Don’t be foolish. Let the truth of God’s Word persuade you to be rescued from the “wages of sin.” Know with assurance from the Bible that you have eternal life.

  • 1John 5:13, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
  • John 17:3, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

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