Ref: Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
2 Kings 7:9, Nahum 1:15, Isaiah 52:7
The present day reality of so many believers’ non-committal response to the Master’s pleading is an obvious alarm that should wake all heaven minded pilgrims. We live in era where there is a spiritual famine of the everlasting gospel and it appears that those of us who have been entrusted with it are very relaxed in our comfort zones. This message is a wakeup call on all sincere saints to recover their lost axe head of soul winning via- (personal evangelism, tract distribution, literature evangelism, morning cry, evening cry and what have you). Providence ordered it, that the lepers came as soon as the Syrians were fled. Their consciences told them that mischief would befall them, if they took care of themselves only. It is important to know that they, who have found the unsearchable riches of Christ, will no long delay to report the tidings to others.
1. PORTRAIT OF THE DYING WORLD
2 Kings 7:4, Romans 3:23, Ezekiel 18:4, Mark 16:16, Romans 3:10-18
The four lepers were literally rescued from imminent death these men are a picture of the redeemed sinner. Those who have been brought out of death into life by repentance from sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ should as matter of urgency go and declare it to others so as to give them a gospel lifeline. The world’s population is over seven billion. The scripture declares each and every one of these billion people to be under the power and the clutches of sin (Roman 3:23). Out of this number, only about 2.2 billion are said to be Christians. Many in our country belong to their man- made religion, and believe in life hereafter. They are on a path that will lead them into perdition. When Adam fell into sin, the whole world was exposed to sin and trespasses (Eph 2:1, 2). When the plan of redemption was put in place by our heavenly Father out of divine love, it was also for the whole world (John 3:16). Everyone who came into the world, came with a never-dying soul, and will either spend eternity in heaven or hell. The best of men without Christ no matter their status or achievement in society cannot get to heaven. Christ is the only way of salvation (Acts 4: 12).
2. PROVISIONS OF THE CROSS
2 Kings 7:6-7, John 1:29
Just as God divinely provided food for the four lepers and by extension the whole of Samaria which was meant to avert the unavoidable hunger and imminent death that was looming; so He has made an eternal provision through the death of His Son Jesus Christ. In communicating to the unsaved there are pertinent issues we should draw their attention to:
- Remission: Christ by His death on the cross made provision for the removal of our sin. (John 1:29, Isaiah 53: 6). The guilt of our sin was taken away from us and placed on Christ, who discharged them by His death.
- Propitiation: Propitiation refers to the removal of God’s wrath (1 John 4:10).
- Reconciliation: Christ death removed every barrier between us and God (Romans 5:10-11). Christ reconciles humanity with God (John 1: 12).
- Redemption: Our sin had put us in captivity from which we need to be delivered. The price that is paid to deliver someone from captivity is called a “ransom”. To say that Christ’s death accomplished deliverance from our captivity through the payment of a price (Galatians 3:13-14).
- Defeated: The powers of darkness Christ death was a defeat of the powers of darkness (Colossians 2:13-14).
- Substitute: The reality of substitution is at the heart of the atonement. Christ accomplished all of the above benefits by dying in our place (Romans 5:8)
3. PASSIONATE PLEA WITH THE LOST
2 Kings 7:9, 2 Corinthians 5:11
As we look at response of the four lepers in our text we will agree that compassion and concern for their countrymen and women was propelling force behind the drive and decision to inform the King’s household. In our time we cannot do less as the clock of eternity is ticking away. Sinners and scoffers should be told of God’s provision of salvation for the world and also be warned of the judgment of God. In the words of the song writer:
“Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting Waiting the penitent child to receive.
Plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently, He will forgive if they only believe. Rescue the perishing, Care for the dying Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.
“Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish” (Matt 18:14). It is important for believers of all leaning to note the following as we wait for the coming of the Lord:
- Soul winning is the duty of all; “if thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death and those that are ready to slain; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not He that pondered the heart consider it?” (Proverbs 24:11-12).
- Remember that we were once unbelievers, full of sins and very difficult to approach until we found the provision of salvation in Christ (Revelation 2:5).
- If you have found the provision of salvation in Christ, leave your comfort zone, go and rescue the perishing (Jude vs. 23; Daniel 12:3).
- Declare the whole counsel of God (Luke 16:23; Mark 9:44) “Eternity is endless”. We should passionately warn every man before it is too late.